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March 26, 2003

Editorial: Pam Iorio's promise
Pam Iorio's election as Tampa's mayor Tuesday marks a promising shift in the city's history. Her campaign was brief, inclusive and upbeat, free of the negativism that has creeped down to municipal campaigns. Her campaign was consistent with her performance in office, first as a county commissioner and then as Hillsborough's elections supervisor -- a doer who brings people together. Iorio enters office April 1 with great leverage, but also with high expectations to embark on a bold agenda, from breathing new life into Tampa's downtown, to investing in the neighborhoods, to raising ethics and professionalism at City Hall.

Editorial: Ignoring the generals
Civilian ideologues in the Bush administration made optimistic assumptions about the war in Iraq that may have endangered our troops on the ground.

Letters: Senate needs to face up to malpractice crisis
It is with deep concern that we express our disappointment with the series of votes that occurred on March 20 in the Senate Health, Aging and Long-Term Care Committee that defeated a number of the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force for Medical Liability Reform.


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Bill Maxwell: A tradition of abuse in the fields of Florida
LAKE WALES -- Now that Hispanics have become the nation's most populous ethnic minority, a handful of Florida elected officials are paying grudging attention to how inhumanely we treat our state's tens of thousands of migrant farm workers.

Susan Taylor Martin: Iraqis in Jordan look toward home
AMMAN, Jordan -- At the Iraqi consulate here, the air is thick with cigarette smoke and patriotic fervor.


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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