Articles written by Steve Chapman
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Generation Y besting their predecessors
Growing older has many drawbacks and one unalloyed pleasure: passing judgment on the younger generation. Lately, people have been scrutinizing the members of Generation Y and finding them deficient. What’s wrong with the kids? A...
Cameras in police cars keep peace
One afternoon in November, Houston Texans lineman Fred Weary was pulled over by Houston police for a traffic violation. The cops say he was belligerent and uncooperative. Weary’s lawyer says he did as he was told. What no one...
Republican ad provides comic relief
Democrats are complaining about a Republican ad that ran in Tennessee making fun of Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. It features mock voters giving dumb reasons to vote for him, such as “Terrorists need their privacy,... Full story
Affirmative action cripples everyone
Time travel, long a staple of science fiction, has so far amounted to nothing more than a fantasy. But anyone interested in paying a visit to the past may soon get the chance. On Nov. 7, voters in Michigan will decide on a ballot... Full story
DNA important tool in righting wrongs
For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis... Full story
Momentum a monumental deception
Once you read the first sentence of this column, its momentum will carry you from paragraph to paragraph until a few minutes from now, you arrive, blissfully enlightened, at the final word. No, you say? You may stop reading right... Full story
Helping heroin addicts a moral imperative
If we came up with a sure cure for lung cancer, we wouldn’t withhold it because it might encourage people to smoke. But something about heroin addiction tends to cloud our thinking on public health policy. On this subject,... Full story
Enemy often absent in battle over terror
We knew we had won World War II when the Japanese signed surrender documents on the USS Missouri. We knew we had won the Cold War when the Berlin Wall fell. But it’s hard to think of any single event that would tell us we have... Full story
Government incapable of controlling gas prices
Socialism failed because the governments that embraced it couldn’t solve the basic problem of economics: what to produce and how much. In the old Soviet bloc, warehouses filled up with things people wouldn’t buy, while...
Adolescent love not just playing field
In the movie “Love Actually,” a widowed father, played by Liam Neeson, asks his morose grade-school son what’s bothering him. Is it his mother’s death? Problems at school? Bullies? “You really want to know?” answers...
Pension paternalism may become reality
Do you know you need to save more for retirement, but you just can’t make yourself do it? Relax. Soon, you may not have to make yourself do anything — you’ll save more in spite of yourself. It’s a new approach to financing... Full story
Bush's good intentions have high costs
President Bush is confident of ultimate success in Iraq, and he is patiently waiting for its achievement. I’m certain that unicorns exist, and I’m willing to hang around till they show up in my yard. We may both be deluded,...
Outlook optimistic for today’s teens
If you take a look at mass media aimed at teenagers, you start to see a pattern. What topic suffuses teenage prime-time dramas? Sex. Movies aimed at high school boys? Violence. Music popular among the SAT-taking crowd? Sex and...
Gibson fiasco calls for stricter penalties
Mel Gibson drove drunk, got arrested and vilified Jews, thus disgracing himself, and possibly forfeiting millions of dollars in future earnings. Man, was he lucky. By getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level 50 percent h... Full story
Creative thinking must be protected
Huey Long, the fabled Louisiana populist governor and senator, had no special reverence for intellectuals and generally did his best to sound like an unlettered hayseed. But during his time in power, he poured money into Louisiana...
President’s international policy a failure
Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist In 1980, a book was published about the failure of liberal policies in New York City. Its title, “The Cost of Good Intentions,” soon became a conservative catchphrase about the limits of...
Openness leads to decline in sex crimes
Predators on the Internet, priests molesting children, Duke lacrosse players accused of rape — judging from the news or TV crime dramas, sexual assault appears to be an endless national epidemic. So powerful is this impression... Full story
Congress subject to same laws as rest of us
The Bush administration has a habit of misreading the Constitution, pushing its powers as far as possible and expecting Congress to meekly go along. But now the House of Representatives has decided to fight back — not by...
Conservatives in danger of giving up values
Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is they are forgetting essential precepts...
Immigration can’t be cast in black, white
The immigration protests held across the country on Monday serve as a perfect Rorschach test: What reaction did you have to the sight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants marching down American streets, calling on Congress to...
Secrecy can easily overwhelm freedoms
Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing. A blind insistence on concealing anything and everything is...
Testing decision should be government-free
If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be...
French protesters have wrong idea
French students and unions have been protesting for weeks now over a law making it easier for companies to get rid of employees. Under the measure recently signed by President Jacques Chirac, they may fire workers younger than 26... Full story
For some, April Fools’ Day lasts all year
April 1, wrote Mark Twain, “is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other 364.” But cheer up. No matter how foolish you may sometimes feel, you can always take comfort in knowing that over the past year,...
Supreme Court supports right to say ‘no’
The other day, the Supreme Court did something surprising. It said that if a man stands at the threshold of his own house and tells the police they may not enter without a warrant, then — get a load of this, willya? — they may...