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    “Cover the Uninsured Week”

    One of the arguments incessantly put forth by the Left for still more government is that there is a terrible crisis in health care for “the uninsured.” They have been made it into an official “week” now. (If they could have made it “Cover the Uninsured Month” I’m sure they…
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004
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    It’s not my fault — AM made me do it

    In an otherwise uplifting piece in the Christian Science Monitor about the Montana tradition of volunteering for the armed services, the author offers the following explanation (which doesn’t match up with the “long-standing tradition” thesis in the rest of the story): Montana has few FM radio stations. So young…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Religion and politics

    David Klinghoffer had a piece in the LA Times yesterday titled, “In God, and the GOP, they trust”. He writes: By far the majority of them [religious Americans] are Christians and their biblical religion is premised on the idea of individual moral responsibility. Traditionally, religious faith presumes that God…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Serious about his business

    Manchester, NH, where I live, has one hot-dog vendor downtown. He is a recent college graduate who noticed that there were no hot dog carts near the bars on Friday and Saturday nights. So he bought a hot dog truck, and now he makes his living selling hot dogs two…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Why transportation investment is paying off less

    Our friend Virginia Postrel has a fascinating New York Times column today about the declining productivity of federal highway investment. She cites several studies and offers some cogent observations about the relative economic value of building new highways vs. maintaining an existing system. The key point she makes, and…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Less work, same pay? DUH!!!

    Guess what, folks? Proponents of longer summer vacations are getting a boost from a new survey that says most teachers want to work fewer days for the chance to start school later. The N.C. Association of Educators said Wednesday that in a telephone survey last week of more than…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    It could be worse

    Now that the legislature’s back in session, doing what it does, I’d like to pass along without comment a story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle: A debate over banning gun shows at the Cow Palace turned into an argument over whether the Exotic Erotic Ball should be barred as…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Incentives Matter.

    Michael Coffey has an instructive essay in today?s New York Times. (Free registration required.) The straightforward introduction of his topic belies the importance of the fundamental lesson: Motivation is a key ingredient of grand human achievements. When Randy Johnson struck out Eddie Perez for the 27th and final out…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004