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Articles from Vol. 124, No. 2608, January

A Codicil to My Living Will
Decision about the termination or prolongation of life should be made by the dying patient, not by physicians. DEAR CHILDREN: Of the Ten Commandments, only the fifth promises a reward -" Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon...
Adjusting the Consumer Price Index
The Consumer price index (CPI) is our national inflation gauge. It is supposed to represent the impact of changes in prices over a period of time. It is used to adjust benefits, such as Social Security, and taxes. It also is wrong! Every month, the...
A Reporter's Best Friend
It started out as a reasonable idea. Print reporters who covered complicated stories ended up knowing more about the story than almost anyone else, so why not interview them on TV to get the inside information as to what was happening - and why? At...
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Is There Any Future for Cemeteries?
Every anthropologist knows that burial customs are a rich source of information about past cultures, just as archaeologists mine the ruins of cities for physical evidence of distant civilizations. The cities of the dead and the cities of the living hold...
Big Bowl Bucks Bring out the Bullies
"You don't build winning seasons; you schedule them" long has been the axiom of any college football team wishing to break into the big time. That perverse truism, however, has been taken to new heights of absurdity this season by many members of the...
Boys' Schools Reconsidered: Good News in Troubled Times
The Real mission of independent education is to conceive of good and great schools. Great schools are those that take children as far along their creative, moral, and intellectual range as they can go. Gender composition must be understood and valued...
Braving the Outdoors
You wouldn't go fishing in a sports jacket, hike up a mountain trail in a heavy overcoat, or, for that matter, brave a rainstorm with a flimsy windbreaker. What you should do, however, is check out Willis & Geiger's line of jackets. "Don't tell us...
Defining Death: Ethical, Moral, and Legal Factors
Public policy pertaining to the determination of death has been altered significantly over the past generation. Because of the modification and the resuscitation I received as a result, I was not declared dead when I blacked out during my sudden heart...
Doing Business in China: It's Far from Easy
China is a land of 1,000,000,000-plus potential consumers, a thought that increasingly is tantalizing the imagination of CEOs across America. Yet, there are many horror stories of people who have lost their shirts (and more) in China. A Dec. 10. 1993,...
Going Home to Die
"... The decision to care for a dying loved one at home can ensure that the patient is well cared for and can die with dignity, in a manner that reflects the way he or she lived." The act of completing an advance directive (the general term for living...
Has Your Mutual Fund Changed Its Personality?
Most people probably have met someone who, at first impression, displayed a certain type of personality - only to discover later that person was quite different. Mutual funds can be like that; some appear to be one thing when, in fact, they're something...
In Defense of Stereotypes
Next to the claim of racism, the charge of stereotype is one of the most abused in today's climate of political correctness. Invariably, it carries a negative connotation and accordingly is branded an untruth. Can the case against stereotypes be made...
Investment Objectives
When you invest, do you tend to "swim against the tide," always taking a point of view that is opposite from your counterparts? If so, you may be a contrarian investor, points out Joseph P. Lizzio, vice president for investments, Dean Witter Reynolds,...
Keeping Baby Busy
Infants are not known for their attention spans, so putting them down and hoping they'll stay amused while you accomplish something around the house or just catch a few moments for yourself can be wishful thinking. Playpens often are little better than...
Man and Nature: The Art of Winslow Homer
WINSLOW HOMER first received critical recognition for his insightful portrayal of the Civil War. Nationally acclaimed as an illustrator and painter by the age of 30, he began to work regularly in watercolor as well as oil in the early 1870s, creating...
Medicare's Bloated Budget Must Be Reduced
Billions of dollars wasted on an inefficient health care system takes money that could be used by taxpayers for food, clothing, shelter, and educating their children. In attempting to balance the Federal budget, health care is a vital focal point, as...
Meeting the Demand for Global Information
The U.S. enjoys the world's most advanced and reliable information infrastructure, thanks to a national policy based upon private ownership that supports competition. This environment encourages and rewards timely development and deployment of innovative...
Militia Mania: A Growing Danger
Well-armed and dangerous anti-government militia movement has been spreading with lightning pace across the country. Organizations and researchers who monitor this movement maintain that militias have either direct or indirect connections with organized...
Militia Movement: Prescription for Disaster
The militia movement came under intense national scrutiny after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, when it was reported that two suspects, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, had attended militia meetings in Michigan....
National Purpose and NATO Expansion
With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S. is groping to define its new role in the world. It is be-wildering that this great international triumph has brought not exhilaration to America and the world, but confusion bordering on moral crisis....
Portraits of New York City, 1940s-1960s
I came to photography quite by accident. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I was growing up in a middle-class family living in a middle-class neighborhood of Brooklyn. I used to go to the library to read about occupations. I started with the A's...
Put an End to the Exploitation of Child Labor
Our Laws prohibit the importation of ivory, endangered species such as the spotted turtle, and products made from prison labor. Yet, our laws fall silent when it comes to goods made through the exploitation of children. We look out for animals and prisoners,...
Revising the Superfund: This Time Let's Get It Right
Most observers would agree that the current Superfund law is among the most poorly crafted and counterproductive statutes of recent years. Because of its perverse and conflicting incentives, parties are inclined to litigate and delay, rather than clean...
Self-Esteem: The Myth of Feeling Good about Oneself
No one would argue that children thrive when they feel respected, important, and cared for by other persons, or that they falter when they lack the self-pride and self-confidence that accompanies such approval and support. However, at the hands of educators...
Selling Yourself over the Telephone
In the hands of skilled professional, the telephone can be an effective sales tool. However, hawking products or services with features and benefits ia not nearly as challenging to many as selling themselves over the phone. According to Daniel Abramson,...
Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?
Executives are managing less and delegating more. Of 150 executives from the nation's largest companies polled by Office Team, a staffing service specializing in temporary administrative professionals, 93% indicated that they were giving employees more...
Super Bowl Matchup - Pasta vs. Pizza
Super Bowl Sunday almost has reached the religious holiday stage, as evidenced by the millions of Americans worshipping at the TV set. With interminable pre-game festivities and post-game wrapups sandwiching the actual event, there's no way to pry football...
The French Flex Their Muscles
At its peak as a colonial power earlier in the century, France had an imperial reach that extended to virtually every continent. Indochina brought together a number of minor kingdoms that today compose the three nations of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam....
Warm-Up Time
Coming in from outdoors on a frigid winter day, there are few things more welcome than a piping hot cup of cocoa. Following the trend that previously has hit the coffee and tea fields, traditional flavor no longer is sufficient, though. Nowadays, exotic...
What Can Be Done about Terrorism?
Hundreds of special agents have been assigned to the FBI's Counterrorism Program and legal attaches are working with foreign law enforcement officials to combat, respectively, domestic and overseas-based threats against Americans. The bombing of the...
Withdrawing Life Support from the Terminally Ill
Does artificial nutrition and hydration represent comfort care or extraordinary medical measures for dying patients? Deciding to stop life support for a loved one always is wrenching emotionally. For many families, the toughest decision is whether to...
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