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April 27, 2000

Editorials
Payback politics
The real losers of the Legislature's childish refusal to fund additional judgeships in a move to get even with the courts will be the citizens who need to have their cases heard.

U.S. heightens arms tensions
Here's a not-so-Trivial Pursuit question: Which world power is taking the lead in nuclear arms reduction? Hint: It's not the United States. Having finally approved the Start II agreement to halve American and Russian strategic arsenals by 2007, the Russian Duma then voted to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty -- a step our hawkish and isolationist Congress refuses to take.

A selfless sacrifice
There is a pause in our world when the people who save lives lose theirs doing heroic jobs. Nurse Alicia Betita-Collins, medic Erik Hangartner and pilot Mark Wallace, the crew of the Bayflite medical helicopter that crashed Tuesday, killing all three, were skilled and dedicated professionals who leave behind not only family and friends but countless others whose lives were saved because of the courageous work air medical crews perform every day.

Martin Dyckman
These tax breaks still shouldn't fly
How many ways are there to say "No!"?

Letters
Elian's Miami relatives forced Reno's hand
As far as I'm concerned, members of the Gonzalez family in Miami got just what they asked for. For months they've been thumbing their noses at government officials who have tried everything known to man to resolve the conflict and allow Elian's dad to see his son. They've talked to American officials about what terms they would accept and then changed their minds at the last moment. Finally, they dared the government to enforce the law.

 

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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