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Perspective: February 11, 2001
February 11, 2001

Editorials
Playing politics with water
The record drought punishing Tampa Bay has intruded into St. Petersburg's mayoral race. Rather than calling for calm and cooperation in meeting the city's water challenge, however, candidates Kathleen Ford, Larry Williams and Patrick Bailey have tried to exploit the situation for political gain.

Portable vouchers
The latest scheme has Tallahassee writing voucher checks to deal with overcrowding in public schools. Coming in a year of new tax cut proposals, it smacks of hypocrisy.

Letters
Parkway propaganda hard to swallow
Re: Ready relief, Feb. 4.

Bill Maxwell
Denial gets us nowhere when living with racism
Many people gain great comfort in pretending that racism is a thing of the past, a moot issue, something that only the "civil rights industry" wants to keep in the public eye.

Robyn Blumner
Public interest groups should watch Ashcroft
If past is prologue, liberal public interests groups should start circling the wagons because John Ashcroft's Justice Department may soon be gunning for them. For a man who swore up and down before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would enforce the law as written, Ashcroft has previously interpreted the law in some pretty creative ways to punish those with whom he disagrees.

Martin Dyckman
Death penalty is costly, capricious
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court spends about half its time on the tiny fraction of its cases that involve the death penalty. Knowing this, some legislators offered competing proposals last year to "help" the court, either by expanding the bench from seven seats to nine or by creating a separate supreme court just for criminal appeals.

Philip Gailey
Pardon the mess, the Clintons have done it again
Elvis has left the building, but the show goes on -- embarrassing headlines, congressional hearings, sordid revelations, Jay Leno jokes. That's Bill Clinton, in office or out.

Don Addis
XFL: all the hype and less filling
Well, I got my first glimpse (and my fill) of XFL, the new brand of football created by pro rasslin's grunt-and-groan guru Vince McMahon.

Books
The heart of the matter

Tales from the Ouija board

Soul food
Florists are gearing up for a rush of deliveries, heart-shaped chocolate boxes are filling store shelves and sentimental to downright mushy cards are flooding the post office. It must be February, the month of L-O-V-E.

Book talk

Mysteries
Here's a handful of easy-reading mysteries to enjoy on a cruise, the ski slopes or just the flinty February Florida sun.

Another reason to avoid fast food

Obessing over life with humor

Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and with it comes an inviting array of new books on the black experience.  


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