California to Punish Excellence

University of California Regents recently voted to change their admissions criteria. Previously, the UC system (consisting of nine universities) chose half of its incoming class primarily on test scores and grades. The admissions department selected the remainder...

A Recipe for Safer Skies?

Looks like the White House has already traded in its recently adopted motto, “Let’s Roll,” for a new slogan: “Let’s Roll Over.” With a submissive stroke of President Bush’s pen, nearly 30,000 airport screeners gained lifetime...

Drugs and Politics

A tourist in New York’s Greenwich Village had his portrait sketched by a sidewalk artist, who charged him $100. “That’s expensive,” the tourist said. “But it’s a great sketch, so I’ll pay it. But, really, it took you just five...

Getting Out Of Bondage

First, a confession. Nearly 20 years ago, when I was in my mid-thirties, I got a chance for the first time to manage my own tax-deferred retirement portfolio. I was confronted with the same choices as the 42 million Americans who now have 401(k) plans and the millions...

Free Dr. Kevorkian

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed last week the murder conviction of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was sentenced in 1999 to 10 to 25 years in prison. He was convicted on charges of second-degree murder in a clear-cut case of assisted suicide. Was justice done-or...

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