September 28, 2002
The death of a DCF runaway
The nightmare scenario everyone hoped to avoid has now played out with the worst possible result: A teen runaway, missing from the state's child-welfare system for months, has turned up dead, the apparent victim of a homicide. The tragedy should steel state authorities in their resolve to track down all children supposedly under state care -- no matter their age or technical status -- and motivate lawmakers to improve services and placements for Florida's troubled youth.
Helping salmon survive
Two Tampa Bay congressmen could play important roles in passing legislation needed to save the wild salmon of the Northwest from extinction.
President Bush's words create division, discord
The Democratic-controlled Senate is "not interested in the security of the American people."
Hidden horrors of bed linens
Several years ago I asked a twentysomething guy at the office if he was going to hear a panel discussion on Jack Kerouac, the beat generation writer, and he said, no, he had to go look for a duvet cover.
An oink or two clutter the ballot
At the risk of offending a pregnant pig or two, I plan to vote against Amendment 10 on Nov. 5.
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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