Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 48, December 28

ABC Colludes with Greenpeace to Scarify Viewers
Uh-oh, it's time to be afraid again. Be very afraid. No, it isn't pesticides this time, nor household radon, silicone implants, cellular phones or any of the previous bogey-men. Now the target is phthalates, a chemical that makes plastics soft for...
Aerospace HyperSoar
Engineers say `hypersonic' planes soon will fly on the edge of Earth's atmosphere, cutting a trip from New York to Toyko to two hours. Think of it as the ultimate rollercoaster ride -- a plane that skips along the edge of the atmosphere at 6,700...
America's Quiet Epidemic
The percentage of overweight Americans has grown since 1980 -- 55 percent of adults. As Americans embrace the holidays, they are being enlisted in a cause often associated with the season: the battle of the bulge. "The simple fact is that more people...
A Nobelist's Blind Allegory of the Human Condition
Critics have emphasized "the soft spot for the common man" displayed by Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago, the newest Nobel Prize winner in literature. Indeed, readers might expect this from a writer who was a metalworker and who remains an unrepentant,...
... as ABC's Story on Disney's Pedophile Problem Gets the Spike
If David Westin, the president of ABC News, were to ask the magic mirror on the wall who was fairest of them all, the answer would disappoint him just as it did the wicked queen. Westin, a lawyer with no journalistic experience who took over the news...
A Sunshine Law Still in Shadows
Access to information is de rigueur in the electronic age. But can the people triumph over bureaucratic bottlenecks? One day a hefty box arrives at your office, unexpected and uninvited, addressed to a colleague who left for greener pastures years...
Calvin Coolidge, Our Kind of Guy
Here's a trio to mull: history, imagery and a president. Not the incumbent president, but one who deserves better than the years and the professoriate have afforded him: Calvin Coolidge. Oh, that president -- the dour, lackadaisical chap who provided...
Clinton's Foreign Policy Still an Embarrassment
To conduct the foreign policy of a major power, in fact a superpower, requires that the officer in charge of foreign policy, the commander in chief, demonstrate leadership. By leadership we mean initiative, preempting and preventing unpleasant, unforeseen...
Correspondence
Britain's Rising Crime Rates May Be Linked to Firearms You ran an interesting piece about crime rates in "law-abiding" England and Wales [Law, Nov. 23]. Regarding the attribution of the uptrend in the crime rate in England, I wonder if people haven't...
GOP Hoosier Mayor Improves Urban Life
Stephen Goldsmith stands in the first rank of city innovators as he leads Indianapolis a step beyond privatization while reducing patronage and delivering improved core services. Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith stands in the first rank of America's...
Is America Ready for Madame President?
Is America serious about a female leader? A poll shows 76 percent of voters would support a female president, although women make up only 6 percent of the nation's governors. Madame President ... hail to the commandress in chief ... America is ready...
Levi's Panting for Youth Sales
An ad campaign titled `What's True' will be the first salvo in Levi Strauss' battle to win back the youth market to its brand of blue jeans -- for now, without the riveted five pockets. Levi Strauss Co., seeking to shed its image as the outdated...
Looking for Information in All the Wrong Places
Federal prosecutors and congressional investigators are used to the White House playing fast and loose with subpoenas requiring aides to hand over detailed information. All too often what they get from the White House in response to subpoenas is not...
Q: Should the Republican National Committee Stay the Course?
Yes: The RNC must further conservative principles while expanding the G0P base. The elections of 1998 represent a failure of expectations. No question about it, Republicans were sorely disappointed that our majorities did not expand as we had hoped...
Religious Art En Vogue
Sales figures are up fop aPtwoPk depicting religious themes and comforting scenes of nature and family -- a trend that mirrors the popularity of heavenly minded movies such as What Dreams May Come and City of Angels. Americans seeking hope in a...
Restoring Our Decaying Cities
Government-subsidized urban revitalization failed for decades to reldndle downtown areas. The billion-dollar booster projects don't do the job either. What will work? To a driver on the interstate, it's easy to see why some planners and mayors have...
There Is a Fog over Washington
Ignoring inconvenient facts has proved as confusing for those trying to make sense of the impeachment hearings as for those who thought that they could buy good behavior from Arafat. There is a fog in this city. Not one that is interfering with...
Tis the Season to Be ... Jaundiced?
Thanksgiving is digested, the mornings are nippy and everywhere you go something magical is in the air, a sense of joy and anticipation that can only mean one thing: Unless waste & abuse has been scratched off the mailing list out of spite, the...
What If the Nukes Don't Work?
America's nuclear arsenal is deteriorating with age and commitments against testing may make its very survival questionable. Here's what the labs are doing about it. On July 16, 1945, a small group of top U.S. scientists working at Los Alamos for...
Youth and Faith
Today's popular spirituality reflects an affinity for experience over dogma, an aversion to denominations as institutions and a healthy suspicion of hypocrisy. One generation shall laud thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts," declares...