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December 1, 2002

Editorial: Iorio would be a welcome addition
Pam Iorio says she's rethinking the Tampa mayor's race -- she had decided to bow out -- and the only thing we can say is:

Editorial: A ruling in need of reconsideration
The Tallahassee-based 1st District Court of Appeal has done a disservice to gay and lesbian parents who have children from a former marriage. In the divorce case of Robert Hall vs. Traci (Hall) Beauchamp, the court upheld a lower court's ruling that effectively prohibits Hall, a gay father of two daughters, from having his life partner remain in their home overnight on the nights he has his children.

Editorial: Problematic privatization
President Bush's push to privatize a major part of the federal government's work force would move many jobs away from public accountability.

Letters: Rail study brought responsible results
Re: Rail report good for a laugh, editorial, Nov. 24.

Bill Maxwell: A bit of justice for farm workers
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- I was happy when farm-worker advocates telephoned to tell me that three men I have written about -- brothers Juan and Ramiro Ramos and their cousin Jose Ramos -- were going to prison for a long time and would forfeit $3-million in proceeds for enslaving and otherwise brutalizing citrus pickers in Lake Placid, Fla.

Philip Gailey: Schools shouldn't be wary of military recruiters
This holiday season finds thousands of young Americans in uniform risking their lives in Afghanistan, Bosnia and other trouble spots around the globe. Meanwhile, here at home, troops are beginning to ship out to the Persian Gulf to prepare for a war with Iraq, and, if war does comes, thousands of men and women who serve in the National Guard and military reserves will be leaving their civilian jobs and families to follow.

Martin Dyckman: Let the euphemisms go begging
TALLAHASSEE -- John Leo, the U.S. News & World Report columnist, poked fun recently at the American penchant for such euphemisms and "upscale name changes" as the current campaign to recast the Florida Panhandle as "Florida's Great Northwest." The reason, he wrote, is that "some residents think their area's name leaves the impression that panhandling is the major local activity."

Robyn E. Blumner: Republican Party is very accommodating to rich tax avoiders
When Leona Helmsley famously said "only the little people pay taxes," she wasn't kidding. The snooty remark may have helped bring down the hotel queen in 1989 but the attitude still pervades corporate boardrooms and country clubs. Taxes are among the top things rich people try to avoid -- along with paternity suits and having it publicly disclosed that their executive compensation includes a lifetime supply of peeled grapes.


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