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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.
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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.
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By GEORGE WEIGEL | May 2, 1995
Washington. -- In his recent encyclical ''Evangelium Vitae'' (''The Gospel of Life''), Pope John Paul II expressed a profound compassion for women caught in the dilemma of unwanted pregnancy.Irresponsible and predatory men, economic and social pressures, fear and confusion can lead to situations in which, the pope writes, the weight of responsibility for depriving the unborn child of the right to life falls less heavily on a woman in grave psychological distress than on ''those who have directly or indirectly obliged her to have an abortion.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By LINDA SEEBACH | February 28, 1993
Head Start is a waste of time and money, and a great man people associated with the program have known that for a long time.In 1985, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed 20 years of Head Start research and concluded that by the end of the second year after children left the program, there were no educationally meaningful differences between Head Start children and non-Head Start children.No doubt I'll get lots of tearful and passionate letters from grateful parents whose children were in Head Start and did well.
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