Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer.
Read those product packages carefully: The new Van de Kamps fish sticks brag that they have a half-gram less fat than before. But they fail to tell you that the size of each fish stick has been reduced by one ounce.
Harvard University is use to having such accolades as "great," "prestigous," and "powerful" applied to it . . . but now there are two other terms that apply to this bastion of educational excellence: mean and stingy.
Gillette's new CEO is being called "a role model for corporate America." Sadly, James Kilts probably is.  Like many corporate execs, his success has been built on whacking workers, padlocking factories, and abandoning communities.
While Washington fiddles and twiddles with the explosive issue of big-money corruption in politics, hoping to pose as "reformers" without actually having to stop the corruption, a few lawmakers and political operatives are actually doing something about the corruption:  They're expanding it.