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January 4, 2003

Editorial: Defense against guns
Citizens are resorting to lawsuits against gun manufacturers since they can't count on thefederal government to protect them.

Editorial: Taking part in Mars exploration
Next summer, NASA, the people who put American astronauts on the moon and brought them safely home to planet Earth, will launch two search vehicles to the red planet, Mars. The craft, called the Mars Exploration Rovers, will bounce to a landing, zoom across the rocks and explore what no human has seen before. Perhaps neatest of all, a lucky grade-school student will give the craft their names.

Letters: President should focus on North Korea, not Iraq
Our president says that Iraq and North Korea are not the same (Bush: We can talk to North Korea, Jan. 1).


Columns today
Lucy Morgan: Wild cards come up in Bush's reshuffling
Come Tuesday, Florida will swear in a new governor. Wait, it's the same ol' governor we've been kicking around for the past four years.

Sandra Thompson: Even if candidates can deliver, should they?
I spent the early part of New Year's Eve perusing the Web sites of the candidates for mayor of Tampa, talk about having a good time.

Gary Shelton: UM gets good Dorsey when it needs great one
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In the end, the only thing that remained in his hands was his head.


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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