October 10, 2000
Gallagher for treasurer
For reasons that now seem quaint, Florida's elected treasurer, a member of that odd collective constitutional entity known as the governor and Cabinet, is also the insurance commissioner and state fire marshal. As far as most voters are concerned, it's the added-on job that counts. Few have more than a passing interest in how the state manages its money, but everyone is at the mercy of the insurance industry. As that industry is accustomed to having its way with the Legislature, it is vital that the commissioner, at least, be someone who puts the public first and has the sense, skills, courage and independence to serve them capably.
Shielding the truth
There should be an investigation to determine whether there was any attempt to shield Harry Lee Coe by withholding public records.
Forget choice, let's make all schools better
Re: School "choice" plan in Pinellas County.