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February 28, 2001

Job description needed
Comptroller Bob Milligan has a good proposal for the state's chief financial officer, which will replace the treasurer and comptroller in January 2003.

Apology without liability
The Japanese people can't understand why it took an American naval commander so long to say that he was sorry his submarine sank their fishing boat. But in our culture, unlike theirs, even a simple expression of sympathy may come back to hurt you in court. By adding insult to injury, critics say, this has the paradoxical result of leading to more litigation, not less.

Work together to make life better for farm workers
Re: Someone to fight for farm workers' rights,

Bill Maxwell
Getting older, we are living in reverse
A saying goes something like this: The older you get, the more conservative you become. Well, what happens when the opposite happens -- when the older you get, the less conservative you become?  

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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