Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 34, August 23

A Mayor Puts Empowerment to the Test
For a while, Bret Schundler sounds very much like the Wall Street financial expert he used to be. The 34-year-old mayor of Jersey City is seated at a table in his office, telling a reporter about his program to convert the city's tax liens into an...
Clintons Show True Hypocrisy on Tax Forms
So long, William Sessions. I cannot say I hate to see you go. Your self-righteous claim that you have been fired from the FBI because of your ardent enforcement of affirmative action cuts no mustard with me, no chili sauce -- nor even a light bearnaise...
Confiscatory Tax Policies Erode the American Dream
When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, my dad, who carried mail on his back for 30 years, often gave me the advice many middle-class parents offer their children. "Johnny," he would say, "if you work hard and give your best effort to everything...
Dead or Alive? Poetry at Risk
Is poetry in America a lost cause? Widely popular in the 19th century, has it now been overwhelmed by the proliferation of other media -- TV, films -- that offer more instant gratification and more accessible entertainment? Or is poetry a dozing...
No Excuses! Children Need Supervision
Pity David Schoo. Life's stresses led poor David and his wife, Sharon, to take a vacation to Acapulco, Mexico. They left their two daughters, Nicole, 10, and Diana, 5, at home alone in St. Charles, Ill. Subsequent legal charges drove him to drink....
Sandinistas Use Terrorism to Finance Stale Agenda
A May 23 explosion in a Sandinista arms cache in Managua destroyed more than an arsenal of terrorist weapons and alias documents; it also exploded the left-wing myth that the Sandinistas are authentic revolutionaries. The ties that have been revealed...
Smooth Talk by the Media Twists Truth
In the era of instant communication, it is a prerequisite that journalists provide us with facts, nothing but the facts. Sometimes the media present sheer nonsense ("Today it was revealed that Ronald Reagan's era of greed . . . ") as truth through...
Thank Heaven for Little Girls, but This Is Getting Ridiculous
Uh-oh. Something very strange is going on. Readers may recall a column I wrote in this space in December about my newly arrived daughter, Abby. Now, as it happens, there have been a number of Insight babies in the past year or so. By Insight babies,...
The Shifting Ground of Property Rights
Frustrated by filibuster in the Senate, detoured by dissent in the House, Clintonites are poised to make their greatest impact in the alphabet soup of federal agencies that are the last bastion of executive power. The administration that promised "change"...