Flexible approach to gun laws will tighten standards

By Freedom New Mexico In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of […]

Parmer County election results

General election results for Parmer County: Proposition 1 The continuation of constitutional appropriation for facilities and other capital items for Angelo State University. For 240 Against 119 Proposition 2 Authorizing $500 million in general obligation bonds to finance educational loans to students and authorizing a bond enhancement agreement. For 219 Against 155 Proposition 3 A […]

Texas General Election propositions

The General Election in Bailey County will be held at the Bailey Coliseum. Here are propositions in the Texas General Election. Proposition 1 The continuation of constitutional appropriation for facilities and other capital items for Angelo State University. Proposition 2 Authorizing $500 million in general obligation bonds to finance educational loans to students and authorizing […]

First Amendment protects artists as well as media

By Freedom New Mexico Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment […]

‘Bong Hits’ ruling reminds us free speech is fleeting

By Freedom Newspapers In the case of Morse v. Frederick, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, handed down Monday, the Supreme Court extended its proclivity to make a “drug war exception” to the Bill of Rights whenever possible. In the past, with its tolerant attitude to “no-knock” searches and searches on schools, the court has […]

Reform laws give justices chance to make statement

By Freedom Newspapers A case argued last week to the U.S. Supreme Court highlighted the absurdity of relatively recent reform laws that restrict political speech during the period just before an election. Such laws require regulators and courts to make absurdly fine distinctions that such bodies are not really qualified to make and should not […]

Domenici says no to MILC amendment

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Supreme Court dusts off second amendment

By Freedom Newspapers Viewed narrowly, the decision March 9 by a federal appeals court to overturn the 1976 District of Columbia law barring the ownership of handguns with just a few exceptions — such as for law enforcement officers in the course of duty — applies only to the District of Columbia. Therefore it has […]

Students give hope for free speech

By Bob Johnson: Guest columnist “Transparent” is the word my parents used when, as a young kid, I told a whopper to try to talk my way out of trouble. Maybe yours did, too. I learned from that. I discovered that the primary definition of transparent is “transmitting light so that objects and images can […]

Revoking speech not appropriate in civil dispute

By Freedom Newspapers As H.L. Mencken once wrote, “The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” That might be […]