May 24, 2000
In the end, one can bring humor to life
A powerful, formerly mean, mean man uttered these words the other day:
Peru's leader affronts democracy
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori likes to win elections, but that's where his appreciation for democracy ends. He was first elected 10 years ago on a promise to end hyperinflation and defeat an entrenched guerrilla movement. He succeeded -- but only after shutting down Peru's Congress, muzzling the press, outlawing opposition parties and trashing Peru's existing constitution.
Veto mine bill
Senators approved a bill that regulates mining and eliminates automobile emissions testing, but since most didn't cast an informed vote, it should be vetoed.
Codes should require safer building methods
In light of recent fires in Ybor City and other parts of the state, I think the government should review our building codes. It's a sad and dangerous fact that solid brick-and-mortar construction is becoming a relict of the past. The most popular type of construction today is a wood-frame building with plywood walls. They're structurally weak and extremely flammable, as we have witnessed in Ybor City. Unfortunately, will see a lot more of this in the future.