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March 10, 2001

Revolutionaries at work
While Gov. Bush talks of a revolution in Tallahassee, he should remember there are still advantages in seeking common ground.

Misgivings among the faithful
The debate over President Bush's plan to channel federal funds into faith-based charities is not breaking the way the White House figured. As expected, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union were quick to denounce the plan as a major breach in the wall of church-state separation. What may have caught the White House by surprise, however, is the criticism from some conservative Christian leaders who are expressing serious reservations about the initiative.

Public interest should precede career aspiration
Re: Council to recount votes, March 2.  

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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