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October 14, 2000

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Beyond the madness
After the violence is brought to a halt in the Mideast, the movement toward an peace accord has to begin again.

Haste can bring tragedy
It's one of the cruelest ironies in child welfare: a young child, taken from his abusive parents to a presumably safer and more loving home, only to be killed by the foster parents who took him in. It's not supposed to happen. But it does all too often -- and has once again.

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VanNahmen in House District 50
The voters in Florida House District 50 -- which stretches from Shore Acres in St. Petersburg to downtown Dunedin -- will be choosing a legislator who will have to learn on the job. Both candidates, Democrat Ava VanNahmen and Republican Kim Berfield, are making their first run for public office.

Letters
When voting, think about role of government
Will you be happy when Nov. 7 ends all the rhetoric, name-calling and promises of candidates for political offices at all levels?  

Perspective
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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