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15

YEARS AGO

January 2004

"The money quote from baseball's most nauseating bit of self-mythology, the 1989 Kevin Costner vehicle Field of Dreams, was, 'If you build it, they will come.' Like much of the national pastime's lore, the truth is actually much closer to the opposite: Build a stadium with tax money, and they will eventually leave."

MATT WELCH

"If You Build It, They Will Leave"

"Napster, iTunes, and the rest change all that. While consumers can download whole albums for about $10 a throw, individual tracks are where all the action is, for obvious reasons. As music industry analyst Mike Goodman told Wired News, 'An album is... two songs you like and seven or eight you don't....With a single, you're purchasing exactly what you want.' As important, the new services allow listeners to get album tracks that would never be released as singles."

NICK GILLESPIE

"Welcome Back, Napster"

"During the last decade DARE has been widely criticized as unproven and unsophisticated. In one of the most damning studies, published in 1999, a team of researchers at the University of Kentucky found that 10 years after receiving the anti-drug lessons, former DARE students were no different from non-DARE students in terms of drug use, drug attitudes, or self-esteem. 'This report adds to the accumulating literature on DARE's lack of efficacy in preventing or reducing substance use,' the researchers noted. In a 2003 report, the General Accounting Office reviewed six long-term evaluations of DARE and concluded that there were 'no significant differences in illicit drug use between students who received DARE...and students who did not.' The surgeon general, the National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Education also have declared DARE ineffective."

RENEE MOILANEN

"Just Say No Again "

25

YEARS AGO

January 1994

"People who have good intentions but are eager to do something quickly are those most likely to enact policies that destroy rights. Clinton has said he wants to pre-empt federal law to speed health-care regulations into effect without the legally mandated period for public comment and government response. This rush to goodness is surely a sign of benevolent totalitarianism."

RICHARD D. MOHR

"Clinton's Protection Racket"

"In truth, evangelicals differ on the extent to which the law should reflect Christian values. For example, although they all believe that heterosexual marriage is the only proper context for sex, most would leave such...

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