Commentaries

May 29th, 1999
A few days ago I received an e-mail from a friend, an attorney who reads a lot and is thoughtful about what he reads. He had a good idea for Memorial Day.  "Like many other... read more
April 22nd, 1999
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I went bike-riding this past weekend. The weather was mild and people were working in their yards. The smell of fertilizer and fresh-cut grass filled the air. All of a sudden... read more
April 16th, 1999
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The tsunami we predicted in this column on Oct. 12 -- Republican control of Congress for the first time in 40 years -- happened on Nov. 8.  However, the majority that carried... read more
November 10th, 1998
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Until last Friday, when House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned, one could rightfully ask, "Whatever became of the fine art of resignation?"  Until Friday, the leader of the... read more
July 30th, 1998
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is positioning itself to impose what economist and policy analyst Mark Mills calls "an expanded and stunning new regulatory burden"... read more
June 2nd, 1998
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If the 10 states of the Intermountain West (including the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest states) can agree on a common date for a year 2000 Western regional... read more
May 19th, 1998
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rapid population growth in the West and unprecedented gains by the Republican Party in the region are dramatically changing America's political landscape... read more
April 9th, 1998
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Talk to anyone about cities and the conversation quickly moves to negatives -- to issues like crime and violence, traffic congestion, schools that don't work, poverty, decay... read more
March 10th, 1998
Society's most important task is education. It is through education that we transmit to our children the knowledge and skills they need to function effectively in a modern... read more
February 17th, 1998
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In the old days, Americans celebrated the birthday of the man who is regarded as the "Father of his Country," owing to his service to our nation - as commanding general... read more
February 3rd, 1998
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Despite the White House sex scandal, President Clinton's poll numbers are soaring. One new poll shows a record-high 72 percent of the American people approving the way he is... read more
January 20th, 1998
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Population growth in America's small towns and rural places -- what the demographers call "non-metropolitan" areas -- has been "widespread and substantial . . . at the... read more
November 25th, 1997
The holiday season is here again. Thanksgiving. Then Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's. This is the time of year when families still come together. They kick back and relax... read more
November 18th, 1997
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LAS VEGAS - "Vast acreage surrounded by untouched public lands; unique desert terrain teeming with native wildlife; a bustling metropolis; a Jack Nicklaus golf course..." So... read more
November 18th, 1997
LAS VEGAS - "Vast acreage surrounded by untouched public lands; unique desert terrain teeming with native wildlife; a bustling metropolis; a Jack Nicklaus golf course..." So... read more
November 11th, 1997
Ten years ago, in the December 1987 issue of Planning, the journal of the American Planning Association, Rutgers University researchers, Frank and Deborah Popper published a... read more
October 27th, 1997
Around the time of Mother Teresa's funeral, I bought one of her books, A Simple Plan (Ballantine, 1995). Having overdosed on her deeds, I just wanted to find out more about... read more
September 27th, 1997
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I had this conversation with myself driving home the other day -- about Gen. Colin Powell. It went something like this:  Left Brain: Why would Colin Powell get involved in... read more
September 23rd, 1997
LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Last weekend, nearly 300 members of the Class of '57 at Jefferson High School assembled in this central Indiana community, home of Purdue University, for... read more
September 16th, 1997
The environmental paparazzi are everywhere. Just like their photojournalist cousins, who use bicycles to stalk their celebrity prey, eco-paparazzi use everything from rubber... read more

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It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.

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