‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy needs repeal

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an […]

Texans voting on gay marriage amendment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eighty Bailey County residents had cast their vote by Friday afternoon on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in their state, according to court Clerk Paula Benton. Texas statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as a union only between one […]

Campaign laws providing way to halt freedom of speech

Freedom Newspapers The nation’s founders wrote the First Amendment explicitly to protect political speech. A healthy democracy is dependent on the ability of citizens, activists and politicians to express their views forcefully and with the widest possible latitude in the hopes that a free-for-all of ideas will lead to an informed voting public. Politicians and […]

House can learn from military in self-regulation

Freedom Newspapers The most gratifying development in the nationís capital in recent months was the 90- 9 vote in the U.S. Senate last week to set clear limits on the techniques the U.S. military can use when interrogating detainees in military custody throughout the world. Now itís time for the House to do likewise. Setting […]

Restricting business mars free enterprise

Freedom Newspapers An antiquated law that was patently unfair when it was enacted back in 1979 likely will remain in effect thanks to Texas congressmen closing ranks around protected special interests. The Wright Amendment, which prohibits Southwest Airlines from flying long-haul routes out of Love Field in Dallas, is long overdue for the scrap heap […]

Bush veto threatened if BRAC delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is threatening to veto a sweeping defense bill if lawmakers try to delay the latest round of military base closures to spare installations back home. In a statement, the administration said it would “strongly oppose any amendment to weaken, delay or repeal” the base-closing […]

Courts should adhere to Bill of Rights

By Tibor Machan: Snydicated columnist Over the years I’ve paid attention to what the Supreme Court does, not as an expert but as a reasonably well educated lay person. One observation I’ve come away with is that if a case comes its way, the court either returns it to a lower court or offers a […]

Flag amendment not Congress’ most pressing concern

Freedom Newspapers With an ongoing war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden still in hiding, massive federal budget deficits and necessary Social Security and Medicare reform on the table, one would think that Congress would have a full plate of serious issues to tackle. Instead, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 286-130 to push forward […]

6/12 Agriculture Digest

DPNM holding annual trade show Dairy Producers of New Mexico Annual Convention/ Trade Show is Friday and Saturday in Ruidoso. Dairy Producers of New Mexico is a grassroots agriculture association for New Mexico and West Texas dairy producers. The Trade Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Ruidoso Convention Center, with […]

Court allows abuse of First Amendment

By Tibor Machan The Supreme Court ruled May 23 that to compel people to support its propaganda with which they disagree does not violate the First Amendment to the Constitution. The First Amendment is the one about everyone having the right to freedom of speech. Yes, the court acknowledged, no one may be coerced into […]

Committee votes to open ‘tricare select’

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The House Armed Services Committee has voted 32-30 to open the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to any drilling reservist or National Guard member willing to pay the premiums, now set at $75 a month for member-only coverage or $233 for family coverage. An unprecedented fulltime health plan for […]

Kerry’s amendment wins out

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Readers divided on flag amendment

A recent Project: Reader Reaction asked residents how they felt about a constitutional amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., that would allow Congress to protect the American flag from acts of desecration. “I’M A 25-YEAR veteran and served in both Southeast Asia and Korea. I’m a patriot and believe that the symbol of our […]

Taser bill stalled in House

CNJ staff A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

Legislative measure to reclassify tasers concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher said Tuesday, his department would have to go back […]

Apathy puts First Amendment in danger

By Carol Singletary: Guest Columnist Apathy is killing the First Amendment. This according to the results of the recent Knight Foundation’s report on the state of the First Amendment among high school students and educators. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation commissioned researchers from the University of Connecticut to question more than 100,000 […]

Reporters have moral obligation to keep promise

By Freedom Newspapers It’s encouraging that the investigation into who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to the media is proceeding, even if at a snail’s pace. It’s discouraging that two reporters, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times, face the possibility of jail if they don’t reveal their […]

Patriot Act violates more than one amendment

Freedom Newspapers A recent decision by a U.S. district judge in New York is a welcome affirmation of the American constitutional scheme, which has — or should have — personal liberty as its core. The judge struck down a provision of the Patriot Act that expanded the power of the FBI to force certain businesses […]

Local business briefs

• Local men chosen for leadership group Clovis businessmen Blake Curtis, co-owner and manager of Curtis & Curtis Inc., and Wes Graham, chief executive officer of RE/MAX First Place Realtors Inc., have been selected to participate in a series of classes aimed at deepening their understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico, according […]

Journalists choice to protect sources needs protection

Freedom Editorial T he First Amendment is Americans’ pre- cious protection of the rights to freedom of press, assembly, speech, petition and religion. But government ever is testing the boundaries of what it can restrict, as is evident in the federal investigation into who in the Bush administration in 2003 revealed to members of the […]