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December 27, 2001

Graduates create an ugly scene
At a recent winter graduation ceremony for students at Cal State Sacramento, the commencement speaker was booed off the stage when she raised questions about the extent to which we should give up our civil liberties in our quest for security. The young people responsible for that ugly scene may have college degrees, but they are utterly ignorant of the traditions and values of individual freedom that define us as a nation.

Fixing election flaws
The U.S. House's version of election reform goes a long way toward correcting the worst problems revealed in the aftermath of the 2000 elections.

Vines had to go to keep the city from regressing
Re: Baker fires Vines for rousing distrust, Dec. 19.  

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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