Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 25, July 5

A Congenial I Guide to Living Witch Risk
Writer John F. Ross calls it `the confusion of modern life' -- his way of the myriad decisions we about matters of risk and safety, often influenced by exaggerated fears. A ferocious, risk-loving novel," begins a blurb hyping a new book. "There...
Charitable Choice Goes Mainstream
Church and state long have been on opposite sides of a high wall. But 1996 welfare-reform legislation made it legal for them to partner in providing social services. You might say welfare provider Bobby Polito gets things done because he's trilingual....
Freedom Riders
Each Memorial Day, bikers from all U.S. points east and west rumble into Washington to focus national attention on the sacrifices of American veterans. It was all black leather and Purple Hearts at the 12th annual Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder...
Grizzly Adventures
Few animals command our attention like the great grizzly bears of the western United States. In many ways, these fierce creatures are the very image of America, tough and enduring. On my first wilderness journey to Alaska's Lake Iliamna some years...
Have a Problem? Convene a Panel!
Federal advisory committees pop up like bumps on a Md with the chicken pox, Taxpayers end up paying twice -- for bureaucracy and then also for bureaucracy advisers. If every volcano in the world hurled ash and molten lava into sunless skies, oceans...
Holy City Faces Y2K Culture Clash
Millions of Christians will descend on Jerusalem to ring in the new year, but ultra-Orthodox elements of Israeli society and government are less than enthusiastic. Others worry. There will be room at the inn if Jesus returns to Jerusalem on Jan....
Holy Rock `N' Rollers
A group of progressive pastors wants to use pop culture -- not fight it -- to make church relevant to youths. The text for their sermons is more likely to lie Star Wars than St. Matthews. When it comes to shifts in popular culture, the people with...
Interior Mismanagement: Custer's Revenge?
Although certainly not the first or worst outrage ever visited upon American Indian peoples, the federal government's historically slipshod management of Indian programs and trust funds must rank high among the many injustices they've suffered and...
Is Jesus of Nazareth Alive Today?
According to Time magazine, Jesus Christ is dead. Time, which is into copybook promotions these days and sponsoring a poll to name a Person of the Century, has disqualified the son of God because "He did not live in this century" says Janice Castro,...
Longhorns Hook 'Em High
Gritty-looking men in jeans and cowboy hats stand watch as crowds fill the dusty bleachers and spread folding chairs, cracking open cans of Miller Lite and marking pictures of cows in a catalog. "We're going to have a hell of a sale today!" booms the...
Next Season's Hardwear
Dress for success by draining a miniature PC, the latest in tech fashion. Makers of wearable think Ute time is near when people will stroll in the park and read their e-mail. Edward Newman, the 55-year-old president of Xybernaut Corp., meets with...
Political Wars and the Other One
Republican and Democratic politicians alike have been struggling to define their identity, while the cessation of NATO's war against Yugoslavia leaves a sober contrast. With the liberal media in full attack against guns following school shootings...
Russian Armada Poisons the Seas
Junked Russian nuclear warships are leaching radioactive waste and spent fuel into the North Pacific fishing region, The Russians now want U,S, money to clean up their mess. Lurking in the frigid waters on the barren and sparsely populated North...
Sculpting with a Smile
Roy Lichtenstein's pop-art Sculpture is whimsical, enchanting and surprisingly subtle. A new exhibition of his work turns out to be one of the brightest shows of the season. Anyone familiar with contemporary American art knows Roy Lichtenstein's...
Shagadelic, Baby!
Austin Powers is back, groovier than ever. The toothy (and oddly toothsome) British spy must save the world from destruction, if only to make R safe for commercial tie-ins. The swinging British spy from the sixties has done it again. International...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress phase out the family estate tax? Yes: This archaic tax punishes most entrepreneurs, farmers and many family businesses. BY REP. JENNIFER DUNN Leonard L. Harris, a first-generation owner of Chatham Food Center on Chicago's...
The Deconstruction of Martha Stewart
It's likely that most every American has seen Martha Stewart, that doyenne of taste and style, commenting on TV about food or fashionable decor, even if they didn't always know it was she at whom they were looking. This lady is everywhere: cooking...
The Feminine Mystique of the Feminist New Left
Mystique: "a complex of quasi-mystical attitudes and feelings surrounding some person, institution, activity, etc." -- Webster's New World Dictionary One night in the late 1950s I went to a Halloween party. It was in Grand View on the left bank...
The Fight for Freedom of Speech
Some of us grizzled ancients who still can hobble down to the general store to gather with fellow fossils around the cracker barrel for a bit of nostalgic reminiscence recall that, once upon a time, kids were taught that you could tell a "bad" country...
Values on Video
A clever computer-animated series entertains kids as it delivers lessons about life. Josh the Cucumber is scared. Nonetheless, he and his band of vegetables are determined to storm the walls of Jericho. Jean-Claude and Phillipe, the saucy French...
When Permission Goes to Court
It might be a timely, if dismal, idea to replace the motto "E Pluribus Unum" with a more pertinent national legend: "Reductio Ad Absurdum" We're a society that is exhibiting signs of cognitive impairment -- or, in lay terms, going seriously goofy....
Why Not Vouchers for Tuition? Food Stamps Are Food Vouchers
Vouchers are daggers that plunge into the heart of what is the American way," Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told a May 15 United Federation of Teachers, or UFT According to the New York Post's Maria Alvarez, Schumer claimed that spending...
Wily Coyotes Can't Outrun -- or Outgun -- Congress
Why pay the Orkin man for tackling your stubborn pest-control problems when you have a wealthy uncle -- your Uncle Sam, that is -- with years of experience in various kinds of extermination who seems more than happy to do the job for next to nada?...
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