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April 23, 2003

Editorial: Iorio's defining initiative
Tampa's new mayor, Pam Iorio, made a good move in creating an agency to oversee the redevelopment of East Tampa. This effort has been all talk but little action for too long. By raising the profile of this formidable job, Iorio has linked the success of this initiative to her own political future. Now she needs an overall plan for how East Tampa should look, a strategy for bringing the players together and an aggressive redevelopment team.

Editorial: Does choice work?
It's hard to say, with the vague answers coming from superintendent Howard Hinesley's office. But -- especially in terms of racialdiversity -- early signs are not encouraging.

Editorial: A prize for Pinellas
Nabbing a new Job Corps job training center in Pinellas County merits congratulations all around. The residential facility will bring valuable services to our area's disadvantaged young people, giving hundreds of 16-to 24-year-olds the opportunity to overcome their poverty and personal circumstances.

Letters: Keeping peace in Iraq will be a challenge to U.S.
Now that the major combat in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" is essentially over, the next phase, keeping the peace and ensuring freedom, may be the most exasperating phase of our involvement in Iraq. Even the Iraqi interpretation of freedom may leave us perplexed. Most Iraqis welcome the departure of Saddam Hussein's regime. But they will not necessarily define freedom in terms that the average American will understand. For some Iraqis it may mean the freedom to settle old scores or to advance programs of religious repression. Identifying those agendas and sorting murderous foes from potential allies is going to be a challenging task for our military.

 

Columns today
Howard Troxler: Everglades Forever? We'll see if they mean it
We continue to suffer," David B. Struhs told me Tuesday, which was Earth Day, "from a bad first impression."

Susan Taylor Martin: Iraqis thrilled to see police
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Here's something you don't often see -- a motorist kissing a traffic cop.

Robert Trigaux: Gluttonous executive pay remains immune to hard times
In this post-Enron, post-bubble world, corporate executives should gaze beyond their own La-La Land. You would think they could grasp the country's sobering mood and curtail their compensation binge.

 

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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