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Articles from Vol. 129, No. 2668, January

Abstinence - Only Sex Education Is Not Enough
Public school sexuality education teachers report that the focus on abstinence-only instruction increased markedly during the 1990s. According to a study by The Alan Guttmacher Institute, while some topics--HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases...
An Eye for Beauty: The Sir Elton John Collection
The exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum "is about the sincere passion of a collector and his desire not only to live with his collection, but to share his love of these images with his friends and the public." ELTON JOHN'S affection for photography...
BIG LABOR VS. RIGHT TO WORK LAWS: The Battle Continues
Although the Supreme Court has established a number of precedents protecting the rights of workers, organized labor persists in using its political power to evade and defy those rulings to the fullest extent it can. TWENTY YEARS AGO, I could shock...
Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy Legacy
THERE WILL BE a Bill Clinton foreign policy legacy and it will be positive, despite substantive critiques and the ravings of the hard-core right. The legacy will essentially be determined and evaluated in the terms established by Ronald Reagan in his...
Can the Novel Be Saved?
I REGARD THE NOVEL as something of an endangered species. For a long time now, I, as a novelist, have felt the way I imagine a saddlemaker must have felt after the invention of the automobile. Before discussing how and why I fear the novel is changing...
Can You Top This?
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, everyone (myself included) was compiling "Top 10" lists to mark the close of the millennium and start of the new century. Well, the 21st century indeed became a reality on the first day of 2000, but technically, the much-anticipated...
Chipping Away the Invisible Wall across CYPRUS
"... Guardians of ethnic interest may find it harder as time goes by to maintain militancy among their constituencies." IN THE SUMMER OF 2000, it appeared that peace talks and gestures of rapprochement or reconciliation had come into vogue. On the...
Consolations of the Musical
THE MUSICAL has never been my favorite film genre. I was never taken by the idea of the fabric of drama suddenly ripped asunder as people break into song, affirming the goodness of life even as it seems to stink for the moment. This sounds a little...
Ensuring Patient Rights
"Workers should be able to apply the money the boss is paying for health coverage to a plan of their own choosing--whatever kind that might be." THE ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT ruled in 1999 that the family of a woman who died after being denied a diagnostic...
Fringe Benefits Are Key for Small Businesses
Every small-business owner is aware that attracting and retaining employees is difficult in today's tight labor market. Providing competitive fringe benefits, ranging from retirement plans to long-term care insurance, is one answer, several members...
Fuel for the Future
"With estimates that the typical citizen will need the equivalent of 30 semester credits of course work each 10 years to keep up with the changes that are coming to society, entrepreneurs see opportunities for huge profits." EDUCATION IS BIG BUSINESS....
GLOBAL WARMING WARNINGS: A Lot of Hot Air
The rise in temperature resulting from greenhouse gases predicted for the 21st century is not appreciably different from what has occurred over most of our lifetimes, a period in which a majority of people have enjoyed the prospect of later mortality,...
How NOT to Get a Job
It may be a job-seeker's market, but if you're planning a career move, beware of interview mistakes that can prevent you from securing an employment offer. OfficeTeam, a national staffing service for administrative professionals, surveyed clients and...
In Search of the Ultimate Dvd
With much of America heavily invested in their VCRs and VHS cassettes, there is some reluctance to switch technologies to adopt the DVD format. Admittedly, the pictures and sound are superior, but, on the other hand, movies are still running at least...
It's Time to Put Up or Shut Up-Redefining News
A FORMER STUDENT, reading this columnist's opinion of local television news, called me recently to tell me that he was tired of hearing constant criticism of how bad it is without anyone offering a realistic alternative. He said he learned in journalism...
Life Is for Living
PHILOSOPHERS often are characterized as having their heads in the clouds or of looking for a black cat in a coal bin at midnight--which isn't there. Sometimes, the criticism is well-founded, but, more often than not, philosophers are persons of eminent...
Magical Movie Ad-Libs
In 10 notable films, an improvisation added unexpected spice to the script. LIKE MOST FILM FANS, I have always been fascinated with famous movie lines and the stories behind hem. For instance, Hollywood's censorship board originally wanted Clark...
Mel vs. the Brits
We don't know exactly what the British did to tick Mel Gibson off, but the Australian-American superstar obviously is nursing some sort of a grudge. While Hollywood has long treated England kindly--sometimes even fawningly so--Gibson has taken off...
Parents Should Use "Time-Out" Judiciously
The use of a "time-out" may be an effective way for parents to control youngsters' behavior in the short term, but it will not teach children to manage their own behavior as they grow older, argues Judith Myers-Walls, an associate professor of development...
Politicians Should Learn the Lessons of a Free Market
THE NEXT TIME some fledgling democracy decides to hold a presidential election, do you think it will invite U.S. observers to make sure things run smoothly? In the free market, consumers go to the "polls" each day and "vote" for products that best...
Salad Eating as a Personality Test
Are you a dipper, topper, or a mixer? When it comes to salad dressings, a survey for the Association for Dressings & Sauces says, the way you use them indicates a lot about your personality. For example, people who dip their greens into their salad...
Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?
"A speculative revenue crisis doesn't justify giving new taxing authority to states to treat all businesses badly in the name of fairness." SERVING on a Congressional advisory commission is a bit like being a mother-in-law--you get to criticize...
Should Juvenile Offenders Be Tried as Adults?
"... Transferring juveniles into a criminal justice system that precludes a rehabilitative response may not be very sensible public policy." FEW ISSUES challenge a society's ideas about the natures of human development and justice as much as serious...
Spielberg's Money-Making Monsters
A perusal of the top-grossing movies of all time finds Steven Spielberg connected with a large number of them. He combined with George Lucas to bring the adventures of Indiana Jones to the screen, and Spielberg has filled theaters by appealing to audiences'...
Technology for the New Millennium
CORPORATE EXECUTIVES are confronting critical technology decisions today that will affect the nation's ability to meet the environmental and economic needs of the new millennium. Conflicting signals from the market and the environment make these choices...
The Dark Side of Sports Symbols
"Colleges and universities, for the most part, are making major efforts to diversify their student bodies, faculties, and administrations by race, ethnicity, and sex. This laudable goal is clearly at odds with the existence of racist and sexist names...
The Death of Service
As the labor shortage deepens, retailers will have to pay more for positions that were previously considered menial, including sales help and delivery personnel. IF YOU COULDN'T GET SERVICE this past holiday season, you were not alone. Predictions...
The Muddled Meaning of the 2000 Election
A LOOK AT THE EXIT POLLS from the 2000 election shows continuous and deep fault fines within the American electorate. A gender gap of about 11% persists, with men strongly Republican and women clearly Democratic. Looking deeper into that gap, one finds...
The Myth of the "Normal" Family
"Rather than trying to find the `one right way,' parents need to be flexible and creative in finding strategies that work for their particular family." OUR CULTURAL MYTHOLOGY about parenting is that there is "one right way" to raise children. Most...
Using Popular Movies in Psychotherapy
"Therapists are discovering the power of films and incorporating them into their work in growing numbers." IN CINEMATHERAPY, psychotherapists assign films to clients--movies in which the characters or plots are similar to the clients' problems....
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When Investment Styles Clash
They are a dual-career couple, each earning a high salary. Both feel that it's important to invest a portion of their salaries. There is just one small problem: one of them is strongly risk-averse, preferring conservative investments such as certificates...
Why Do Hollywood and TV Keep Showing US VIOLENCE?
"Just as a number of those who love pizza turn away in disgust if it has anchovies, plenty of people who love movies and TV shows turn away at the prospect of media entertainment rifled with explicit violence." ON SEPT. 13, 2000, Robert Pitofsky,...