Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 36, September 25

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, We have spent the better part of the summer (and will continue to do so through the November elections) on a special assignment interviewing people from all walks of life wherever we travel. In short, it's a virtual 24/7 project that...
America's Road
Four years ago Insight sent photographer Rick Kozak and this reporter to drive Route 66 from Chicago, where that fabled highway begins, all the way to Santa Monica, Calif., where it comes to an end on a bluff above the Pacific. The goal was to gaufe...
... as Media Trumpets the Triumph of Sexy Singles
Time, which must give up the pretense of being a newsmagazine, had a recent cover story ("Who Needs a Husband?") celebrating single women. The feminists at Time are gratified to see that a trend they and their media sisters have nurtured for decades...
Big, Bigger, SUPERBIG
Supersize that lunch for 39 cents extra. Americans like `value' in food portions -- and it shows. More than half of American adults are overweight, as are a quarter of all American kids. It seems only the fast-food lunch might tip the scales. But...
Bush-Gore Debates May Be Decisive
The opinion polls are stabilizing now in the wake of the Democratic and GOP conventions, the bounces having encountered the laws of entropy, and all signs are that Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush will enter the last lap of this...
Congress Returns to the Drawing Board
The dog days of summer traditionally provide little in the way of news even in a presidential election year. Congress is in recess and half the world is at the beach. But behind the scenes there often is more activity than necessarily meets the...
Government Laser Project Is Drawing Fire
When constructed at California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the National Ignition Facility (in laymen's terms: one of the world's biggest lasers), or NIF, will serve as a cornerstone of the Department of Energy's, or DOE's, Stockpile Stewardship...
Illegal Immigration Threatens U.S. Sovereignty, Economy and Culture
Every day thousands of illegals stream across the 2,500 miles of border with Mexico. According to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS, the total number of illegals in America from this source increases by 275,000 annually. Already...
Killer Laughs
Nurse Betty is another dark comedy that struggles to combine mirth and mayhem. Betty Sizemore is unhappily married to a low-down cheatin' car salesman and drearily employed as a waitress in a dingy dead-end diner. Little wonder she escapes from...
Lax Debarment Actions Put Taxpayers in Double Jeopardy
Today it's become commonplace to hear or read of this company or that company, big as well as small, caught in the act of tipping off the government through some means or another. It's also fairly well-known that one way the government can retaliate...
Parties Compete for Swing Voters
The core constituencies of the Republican and Democratic parties may not be as strong, permanent or solid as many party leaders assume. Nothing today is guaranteed. Who are the core constituencies on whom the Republican and Democratic parties depend?...
Phillips Leads the Way for Constitutionalists
Howard Phillips, Constitution Party presidential candidate, believes the GOP has led conservatives astray and wants to set the fight back on course. Howard Phillips, who is running for president of the United States on the ticket of the Constitution...
Sex at an Earlier and Earlier Age
Adolescents are beginning to become sexually active at increasingly younger ages, according to researchers. But what are the causes of this social trend in America? Rarely a week goes by without a new, more shocking, article or television documentary...
Shining City upon a Hill
A Catholic society is planning a city in the medieval tradition, mixing faith and culture. There was a time when the Roman Catholic faith was found everywhere in medieval Europe, where faith and culture were one. Today in America, faith and culture...
Spinning Dogma
Catholics debate the value of research to direct the church in an era of change. When the U.S. Catholic bishops debated solutions to a priest shortage this spring, they referred to research done by CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate....
Symposium
Q: If human cloning becomes a reality, should it be a legal option? GREGORY PENCE Yes: Cloning could become a legitimate way for some people to have children. When we watch the film Snow Falling on Cedars, we like to think that we would have...
The Decline of Families Tops List of Voter Worries
Election Day 2000 may see the critical importance of the two-parent-household vote. That's the bottom line of a new national poll of American adults conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide on a range of issues related to marriage and families in the United...
The End Coming for Bilingual Education
There is hardly a reform that does not contain the seeds of its own absurdity. This is especially so in education, where novelty is embraced with an enthusiasm that often overwhelms experience and good sense. The shriller the complaints about inadequate...
Will Moderation Help the GOP?
The House leadership plan to scale back tax cuts and raise the minimum wage in a spirit of bipartisanship as the election nears is angering many conservative members in the House. It was eerily appropriate that PBS broadcast a documentary called...
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