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September 7, 2002

Reverse course for commission
The last-minute attacks by the Hillsborough County Commission candidates are a reminder of what's at stake in Tuesday's primary elections. Voters have a special interest this year in putting aside the smear campaigns and electing candidates who have the character to serve. Those who skip public forums, distort their opponent's record and mislead voters about their own achievements are not the people to make important decisions about the future of our community.

Secret settlements
When public safety is a concern, courts should follow South Carolina's lead by refusing to be part of confidential settlements.

Ice Palace gets a new name, but it's so boring
Re: Ice Palace renamed St. Pete Times Forum, Sept. 4.


Columns today
Sandra Thompson
Why the exertion over a garage?
What if you threw a party for 300 developers and nobody came?

Lucy Morgan
Judging by primary, this could get ugly
If Tampa lawyer Bill McBride is able to defeat former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno on Tuesday, he should send a thank-you note to Gov. Jeb Bush.

Gary Shelton
Make it permanent
Get the governor on the line.


Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.

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