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March 2, 2001

Some seem to think racism should be ignored
I've found it both amusing and troubling that your Feb. 18 article, Disbelief, hard feelings, would produce such a firestorm of criticism in the letters.

Vandals after our judiciary
It is inevitable that there will be bad bills before the Florida Legislature, but some are so dreadful that you want to check whether it's already April Fool's. And some are worse than even that, which brings us to Rep. Fred Brummer and his House Joint Resolution 627, a constitutional amendment that would do to the judiciary as the Vandals did to Rome.

A fairy tale budget
Though President Bush exaggerated the idea that Americans could have it all with his budget proposal, he did show bipartisan spirit and compromise.


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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