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Perspective: May 13, 2001
May 13, 2001

Power and patronage
Republican legislative leaders did all the dirty work, but the effect of their actions was to concentrate unprecedented power in Gov. Jeb Bush's office.

Logging in the wilderness
A federal rule that would save our most pristine national forests from destruction is in danger of being overturned. On Thursday, a federal judge in Idaho issued a preliminary injunction to stop the U.S. Forest Service from enforcing the rule that would keep logging, mining, drilling and roads out of wilderness areas. Environmental groups accuse the Bush administration of giving the judge tacit encouragement to challenge the rule.

Corrections system must be reformed
Re: Dying inside, May 6.

C.T. Bowen
Rep. Fasano plays old games on a new stage

Mike Fasano hasn't changed much.

Bill Maxwell
A Preacher's Kid is exposed
CRESCENT CITY -- The little old woman, probably in her 80s, stared at me far too long. Although we were at least 10 yards apart, she knew that she recognized me. I vaguely recognized her.

Martin Dyckman
Growing doubts about death penalty
TALLAHASSEE -- Recent national polls noted the intriguing fact that there are many more Americans who want Timothy McVeigh dead than who claim to believe in the death penalty.

Robyn E. Blumner
Moralists wrongfully punish youth for being curious about sex
Sometimes I wish I could crawl inside the head of the nation's most vocal virtuecrats, people such as Attorney General John Ashcroft, former secretary of education William Bennett and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn. That way I could discover their true motivation for building political careers on the need to keep children from viewing anything erotic or sexual.  

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