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Here's what newspapers around the country are saying

The Boston Globe

The latest report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest could drive a lot of people straight to the doughnut shop in protest. After scolding us for loving movie popcorn, Italian, Chinese and Mexican food, deli sandwiches and big breakfasts at the local diner, the nutritional Marines have stormed the bakery to bayonet pastries. Eating a Starbucks cinnamon scone is like downing two pork chops and mashed potatoes with butter, says the report. One Au Bon Pain pecan roll has 800 calories and enough fat to sink an eggs, sausage, bacon and pancake breakfast. Stop! This is not news. This is harassment. A person goes to the House of Cholesterol precisely because it is naughty, and because a person cannot live on bread and fish alone.

The Washington Post

We keep thinking the welfare reform debate can't get any shoddier than it already has, but then of course it does. An eighth of the children in the country may depend on the program in whole or in part for their daily sustenance, but that's nothing as compared to the politicians. They depend on it for an issue. The House last Thursday voted on a bill that just about everybody agrees isn't going anywhere, to give automatic effect without further federal review to a Wisconsin welfare reform proposal that President Clinton endorsed in a radio address three Saturdays ago. The bill was the GOP effort, having been one-upped by the president, to one-up him in turn. It's possible the Wisconsin plan should not be approved in its entirety. In pressuring mothers to make the move from welfare to work, is the government also providing enough support that the move is likely to be successful? We doubt the president . . . or anyone in Congress . . . knows the answer. It was welfare gymnastics as usual - not welfare reform.

The Atlanta Constitution

She'll probably never make it to the majors, but Pamela Davis, a 21-year-old pitcher, did make it into baseball's history books last week - more or less. The starting pitcher for the Colorado Silver Bullets women's baseball team got to test her arm against a professional men's team. The Jacksonville Suns, AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, had Davis pitch the fifth inning against the Australian Olympic team. She allowed no runs, helping the Suns win, 7-2. "It was awesome," she said, after enjoying a standing ovation. Nit-pickers noted that in 1931 a woman pitched for the Chattanooga Lookouts in an exhibition game. Let the historians quibble over the "first" designation, and let the fans simply enjoy the sight of a remarkable young woman hurling hardballs at 80 mph.

Chicago Tribune

Sometimes it is best to listen to the advice of friends, even when that advice is painful and full of sharp criticism. Such is the case of the recent vote by the Organization of American States (OAS) scolding President Clinton and Congress over new and expanded sanctions against Cuba, sanctions that represent bipartisan wrong-headedness - and may even be in violation of international law. The OAS is hardly a tool of Cuban propaganda or a forum for anti-American sentiment. In fact, all too often this organization of contiguous and intimate allies has been labeled a lapdog for American interests. That's what made this vote - one that was unanimous, save for a single ballot, that of the United States - so compelling. . . . If sanctions were a shape scalpel, they would have removed Castro already, since they've been in place for 30 years. If America feels it has the moral high ground, it should seek to persuade its allies to join the embargo. But it is Clinton and Congress who have picked the wrong tools.