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November 24, 2002

Editorial: Rail report good for a laugh
Well, glory be. Just when you think the world has become humorless, along comes another consultant's report. This one, from the folks lobbying for high-speed rail, predicts that a line between Tampa and Orlando could pay its way on rider fares alone.

Editorial: United Way needs to clear the air
No one would deny the good work done by the United Way, particularly in how it focuses on local needs. But the charitable organization's accounting practices have been questioned and it would be wise for United Way officials to clear the air as quickly as possible.

Editorial: Really 'Big Brother'
Given its potential to invade the privacy of everyone, the Total Information Awareness program should be shut down before it starts.

Letters: Focus on the problem of voter apathy
Re: Where it's lonely in the middle, editorial, Nov. 17.

Kendrick Meek: Keeping our promise in reducing class size
In the months leading up to Nov. 5, Florida engaged in an unprecedented public debate about classroom overcrowding. Advocates and opponents made their case, and Florida voters made their decision: They want the Legislature to provide the necessary funding to reduce class sizes.

Martin Dyckman: What's wrong with no-fault insurance
TALLAHASSEE -- A budget crisis. The class size amendment. Medical malpractice. Nursing homes. Worker's compensation. Slot machines for the racetracks. As if there weren't already enough incendiary issues to make wise legislators envy the people they defeated, Jim King lit another huge bonfire during his first speech as Senate president.

Philip Gailey: Muslims aren't alone in breeding intolerance
Things were a lot simpler before Osama bin Laden replaced our own Muhammad Ali as the face of Islam in this country.

Robyn E. Blumner: The drug and terror connection
Earlier this month, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration had disrupted two separate attempts to use drug sales to underwrite weapons for terror groups.

Don Addis: Spam gives Spam a bad name
I love Spam.

Bill Maxwell: San Angelo turns blind eye to racism
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Like many other small Texas towns, San Angelo might well be a Jasper waiting to happen. Jasper is the East Texas town where white men murdered Charles Byrd by dragging him behind a pickup. Racial hell broke loose in Jasper following the killing.


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