Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 38, October 9

Carving Pork 'Til Turkey Time
It remains to be seen just how thankful lawmakers and their constituents will be this Thanksgiving, for the congressional appropriations process likely will continue into November. The federal government begins its fiscal year Oct. 1, but Congress is...
Competition Challenges Complacency
The Germans, world leaders in production and trade, have "lifted the speed limit on their economic autobahn," noted Lester Thurow, the renowned economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1992. "And when there are no speed limits, the...
Devil Lurks in the Details of HR 666
If there is one lesson to learn from the tragedies in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, it is the need for renewed vigilance in safeguarding our constitutional liberties from an increasingly gung-ho federal law enforcement. Yet, even as Congress concludes...
In Autumn, Maine Fills the Senses
Moosehead Lake, Yankee country's water world, is a foliage watcher's, sport enthusiast's and antique collector's paradise - especially in the fall. If Maine is the mecca for leaf lovers, then Moosehead Lake is the medina for visitors anxious to view...
It's Time to Go after a Real Case of Abuse
A slew of highly publicized day-care child-abuse convictions from the 1980s is being reversed and revelations about possibly overzealous prosecution. But a uniquely - and heavily - documented case of child abuse has gone unprosecuted for nearly 50 years....
Maintenance Gets an 'F.' (School maintenance)(Nation: Education)
The public schools are crumbling - literally. Budget woes reduce buildings, morale and progress. In Orleans Parish, La., home to New Orleans, the 124 school buildings have an average age of 55. In Lackawanna, N.Y., this June, the school board called...
No: New Technology Shouldn't Require New Taxes
It's 2015. Twenty years of voter revolutions have shrunk the federal government to a small building behind Union Station. Welfare is a memory, Disney owns Amtrak and even the roads on which we drive are all private owned. As you speed down Interstate...
Q: Will Privatization Pave the Way for the Nation's Highways? Yes: Let Capital Markets Fund the Nation's Road Repairs
Our cities are choking on traffic, and the gas-tax system of paying for highways has to go. Stop-and-go on urban highways is approaching a national economic cost of $100 billion a year and is a source of enormous daily frustration, ill-temper and delay...
Rising from the Ashes
In old legends the phoenix rose out of the ashes. Thanks to Pennsylvania Republicans Bud Shuster and Bob Walker, the Commerce Department may become the modern American equivalent of that sacred bird of lore. Earmarked for elirnmation by "Contract" Republicans...
The Silk Purse Is Full of Pork
A bipartisan rhetorical pattern is emerging from the complex appropriations process under way on Capitol Hill. Amid much clamor of legislative battle, Democrats depict the Republicans as mean-spirited and extreme; Republicans, while rejecting the notion...
Unclogging U.S. Arteries
In the 1950s, America's hills and valleys resounded with dynamite as civil engineers laid down thousands of miles of highway - asphalt winding through mountain ranges, across cornfields, over rippling rivers and bays. The massive national effort known...
Unfinished Masterpiece
Why was Albert Campus' unfinished novel, The First Man (Knopf, 325pp), just published in the United States, so successful last year in France? Initial sales there indicate that the book is destined to join The Stranger and The Plague as perennial best-sellers,...
Without Fanfare, Amtrak Gives Farewell Regards to Broadway
Budget cuts have claimed one of the nation's celebrated passenger trains - the Broadway Limited. Passengers still can travel between Chicago and New York, but the curtain has fallen on a piece of history. The Broadway Limited, a train swift and luxurious...
Women Unite in Beijing - for the Moment
Delegates to the U.N. World Conference on Women achieved consensus on thorny issues. Pro-family conservative groups, Iranian Muslims, the Vatican and lesbians all claimed victory Sept. 11 as platform-writing committees at the United Nations' Fourth...
Yesterday's Radical Chic Is Mau-Mauing the Flagcatchers
We must all hope for redemption, to be sure, whether for transgressions spiritual or secular. "Use every man after his desert, and who shall scape whipping?" as Hamlet wryly observed. But renunciation is a condition of redemption and in our no-fault...