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February 9, 2003
No time to cut and run
NASA has gone 30 years without a big dream. In disaster's wake, the time has come to aim higher.

Editorial: Malpractice dud
The governor's malpractice task force did very little to offer any constructive solutions to the problem but offered up some bad ones.

Editorial: Political pyrotechnics
The influence of the politically potent fireworks industry hung like smoke over the proceedings when a majority of Pinellas County commissioners recently sidestepped action to stop the sale of illegal fireworks in Pinellas.

Letters: Keeping truth-tellers at a distance
Re: White House delays poetry event, Jan. 31 and Seeking to honor the "American Voice," Laura Bush stirs up a nest of poets, Feb. 2.

Philip Gailey: Arm of restraint makes a compelling case on Iraq
Colin Powell, the reluctant warrior, has emerged as the Bush administration's most persuasive advocate of military intervention in Iraq.

Bill Maxwell: Peterman opts out of fight
Having walked away from a key education assignment, lawmaker should keep going.

Adam C. Smith: Democrats acquire a farm team
Those who declare the ballgame over aren't paying attention to the party's hot prospects in Tampa and other cities.

Robyn L. Blumner: Religious indoctrination dressed up as social welfare
This message is to anyone who thinks that the separation of church and state is a vital component of American liberty: Wake up and start hollering. Our president is conducting a full frontal assault on this vital right, and few beyond a handful of civil liberties groups are paying any mind.

Martin Dyckman: A couple's loss may offer lesson
TALLAHASSEE -- It's a common event for a doctor to send a sick child to the emergency room to be pumped up with fluids. It's not common at all for the child to die in the process. After this happened to their 8-month-old daughter Kendall, Ryan and Kim Bliss wanted answers. Wouldn't you? They wanted consolation. Wouldn't you? Failing to get either, they sued the hospital and all the doctors and nurses involved. Wouldn't you?


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