July 1, 2000
A dubious victory
The state's agreement to eliminate a lime rock mine while allowing a cement plant near the Ichetucknee River doesn't seem like a good deal for the environment.
Another misguided war
Under the ruse of fighting the drug trade, Congress and the Clinton administration are rushing more military aid to the government of Colombia. Here we go again -- fighting the wrong war the wrong way in Latin America. The move is a dishonest ploy that offers little hope for stemming the flow of narcotics and threatens to draw the United States deeper into Colombia's internal war.
Work to change public attitudes about abortion
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that partial-birth abortion is a woman's "fundamental" constitutional right. If you feel even a little uncomfortable when you hear this horrific procedure described, then you can no longer sit passively by and allow this atrocity to continue.
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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