Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 33, September 3

Agit Props
Promoters of California's Proposition 36, which sends drug offenders into rehab, are lobbying for similar measures in other states. About 50,000 nonviolent drug offenders will avoid prison every year as a result of a voters' initiative Californians...
ALEC Hopes to Put a Stop to Red-Light Cameras
America's largest organization of individual state legislators just gave a red light to the so-called red-light cameras many associate with Big Brother. On Aug. 5, a task force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, "While there's life, there's hope," said Marcus Tallius Cicero (106-43 B.C.). Indeed, as humankind marches to its destiny life by life, we remain optimistic that, ultimately, good will trump evil. It may not always be apparent, but...
Big Brother Plays the Dating Game
So it seems that the fears of the civil libertarians regarding misuse of personal and confidential information by those in authority may be well-founded. In a story that bears looking into, border to border and level upon level, the Detroit Free Press...
Bobble Bubble
Jiggling dolls are a mania among collectors, who are paying up to $500 for ceramic caricatures of Mark McGwire and other sports superstars. Seven-inch ceramic dolls -- each with an enlarged, caricaturelike head attached by a metal spring to a narrow...
Correspondence
Plenty of Blame to Share in the Andrea Yates Tragedy Congratulations to Insight and Kelly Patricia O'Meara for courtgeous coverage of the Andrea Yates tragedy ["Did Drugs Distort Mother's Nature?" Aug. 13]. Those of us actively protesting the lack...
Cupid's Arrow Aimed at Poverty
Oklahoma's governor has said `I do' to using $10 million in federal welfare money for a marriage initiative he hopes will encourage family cohesiveness and reduce poverty. Air conditioners work overtime and clothing sticks to sweaty skin after only...
Do Stem-Cell Research without Killing Embryos
We are wrestling with a profound medical and moral challenge: whether, and under what circumstances, the federal government should use your tax dollars to finance research on stem cells derived from human embryos. President George W. Bush promised...
Economic `Oasis' Could Turn out to Be a Mirage
NEW YORK CITY -- Governments and national leaders are foolish when they neglect to cheer up voters. Just ask Jimmy Carter, who added to the woes of stagflation, an oil shortage and the Iran hostage crisis by telling Americans that they should shake...
Energy Department Suffering Potentially Dangerous Brain Drain
Just the other day, at a traffic light on a busy Washington street, a panhandler was seen carrying a cardboard sign on which was scrawled: "Out-of-Work Atomic Scientist -- will build nuclear weapons for food!" Odd even by Washington standards, but...
Ex-King Welcomes Mafia Influence into Government
There appears to be no stopping the advance of organized crime in the Balkans, even in Bulgaria, the most stable country in a region of chaos. In June, Western politicians welcomed the election of a motley assortment of political novices led by...
Exploring the Outer Limits of Oversight
As the government's premier internal watchdog agency, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has cultivated a reputation for thoroughness and accuracy so sterling that its findings only rarely are challenged or repudiated, even by the squirming targets...
Farming While Black
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid black farmers more than $575 million since April 1999 for past discrimination in the largest civil-rights award in U.S. history. But some black farmers believe USDA still wants them off the land. Insight...
Friends and Other Anti-Americans
The prosperous, progressive nation of Oman reflects the changing nature of a modern Middle East, where growing sophistication is raising questions about U.S. leadership. Sequestered at the bottom of the Arabian peninsula, the longtime gateway to...
Hear This!
Audiologists are treating more hearing-related problems as levels of environmental noise continue to increase. Is the United States getting noisier? Indeed it is, according to the League for the Hard of Hearing in New York, a hearing rehabilitation...
Hip-Joined or Hooked Up?
Most young women, like their mothers before them, go to college seeking their `MRS.' degrees, according to a recent report, but their course of study is far different. Today's coeds no longer find a social norm on campus that expects couples will...
Israel and Syria Move Perilously Close to Starting an All-Out War
Although mainstream American media have focused on the recent violence in Jerusalem and Israeli strikes on West Bank towns such as Nablus, less attention has been paid to the volatile situation on the Israeli-Lebanese border, where escalating violence...
It's Cool Again to Be Communist
Leaders of a surprising number of European and Latin American governments were communist agitators as youths and no longer hide the origin of their agendas. Just over a decade after the collapse of the Berlin Wail, the old East German Communist...
Liberals Regroup after GOP Wins
The August congressional recess is supposed to be a `district-work day,' but Democrats are using it to coordinate attacks on the Bush agenda and map out strategy for the 2002 elections. These are the dog days of summer and, as usual, Americans find...
Paul's Principles Are Guided by Constitution
A self-described strict constitutionalist, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas believes the government should get out of the business of meddling in the lives of its citizens. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) does not mind voting alone. In fact, this veteran legislator...
Resuscitating Passion
A new breed of pastors relies less on formal training and more on Jesus. The American religious scene increasingly is filled with independent churches and entrepreneurial clergy. It is Sunday morning on a cool March day in downtown Kansas City,...
Rivals on Divided Cyprus Threaten EU's Eastward Advance
Northern Cyprus' international airport should have a sign reading "Welcome to the country that doesn't exist." That's because for almost two decades the world community steadfastly has refused to acknowledge that the northern third of Cyprus has a...
Rumsfeld Inherits Financial Mess
The Defense Department cannot account for $1.1 trillion that seems to have vanished within the tangled system of financial accounting put in place by private contractors. Every year trillions of dollars are unaccounted for by federal agencies, and...
Sexy Gadgets, Gimcrack Gizmos and Canny Cameras
The sexy gadgets that help James Bond confound his adversaries may be out of reach for the general public. But technological advances are allowing the average John Doe to sample some of the gizmos that long have been the trademark of the fictional...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants? Yes: Make it easier for longtime, taxpaying, law-abiding residents to get legal status. It needs to be said at the outset that the United States does not need an immigration amnesty such...
What's in a Domain?
It's Philippines vs. phones in a fight to secure the Internet designation .ph. Cybernauts are watching the case as an instance of law and regulation in the new Web world. The Philippines has become the reluctant battleground for one of the nastiest...
Why FBI Faltered without Hoover
When J. Edgar Hoover took over what 11 years later, in 1935, became the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was a corrupt outfit given to blackmail, staffed by suspicious characters and led by incompetent political hacks. From this beginning Hoover...
Why the Rush to Dredge the Hudson?
The Hudson River Valley long has been legendary for its natural beauty, memorialized by artists who followed in the path of settlers of that prosperous and exclusive region of upstate New York. When you follow the Hudson up past the state capital of...
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