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October 25, 2000

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Vote Yes to appoint judges
On the question of whether to appoint trial judges in Florida, the lawyers and the politicians have been waxing theoretic. One group asserts judicial independence and the other argues voter rights.

Vote No on high-speed rail
To endure a typical hour in traffic on I-4 or aboard a Florida commuter aircraft is to wish, along with Lakeland businessman C. C. Dockery, for the speed, convenience, comfort and safety of a high-speed rail network.

Bill Maxwell
Nader's wrongly imposed morality
My Sunday column arguing that a so-called "principled" vote for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader for president is a wasted vote is generating hot mail.

Americans are responsible for our candidates
Re: In presidential race, it's not so clear anymore, by Tim Nickens, and He has nobody but himself to blame, by Mary McGrory, Oct. 15.  

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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