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March 14, 2003

Editorial: Who is the real Frank Sanchez?
Frank Sanchez is fishing the mud flats with his late attack on Pam Iorio. Painting her as a tax-and-spender on drainage projects when Iorio was on the Hillsborough County Commission is hypocrisy coming from a guy who wants the same program enacted in the city of Tampa.

Editorial: Data-mining the passenger pool
Beginning this month, federal transportation officials will start testing an instant computer background check at three of the nation's airports. The program will use huge databases of personal information in a "data-mining" operation that will ostensibly analyze every passenger's threat level.

Editorial: Budget of Oz
There's no place like home, where Gov. Jeb Bush's irresponsible budget digs a deep hole for the Legislature and leaves a huge debt to be paid next year -- by whom?

Letters: Better benefits, more choices in Medicare plan
Re: Medicare disservice.

 

Columns today
Howard Troxler: Lawmakers get ready to crumble on budget
This is the big enchilada. This is Leo DiCaprio against Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York. This is the last episode of Survivor and American Idol and The Bachelorette rolled into one.

Ernest Hooper: Maybe not my style, but it sure seems nice
To paraphrase Fox Sports radio host Tony Bruno

Robert Trigaux: Give a hand for Florida's cozy corporate boards
Given the rising backlash against poorly policed corporations, you would think companies and their boards of directors might be sensitive these days to potential conflicts of interest. After all, directors are tough watchdogs who represent shareholder interests and keep a leash on corporate executives. Right?

Jan Glidewell: Festival for folks offers great yarns and music
Keeping in mind that it might be the last chance you get for a while, think about taking this weekend to walk the sandy shaded soil of the Sertoma Youth Ranch north of Dade City, listen to some of the finest folk and acoustic musicians in Florida and enjoy peace -- a commodity that will probably soon be in short supply.

John Romano: Give kids a chance to grow
ST. PETERSBURG -- Now that Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford have arrived, there are certain issues of growth that must certainly be considered.

 

Perspective
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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