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January 24, 2003

Editorial: Solemn responsibilities
As U.S. forces move closer to war, President Bush still hasn't adequately explained why Iraq poses a threat that demands immediate military action.

Editorial: Unfocused data-mining
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, one of the many things we have learned regarding our nation's intelligence services is that their increasing reliance on signal intelligence, as opposed to the use of agents and informants on the ground, has been a serious mistake. While technological wizardry has often captivated the spy world, it turns out that having the capacity to capture worldwide communications doesn't make us safer when we don't know where to focus our listening. If anything, listening in on every communication, everywhere, all the time, makes finding terrorists even more difficult.

Letters: FCAT helps to make sure that students can read
Re: A's no measure of FCAT success, Jan. 21.


Columns today
Howard Troxler: Annexation wars have no winners
LARGO -- The squabbles go on all around us:

Robert Trigaux: FDIC housing market analysis exposes vulnerabilities
Mirror, mirror on the wall. What Southeast housing markets look most vulnerable to growing economic weakness?

Jan Glidewell: We have no mall, but we may get something
Maybe there being malls and rumors of malls is not one of the signs of the apocalypse being at hand, but you couldn't prove it by central and east Pasco history.

John Romano: Critics can't count out Raider owner
SAN DIEGO -- Once, he was an innovator. An intellectual in a physical world. A rogue who was as keen on beating the establishment as he was the Broncos.

Gary Shelton: Glazers have one concern: winning it all
SAN DIEGO -- As owners go, there always has been something a little, well, different about them.

Ernest Hooper: Radio personality hitches a ride on the mania, literally
Fester of WFLZ-FM 93.3's MJ Morning Show arrived at the Clear Channel radio complex Tuesday morning prepared to fly to San Diego. MJ got members of the broadcast team to plead their case, and Fester had made the most convincing argument to go.


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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