August 2, 2000
Convention Notebook: Philip Gailey
The Democrats' misfire
PHILADELPHIA -- Traditionally, the two political parties have observed a cease-fire during each other's presidential nominating conventions. It has been a good time for the candidates to relax, as Al Gore is doing this week at a North Carolina beach house before the rigors of the fall campaign. But with Gore still trailing George W. Bush in the polls, worried Democrats decided they couldn't afford to sit by this week and allow Republicans to get away with projecting a softer, friendlier image from Philadelphia. So they have been firing away, President Clinton from a distance and a group of Gore surrogates on the ground here.
In the irresponsible tradition of Bo's Bridge, another powerful legislator is pushing an unnecessary six-lane environmental monstrosity.
Hiring illegals creates enslavement
GAINESVILLE -- It was a scene made for the movies: Last Thursday in Gainesville, armored personnel carriers deployed sharpshooters at 1707 Williston Road, home of Chang Qin Zheng, his wife Jin Shuang Zheng and his brother Zheng Zheng.
Parties' political conventions have lost significance
Re: GOP parley still news even if pols script roles, by Howard Troxler, July 31.