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November 19, 2000

No ordinary time
Amid the swarms of national politicians, journalists and lawyers drawn to Tallahassee by the presidential election that wouldn't end were some five dozen Floridians on a less dramatic mission.

Philip Gailey
Hoping for a fair and accurate vote count to end this mess
As I write this on Friday afternoon, before the absentee ballots from overseas are tallied, before the courts have disposed of all the legal challenges piling up, before the manual recounts are completed in a handful of Democratic strongholds, I find myself hoping that the overseas ballots break so decisively for either George W. Bush or Al Gore that further recounts and litigation become pointless. The question on most people's minds is no longer which candidate will win, but when will it all end?

Martin Dyckman
History of Electoral College has shown us electoral crisis
TALLAHASSEE -- What should have been one clear lesson of Nov. 7 -- that every vote does count -- has been distorted into something alarmingly different and wrong: Whether every vote counts depends on who's willing or able to count it. If George II is crowned president, it will be less by the grace of God, as the British would say, than by the grace of Katherine Harris.

Alecia Swasy
Mr. Greenspan, you haven't disappointed us
To: Alan Greenspan

Diane Roberts
Say a little prayer to St. Chad
What with all the fussing and fighting and filing of lawsuits by both the Gore and Bush campaigns, with all the uncertainty over who actually won the blessed election, surely it's time to appeal to a higher power -- St. Chad himself.

Don Addis
Which school are you from?
You hear the term "old school" a lot lately. It's a label used to distinguish traditionalist mentality from forward-looking (or present-dwelling) modernists.

Smaller states protected in Congress
Re: Electoral College.

It's Greenspan, stupid!
Forget George W. Bush and Al Gore, over the next four years many people think it's the Federal Reserve chairman who will make or break our economy.

An Indefensible Pleasure
Margaret Mitchell, who was born 100 years ago this month, wrote Gone With the Wind, which has become a major, albeit controversial, part of our American culture.

Soul food
HEALING JOURNEY: In 1975, at age 23, Bri. Maya Tiwari (the "Bri." is an honorific that stands for female Vedic monk) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Two-and-a-half years, 12 surgeries and many devastating rounds of radiation later, she was told she was terminal and given two months to live. Tiwari sought refuge in a friend's Vermont cabin and prepared to die. Instead, after several months, she left the cabin, her cancer gone.

Guilt and greed
Kurt Eichenwald's The Informant, tells about a corporate whistle-blower who was also an embezzler.

Foreign correspondence
THE ARCH OF KERGUELEN: Voyage to the Islands of Desolation, by Jean-Paul Kauffmann, translated by Patricia Clancy (Four Walls Eight Windows, $23)

Book talk
EDIBLE LANDSCAPING: Author Monica Moran Brandies will teach a course, Edible Landscaping, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Baywinds South, 4707 W. Gandy, Tampa. Call (813) 977-0996 to register.  

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