Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 34, September 16

A Last-Minute Tour Guide for the Destination-Impaired. (Nation in Brief)
Summer's gone by and you haven't taken that special getaway? Maybe that's because some high-living chief executive officer is lolling on his yacht in the Mediterranean with loot from what you thought was your investment portfolio. But let's look...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, A young man in rural Maine who struggles daily as a fisherman and small-town mortician while his wife goes to nursing school decided to reopen a roadside dime store that dated back to the late 1800s. He's the fifth generation of...
Bogus Bronzes Flood Market: An Estimated 4,000 Fake Castings Have Put the Market for 19th- and 20th-Century Bronze Sculpture in Jeopardy. (Art)
Posting the warning "caveat emptor" (buyer beware) never has seemed more applicable than it does today in regard to the market for 19th and 20th century bronze castings of sculpture that has been flooded with at least 4,000 fakes. The fakes are...
Civil Liberties Have Become Casualties of the War on Terror. (Fair Comment)
Benjamin Franklin warned, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." But that's what the Bush administration and Congress have asked of Americans--to give up essential liberty...
Debate Sorely Lacking in Bush's Iraq Policy. (Political Notebook)
According to the New York Times, the newly painted Gray Lady of American journalism, "Leading Republicans from Congress, the State Department and past administrations have begun to break ranks with President [George W.] Bush over his administration's...
Did Israel's Mossad Finally Catch Up with Terrorist Abu Nidal? (News Alert!)
One gone, one to go. Palestinian sources in Ramallah have announced the death by suicide of Abu Nidal, the 65-year-old arch terrorist who murdered more than 300 people and wounded another 600, according to the State Department. His body was found...
Don't Forget Fido When Disaster Strikes. (Nation in Brief)
Two stories of possible interest to the nation's many pet owners have crossed the radar screen here in the Briefs Bunker. One is a report from Lawyers Weekly USA newspaper concerning estate planning that includes animals as beneficiaries. Thirteen...
Drought Drives Up Food Prices: Dry, Hot Weather Takes a Severe Toll on Commodities Such as Grains and Soybeans. (Agriculture)
Food prices are expected to increase because of widespread drought conditions, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said recently. USDA slashed its forecasts for the production of grain and soybeans--the two commodities used in hundreds...
Enron's Business Practices Being Questioned at Home and Abroad: A U.S. Justice Department Investigation Is Focusing on Whether Enron's Overseas Division Bribed Foreign Officials to Win Contracts for Pipeline, Power and Water Projects. (Globalism)
A U.S. government investigation into the actions of executives at Enron's still-functioning overseas division, along with related charges of impropriety regarding Enron's activities in other countries, may hold important implications for U.S. policies...
Excited to Learn. (for the People)
The Boring Institute of Maplewood, N.J., has a list of "back-to-school tips" that it calls "How to Turn School Into an Exciting Learning Experience." Each year about this time, institute founder Alan Caruba tells for the people, he gets a load of...
Fighting the Fire at the Pentagon; Chief Edward P. Plaugher's Antiterrorism Plan, and the Virginia Fire Department That He Heads, Are Credited with Saving Many Lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11. (Picture Profile)
In 1995, Arlington County, Va., Fire Chief Edward P. Plaugher devised an emergency antiterrorism plan that he hoped never would have to be implemented. On Sept. 11, 2001, he had no choice. But his foresight about the unthinkable may have saved thousands...
For Those Who Lost Parents on Sept. 11. (the Last Word)
As this nation approaches the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, many an American has struggled to identify some important lesson in the experience. Similarly, many have struggled to find and offer words of comfort without presuming to understand...
Freedom Rings in New Report: United States Ranked Third on Scale of Economic Liberty. (Economics)
Despite the continuing drumbeat of short-term bad news about the U.S. economy, its prospects actually are better than ever because economic freedom continues to flourish around the world, according to an influential Washington think tank. The...
Graham Takes Islam to Task; Son of Famous Evangelist Isn't Backing Away from His Criticism of Muslims. (Religion)
The Rev. Franklin Graham concedes that he's not the diplomat his famous evangelist father is, and he doesn't mince words about Islam. "I have many Muslim friends," he said on a visit to Washington, "but I want the people of this country to know...
Hamas Fund-Raisers Active in Canada According to FBI Report. (News Alert!)
A recent FBI report confirms that Hamas, an officially cited terrorist group, has been operating and raising funds in Canada for almost a decade. As early as a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia, says the bureau, senior Hamas leaders proposed opening...
It Is Time for U.S. to Go to War against Saddam. (Tort & Retort)
Voices are being raised in many quarters urging President George W. Bush to delay plans to invade Iraq and oust dictator Saddam Hussein. Democrats are trying to make it a partisan issue, as they did before the Persian Gulf War. A few of the usual...
Local Politics Always Provide Healthy Dose of Entertainment. (for the People)
It's been a long, hot summer in much of the country, which may account for the following two stories. In the college town of Manhattan, Kan., home to Kansas State University, a house that previously was valued at a modest $59,000 was reappraised...
Losing the War for Civil Liberties; Civil Libertarians Contend Politicians Have Pulled a Bait and Switch by Using the War on Terrorism to Implement Intrusive-And Unconstitutional-Security Measures. (Nation: USA Patriot Act)
It used to be that Americans packed for air travel with a mental checklist of personal items needed for their holiday or business engagement: which clothes to bring, shoes, cameras, etc. Today, however, in the backwash of the Sept. 11 attacks on...
Olive Oil Market Ripe for Greece: Greek Exporters Carve out a Niche by Targeting Westerners Willing to Spend Top Dollar on High-Quality `Estate' Oils. (International Trade)
Along with the sea and sun, the olive tree is one of Greece's best-known symbols. Paradoxically, however, olive oil sometimes seems to be one of the country's best-kept secrets. Despite high levels of production and domestic consumption, Greece...
Out of Step and into the Fire. (Washington's Week)
A year-and-a-half ago Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat, had just garnered 60 percent of the vote, while Republican Rep. Bob Barr snagged 54 percent, sending both back to Congress. Representing divergent viewpoints on the left and the right,...
Profiles of Courage: Remembering the Horror and the Heroism Inside the Pentagon, at Ground Zero and at the Crash Site of Flight 93 on Sept. 11. (Cover Story)
Absence, loss and deep anger all are part of Sept. 11, 2001. Lives snuffed out--children left without fathers and mothers, parents without sons and daughters. Three thousand die and tens of thousands more are affected directly, left to mourn and...
Profiling's Place on Sept. 11. (Fair Comment)
In one of the greatest ironies of Sept. 11, 2001, a group of Muslim leaders was scheduled to meet with the president in the White House at 3 p.m. to discuss a number of issues of interest to them, particularly profiling. The terrorist attacks on...
`Smart-Growth' Plan Riles Black Farmers: Landowners in South Carolina Are Up in Arms about Environmental Land-Use Restrictions They Say Amount to a `Taking' of Private Property by Local Government. (Nation: Property Rights)
Like many property-rights advocates throughout the nation, South Carolina landowner Joe Neal has some choice words for his county's new "smart-growth" plan that may put his farmland off-limits to development in the name of helping the environment...
Smuggling Drugs to Save Lives: An Insight Reporter Accompanies Christian Freedom International on a Mission to Deliver Medical Aid to Free Karen Villagers in War-Ravaged Regions of Burma. (Special Report)
Smuggling drugs into Burma may be harder than smuggling them out. And the drugs being smuggled into that country are not narcotics but medicine to treat malaria, upper respiratory infections and dysentery. Because it is destined for a region controlled...
Symposium
Q: Should the U.S. Senate ratify the CEDAW treaty? YES: It would advance women's rights in education, employment and health care. "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights"--including women. This simple principle animates...
U.S Must Reconsider Who It Regards as `Trading Partners'. (Fair Comment)
As the United States grapples with a two-front challenge--the global war on terror and the need to reinvigorate the economy--its leaders are hoping that expanded international trade can help solve both problems. Unfortunately, if the machinations...