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October 8, 2000

Health care challenges
The candidates talk a lot about prescription-drug coverage, but preserving Medicare and providing coverage to those who have none are matters that can't be ignored.

Tyranny begins when freedom erodes
Re: Resist insidious searches, by Robyn Blumner, Oct. 1.

Tim Nickens
Debates need a little oomph
Before their debate this week in North Carolina, George W. Bush and Al Gore ought to send their advisers back to the negotiating table.

Bill Maxwell
Public too focused on the trivialities
"Debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open, and that . . . may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials," wrote Justice William Brennan in New York Times vs. Sullivan (1964).

Martin Dyckman
Political pull-togethers hide the skullduggery
TALLAHASSEE -- After leading by 134 votes in the primary, Dave Miller lost by 1,218 in the runoff for House Dist. 54, where term limits had tolled on 22-year veteran Rep. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole.

Don Addis
How about them Stooges?
Today, class, we're going to compare the three men in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth to the Three Stooges.

Diane Roberts
Eyes closed, Bush can't see world beyond Texas
I was in London the other week and every third taxi driver told me a version of this joke about that dubious Vanity Fair article claiming our Republican presidential candidate may have a developmental disorder: "Dyslexic?" says George W. Bush indignantly. "I've never even been to Dyslexia. I'm from Texas."

The survivors find peace after war
As a new century approaches, writers and movie directors have tried to sum up the current century's greatest event, World War II, and the generation of Americans that fought it. Stepping onto this saturated field in June was Bob Greene with Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War.

POW nurses tell their story
Women have long been left off history pages, but for the American nurses who were held prisoners of war during World War II, their omission from the historical record was no mere oversight. The nearly 100 military nurses who were taken captive were deliberately silenced by the U.S. military:

Some authors featured at this year's St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading maintain their own Web sites to give readers a glimpse of themselves and their works. However, readers looking for information about other festival authors will find reviews, interviews and other tidbits readily available online. Here's a sampling:

Military books
On the official U.S. Army Web site, Gen. Eric A. Shinseki, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, offers a book list for those in the various ranks of the Army. Here are his suggestions for "Cadets, Soldiers, and Junior NCOs," followed by excerpts from his reviews of those books:

Foreign correspondence
IN THE COLD OF THE MALECON and Other Stories,by Antonio Jose Ponte, translated by Cola Franzen and Dick Cluster (City Lights Books, $10.95)

Exploring a nation's political history
ALL ABOUT THE ELECTIONS: Two hundred years of America's favorite national spectacle -- the presidential elections -- are documented in Hats in the Ring: An Illustrated History on American Presidential Candidates (Random House, $39.95).

Literary barbs and brats
After reading David Leavitt's Martin Bauman; Or, A Sure Thing, I'd swear he attended the Truman Capote School of Catty and Cathartic Writing.

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