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Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 123, No. 2594, November

America at Risk: Can We Survive without Moral Values?
NOVELIST Walker Percy once was asked what concerned him most about the future of America. He responded: "Probably the fear of seeing America, with all its great strength and beauty and freedom gradually subside into decay through default and be defeated,...
America's Efforts to Curb Violence: The Anti-Crime Bill Is Not Enough
VIOLENCE is not confined to street crime or to urban America. It burns in many places. It is a blaze fed by many fires. Ask any corporate executive who never drives home the same way two days in a row. Ask any head of security at a suburban mall or...
A New Form of Warfare: Employees "Get Even" in the Age of Layoffs
ANEW FORM of warfare is gripping the U.S. It is not taking place in the familiar arena of city streets, where news reports of violent crimes are common. Rather, it is occurring in the heart of America's workplace and pits two formidable adversaries...
Can America Have a Beautiful Future? Visionary Strategies Are Needed
PARENTS should be able to answer the deceptively simple, but often hard questions their children ask. How can they respond to "What will America be like when I grow up?" Do Americans believe that the years ahead will be seared by conflict and environmental...
Can We Stop Big Government?
AMERICANS share a common problem that threatens not only their future, but the future of their children. It is not the size of the Federal deficit, the burden of overtaxation, or the shrinking purchasing power of their income. Nor is it the skyrocketing...
Catholics' Romance with Celibacy: Is the End Near?
IF "ROMANCE" can connote any inordinate attachment, then Catholicism can be said to have a long-standing infatuation with "perfect chastity"--the vowed commitment to abstain from sexual relations for the sake of the Kingdom of God. As infatuations...
Clinton at the Crossroads
UNTIL THE DEFEAT of George Bush, economic performance was a strong determinant of presidential approval. Using economic data as a predictor model, Bush should have been reelected easily. In 1992, the economy was recovering: growth was up, inflation...
Does Television Belong in the Courtroom?
THE AMERICAN legal system--generated 200 years ago with a view that what went on in the courts was the business of lawyers and judges--is having difficulty responding to wall-to-wall media coverage of court cases today. The coverage is extensive and...
Environmental Regulations vs. Economic Health
IMPROVING the environment and economic growth are not mutually exclusive goals; however, they are not easily reconciled, either. Those who blithely maintain that environmental regulation is good for the economy because it creates jobs are deluding...
Financial Standards - the Unfair Albatross
THE FINANCIAL Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has the authority and responsibility to issue or create required standards for financial accounting and reporting. In December, 1990, it issued FASB 106, "Employer's Accounting for Post-Retirement Benefits...
Fruit and Flowers Fantasy: Four Centuries of Still Life Painting
THE STILL LIFE most often is defined as a closely focused view of an array of usually--though not exclusively--inanimate objects. Such objects once had served only as accessories and attributes in history painting, religious scenes, and portraits....
Government Solutions Can't Solve America's Financial Problems
LET'S PLAY a "what if" game about public spending. What if American politicians had said back in 1965: "We won't spend a dime on welfare for the next three decades, but in the early 1990s, we will take the money we would have spent and buy every Fortune...
In Whose Image?
IF YOU HAVE watched, listened to, and read media all of your life, you probably have filed these images into your thinking process: African-Americans are mostly rap stars, drug addicts, welfare mothers, criminals, and/or murderers. Latinos are illegal...
Looking Back at Watergate
TWO DECADES have passed since the resignation of Richard Nixon in the aftermath of the break-in at Democratic Party offices at the Watergate complex polarized the American people. Passions, however, usually are transient. The soothing effects of time...
Maintaining Control of Holiday Appetites
Massive intakes of food and alcohol are a classic American holiday tradition. Many people simply resign themselves to gaining a "spare tire" during the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year's season. Some even have gone so far as to adopt a cycle of fasting...
Predictive Genetic Testing: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications
IMAGINE VISITING your physician for a routine physical, and he or she recommends that you have a new genetic test run on a small sample of your blood. The doctor informs you that it will indicate your chances for developing certain diseases at some...
Risk and Opportunity in the Middle East
CAN GAZA become the economic equivalent of Singapore for the Middle East? It seems hard to believe after the many cataclysmic events in the Middle East over the last three decades. Nevertheless, the occurrences that have been similarly dramatic at...
Smarter Than the Average Bear?
NO SOONER had individuals finished putting record amounts of money into equity mutual funds in 1993, when some market commentators began warning that this reflected far too much enthusiasm for stocks and was a worrisome sign that the market had peaked....
Students: Why Bother Studying?
CAN'T AFFORD to send your kid to college? Want to get a college loan or outright tuition grant? Your offspring has no high school diploma or equivalency degree? No problem. See the U.S. Department of Education. They give lots of loans and grants to...
Thanks for the Memories
THIS BEING a time of Thanksgiving, it would be remiss for this columnist not to do just that, for life in the pressbox truly is an unbeatable way to make a living. What follows is a subjective list of some of the most important sporting events I've...
The Great Transatlantic Liners Sail Again
LIFE ABOARD the great ocean liners during their heyday echoed the class differences that existed ashore. In first-class accommodations, elegant ladies in evening gowns, bedecked with furs and jewels, danced the night away in the arms of their formally...
The Middle East Peace Process: America Should Keep Hands Off
NOTHING symbolized the U.S.'s role in the diplomatic efforts leading to the Sept. 13, 1993, signing of the accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization more than a cartoon that appeared in the Times of London. A photo-like drawing...
The Need to Empower Indian Tribes
IN OCTOBER, 1992, a distinguished group of American Indian tribal leaders assembled on the mall in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Members of the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest Native American organization, they...
The Prostitution of Higher Education
AS THE NUMBER-CRUNCHERS report, college enrollments never have been greater. The message sent out is loud and clear: To get ahead, one needs more education. Old-timers may applaud this in the belief that students are subject to the same curricula and...
Triumph and Tragedy: The Camera Captures Politicians
CONTROL Of a politician's image is as old as politics itself. In William Henry Harrison's presidential campaign of 1840, at about the time of photography's introduction to the U.S., the candidate's image was shaped to an unprecedented extent. The broadly...
Tying Loose Ends before Tying the Knot
Prenuptial agreements have all the romance of a blood test, but are becoming more important than ever for couples preparing to wed. They are not just for the Donald Trumps of the world, either. Couples in five percent of all marriages and 20% of all...
We Should Avoid Mental Health Insurance
A MAN sees his wife's psychologist after being told that her depression only can be dealt with by including him in the therapy. The man is asked if he wishes to be diagnosed with an accepted mental disorder so that his medical insurance will pay the...
What's Wrong with America and Can Anything Be Done about It?
IT IS A CLICHED TALE as old as the hills. The elder generation looks at society's youngsters and shakes its head in disappointed wonder and disgust. "When I was a kid...," the admonishment inevitably begins. Today, however, the Establishment is in...
Why the Space Station Should Be Saved
THERE IS a new summer ritual that is becoming all too familiar. That is the annual debate over the fate of the Space Station and, with it, the space program. These days, there is more to the debate than the nuts and bolts of space hardware. With...
Winter Is Risky, Even When Mild
Whether winter weather is cold or just cool, the season brings temperatures that require some safety precautions. "You don't have to live in the land of snow and ice to be at risk of suffering from winter weather," explains Robert Norris, assistant...