October 27, 2000
Private prison problems
Florida isn't the only state that farms out some of its convicts to privately run prisons, but it is unique in having a special board to issue and manage those contracts. The 1993 Legislature, in mistrusting the Department of Corrections to be fair toward its so-called competition, mistakenly failed to reckon with the risk that the special agency it was about to set up, the Correctional Privatization Commission, might be biased the other way.
Ben Wacksman has brought intelligence and reason to county government since being appointed two years ago to fill an unexpired term. His balanced agenda reflects the needs of the west Hillsborough County district. No other commissioner works harder or better understands the problems of ordinary people.
Run to the polls as if your life depends on it
Re: The empty campaign 2000, by Andrew Kohut, Oct. 23.
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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