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May 18, 2001

Editorials
McKay on tax reform
Senate President John McKay is taking on Florida's tax system because he believes it should be made into a fair and broader-based system that taps into growth.

Progress in welfare-to-work
In a legislative session noted more for backsliding than progress, it was refreshing to see legislators move closer to crafting a humane and effective welfare-to-work policy.

Appoint leaders to TIA board
In the coming weeks, Gov. Jeb Bush will make two appointments to a board overseeing a jewel of the region -- Tampa International Airport.

Letters
Authorities have earned jurors' skepticism
Re: Jury pool shows new attitude, by William R. Levesque, May 7.  

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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