June 17, 2000
While this week's meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea was promising, the effort to reconcile the two countries should proceed with caution.
End the legal delays
It isn't enough that Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives defied a Justice Department order and kept him from his father for so long federal agents had to execute a raid to reunite the father and son. Now they're using the slow machinery of the American legal system to delay the inevitable return of the 6-year-old Cuban boy to his homeland.
Ending testing of emissions is an idiotic move
Re: Bush ends emissions tests, June 15.
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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