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June 4, 2001

President Bush's visit
As President Bush visits Florida, let's hope he will be inspired to support the Everglades restoration efforts and protect the gulf from oil drilling.

Heed NATO's concerns
Most Americans probably aren't too concerned when Russian and Chinese officials object to the Bush administration's plans to push ahead with deployment of a missile defense system. After all, potential adversaries shouldn't be given veto power over U.S. strategic policy. Most Americans may even tune out the Democratic leaders who have raised questions about the cost, feasibility and strategic wisdom of missile defense. The questions may come across as further evidence of partisan sniping in Washington.

Casey Martin ruling not a good one for athletes
Re: One small step for Casey Martin, editorial, May 31.  

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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