October 30, 2000
A dubious excuse
Associated Industries, the business lobby sometimes known as Florida's shadow government, complained the other day that it has no time or money to effectively fight a Nov. 7 ballot initiative that would require the state to build a high-speed rail network of unknown cost and doubtful feasibility.
Thurman for U.S. Congress
U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, D-Dunnellon, may be hard pressed to beat the successes she enjoyed during her fourth term representing 5th Congressional District, which stretches from Gainesville to Holiday and includes all of Hernando and Citrus counties.
We shouldn't make change for change's sake
I know I'm not alone in saying that I resent our governor on national TV alongside his brother constantly vowing that he will "deliver the state" to him on Nov. 7. Perhaps our governor needs to wake up and realize that he is not a postman. Many Republicans like myself will be crossing the party line and casting our votes for Vice President Gore.
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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