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Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 10:51 p.m.

Lousy timing

In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything.

But Floridians aren't laughing at the decision by Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, R-Plant City, and Senate President Jim King, R-Jacksonville, to approve spending more than $1.5 million to renovate their offices.

This, as the state is facing a revenue deficit that may top $2 billion.

The changes, including a private bathroom on the House side for a suite of new offices for House leaders, come just two years after the Capitol building was renovated.

The renovations "may be considered long overdue," said Dominic Calabro of Florida TaxWatch, a privately funded watchdog group, "But like everything in life, the timing and symbolism of this expense may tell volumes."

Time really flies

Astronomers have found a planet in a spiral arm of the Milky Way that orbits so close to its parent star that a year passes every 29 days.

There's no signs of life there. But if it exists, we hope they don't have a commercialized season like the one experienced here recently.

Once every 365 days is enough for any human.

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