Commentaries

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American outback on the rebound

Population growth in America’s small towns and rural places — what the demographers call “non-metropolitan” areas — has been “widespread and substantial . . . at the fastest rate in more than 20 years,” according to Loyola University demographer Ken Johnson. Brad Edmonson, writing in the September 1997 issue ofAmerican Demographics¬†says that “Old and young…

President raises stakes on trade

The North American Free Trade Agreement debate took a sharp turn last week. For the first time, pro-NAFTA forces are on the offensive and gaining momentum. The primary difference is the President, who has come out four-square for NAFTA. He blasted his friends in the labor movement for strong-arm tactics, which include muscling Democrat members…

Diversity could begin at home

Colorado, long a bellwether state for public policy innovation, is again at center stage. This time it’s education: Colorado is the nation’s second state to permit its citizens to vote for educational choice. A “yes” vote for Amendment 7 on Nov. 3 will give families a voucher worth $2,100 for every school-age child to send…