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May 23, 2001

Editorials
Pre-K programs need aid
In light of a definitive study showing intensive preschool education and family services can improve children's lives, Florida should be careful to avoid swimming against the tide in pre-kindergarten education.

No support in toppling Castro
Senate supporters of the Cuban exile lobby have found a new way to give Fidel Castro legitimacy he doesn't deserve. They want to pump $100-million in overt U.S. aid to opposition groups in Cuba. It's nice to see we've moved beyond the idea of knocking off Castro with poison darts or an exploding cigar. But this is another illusion in the long-running dream that America can topple Castro.

Fair confirmation needed
President Bush's first crop of judicial nominees deserves fair,civil and prompt hearings in the Senate.

Letters
Corrections system actively seeking reform
Re: Corrections reform, editorial, May 17.

Bill Maxwell
Laugh, but I won't fool with hurricanes
Donna was a husky lass,  

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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