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November 23, 2002

Editorial: No new gambling
Instead of adding new gambling, Florida should find better ways to generate tax money and reinforce laws over the gambling that's currently unregulated.

Editorial: Cope's bully tactics
Three months after a state hearing panel gave him a break and recommended only a reprimand for his tawdry behavior at a California judicial conference, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Charles Cope just won't let up. He wants money and vindication, and his bully tactics are getting old. Is the state Supreme Court, which must ultimately decide how to deal with Cope, watching?

Letters: Leaders should experience crisis in health care
Re: Report to Bush: Try solutions for health care "crisis," Nov. 20.


Columns today
Sandra Thompson: Media view of Ybor City just a bit bizarre
It's always fun to see how we're doing in the national media. Last Sunday we made it into the Sophisticated Traveler section of the New York Times, not as the big sluggish entity called Tampa Bay or even the city of Tampa but, and I quote, "Ybor City, Tampa's Latin Quarter."

Steve Bousquet: For better legislators, just add state history lesson
The 30 newly elected members of the state House spent two days in boot camp this week, at seminars ranging from workplace harassment to press relations.


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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