15 YEARS AGO
"Elections turn on a wide array of forces, including economics, demographics, and sheer chance. Amid all of these variables, a well-executed campaign can lose, just as a troubled one can win. As soon as the outcome is clear, however, pundits credit the winners with brilliance and blame the losers for incompetence."
JOHN J. PITNEY JR.
"If the conservative paradigm is that liberals are unpatriotic, if not downright un-American (and possibly also godless and libertine), then the liberal paradigm is that conservatives are at best uncompassionate and at worst bigots and fascists. Hannity has a point when he says that people who are outraged by Coulter's crude stereotyping of Democrats often don't hesitate to suggest that 'the Republicans want to poison the air, water, kill children and throw children on the streets.' Not to mention abuse the elderly and burn down black churches."
35 YEARS AGO
"How ubiquitous is the mobile phone going to become? No one can say. So much depends on its cost and how well it works in the hands of ordinary, nontechnical people. Herschel Shosteck, of HS Associates in Silver Spring, Maryland, has surveyed various people's interest in cellular phones at different prices. Shosteck finds price the key. For example, less than 10 percent of businesses, Shosteck has found, are interested in cellular at total costs of $100 a month or more per phone.... At $75 a month, Shosteck could find no measurable demand from householders, but substantial demand developed at $50."
"Hanging Up on Your Phone Company"
"For champions of waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency, the Postal Service must be a source of comfort. Despite extensive unpopularity, the Postal Service manages year after almost every year to lose money, provide lousy service, and stave off virtually all challenges to its legal monopoly status."
"Politicians pander to the old because they tend not to work and therefore have a discoverable interest as recipients of benefits from the government. There are tens of thousands of occupations in America. Those of working age who fill those jobs tend to vote in ways that narrowly promote the interest of the groups to which they belong. Farmers...