Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 28, August 3

Activists Battle Worldwide to Win Religious Liberties
New global freedoms have led to clashes involving old religious rivals. Even Western democracies are passing new restrictions limiting religious freedoms and outlawing certain faiths. Religious liberty has become the global crusade of the 1990s....
Air Force One: We Have Trouble
Codes for electronic countermeasures to protect U.S. aircraft, including Air Force One, have disappeared from a company under suspicion of helping China improve its missile capability. A former Loral Space & Communications Ltd. security executive...
A Plan for Gen. Marshall
Dodona Manor, the only home George C. Marshall owned, rests on a sloping hill in Leesburg, Va. After restoration, it will provide some insight into the honorable yet enigmatic American hero. The stoic George C. Marshall would blanch at being anyone's...
Can New Laws Level the Field?
Congress is responding to the cries for help coming from cities and fans who are battling sports-franchise owners over issues from taxpayer subsidies to antitrust law. Texans remember the Alamo, but die-hard Baltimore sports fanatics recollect the...
Clinton Attempts Rule by Executive Order
Last time I checked, the Constitution said that a treaty cannot be ratified until it first is approved by the Senate. That little clause in the law of the land apparently is no roadblock for an administration that has proved time and again that it...
Does Government Require 'Proportional Representation' for Women in College Sports?
Yes: The equal treatment rule has been twisted to discriminate against men. By Kimberly Schuld Schuld is director of the Play Fair project at the Independent Women's Forum, an educational public-policy organization based in the nation's capital. A...
Go West, Grey Fans: Western Writer Zane Grey Is Enjoying Increased Popularity, Especially among 'Highbrows.'
Western writer Zane Grey is enjoying increased popularity, especially among `highbrows'. They seem unlikely folks to pay homage to the world's best-known writer of Western novels, but here they were, mingling with fans and old-timers at the annual...
Jim Bunning Makes a Pitch for Principled Leadership
The six-term Republican congressman and baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, who says character does indeed count when evaluating our elected officials, is running in Kentucky for the U.S. Senate. In August 1996, Republican Rep. Jim Bunning of Kentucky...
Kids' Shows Fail the Test
Researchers give educational TV poor grades after finding inappropriate content -- including violence and sex -- on children's shows. Although nearly 70 percent of children's educational programming is aimed at kids in elementary school, these shows...
Lies, Damned Lies and Polygraph Tests
The original technology has been married to a computer and, in the hands of professionals, it is becoming hard to fool the machine. Courts and cops are taking notice. When Maj. Gen. David R. Hale denied Donnamaria Carpino's accusations that he had...
Nashville Hot with Sports Fever
Though best known as the center of country music, Nashville is sharpening its cultural acuity as it prepares to give the big leagues the keys to the city. So who's crazy here? Coy Shultz, a 40-year-old boat mechanic, is a Nashville native -- a dwindling...
Public Welfare for Billionaires
Owners of pro-sports franchises are pressuring many cities to provide luxurious stadiums at taxpayer expense. But some communities are throwing up a tough defense. Last year Paul Allen reportedly cast his first vote. And, to add a special touch to...
Relief from the Marriage Penalty Has Been Left at the Altar
In Insight's June 8 Symposium, noted liberal economist Robert McIntyre took a good whack at legislation my Republican colleagues and I introduced this year to fix the marriage penalty -- HR3734, the Marriage Tax Penalty Elimination Act. In particular,...
Sports Gladiators, Bread and Circuses
The economics of sports entertainment have transformed many star athletes into multimillionaire prima donnas with little in common with -- or use for -- even their fans. Often waiting in line overnight, crowds -- sometimes hundreds of thousands strong...
Sports Memories: Are We All Losers?
Sizzle of burger and smell of hot dog. Smoke wafting from roasting chestnuts, blending with the excitement in the air. Shouts and chants from the fans. Vendors touting brightly colored souvenirs -- caps, sweats and scarfs. Sleek police horses steaming,...
The American Citizen as Soldier: A Solution Whose Time Has Come?
The Founding Fathers wanted the United States to be defended by a small, professional military and a large people's militia. Today, that idea seems as quaint as the horse cavalry and about as practical. And yet ... it's coming back. Two new books,...
The Minors: Good Clean Fun
For all the change experienced in the wide world of professional sports during this century, minor-league baseball has managed to retain continuity, simplicity and fun. There is a mysterious continuity to summers when the smell of freshly cut grass...
Wall St. Bets on D'Amato
As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, New York's Alfonse M. D'Amato seems to be benefiting from his Wall Street connections -- if campaign financing is any indication. Wall Street is at the epicenter of one of the nation's most expensive political...