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Issue: "The death of discipline?," June 26, 1999

Music can do two things. It can build bridges and make people understand each other and their differences. Or it can dig the ditch and make the problem bigger. Rap is making the problem bigger.

Pop rocker Phil Collins, in an interview in USA Weekend magazine.

We have never had so much sex education, so much availability of free advice, so much ready availability of free contraception, and yet we have got record levels of teenage pregnancies.

Ann Widdecome, health secretary for the British Conservative Party, criticizing the Labor Party's plan to reduce teen pregnancy. Central to the plan laid out by Prime Minister Tony Blair is a major overhaul of sex education and contraceptive services, which will be publicized more openly and made more accessible.

Our material wealth has increased, but our cultural wealth has been squandered. We have to come to tolerate ever more outrageous behavior, choosing to look the other way rather than appearing to be judgmental.

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Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), who represents the town of Littleton, in the Republican Party weekly radio address. Rep. Tancredo said government has a role to play in reversing the process of cultural decay. But a majority of his colleagues disagreed. Legislation to curb children's access to explicit sexual or violent movies, video games, and other attractions of modern culture was rejected last week 282-146.

They're shocked and surprised. And then we'll get some statements, 'Do I still get my TV?'

Detroit-area policeman Lt. Steve Sitar on a successful sting operation that involved mailing notices to some of Oakland County's most elusive criminals, informing them that a set of free Silverdome tickets, a television, and possibly a car were waiting at the stadium as part of a random drawing. More than 70 curious fugitives responded.


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