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January 10, 2003

Editorial: A homeowner nightmare
Crumbling buildings in the Nature's Watch community have left residents unjustly paying a high price, while county building officials shrug off any responsibility.

Editorial: The president and Lott's protege
President Bush discreetly helped to jettison Trent Lott as Senate Republican leader last month after the controversy surrounding the Mississippi senator's record of racial insensitivity made him a political liability. However, the president hasn't discarded the decades-old "Southern strategy" that Lott has come to represent. That much was made clear this week, when the president -- against the advice of many Republican congressional leaders and officials in his own Justice Department -- renominated Mississippi trial Judge Charles Pickering, a political protege of Lott's, for a federal judgeship.

Letters: Everyone should be required to do military service
Re: Two cheers for Charlie Rangel, by Mark Shields, Jan. 5.


Columns today
Jan Glidewell: At long last, a city in need takes the plunge
It is satisfying, as the end of my career approaches, to see coming to resolution causes that have held grave personal import to me.

Gary Shelton: I questioned, they answered -- emphatically
TAMPA -- I questioned.

Howard Troxler: Lieutenant governor: experience not required
You might have noticed that Florida is about to be without a lieutenant governor.

Robert Trigaux: Stock promoter's new troubles sound like his old ones
For readers long acquainted with the Tampa Bay area's business scene, the name Allen Z. Wolfson may well conjure up memories of fraud and shady stock deals. A 1964 Boca Ciega High School graduate turned real estate developer, Wolfson was later convicted of taking fraudulent loans from Tampa's Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co., an institution that failed in 1982.


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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