Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 48, December 27

Another Army Division Unfit for Combat
How many of the U.S. Army's 10 active-duty divisions are fit for combat? Last month, to general alarm on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon announced that two divisions -- the 10th Mountain and the 1st Infantry, nicknamed the Big Red One -- were combat-unready....
Bad Habits
A child's nail biting or other compulsions make parents wonder when to seek help. Nail biting, hair twisting, knuckle chewing -- these anxious habits in children can bedevil a parent who has to fight the impulse to grab fingers out of a youngster's...
By Sacrificing the Rule of Law for Political Gain
Now we know what the Microsoft antitrust case is all about: It is President Clinton's payoff to the lawyers who have bankrolled his seven-year reign of corruption. As soon as Justice Department patsy Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft...
Cincinnati's Net Results
The University of Cincinnati's basketball team has been chided for its poor graduation rates and `lack of institutional control.' But the Bearcats claim the criticism is unfounded and unfair. University of Cincinnati men's-basketball coach Bob Huggins...
Correspondence
Keep Pressuring Government to Bring American Kids Home Thank you for running the four stories on internationally abducted children ["Kids Held Hostage" March 8; "Kidnapped Kids Cry Out for Help" May 10; "State Abandons Kidnapped Kids" June 14; and...
Elections Nearing as Russia Suffers
As the Dec. 19 general elections for the Duma approach, a war fever is spreading amid anarchy and hopelessness. Russian industrial production is just half that of 1992. No one is planning to erect barricades in the streets or to mount protest marches...
FBI Targets `Right Wing'
In a polemic presented as a threat report, the FBI has targeted religious groups and rightwing eccentrics as potential terrorists likely to go postal as the new millennium arrives. The cover story of the Weekly World News just weeks before the turn...
Gun Deaths, Injuries Plummet Precipitously
The NRA claims the numbers prove more gun laws aren't needed -- existing laws need to be enforced. A current five-year survey reflects a trend dating back to 1930. The nation's death rate from firearms fell 21 percent from 1993 to 1997, according...
Jackson Uses the Race Card at the Expense of American Ideals
The cameras no longer are rolling in Decatur, Ill. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, defender of what he called the "Decatur Seven" has left the scene. Unlike the parents of children whose school no longer may have a zero-tolerance policy toward violence, he...
Lab Insecurity
Questions are arising at U.S. national weapons labs whether the growing number of foreign scientists working there are a security risk or an asset. During the years that the Cold War was waged and won, a long twilight struggle of another kind was...
Larson Explores Role of Faith in Health
David Larson of the National Institute for Healthcare Research has pioneered investigation of the connection of spirituality to health, which long has been ignored by the medical community. David Larson is president of the National Institute for...
Methinks They Doth Protest Too Much
Whether it's wild and wooly street activism in Seattle, mad mothers against pagans or the vice president and the first lady inserting feet in mouth, it's called political entertainment. It was a week in which the chaos surrounding the Seattle meeting...
Out with the Old, in with the New
Wrinter is here with its short days and long nights, and this year with the end of one millennium as we wait for another It's a time for sitting by the fire, roasting chestnuts, popping corn, drinking hot chocolate and telling stories, reflecting on...
... Politicians Sow the Seeds of America's Economic Collapse
When a writer from the New York Times was doing a story on Microsoft a few years ago, he asked their top management about the size of their lobbying office in Washington -- and learned that they had no Washington office. But Microsoft's rivals in Silicon...
Rockin' Robbins
Cradle Will Rock, a new film by Tim Robbins, is screwball in more ways than one. The premise is promising. Gather an ensemble cast of talented actors, some of them portraying real people such as Orson Welles, Diego Rivera and Nelson Rockefeller,...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress be concerned about China and the Panama Canal? Yes: Chinese companies will subvert U.S. interests and could help narcoterrorists. The acquisition of the primary ports on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the Panama Canal has...
The Narcostate Next Door
A former head of the secret police is the Mexican ruling party's new presidential candidate. His challenger is a free marketeer who wants to end 70 years of kleptocracy. It's a sure sign that a corrupt regime is on its last legs when the head of...
Time to Explore the Bradley Myth
Bill Bradley has been presented by the establishment media as a maverick centrist, but his record shows him to be a predictable liberal in the style of Walter Mondale. Although Bill Bradley abandoned his Missouri roots to take up with the liberal...
Voter's Questions of Concern for America's Leaders
Qtopics, a national online polling service, recently surveyed 486 Americans nationwide, asking them what questions they'd ask the presidential candidates if they were alone with a candidate and given the chance to talk seriously with him about what...
Waste & Abuse
In Mother Earth They Trust A lawsuit brought by logging interests last month in Minnesota contends that the U.S. government is breaching constitutional fire walls between church and state by adopting an environmentalist "religion" called deep ecology,...
Young Rhymin' Amateurs Rediscover Pentameter
Rhyming is not just fop rappers anymore. Teen-agers are reading and writing poetry, even performing their work in coffee shops, to the cheeps or boos of fellow versifiers. Writing, reading and sharing poetry -- whether in coffeehouses, bookstores...
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