Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 18, May 8

Clean Machines Are Elusive Dream
At the time the 1990 Clean Air Act was passed (following a lot of cheery talk about pristine skies and saving the planet), few objections were raised to the goal of "clean air" - after all, who doesn't want clean air? In practice, however, the act is...
Clogging the Courts in California
California may boast it has 12 percent of the nation's population. However, I doubt it would boast that it has 17 percent of the nation's lawyers. Why, there are more lawyers in West Los Angeles alone than in all of Japan. According to the Pacific...
Drive to Register Voters Pads Republican Rosters
The motor-voter law was designed to improve voter turnout by linking registration to the issuance of a driver's license. Early returns show that the GOP may be the beneficiary of this campaign. When the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, commonly...
Ease FDA's Grip on Uses for New Drugs
Doctors, researchers and pharmaceutical manufacturers have developed numerous ways to tell the public about novel uses of drugs. Unfortunately, since 1991 the Food and Drug Administration has cracked down significantly on ways drug companies can disseminate...
Economic Reform Coaxes Companies to Subcontinent
American companies investing in Asia have stalked the tigers - industrial powerhouses such as South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore; today, they are hunting the elephants - China and, most recently, India, the world's largest democracy and second most populous...
Europe and Canada Enter Rough Water
Of all the potential post-Cold War crises, even the most creative observers lacked the imagination to see that fish (of all things) would spark an international flare-up. Or that the setting for this new conflict would be Canada. Canada? Who would have...
Food on Knott's Farm Is out of This World
When the closest grocery store is 35 million miles away, how will hungry astronauts satisfy their yearning for a midnight snack? The longest U.S. space-shuttle mission lasted almost 17 days - a piece of cake compared with the interplanetary journeys...
For Cash-Conscious Museums, Photography Remains Best Buy
Portable and affordable, photography may be the most democratic art form beyond pencil drawing, perhaps one reason the venerable National Gallery of Art did not hire a photography curator until 1989. But now, as if to make up for lost time, museums have...
How to Run Congress and Write Sexy Thrillers - Get a Coauthor
Science-fiction novelist Bill Forstchen has published 17 books, including a few genre best-sellers, in a writing career that has made his Catholic mother, Dorothy, proud. But she worried about book No. 18 - a military thriller titled 1945 that her son...
Maltese Knight Life
Malta in the Mediterranean - nowhere do the Middle Ages seem as close, nowhere does the spirit of the Crusades linger as on these tiny island south of Sicily. Whether they come for sun, sea or tranquillity, visitors to Malta can't escape history. Thirty-five...
Mexican Economic Chaos Has Ripple Effect in Texas
Some hover furtively under the bridge. Others pretend they're fishing in the Rio Grande. Still others play games, chasing a ball or tackling each other in order to avoid scrutiny. If the ball goes in the water, odds are two or three will jump in as if...
Prayerful GOP Looks for Legal Loophole
Religion continues to create division among Republicans as they consider options to an amendments allowing school prayer. House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes Congress can find a legislative remedy that shields children who pray in school or employees...
Question: Will Combat Roles for Women Downgrade Military Readiness?
Yes: Morale, cohesion and deployability will suffer. Some of the finest and most professional women in the workforce are serving in the armed forces. But would their assignment to combat or near-combat roles improve America's military readiness?...
Senate Bill Would Allow Phone, Cable to Compete
At a time when his political future may be at stake, South Dakota's Larry Pressler is asking the Senate to open up telecommunications to real competition. Larry Pressler, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, works...
Tempest under the Dome Brings Forth Capitol Cliche
Its prospects in the Senate are uncertain, however." How many times do you suppose you've heard that phrase, or some variation, from one journalist on another since the House of Representatives started cranking out the legislation composing the Republican...
Virtual Chaos: Crime Goes Online
Forget the smiley-face icons and friendly on-line services with their celebrity chat rooms and discounted airline tickets. The cyberworld has a seedy underside, a culture rife with industrial espionage, electronic theft, drug dealing and con games. ...
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