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By TOM PETERS | April 4, 1994
McGill University Professor Henry Mintzberg, perhaps the world's premier management thinker, hammered the last nails in strategic planning's coffin in his just-released book, "The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning."Of course, our mindless love affair with planning effectively ended a dozen years ago, when then-neophyte GE Chairman Jack Welch nixed his corporation's hyper-formalized planning system and most of the planners along with it.Still, Mintzberg's latest is so encyclopedic, so damning . . . and so final.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 31, 1997
The worst thing about the 20th anniversary re-release of "Star Wars" is all the news stories and reviews that begin with lame wordplay on "the force is with us" or "in a galaxy a long time ago, far far away." I include my own: Enough already with the schlock!The best thing about it is "Star Wars." Big, fast-moving, incredibly enjoyable, the movie remains a trip and a half, and any kid out there who hasn't seen it on the big screen ought to get to the nearest one and settle in for the experience.
NEWS
By GEORGE F. WILL | July 12, 1993
Washington. -- These are salad days for those conservatives whose philosophy is confirmed by, and whose agenda is advanced by, bad behavior of government.Recently, for example, the House of Representatives, home of the most entrenched portion of the political class, voted to continue spending taxpayers' dollars to subsidize, for large corporations and wealthy trade associations, the overseas marketing of fruit juice and candy bars, whiskey and prunes and many other profitable commodities.
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By Cynthia Tucker | September 4, 2006
How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? - John Kerry, 1971 Apparently, the state of denial at the White House is worse than I thought. In a speech last week to the annual convention of the American Legion, President Bush declared that if the U.S. withdraws from Iraq, "we will face the terrorists in the streets of our own cities. So the United States will not leave until victory is achieved." He didn't say what "victory" in Iraq will look like.
NEWS
May 3, 1991
Taxation FairnessEditor: Your front-page story on the ''fairness'' of Maryland taxation (April 23) is full of misleading implications.It has never been established that ''fairness'' requires a higher tax rate on higher incomes, but let's set that aside and look specifically at the article's rhetoric. Consider one example of the confusing mixture of rates, ratios of rates, and actual amounts. The NAACP's George Buntin concludes that ''Maryland's wealthiest 1 percent . . . pays one-tenth of 1 percent more in state and local taxes than families . . . earning $15,800.
NEWS
By Mona Charen | August 27, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Opponents of the California Civil Rights Initiative hope that women will prove to be their ace in the hole. Women have the most to lose from the abolition of state preferences on race and gender grounds, they argue.But this debate has been clouded by so much false information that it is difficult for facts to get a fair hearing. Feminists and liberals have based their pro-affirmative action argument on demonstrably erroneous numbers, which are carefully and neatly refuted by Michael Lynch and Katherine Post in the summer issue of The Public Interest.
NEWS
April 12, 1994
Considering that Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown has announced he is running for Carroll County commissioner, he comes off as courageous for condemning what he says are the county's low rates of property taxes and impact fees. Especially in an election year, most politicians consider it political suicide to even suggest the need for higher taxes and fees.But Mayor Brown's stance is not as brave it might appear. To raise the additional revenue, he advocates increasing impact fees -- charges tacked on to new construction, ostensibly to pay for schools and roads -- because most county residents think they won't have to pay them.
NEWS
By Mona Charen | July 26, 1994
OPPONENTS OF the death penalty once argued that execution was unconstitutional because blacks were more likely to be hanged than whites for the same crimes.That turned out not to be true. The data showed the reverse in fact. Whites were somewhat more likely to be put to death than blacks for the same crimes.The anti-death penalty crowd then changed tactics. Well, they said, it isn't the race of the criminal that betrays the system's institutional racism, it is the race of the victim. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, among others, advanced the claim that when the victim of a murder was white and the perpetrator black, the death penalty was more likely to be meted out than if the victim and killer were both black.
NEWS
By ERIK GORDY | February 28, 1993
"Centuries-old ethnic hatreds" is the capsule summary mos Western reporters use to explain what's driving the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. It is largely untrue.An examination of the history of the area shows not only a long tradition of coexistence and cooperation among the various South Slav groups, but that none has been able to advance without forming coalitions with the others.While their differences may now appear irreconcilable, the Serbs and Croats have fought each other exactly once in history, during World War II.But it was the Partisans, a multiethnic force promising equality for all national groups, who overwhelmed both of these chauvinist armies and set up a unified Yugoslavia.
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