Whose Is the Best Tax Plan for the Working Stiff? ROBERT EISNER, ROBERT EISNER is William R. Kenan professor emeritus of economics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He is the author of "The Misunderstood Economy: What Counts and How to Count It."
'Star Trek' as SF Lite Gregory Benford, Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at UC Irvine and has published 16 novels, including "Timescape," and two collections of short stories. He is a two-time winner of the Nebula Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has never written for "Star Trek."
The Iraqi President Isn't Done Howard R. Teicher, Howard R. Teicher, author, with Gayle Radley Teicher, of "Twin Pillars to Desert Storm" (Morrow), served on the staff of the National Security Council from 1982-87
Do We Need Big Biz to Bankroll Parks? DONELLA H. MEADOWS, Donella H. Meadows is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. E-mail: donella.h.meadows@dart- mouth.edu
Clinton Learns the Art of Using Force Charles A. Kupchan, Charles A. Kupchan, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, served on the staff of the National Security Council for first year of the Clinton administration
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Learning from Prohibition, Anti-Smokers Gain Ground David Kusnet, David Kusnet, a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, was chief speech writer for President Bill Clinton from 1992-1994. He is the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the Nineties" (Thunder's Mouth)
Shore Patrol ARLINE INGE, Inge is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles
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