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July 5, 2001

Bill Maxwell
Deals make Rays games more affordable
My column of last Wednesday about local folks, including myself, not supporting the Devil Rays, generated a lot of mail and telephone calls.

Editorials
Medical school admission by merit
The Legislature has done an injustice to graduates of our nation's military academies. In their rush to do a political favor for a lobbyist, lawmakers sent Gov. Jeb Bush a comprehensive health care bill with a provision requiring Florida's three public medical schools to offer two seats in each entering class to military academy graduates.

Pfizer's 'access'
Gov. Bush's decision to put the drug company on a preferred list for Medicaid patients' prescriptions skirted public scrutiny and competitive bidding.

Letters
Dick Cheney is fortunate to have health coverage
It is sad that Vice President Dick Cheney has a cardiac problem, and I empathize with him.  

Perspective
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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