Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 30, August 14

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, "Public opinion in this country is everything." --Abe Lincoln, Sept. 16, 1859 What brings this statement to mind are the recent exaggerated responses from Bill Clinton concerning a 26-year-old allegation against his wife, the...
Campaigns' 24/7 Cyber-Coverage
The presidential campaigns move into the fast lanes on the information superhighway as dot-com mania offers high-octane coverage of upcoming political conventions. While the speeches and events of this year's presidential nominating conventions...
Correspondence
Ferocious Chihuahuas Are Not Sissy Little Lapdogs! Although I have no argument with the premise or execution of the cover story "Bark Over Bite?" [July 24], I must take issue with your choice of dog breed used for the cover along with the heading...
FBI Unleashes CARNIVORE to Spy on Americans' E-Mail
Civil-liberties groups are up in arms again about Big Brother watching you. This time it's your e-mail. The FBI is deploying a system known as CARNIVORE, which allows law-enforcement agents to intercept and analyze e-mail during ongoing investigations....
Fighting the Food Fight
High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are all the rage, but many nutritionists caution against them, arguing that such diets are unbalanced and ignore mainstream medical thinking. Have a hamburger, but no bun. Order eggs and bacon, but no toast....
Foster Now Has Bully Pulpit to Export Abortion, Thanks to Clinton
It just has come to light that Henry Foster has been appointed as chairman of the newly formed U.S. Committee for UNFPA. Foster came to national prominence in the United States five years ago when he was nominated by President Clinton to be surgeon...
Future Is Now for Robotic Surgery
Surgeons have perfected a minimally invasive technique to perform very delicate abdominal surgery using computer-assisted instruments and three-dimensional imaging. For 100 years the standard for abdominal surgery was "rip `em open, sew 'em up."...
GAO Offers Stark Assessment of Warship Vulnerability
The U.S. Navy is cruising for a potential bruising in the near future unless it shores up its defenses against a growing cruise-missile threat, according to a report by the General Accounting Office, or GAO. The congressional auditing agency punctuated...
Ghostwriting Haunts Christian Publishing
Publishers know well the lucrative practice of pairing ghost writers with celebrity authors, and the Christian book industry is no exception to the rule, despite qualms about its ethics. Religious titles are selling, according to the Christian Booksellers...
GOP Platform Planned to Unite Rainbow of Interest Groups Behind Bush
The road may be filled with range these days, but that's the case within convention halls. Witness the GOP gathering in the Philadelphia where contentious issues, which threatened to render the GOP's "big tent" at conventions past, nowhere will be...
How Does This Float Your Boat
Time was when the federal government was bending over backward to get folks into the fishing business. It offered new and old salts low-interest loans to buy bigger and better boats and poured millions of dollars into developing new technologies that...
Is Boston Globe Purging Its Sole Un-PC Columnist?
The Boston Globe has been known to conservatives for many years as one of the most obnoxiously liberal newspapers in America. How liberal? In 1995, the Globe ran a front-page story by reporter Anthony Flint that declared that, in the aftermath of...
Justice for All
Judge Royce C. Lamberth has moved against the Clinton/Gore administration for obstruction of justice, recalling the Watergate rulings of Judge John Sirica. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth can forget that appointment to the Supreme Court....
Let Them Eat Sheepskins
Usually washington in brief has taken a fairly dim view of proposals by the Clinton administration and its environmentalist allies regarding the release of wolves in the West, coming down instead on the side of cattle, campers and other potential sources...
Lowering Divorce Rates Urged as National Goal
Conservative analysts argue that legislatures should reverse `no-fault' divorce laws and rewrite the tax code to strengthen marriages and discourage family disintegration. Reducing divorce rates by one-third for families with children by the end...
New Day for U.S.-Mexico Relations
Mexico's new ruling party sent a delegation to Washington to outline its agenda for healing 70 years of institutional corruption. Both sides liked what they saw and heard. I would rather have temporary inexperience than permanent sabotage," declared...
PRC Tentacles Reach into Hastert's Office
What on earth was Dennis Hastert thinking? This is the question prompted by House Speaker Hastert's selection, announced in mid-July, of a new national-security adviser: Nancy P. Dorn, a woman who had parlayed her stints as an official in the Reagan...
Presto! A Patient's Eye View of Magical Surgical Procedures
It was about 2 a.m. when a wee voice inside began to suggest that the pain and swelling in my belly might not be caused by some bad homemade mayonnaise on that perfectly delicious salmon two days before. This tiny doubt led to a medical process that...
Richardson's Method of Keeping Nuclear Secrets
Only very rarely has for the people enjoyed reading something more than it enjoyed an e-mail received recently. It's by Dave Addis, appeared originally in his column in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and was picked up on the Internet from there. For the...
Righting Writing Wrongs
Teachers are trying new ways of teaching the cursive style to correct illegible scrawls. Handwriting often is a low priority in some schools. Children get coaching from kindergarten through third grade, but one-on-one instruction beyond that is...
Seeking Remedy for Pathologized Boys
Two boys carrying a bat and ball and gloves are heading home: "Yeah, it was fun! ... Not a parent in sight" says one, in a pungent editorial cartoon by Bruce Plante of the Chattanooga Times. A cartoon should not be made to carry too much baggage,...
Symposium
Q: Are today's Islamic movements compatible with democracy? Yes: Islamic nations are developing their own form of indirect democracy. "Those intellectuals who say that the clergy should leave politics and go back to the mosque speak on behalf...
That Psychiatrist on the Couch Isn't Crazy
Harold Bloomfield is a renowned psychiatrist and writer with an unusual take on alternative medicine who also participated in some major world events. Harold Bloomfield a Yale University-trained psychiatrist and champion of alternative medicine....
The Strange Death of John Millis
The staff director of the House Intelligence Committee killed himself in a seedy Fairfax, Va., motel. But there seems to be more to the story, and those in the know just aren't talking. No one expected it. But, then, no one ever does. A suicide...
U.S. Population Evens Out
A new population study shows that the numbers of older, middle-aged and young Americans are evening out, creating an "age pillar," according to Martha Farnsworth Riche, former U.S. Census Bureau chief and author of the report for the Population Reference...
What $15 Million Bought Al Gore
As the Democratic National Committee was spending millions of dollars in soft money on image ads to hype the vice president, Texas Gov. Bush insisted, 'I'm talking about what I want to do.' The love affair was over before it really began. No sooner...
Why Quality Will Count in the New Media
He was a towering fellow with a bushy black beard and a Scots accent so thick that if you had tried to swim in it you would have found yourself stuck fast. As a veteran journalist he had the respect of the entire London Sunday Telegraph newsroom. Alan...