Here’s hoping

The business-travel column in today’s New York Times, concerned with such crucial issues as the availability of upgrades and the threat to frequent-flyer balances posed by the United and USAir bankruptcies, is headlined “Expectations Trimmed in a Year of Grim News.”

So here’s my Yuletide wish, for all my faithful friends and readers:

Since 9-11 clearly didn’t do it, may nothing happen in the coming year to teach American journalists the meaning of the word “grim.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: