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September 13, 2001

The day after
When terrorists commit acts of war against civilization, every American can play a role in bolstering the foundations of our civilized society.

Our connection with terror
The sounds of Tuesday's terrorist attack on America may remain as haunting as the images: The screams of people as they watched victims fling themselves out of World Trade Center windows rather than face a death by fire, the sounds of police and fire personnel trying to create order in the chaos, and even the eerie silence of the video image, replayed on our television screens over and over, of the second plane plowing into the south tower.

Don't sacrifice the liberties that make us great
I hope and pray that the recent terrorist tragedy will not give rise to a loss of what makes our country great, namely the tolerant spirit that creates the promise of civil liberties.  

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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