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June 4, 2000

Bill Maxwell
Secret evidence prevents basic fairness

The United States has an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim bias that should concern all freedom-loving citizens.

Editorial notebook: Diane Roberts
A concern with crime's causes
LONDON -- There is no death penalty in the United Kingdom. And while there are periodic howls from right-wing newspapers and retired colonels to "bring back hanging," the majority of people prefer life in prison for murderers over American-style ultimate vengeance.

Editorial
Weighing the turkeys
The process Gov. Jeb Bush uses to evaluate what budget items he will veto should be improved next year to cut down on the political dealmaking.

Letters
Prisoner rehabilitation is a failure
Re: Poor rehabilitation causes criminals to return to jail, by Neal R. Peirce, May 28.

Philip Gailey
A few thoughts to carry on your journey

No one invited me to deliver a high-school commencement address this year, but if I had been asked, these are some of the platitudes and unoriginal thoughts I would lay on the Class of 2000:

Martin Dyckman
Predecessors knew not to mess with the Regents
The Pork Chop Gang were rural legislators who earned the label for refusing to cede power to Florida's fast-growing cities and suburbs. It took the U.S. Supreme Court to dislodge them, 12 years after Gov. LeRoy Collins began the battle for fair apportionment.

Robyn E. Blumner
Cyberspace has back doors for international peeping

The U.S. media don't do a very good job covering what's going on in the rest of the world. The New York Times, one of this country's most internationally oriented papers, has 42 reporters in its Washington bureau but only 13 for all of Europe. News agencies don't give much broadcast time or print space to international meetings because they know most Americans find the issues too remote and complex to pay them much mind.

Tim Nickens
McCollum's campaign consultant is doing a great job, for Gallagher

Finally, a pulse.  


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