Importing GIF images and maintaining transparency

I have an issue involving gif images where there is a transparent area that must remain transparent. When I import these images into FCP (6.0.4), the transparent area becomes white and looks awful... how do I fix this phenomenon?

Does it really have to be GIF?
Only 256 colors as opposed to the 16 million possible in a TV picture.
Alpha channel is either on or off - meaning you can't have semi-transparent areas.
Non-existent anti aliasing and horrible quality generally.
Even with JPEG you are pushing your luck. JPEG compression can corrupt the fields in interlaced video.
Saving money on cheap, quick graphics now means spending it later trying to fix what "doesn't look right". Guess what? It never will.
TIFF is best, PNG will just about do it if not.

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