Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 18, May 18

ABT's Young Dancers Leap into Ballet's Limelight
George Balanchine's famous dictum, `Ballet is woman,' has haunted the art for years, but men are refuting those words by soaring onto center stage in theaters around the world. When Kevin McKenzie became the American Ballet Theatre's, or ABT's, artistic...
Big Labor Fights a Losing Battle
Since 1968, the National Right to Work Foundation has been winning the war against compulsory unionism and the political use of nonmember dues one ease at a time. On the surface, the minutiae of the case were eye-glazing "exhaustion of remedies"...
Clinton Should Punish GOP with Highway Bill
The Republican revolution has come to this: Free-market activists are praying that a presidential veto will stop the GOP Congress before it spends again. At an April Cato Institute Policy Forum entitled "Road to Hell?," representatives of the National...
Colombian Government Losing Its War on Drugs
The good news is that Colombian narco-guerrillas released in mid-April a group of American bird-watchers whom they kidnapped the month before in the mountains southeast of Bogota. The bad news? The narco-linked Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,...
Consensus Builds on Need to Invest Social Security Funds in Market: There Is No 'Free Lunch' from Chancing How Social Security Trust Funds Are Invested
There is growing support in Congress for allowing workers to invest some portion of their Social Security taxes in private retirement accounts. Even Democrats such as Sens. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska now support...
Government and Business Compete for 'Bug Busters.' (Solutions to the Year-2000 Computer Problem)
Y2K, or the year-2000 computer problem, will affect everyone, and expects say the solution will cost far more than expected. Worse yet, skilled troubleshooters are hard to come by. Y2K = $50 billion for USG -- the federal government's latest estimate...
Higgins Sees Action from Long Gray Line to Y2K
A member of West Point's Class of 1966 and a Vietnam veteran, Michael Higgins now is at the vanguard of efforts to eradicate the `millennium bug' that threatens to foul computer systems. West Point-graduate Michael Higgins is one of those businessmen...
If the Truth Is out There, the Feds Aren't Telling
For decades, Americans have been watching the skies for signs of intelligent life -- and they show no signs of eye strain. Now, UFO enthusiasts are petitioning Congress to investigate. One Sunday evening last summer, a television-news anchorwoman...
Irish Path to Peace Still Long, Arduous
Peace in Northern Ireland. It is hard to imagine. For two-thirds of my life the British province has been wracked and made wretched by bloody sectarian violence. I can shut my eyes now and cast my mind back 30 years to when I watched with my parents...
Lithium Prevents Suicides
An old drug has gained new legitimacy: Psychiatrists say lithium can prevent suicide, although many doctors had abandoned the treatment. Researchers long have recognized that lithium helps stabilize mental disorders, especially wild mood swings associated...
Make Way for 'Green' Machines
The car of the future may do more than mollify America's antipollution zealots. Alternative fuels could revolutionize U.S. energy policy, reducing, dependency on foreign oil. Who wants a "green" car? Surely only a tree-hugging left-winger could be...
Managing the Great Outdoors
Saddled with cutbacks and deluged with ever more visitors, the National Park Service has been told by Congress to figure out how to pull its own weight. Anxiety tempers anticipation as a new tourist season bears down on America's beloved and bedeviled...
Medicine Faces Up to Power of Religious Faith in Health, Recovery
If a certain lifestyle factor aids recovery in areas where little else helps, such as with drug and alcohol abuse, or in preventing violence among inner-city youth and in improving prison-inmate rehabilitation -- all very costly in government dollars...
Montana: America's Serengeti
The Treasure State has more `watchable wildlife' than any other in the contiguous U.S. -- a wonderland of antelope, elk, bear and breathtaking vistas. A bear cub cavorts in the meadow at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, digging, scraping and...
Peace by Piece
Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern declared victory on Good Friday concerning Northern Ireland's tortuous peace process with a potential for settlement. Will it survive? They had spent two years of their lives together negotiating a political settlement...
Q: Should Colleges Scrap the SAT as Part of Their Admissions Decisions?
Yes: Standardized tests are biased toward the rich, the white and the male. Standardized college admission tests are one of the most important and one of the least understood aspects of our higher education system. Affirmative action in admissions is...
Schools Open New Clinics, but Critics Renew Protest
Proponents of school-based health clinics claim Americans want such services for children. Opponents maintain that clinics overstep their mandate when they hand out condoms. School-based health centers, a lightning rod for discord when they were...
Seniors Seek Adventure Hiking Canadian Rockies
As people stay healthy into their golden years, travel companies are packaging tours for active seniors. One woman found her group of spirited `elderlies' outwalking younger sightseers. Not so long ago, most people more than 50 years old would have...
When Free Trade Carries a Price
Weak foreign currencies and a new international trade environment have many long-time free-trade advocates saying it's time to protect U.S. jobs and companies. When Alan Greenspan told a congressional committee that the real effects of the Asian...
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