Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 52, December 27

Are the Greens Losing Their Grip?
By all indications, the environmental movement ought to be entering a golden age. The vice presidency of the country is held by the author of a popular environmental book. Leaders of green groups have been appointed to key positions in the Clinton...
A Reverence for Roots and Rural Life
Summary: Kentucky poet-farmer Wendell Berry praises the rural life, community roots and thinking small, while warning against ecological and economic catastrophe. Berry's view have led some to label him a prophet, but others to dismiss him as a Luddite....
Coalition Wars Serve a Purpose
Conflict, my students tell me, is a bad thing; and at least some self-described conservatives agree as they see their movement racked by contention. Books have been produced on this subject - for example, R. Emmett Tyrrell's The Conservative Crackup...
Communications Networks Bring New Kind of Immigrant
Both the opponents and proponents of open immigration have missed an obvious fact: The United States' borders are wide open and cannot be closed to hordes of modern-day immigrants. The half-million or so aliens who annually steal across the country's...
Conservatives Must Close Ranks
The modern conservative movement in the United States is now more than 40 years old, and has scored some remarkable triumphs. From the very start it recognized world communism for what it was - a sophisticated plan to conquer and rule the world - and...
Gun Control Is a Substitute for Solutions
Gun control is back. Suddenly it is the answer to everything from crime in our neighborhoods to health care costs. President Clinton says we cannot have a healthy society until gun ownership is restricted. The Brady bill will impose a national...
Laws Can't Restrict Lawmakers' Guile
Although congress has postponed a vote on the balanced budget amendment until next year, the prospect of such a constitutional provision has reawakened interest in the so-called Byrd Amendment. Edward Grimsley of the Richmond Time-Dispatch recently...
Medical Students Wary of the Future
Summary: The administration's health care plan seeks to increase the ranks of primary care physician by limiting the number of new specialists. That has many aspiring doctors - who are spending huge sums on their educations - worried. The dark circles...
PBS Deserves the Extinction Bestowed on All Dinosaurs
This just in - a new president has been chosen for the Public Broadcasting System! Bet that news spins your bonnet. There was some difficulty, evidently, in finding a new honcho: The salary's lousy, by television standards, capped at a mere $148,000...
Postal Service Pratfalls Prove That Logic Is Lost in the Mail
America's postmaster general, Marvin Runyon, recently warned that deliveries of mail may have to be reduced to four days a week. "But I'm confident we can maintain current delivery standards," he said. The other day, my morning mail arrived at...
South Africa Offers Hope, in Good Time
The idea of a free South Africa is not only exciting, it touches the idealist in all of us. And to profit by doing good has an appeal that is hard to beat. Yet despise the euphoria that surrounded the November signing of a new constitution, there are...
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