- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

Tasteful teen
"The Salt Lake Olympics provided much to enjoy, and about the most enjoyable thing it provided was Sarah Hughes: all poise, confidence, elegance, exuberance, and precision. Everyone kept saying, 'And she's only 16!' I kept saying, 'No, silly: It's because she's 16!' She doesn't carry the baggage of failure, anxiety, the sense of limitation, the sense of 'This is difficult,' the sense of 'Time is running out.'
"I remember hearing about Isaac Stern, listening to a pre-teen violinist romp through a ferociously difficult piece. 'If she knew how difficult that was, she couldn't do it.'
"At the post-competition exhibition, Hughes … came out and did a routine of Bob Fosse favorites, which was a delight. But then she got set to pay tribute to 'the victims of 9/11.' I thought Uh-oh: Here goes. Something treacly and awful. I'm gonna retch.
"Sarah laid down a bouquet of flowers on the ice. Then she started skating to a recording of 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' …
"It was actually tasteful and moving. It was just right. I couldn't have been more surprised."
Jay Nordlinger, writing in "Impromptus," Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Forgotten history
"In the first half of the 19th century, every cadet at West Point was taught constitutional law by the Pennsylvania abolitionist William Rawle, whose book on the Constitution argued that there was indeed a constitutional right to secession.
"Most Americans North and South believed this as of 1860, as judged by the 1,000 Northern newspaper articles surveyed by historian Howard Cecil Perkins in his book, 'Northern Editorials on Secession.' Virginia, North Carolina and Rhode Island explicitly stated in their articles of ratification of the Constitution that they reserved the right to secede if the federal government ever became destructive of their liberties. …
"As I show in my book, 'The Real Lincoln,' Lincoln was devoted for 30 years to the Whig agenda of the federal government's monopolization of the money supply so much so that he even had to bring it up in his comment on the Dred Scott decision. … He was a passionate supporter of centralized government through money monopolization for his entire political career."
Loyola University history professor Thomas J. DiLorenzo, writing on "More ad hominem," Tuesday on World Net Daily at www.worldnet-daily.com

Single cachet
"Once, a woman went to college and got married shortly after graduation; now she is likely to leave college for a career. … The longer in those jobs, the lower the chances of finding a husband. … Older women lose out in the marriage race much faster than do men. It may be unfair, but that is the way the world works. …
"Being single has acquired a certain cachet. A popular magazine ran a lengthy essay on how single women, once treated after a certain age as social outcasts, are now a central part of our social life. They figure prominently in the television series 'Sex and the City,' where the female characters acquire and discard boyfriends at a furious pace, all the while maintaining their glamour.
"In 1963, 83 percent of women ages 25 to 55 were married; by 1997, that number had dropped to 65 percent. Many of them, of course, cohabit with lovers, but we know that cohabitation, at least in this country, tends to be a short-term arrangement. In the magazine article, almost all of the pictures of these single women were of attractive, obviously middle-class persons. The magazine left out poor single women who do not run a business, practice law, or appear on TV."
James Q. Wilson, from his new book, "The Marriage Problem"

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