We must protect rights in spite of inconvenience

The good news is that the U.S. House of Representatives is finally developing a little common sense (and perhaps even some latent respect for the Constitution) regarding the USA Patriot Act it passed in such haste after the terrorist destruction of Sept. 11, 2001. The bad news is that the U.S. Justice Department is so [...]

Altering 22nd amendment could haunt

By Steve Chapman On political issues, it’s been said, where you stand depends on where you sit. Bill Clinton can vouch for that. He finds that some things look different to a sitting president once he’s an ex-president, who in this case is not sitting but pacing. Clinton recently expressed a desire to alter the [...]

Supreme Court should back right to bear arms

Americans soon could see a shoot-out at the Supreme Court corral. Two circuit courts have issued contradictory readings of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Such contradictions commonly have been a reason for the top court to attempt to bring consistency to judicial interpretations. Last December, a three-judge panel of the 9th [...]