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December 6, 2002

Editorial: Right to vote was stolen
Imagine a thief who steals your property, and then steals more of it to pay the high-priced lawyers who get him acquitted. No, this isn't about some scruffy cutpurse whose liberty depends on an overworked public defender. It describes, only somewhat loosely, the sleek, prosperous Republican majorities of the Florida Legislature, who spent $7-million of the taxpayers' money successfully defending the greatest political theft in Florida history.

Editorial: Body-enhancing danger
Congress should prevent over-the-counter sales of steroid precursors, which are already banned by the NFL, NBA, NCAA and U.S. Olympic Committee.

Letters: In Kissinger, Bush gives the fox henhouse duty
In his Well, hello Henry. Welcome back (Dec 3.), columnist William Safire endorses Henry Kissinger's nomination as "chief 9/11 inquisitor," explaining that "Bush chose Kissinger because the old operator can see through the secret obfuscations he mastered long ago."


Columns today
Howard Troxler: Don't hurt the prepaid tuition plan, but reconsider Bright Futures
Sandy D'Alemberte, the departing president of Florida State University, asked me to make a little mental chart.

Ernest Hooper: Fans cheer video game; last call at the Porpoise
Thirty men sit in a bar with no music, no dancing and no chance of connecting with that special someone. Pitchers of beer are on sale for $2, but that hardly seems enough to hold their attention.

Robert Trigaux: BofA takes new approach, new attitude
Okay, I admit it. As a business writer, I sometimes miss the hell-for-leather days when charismatic North Carolina banker Hugh McColl, a CEO bordering on cartoon general for his insatiable appetite for acquisitions, routinely invaded Florida and bought its biggest banks.

Jan Glidewell: Education cutbacks dim future brightness
During the recent gubernatorial campaign, Democrats generally thought the class size amendment was a good idea, although they were hazy about how to pay for it.


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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