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September 15, 2001

New York stands tall
Despite having a sometimes unflattering reputation, New Yorkers displayed courage and spirit this past week that elevated an entire nation.

Loopholes for polluters
Florida has rewritten its clean-water plan in a way that benefits big polluters. Not only will the degradation of lakes and rivers be harder to stop, but the polluters will have it easier sidestepping responsibility for the damage they've caused to public property. Florida needs to expand the criteria for lakes and rivers to make the state's impaired-waters list.

America has been hurt, but we will prevail
The events and images of Sept. 11, 2001, are now seared into the hearts and minds of every American. Until the end of time, they will become a part of the national consciousness of this country and will be remembered as reverently and as passionately as we remember Pearl Harbor, the Lusitania and the Alamo. The names of the victims may be forgotten in the course of time, but their sacrifice and that of their families will not.  

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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