Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 26, July 3

Cartoonists on Camera
Crumb, a remarkably cagey and edifying inquiry into the life and art of the inimitable, incorrigibly misanthropic cartoonist R. Crumb, is the best documentary feature to break into theatrical release since Hoop Dreams. But like Hoop Dreams, it won't...
Diplomacy Too Quiet
As America celebrates the rescue of Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady, who in a well-engineered US Marines operation was whisked out of Bosnia right under the noses of the Serbs, it is worth remembering that there are still two Americans behind enemy lines...
Dollar's Future Rests on the Flip of a Coin
The movement to replace the dollar bill with a coin is gaining ground in the House. Supporters -- including lawmakers, the General Accounting Office and the copper industry -- say the new coin would be easy to use and cost-effective, easing purchases...
Education Expelled?
While freshman Republican Joseph Scarborough was campaigning in his north Florida district last year, voters were surprised that his No. 1 issue was eliminating the Department of Education. "But what will we do about educating our children without it?"...
Feminism and Nomenclature
To think if all had gone well and feminists had their way about everything, maybe some day I'd have been able to assume my wife's maiden name, Baker, and never have to tell anyone how to spell or pronunce my name again. But the feminists are losing...
For Many Conservatives, Charity Begins at Home
As David Erickson surveyed the dilapidated crack house in one of Washington's more notorious neighborhoods, he was inspired: Just 15 years earlier, the building had been a home for lower-income families; perhaps he could transform the structure once...
Grassroots Groups Lobby for Freedom of Prayer
The brainstorming began after the November elections: What kind of language could be added to the Constitution that would expand students' religious expression to equal the academic and political free speech they enjoy at school? Supporters of the Religious...
Is It Time to Overhaul VA Hospitals?
The Department of Veterans Affairs is more disabled than those it was created to serve, and its massive health-care system is in a fight for its life. Despite a well-documented history of budgetary obesity, sclerotic bureaucracy and a notorious unwillingness...
It Won't Be Smooth Sailing for Clean Water Revisions
A great blue heron swoops down, scanning the surface of the undulating waters for any sign -- a splash or gurgle -- of its favorite prey, the striped bass. The quiet return of these majestic waterfowl to Chesapeake Bay offers hope for this vast wetland...
Mondrian Art: Planes, Lines and Primary Colors
Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) always has been an enigmatic figure in the history of modern art. His importance is unquestioned. With Wassily Kandinsky and Kazmir Malevich, he is credited with the invention of the single most important development...
No: Gifts with Strings Can Choke Higher Education
Alumni of America's 3,500 colleges and universities supported their alma maters at unprecedented levels in 1994, providing almost $3.5 billion. Those gifts took a variety of forms, from simply under-writing the annual operating costs of the institutions...
Out-of-Touch Journalists Give 'Elite' a Bad Connotation
During the Vicksburg campaign to open the Mississippi in 1863, Union Gen. William T. Sherman (as historian Shelby Foote recounts) was "in high spirits, having learned that four newspaper reporters had been aboard a tow boat that was lost. "They were...
Requiem for Commerce?
As a Michigan businessman for 25 years, Dick Chrysler never asked the Department of Commerce for help. But Chrysler didn't need the government's help, or even a college degree, to become a multimillionaire. In rags-to-riches fashion, he worked his way...
Studies Put Genetic Twist on Theories about Sex and Love
Awoman is far more likely to become pregnant by her extramarital lover than by her husband; sexual fidelity is more important to men than emotional fidelity. These declarations may sound like the sirens of moral decline, but actually they are findings...
Time to Reform the Criminal Justice System with Court TV
Certainly, no event in the history of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence has caused so much public awareness of courts, lawyers, judges and the whole retinue of supporting personnel as the O.J. Simpson trial. Nor has the judicial system ever been so widely criticized...
Too Early to Grade Clinton's Student-Loan Reform Plan
Orlo Austin, director of student aid at the University of Illinois at Champaign, remembers when each semester began with the desperate query, "Is my check in yet from the bank?" That's no longer the case, he says, thanks to the Clinton administration's...
VA Care for Veterans
It has been 50 years since a young Kansas University basketball player named Bob Dole found himself a second lieutenant leading a platoon of crack mountain troops trying to drive the Nazis from Italy. He was first wounded on March 18, 1945, but stayed...
Voters Need to Catch the Reform Wave
There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune," wrote William Shakespeare in "Julius Caesar." There is a rare and desperately needed tide in Washington, ripe for the taking, which will enable us to save our country...
World Bank Doesn't Merit Taxpayer Funds
Federal budget-cutters in Congress are preparing to trim U.S. subsidies to the World Bank. Defending itself, the World Bank has bought advertisements in major newspapers -- for the first time in its history -- that claim credit for great economic progress...
Yes: It Will Halt Academia's Liberal Agenda
When alumnus Lee Bass asked Yale University to return his $20 million donation because, after four years, the school had failed to establish the Western civilization course it had promised, he set an example for other alumni of America's colleges and...