Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute. He is co-editor of The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights, 1960-1968 (University Press of Florida, 2002).
Editorial: Hold the phone
FCC commissioners should override their chairman's plans, which would allow providers of local telephone service to quash any real competition.
Editorial: Havel's self-effacing greatness
The messy compromises of democratic government can tarnish reputations that were built on the moral certainties of political opposition. Yet Vaclav Havel, the gently subversive playwright who played a crucial role in toppling the Soviet empire, deserves even greater stature today, after 13 years as president of what is now the Czech Republic, than he gained as a peaceful revolutionary.
Letters: Amendment needed for tax reform
Re: An unfair tax burden, editorial, Jan. 12.
Robyn E. Blumner: Fair Housing Act cannot be used to gag residents' displeasure
Can the racism of public speakers at a city council meeting be imputed to the subsequent actions of the council? On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case asking that very question. The case has received little attention but it could have broad implications for the right of the public to speak freely at public meetings.
Philip Gailey: Overstatements skew debates
As the peace movement gathers strength in opposing a U.S. military strike against Iraq, religious leaders and people of faith are leading the moral debate and, in some cases, the street protests.
Martin Dyckman: Quack remedy to cap malpractice awards
TALLAHASSEE -- If President Bush had read the front pages Thursday, he would have seen the story, first reported by the New England Journal of Medicine, that said surgical teams leave clamps, sponges and other potentially lethal things in about 1,500 people a year.
Bill Maxwell: A disgrace to King's legacy
In San Angelo, Tex., I had, for the first time, the dubious honor of living on a roadway named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mine was officially dubbed Martin Luther King Boulevard. I mention this fact to establish my bona fides for the discussion to follow.
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