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October 22, 2000

School plan has left the county with unintended choices
Two years after accepting choice as the guiding principle behind future student assignment, members of the Pinellas School Board now have a plan and a dilemma. What they intended with choice is not exactly what they got.

Tim Nickens
George W. may have hurt himself with bad specifics
George W. Bush was all smiles as he left St. Louis last week.

Bill Maxwell
Serious blacks know a vote for Nader is a waste
I have engaged in heated discussions with friend and foe who say they are voting for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader for president.

Philip Gailey
Clinton's help may be too late for Gore
He would like nothing more than to be this year's October Surprise, the man who saves Al Gore's political butt in the final days of this presidential election.

Martin Dyckman
George W. shows quite a callous side when he talks about death
TALLAHASSEE -- Last week's mail brought one of those old-folks letters from Barbara Bush asking that we not let the Democrats scare us about her son, George.

Choice will only make things worse
Re: School choice.

Intellectual romp in Paris
Reading Adam Gopnik's essays from Paris when they first appeared in the New Yorker, I was smitten by his cultural insights (so much like my own, but funny), his bilinguality (a gift we share except that he really speaks French) and his literateness (a perfect mirror of my own if only I had done the reading in college).

Easy to follow rules for life
Rules For Aging is going to attract a lot of readers. It is short and easy to finish in one sitting.

PERISH TWICE, by Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $23.95)

ROBERT KENNEDY: His Life, by Evan Thomas (Simon & Schuster, $24)

Of meaning and metaphor
Perhaps the best thing about Climbing Back, Dionisio Martinez's fourth book of poems, is that it reveals the Cuban-born, Tampa Bay poet to be a very real friend of metaphor.

Hardship, poverty and the complexities of marriage
Dog pictures are coupled with Southern writing in this slim and evocative volume.

Check it out
PEOPLE TRAINING: "I have learned that people hate to train their dogs. They just want them to behave," writes celebrity dog trainer Inger Martens in Paws For A Minute (Quill, $13). Martens will be among the speakers at the Times Festival of Reading at Eckerd College. Her talk is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.  

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