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November 19, 2002

The House-Senate imbalance
Only in the loosest sense could it be said that Florida's 160 state legislators "won" the seats for which they will take their oaths of office today in ceremonies at Tallahassee. Most got them essentially for the asking; effective competition was the exception, not the rule.

Security screen
The Homeland Security exemption passed by the House would threaten the public's access to information that could have serious implications for public safety.

President Bush's Iraq policy based on duty
Re: We should seek peaceful ways to solve problems.


Columns today
Mary Jo Melone
Tarnish appears on sheriff's golden boy
Some meetings you never forget.

Ernest Hooper
Music, turkeys, a soda pop quiz
Rare are the moments you find Frank Sinatra and Parliament sharing the same jukebox, but that's exactly what I encountered recently at t.he Rack, the new purple felt billiards hall on Platt Street in South Tampa.

Jan Glidewell
A dilemma of keeping out the right bad guys
Iknow I'm sticking my chin out by asking, but am I missing something?

Darrell Fry
QB injuries put seasons on brink
The playoffs are more than a month away, but the postseason picture might have taken a dramatic turn Sunday.

John Romano
Kenyatta enjoys sounds of silence from his critics
TAMPA -- Today there are questions about the direction of Kenyatta Walker's career. And, for the first time in a long while, that is a positive sign.


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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