Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 21, June 10

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, "Who can refute a sneer?" wrote William Paley in his book Moral Philosophy. Such is the dilemma now facing President George W. Bush and political leaders of both parties who are being asked to defend against charges they ignored...
Alternative-Fuel Effort Left Running on Fumes at DOE. (Waste & Abuse)
The Department of Energy (DOE) has purchased thousands of alternative-fuel vehicles in recent years to appear as if it is at the vanguard of energy-conservation efforts. But the department has made little progress in cutting its overall gasoline...
Amendment Hopes to Keep Marriage Debate out of the Courts. (News Alert!)
Congress, the White House and the American people may be spectators in one of the most important issues of the day--the debate about same-sex marriage. That's the fear of a bipartisan group of legislators who introduced a constitutional amendment...
A Pitch for Freedom: Instead of Finding Riches on U.S. Baseball Diamonds, Cuban Defectors Find Themselves Limited by Major League Baseball's Policies
Everyone who saw him talked about this pitcher. Scouts, major-league players and fans. He could strike out the best; he had a great curveball; he would be an asset to any big-league team. But because of his national origin, this pitcher faced barriers...
Argentina Crying over `Hired Guns'; U.S. Political Consultants Providing Financial Advice to Argentina Are Greeted Skeptically by Observers Who Question How Dedicated They Are to Clean Government. (World: Advice for Sale)
Secretary of State Colin Powell's recent warning to a cash-starved Argentina that underlying economic reform is a necessary but insufficient ingredient for sustained economic growth was followed by a stern admonishment. "Argentina" he said, "must...
Baby Docs Go on `Red Alert'; Obstetricians Issue an Alert to Colleagues on Insurance as Rates Soar in Nine States. (Nation: Terrorism)
Doctors who specialize in delivering babies and treating pregnant women are closing their offices, leaving states such as Nevada and Pennsylvania or abandoning their profession because they can't get liability insurance--even at sky-high rates....
Christians Fall Victim to Diversity Virus. (the Last Word)
The historians of a distant day will wrinkle their learned brows to try to account for the habits of our odd era. One seemingly innocuous noun--"diversity"--is going to take up a chunk of their explication. An instructive case is that of Ron...
Culture Could Be GOP Edge in 2002 Midterm Elections. (Fair Comment)
The famous color-coded 2000 presidential-election map, with the counties that went to George W. Bush shaded in red and those that went to Al Gore in blue, painted a picture of a divided nation. This division remains in 2002 and is the result of...
Documents Detail Saudi Terror Links: Saudi-Government Accounting Schedules Showing Payments to Families of Suicide Bombers Are among Records Israel Seized from Palestinian Terrorist Cells. (Nation: Terrorism)
Only a small portion of the documents Israel seized from Palestinian terrorist cells and governmental offices during the monthlong incursion into the West Bank has been made public, but already one Arab state and its highly paid U.S. lobbyists are...
Doing Time at Bethpage; an Intrepid Sportswriter Takes to the Links to Preview This Year's U.S. Open. (Sports)
When the Black Course at Bethpage State Park welcomes the 102nd U.S. Open from June 13-16, it will become the first daily-fee public facility to host golf's national championship. Some would claim that Pebble Beach broke the municipal barrier long...
DOI Speaks with Forked Tongue; a Court-Appointed Monitor Says the Slings and Arrows of Interior Secretary Gale Norton Are off Target and Thinks Indian Trust Monies Need to Be Put into a Receivership. (Investigative Report)
The Forrest Gumpism that "Stupid is as stupid does" is being cited even within the federal bureaucracy to describe the way the Department of the Interior (DOI) has handled American Indian trust money (see "Total Lack of Trust" Sept. 17, 2001, and...
Ethics Troubles Mount for Whitman; Christie Todd Whitman Is under Growing Scrutiny for Her Reassignment of EPA's Ombudsman and Conflicts of Interest regarding Cleanup of Ground Zero in New York. (Nation: Environmental Protection Agency)
The pushing and shoving among the powerful at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not abated, but those potentially hazardous materials emanating from lower Manhattan about which INSIGHT warned two weeks ago are beginning to be taken seriously...
Everything Old Is New Again. (Washington's Week)
With former president Jimmy Carter having sneaked into the headlines by sucking up to one of the last remaining communist dictators, and national TV networks bending over backward to court viewers with a steady fare of reunion shows and retrospectives,...
Explosive Discoveries Unveiled in Europe. (for the People)
William Faulkner's famous quip that "The past is never dead. It's not even past" was proved right yet again, though in a way the great Mississippi novelist probably didn't foresee. In England, archaeologists report that cannonballs removed from...
Father Absence Key to Male Masculinity Crisis. (Fair Comment)
Luke Helder knows the first rule is "don't talk about Fight Club". While Helder has not acknowledged drawing any inspiration from the 1999 movie of that name, circumstantial evidence points in that direction. Helder has confessed that the goal...
GOP in Mood to Party over Tax Cuts. (News Alert!)
In the same week President George W. Bush signed a farm bill that critics contended was suffering a bad case of bloat, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) elaborated on his admiration of Russia's flat tax. Of course Armey once referred to...
Hitchens Launches Brock into Orbit (Where He Belongs). (Nation in Brief)
If it ever happens that the often obnoxious but always readable Christopher Hitchens sets out to kick your butt, it might be a good idea to invest in armored BVDs. He's very, very good at it. And his latest target, booted around in the pages of...
Hypocrisy of Democrats Exposed in Bush Photo Flap. (Correspondence)
As a self-employed business owner, I produce media presentations for all occasions. Last winter I donated a project to the local Republican Party that was used at the county and district levels. The procedure necessary to create such presentations...
Ineptitude Stymies Congress' Sept. 11 Probe. (Political Notebook)
How can there be reform when the would-be reformers are at odds about who should direct the catalytic inquiry for long-needed change? Even veteran Capitol Hill watchers have remained surprised by the delays and behind-the-scenes jockeying accompanying...
In Singapore, Cupid Works in Civil Service. (for the People)
The nannylike government of Singapore already has brought the people of that tiny island nation frequent "Speak Good English" and "Clean Toilet" campaigns, hoping through blatant social engineering to make the country tidy and well-spoken. Now ...
Reforms Urged in Mississippi; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls on Lawmakers to Change the State's Legal System. (Law)
For the first time in its 90-year history, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is targeting a state for its antibusiness practices, saying Mississippi has become a haven for excessive lawsuits and massive jury awards (see fair comment, June 3). The chamber...
Seniors' History Scores `Abysmal'; Fourth- and Eighth-Graders Outperformed 12th-Graders in a National History Survey, with 57 Percent of Seniors Failing to Show `Basic' Knowledge of the Subject. (Education)
History appears to be a mystery to American high-school seniors, according to a national "report card" released in May. Fewer than 30 percent of American high-school seniors knew the Tonkin Gulf Resolution authorized President Lyndon Johnson to...
Symposium
Q: Should there be a means test for a prescription-drug benefit for senior citizens? YES: Seniors without prescription-drug coverage already have access to other programs designed to help. The Bush administration and Congress are considering...
Taiwan Deserves Its Own Voice in World Health Organization. (Fair Comment)
When the ruling body of the World Health Organization (WHO) convened its annual meeting in Geneva on May 13, one important member of the international community was missing. The Republic of China on Taiwan--home to 23 million people, a genuine democracy...
The Net Effect and Technology Politics: Once a Liberal, Cyber-Reporter Declan McCullagh Had a Political Epiphany after Realizing the Threat That Government Regulation Poses to the Internet. (Picture Profile)
As recently as seven years ago, the National Press Club in Washington had no membership classification for online reporters. Then in 1996 Declan McCullagh, chief of the Wired News Washington bureau, became the first to be so designated. McCullagh...
Wall Street Paved over with Worry; despite Signs of a Resurgent Economy, Investors Remain Apprehensive Because of Concerns about Both the Accuracy and Honesty of Corporate Bookkeeping. (Nation: Corporate Accounting)
The contrast is stark. While the overall economy is improving slowly but surely, no sustainable bull market has emerged. Wall Street is becalmed as if in the doldrums. In early May, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill confidently told Congress that...