• Joe Camel Is Innocent!

    Published August 21, 1996
    Opinion -
    Somebody seems to have declared open season on cigarette smokers and their suppliers. On behalf of the 25 percent of the adult population that smokes, may I offer a few words in defense of smoking?
  • A Heartland Letter to People for the American Way

    Published August 20, 1996
    Opinion -
    People for the American Way (PFAW) recently issued a report titled "Buying a Movement: Right-Wing Foundations and American Politics.
  • Is ComEd a Good Pig?

    Published August 19, 1996
    Opinion -
    Commonwealth Edison has been taking some heat lately from journalists and Chicago government officials. Not all of the criticism is deserved.
  • The Future of Chlorine

    Published May 1, 1996
    Opinion -
    Numerous reports in the media have ascribed possible detrimental health effects to chlorine, dioxin and other chlorinated chemicals, often subjecting the public to exaggerated and misleading information.
  • An Unscientific Fairy Tale

    Published April 18, 1996
    Opinion -
    Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers (New York: Penguin Group, 1996).Our Stolen Future is a book whose arrival was long awaited by activists in the environmental movement.
  • A Fable for Today?

    Published April 18, 1996
    Opinion -
    Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers (New York: Penguin Group, 1996).
  • The Politics of Chlorine

    Published January 15, 1996
    Opinion -
    A little-noticed provision of the recently passed Senate Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) reauthorization bill is expected to unleash a storm of protest from state and local public health officials who are fearful that the provision would increase the
  • How to Eliminate Billions of Dollars of Pure Waste

    Published December 15, 1995
    Opinion -
    With the introduction into Congress of Rep. Dick Armey's (R-Texas) much-touted flat tax plan, many good arguments will be made about how alternatives to the income tax will promote saving, investment, and economic growth.
  • Affirmative-Action Foe Calls Off Repeal Bill for More Study

    Published November 11, 1995
    Opinion -
    SPRINGFIELD--The conservative Republican lawmaker who last spring called for the repeal of affirmative action programs in Illinois now says the matter needs more study. Sen.
  • The Devolution Revolution

    Published November 10, 1995
    Opinion -
    The winds of change are howling through the halls of American federalism. The states are clamoring to take responsibility for billions of dollars of social welfare programs now controlled by the federal government.
  • Simply Reforming the Income Tax

    Published October 25, 1995
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    Congress finally seems ready to face the fact that the U.S. tax system needs serious reform. Income tax rates are oppressively high and filing is tortuously complicated. The battle cry of tax reformers is "fairness, economic growth, and simplicity.
  • Congress Should End the Economic War for Sports and Other Businesses

    Published October 24, 1995
    Opinion -
    To find a solution to NFL franchises hopscotching around the country, the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings to consider granting the NFL a limited antitrust exemption so it could prevent teams from moving.
  • Breast Cancer: Let’s Look at the Facts

    Published October 20, 1995
    Opinion -
    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the disease that strikes more than 180,000 women each year. Greater public awareness is an essential part of efforts to reduce the incidence and morbidity of this disease.
  • Killing Consumers With Compassion

    Published October 13, 1995
    Opinion -
    The week of October 22-28 is National Consumers Week. Various business and civic groups, led by the U.S.
  • Indiana Legislature Stands Up to Teacher Unions

    Published October 6, 1995
    Opinion -
    In the 35 years since Wisconsin became the first state to adopt public-sector bargaining, public employee union membership has increased dramatically.
  • Escape from the Public Schools

    Published September 1, 1995
    Opinion -
    When I debated Keith Geiger, president of the National Education Association, a couple of years ago on the Larry King radio show, he used a verb that I thought epitomized the battle over school choice: escape.
  • Fishy Business at the Worldwatch Institute

    Published August 24, 1995
    Opinion -
    The Worldwatch Institute, founded in 1974, is one of the country's best-known environmental groups. Its president, Lester Brown, is often quoted in the press and on television.
  • Are Property Rights Facing Extinction?

    Published August 17, 1995
    Opinion -
    On June 29, 1995, the United States Supreme Court upheld a government regulation that purports to protect endangered species. But what the Court really did was validate the government's continued taking of millions of acres of private land as "habitat.
  • Five Ways to Downsize Government

    Published August 4, 1995
    Opinion -
    As Congress grapples with the challenge of downsizing or eliminating bureaucracies that haven't been critically reexamined for many decades, its Members would do well to consider some of the lessons learned by the businessmen and -women who made their
  • Environmentalism: A New Religion?

    Published July 27, 1995
    Opinion -
    As humanity enters the twenty-first century, you might think we would have outgrown our fascination with doomsday prophecies. Yet the end-of-the world con game -- nearly as old as the world itself -- goes on.
  • Getting More Bang for our Education Buck

    Published July 27, 1995
    Opinion -
    The United States now spends more per student on public elementary and secondary education than any other advanced country belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • Educator Booker T. Washington: Learning, Teaching that Success Comes from Hard Work

    Published July 25, 1995
    Opinion -
    His is a truly American story. In 1881, Booker T. Washington founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama. From there he would rise to become the most powerful black man in America. But Washington’s roots were humble.
  • Improve Traffic Safety: Repeal Federal Speed Limits

    Published July 7, 1995
    Opinion -
    The Senate recently voted to repeal the federally mandated 55 mph speed limit. If the House approves the measure and the president signs it--both of which are likely--then a national speed limit will be a thing of the past.
  • We Spend Too Much on Education, and Get Too Little

    Published July 7, 1995
    Opinion -
    Why does the world's most productive country have the world's least productive school system? The U.S.

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