October 16, 2000
Ober for state attorney
The suicide death of Harry Lee Coe opened not only the race but a window on the office of the Hillsborough state attorney. For the first time in decades, as recent courthouse scandals come to a head, two solid candidates are forced to confront the office's credibility as the defining issue for voters.
Baldwin, Ober for judge
Leland Anne Baldwin for circuit judge, Group 25
A love of learning can't last under a pile of homework
Re: Homework vs. home life: Board takes a stand, Oct. 11.
The truth about the death penalty
ATLANTA -- Nothing is as widely assumed in American politics as the public's enthusiasm for the death penalty or the futility of reform. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
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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