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April 16, 2003

Editorial: Taking but not stealing
Can the government be accused of taking an individual's private property when there is no property to take? The U.S. Supreme Court answered that question recently with the obvious answer: No. The decision salvaged a vital funding source for legal services programs across the country.

Editorial: The FCAT showdown
Florida's educational standards are admirable, but Gov. Bush's method for measuring them unfairly punishes students and should be further scrutinized.

Letters: With war and domestic needs, don't cut taxes
Re: 6 in 10 oppose wartime tax cuts, April 14.


Columns today
Howard Troxler: Life, liberty and the right to a pregame Sunday beer
Please indulge a less-weighty topic.

Ernest Hooper: Gator colors wave in Iraq; flags swiped
As I traveled the country following the Bucs in my prior life, I often wore my University of Florida jersey and would invariably run into a fellow Gator fan, whether it was Kansas City, Detroit or Arlington, Va., where I once joined about 350 other Gators in a sports bar to watch Mississippi State pummel Florida.

Gary Shelton: Championship apparently can't buy love for Bucs
Great news from One Buc Place this morning.

John Romano: Underdogs respond with clock ticking
Maybe Tampa Bay needs to be pushed. Perhaps it responds best to desperation.

Robert Trigaux: Think your tax bill's high? Check out the president's
With their richly rewarded corporate backgrounds, it's no surprise that the tag team of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are, together, the nation's wealthiest elected leadership duo in recent history.


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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