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April 30, 2000

Tim Nickens
Their friendship adds new dynamic to state politics
They stood near each other in the nearly empty House chamber, admiring another gorgeous mural illustrating Florida's history by Tarpon Springs artist Christopher Still.

Bill Maxwell
By cooperating with police, blacks could make communities safer
Police and witnesses say that on April 24, 16-year-old Antoine Jones shot seven youths at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. As of this writing, the 11-year-old boy who was shot in the head remains in critical condition, kept alive on life support so his organs can be donated.

Robyn E. Blumner
Universities tout diversity, then muzzle free speech
One of the most potent criticisms about an academic world awash in political correctness is that it produces weak, whiney people with hair-trigger sensitivity who don't allow anything to slide off their backs.

Philip Gailey
Republican Legislature is a danger to our state
Now that Elian has been reunited with his Cuban father, Floridians need to shift their attention to something more frightening than the federal raid that wrested the little boy from his dysfunctional Miami relatives. In case you haven't noticed, the Florida Legislature is still in session. Lawmakers are not armed, but they should be considered dangerous. Their agenda is nothing less than a Contract on Florida.

Martin Dyckman
Parimutuels may make yet another wager
Three times -- in 1978, 1986 and 1994 -- the people of Florida have voted overwhelmingly against casino gambling, and the failure of the third initiative, which cost its promoters $16.6-million for a puny 38 percent share of the vote, was supposed to be the end of it.

Editorials
A cautious choice
As Pinellas County moves toward changing the way it assigns students to its schools, public acceptance remains a key to the success of any plan.

Hospital board blunders again
The board of Tampa General Hospital picked a bad time to show its contempt for openness and accountability.

Letters
Education is valued above integration
Re: Nation backs away from commitment to school diversity, by Jeffrey Rosen, April 16.

 


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