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Articles from Vol. 127, No. 2644, January

A Celebration of AMERICAN PAINTING
The Wichita Art Museum's collection represents a nation amending its traditional values of democracy and individualism to comprehend the new realities of massive immigration, relocation of rural population to the cities, grand-scale consumerism, and...
American Masochists Malign Our Nation
CALL THEM revisionists or deconstructionists, but recognize them for what they are--American masochists. Hating themselves and the U.S., they are pan of the current malaise of political correctness. Revisionists are the new flag-burners for whom...
Businesses Must Heed Financial Numbers
Nearly every business starts out small. As it grows, cash flow easily can become unstable as more inventory, additional employees, and larger receivables/payables enter the picture. What can owners do to stay viable? According to Donna McGovern...
Bye-Bye Credit Cards, Hello Digital Money
Cash and credit cards soon may give way to digital money--currency that can be sent over computer networks in the form of digital information. "Shopping on the Internet has prompted the development of a new kind of money," Vary Coates and Steven Bonorris,...
Commerce vs. Privacy
Who Owns the Rights to Data About Your Life? "Should private companies be permitted to keep information about their customers' buying habits and share it with other businesses?" THERE IS growing tension between calls more privacy and the free...
Don't Procrastinate about Your Financial Future
Most people know they actively should be managing their money and planning for the future. That means doing things from investing for retirement to building an emergency fund to making sure they have enough insurance. Yet, for some reason--often several...
Fixing Television News
Improvement will come only if viewers discourage the lowest-common-denominator approach too many stations take to boost ratings. WHAT IS WRONG with television news is mostly a perversion of what is right with the medium. In an unbelievably competitive...
GENETIC ENGINEERING: Is It Morally Acceptable?
Scientists seeking ways to produce enhanced size, strength, intelligence, or resistance to toxic substances are being accused of "playing God." GENETIC ENGINEERING involves directly altering the genetic structure of an organism to provide it with...
Here's to the Losers: Lessons from the 1998 Elections
THE FIRST SET of losers on Election Day was the experts who once again got it wrong. The consensus prediction called for Republican gains in both the House and Senate, and few had forecast Democratic gains in the House. The pollsters who forecast that...
Is a Roth IRA for You?
THE ROTH INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNT, created under The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, offers investors still another alternative for building savings for retirement. The Roth IRA has several attractive features, such as: Generous eligibility rules....
Is It Time to Bury the Hatchet with IRAN
An eyewitness team finds most Iranians eager to resume ties with the United States. FROM EVERY CORNER of Iran, a country that is three-and-a-half times larger than California, they came. It was a sweltering day in June, 1998. The devotees arrived...
It's Time to Recognize the Contributions of WOMEN INVENTORS
From the ironing board and the baby carriage to a torpedo discharge system and a triggering device for underground nuclear test, women inventors have had a major impact. ENGINEERING HISTORY proves that mechanical genius isn't gender-based. Women...
JONESTOWN MASSACRE: The Unrevealed Story
The testimony of Rev. Jim Jones' mistress opens a Pandora's box of sex, lies, drugs, politics, and murder. IN NOVEMBER, 1978, the world was stunned by dramatic pictures and stories about Rev. Jim Jones and the mass suicide of hundreds of people...
Labels, Images, and the News Media
WE ARE A NATION obsessed with labels: right-wing, left-wing, liberal, conservative. Pity the poor individuals who are not a convenient fit. They usually end up ignored by the media and forgotten by the public. Journalists don't seem content to simply...
Our Unconstitutional CONGRESS
"... It is impossible to find in the Constitution any language that authorizes at least 90% of the civilian programs Congress crams into the Federal budget today." IN 1800, when the nation's capital was moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.,...
Private College under Siege
State-owned and -operated schools have altered the structure of private education and threatened its long-term independence. STATE GOVERNMENTS heavily are committed to their college and university systems. They spent in excess of $44,000,000,000...
Promoting Economic PROSPERITY
Curbing governmental regulation of American businesses would allow them to become more competitive in the global marketplace. IN EVERY NATION, obstacles to prosperity and economic growth result from activities of government. While there is no agency...
Sharing the Planet: Can Humans and Nature Coexist?
The fate of birds, mammals, fish, and other species depends on humans finding ways to reduce the size of their impact on the planet. LIKE THE DINOSAURS 65,000,000 years ago, humanity finds itself in the midst of a mass extinction, a global evolutionary...
Should Government Stay out of Child Care?
While the desire to have every child well cared for is commendable, forcibly taking away the responsibility for that care from parents is not. ON JAN. 7, 1998, Pres. Clinton proposed $22,000,000,000 child care plan that would expand four Federal...
Should Mental Illness Fall under the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT?
Liberals and conservatives have clashed over the issue, the former saluting "an end to to discrimination," the latter decrying "another government-mandated entitlements." THERE ARE few areas where liberalism and conservatism collide more starkly...
Suburban Nightmares and Pathological Parodies
THE DEBUNKING of suburban life in postwar America has become something of a fixation of the cinema since the Reagan era. More accurately, that fixation appears to be the depiction of suburbia by 1950s TV. At times, the focus on this subject seems obsessive,...
Terrorism: Politics by Other Means
THE BOMBINGS of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were not new events for Americans nor were they the most proximate instances of terrorism that the U.S. has encountered. The surprise for all was the rapid and extra-legal response by Washington....
The Big One
The Big One Miramax Home Entertainment/ 90 minutes / $19.95 Following up his scathing documentary, "Roger and Me," which took on General Motors and its closing of the company's Flint, Mich., automobile production plant, gadfly Michael Moore once...
The Browns Are Back
WHAT'S WORSE: being a man without a country or a football fan without a team? The latter travesty ends this year because the Browns are back in business. When those beloved Browns hightailed it from Cleveland to Baltimore three years ago, it marked...
The Importance of MARRIAGE Is Being Overlooked
Married people drink, smoke, and abuse substances less; live longer; earn more; are wealthier; and have children who do better. Yet, many public policies undermine marriage. MARRIAGE seems to be less popular with Americans now than in the past....
The Many Faces of Theodore Roosevelt
"Roosevelt, who preached and practiced the `strenuous life,' was admired and is remembered not only for his achievements as a statesman, but for being a heroic human being." ONE COULD ARGUE that Theodore Roosevelt basically invented, or at least...
Violence, Depravity, and the Movies: The Lure of DEVIANCY
"We may be enticed by violence on film because we are so afraid of it in life. We can sit in a theater, enjoy the violent scene on the screen from a distance, and then go home--we hope--to safety." I AM NOT a psychic, but I am going to make a prediction,...
What Price HEALTH CARE QUALITY?
As Medicaid and Medicare adopt the cost-control techniques used by the private sector, including managed care and competitive billing, the uninsured will find it even more difficult to afford medical treatment. AFTER CONGRESS rejected universal...
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Wheeling out Solutions to Truck Drivers' Complaints
After a series of personal chats with professional drivers at various truck stops, Ed Trout, chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Alexandria, Va., cites their top-10 "gripes" and says the trucking industry's largest trade group thinks...
You Can Cut Your Income Tax Bill
YEAR AFTER YEAR, thousands of people pay too much in taxes by failing to take all their deductions. The following are some of the most commonly missed ones: Pay off any credit card debt with a home equity loan. The interest on that loan is deductible....
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