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 Perspective: December 23, 2001
December 23, 2001

Editorials
Watching our money
Tallahassee officials are still wrangling over the details of a Cabinet reorganization that will determine how well Florida's finances are being overseen.

A city getting back to work
As crises go, this is far from the worst the St. Petersburg Police Department has seen. Mayor Rick Baker fired Chief Mack Vines on Tuesday, less than three months after Vines took the job and two weeks after he used the word "orangutan" to describe a black suspect's actions. The day after he was fired, Vines threatened to sue the city, and City Hall got a load of disapproving phone calls and letters. Small groups on both sides of the issue showed up to express their views.

A sensible approach to security
The Tampa Sports Authority showed a timely display of common sense by refusing a request by the Tampa Bay Bucs to search all fans with security wands before they enter the stadium. Metal weapons aren't the primary threat in the post-Sept. 11 world, and advocates haven't made a solid case that the inconvenience of such a massive procedure would measurably increase security.

Letters
Palestinians can make peace happen
Re: U.S. should reconsider aid to Israel.

Robyn E. Blumner
Christmas past at the Blumners
From the age of 5 to 18, I lived in Glen Cove, New York, a small city on the north shore of Long Island. My neighborhood would fit anyone's definition of the suburbs: a bicycle stolen out of an unlocked garage was the extent of the crime problem, casseroles were a food staple, and we didn't so much talk to the neighbors as whisper about them.

Martin Dyckman
The education-business link
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Chamber of Commerce had scheduled a Capitol press conference several months ago to present a poll said to show that Floridians are greatly afraid of lawsuits. Having been set for mid-morning Sept. 11, it was necessarily postponed. It was suddenly plain that no one would take that fear seriously.  


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