May 16, 2000
Democracy in elections draws a blank
Democracy is such a wonderful idea that we Americans can't stop ourselves from trying to force it on China, Cuba and other strange places. So how about some more of it right here in Florida?
OSHA's new regulations go too far
One third of all serious occupational injuries and illnesses in this country can be linked to repetitive motions.
Advantages of trade
Free trade with China would bring profits to America's industries, including Florida's citrus,phosphate and high-tech businesses.
Don't allow power companies to add surcharge
Re: Utilities seek fee to offset oil costs, May 11.
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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