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June 30, 2001

Software bully
Despite rejecting a breakup, an appeals court has affirmed that Microsoft broke antitrust laws. The government should press for substantive changes to the company's business tactics.

Some costly horn tooting
Jim Norman is shaping his political image with a gimmick at public expense. It's not as big an ethical problem as the ones the Hillsborough County commissioner created for himself when he became embroiled in a hospital scandal or got caught in Las Vegas with a garbage lobbyist. But the effort is improper nonetheless.

Retirees who live alone are not necessarily lonely
Re: Retirees come together to create pockets of loneliness, June 24.  

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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