Payments coming from your pocket

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It was as if President George Bush became Santa Claus. An MSNBC anchor announced the president signed into law a bill that extends unemployment compensation payments to jobless Americans and said, without flinching, this is “good news.” Only mainstream nonpartisan media can carry this off. For starters, extending […]

Honor 9/11, but don’t forget Iraq war woes

Freedom New Mexico Just seven years ago, unmitigated evil visited our shores. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, remain vivid in most Americans’ memories and our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan — as well as the increase in security cameras and airports’ growing collections of confiscated nail clippers — are continuing reminders that […]

Economy crisis used to force lifestyle change

Freedom New Mexico To most Americans, rapidly rising gasoline prices are a serious budget problem, but are something less than a cataclysm. No one knows the future trajectory of gas prices, but Americans do know how to deal with their budgets until gas prices moderate. We will drive less, buy more fuel-efficient cars, work closer […]

Proposed voting rights should be reciprocated

Freedom New Mexico According to National Public Radio, Europe has seen rising interest in something many Americans can’t or won’t take the time to do — voting for president. It seems commentators in England and other countries see their continent’s fortunes inextricably tied to ours. By their reasoning, the residents of other nations deserve to […]

Farm bill would hurt working Americans

Freedom New Mexico Farm welfare: It’s not just for the poor. While working Americans slave away to pay their taxes, wealthy welfare farmers can rest assured the easy money will keep showing up in the mail for years to come. Even though farmers are thriving as a result of world food prices soaring 43 percent […]

Americans emulate cowboy heroes

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Our fondness for cowboy heroes is typically American. “We may be the loneliest people on earth, and it’s no accident that the cowboy who rides alone should be the symbol of the American,” said Anthony Padovano, author of a number of books and a faculty member at Fordham University. Padovano […]

Pope’s visit should make U.S. better

Freedom New Mexico The most vivid impression most Americans have of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States is likely to be the attention he paid to the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (and in other countries as well). He brought it up unbidden […]

Even Christ needs endorsements

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist What is an endorsement? It is an affirmation, confirmation or testimonial that someone gives on behalf of a person, company, product or service.The person who endorses something may be a character admired by Americans or successful athlete or renowned movie celebrity. When these respected personalities are used in this fashion, […]

Conservative record for McCain spotty

Freedom New Mexico With the see-saw Democratic nomination dominating the headlines, Sen. John McCain’s four-state victories — giving him enough delegates to tie up the Republican nomination — was anti-climactic. The senator’s victory was a foregone conclusion, which made the rather long concession speech by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a tad ridiculous. Huckabee has […]

Home equity hits more than 60 year low

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Americans’ percentage of equity in their homes fell below 50 percent for the first time on record since 1945, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Homeowners’ portion of equity slipped to downwardly revised 49.6 percent in the second quarter of 2007, the central bank reported in its quarterly U.S. Flow […]

Pick candidate with principle, not personality

The presidential campaign, unfortunately, is being reduced to personality and identity politics. We would be better served to pick a president on principles and positions, rather than the way “American Idol” is chosen. Once the preening and pandering is done, we will be left with what the winner will do in office. On one of […]

Immigrants help power U.S. economy

By Freedom New Mexico Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, […]

Permanent fix needed to right unfair tax law

By Freedom New Mexico Before adjourning for the holidays, Congress finally approved yet another one-year fix to the unconscionable Alternative Minimum Tax. Otherwise it would have forced some 20 million middle-class Americans to do more complex calculations and pay higher taxes. Too bad Congress didn’t just repeal this unjustified tax. A brief history: Back in […]

Border agents should follow golden rule

By Freedom New Mexico What would Americans think if Mexican officials routinely fired pepper spray and tear gas into California neighborhoods as a way to root out, say, smugglers who were operating from the U.S. side of the border? How would we, as Americans, feel if our houses were damaged, our neighborhoods evacuated and our […]

Fellowship core of past, present Thanksgivings

By Freedom New Mexico Today most Americans will gather for a celebration that has become an American tradition worthy of extension. Most of us experience more blessings than tribulation, especially in this country, and it is appropriate to give thanks for them (indeed, many traditions exhort us to give thanks for hard times as well). […]

Violations of civil liberties continue

By Steven Greenhut One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned following 9/11 is that many people will go along with just about any government-imposed outrage if it’s couched in the right terms and plays on their fears. In recent years, we’ve seen the federal government become increasingly aggressive in efforts to spy on, detain, […]

Plans for civilian surveillance preceded 9/11

By Freedom New Mexico The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance […]

Letters to the Editor: Racism not at root of all injustices

It seems everyone feels their ethnicity is being discriminated against. Anything said that is not favorable to a person of a different race is taken as racist. We have National Hispanic Heritage Month, Cinco de Mayo and Black History Month. But if there was a White History Month, it would be considered racist. There are […]

Millions making long holiday trips

CNJ Staff Albuquerque — An estimated 34.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend, most by motor vehicle, according to a AAA New Mexico news release. That’s about the same number as last year but a drop from the 34.8 million who traveled the 2005 Labor Day weekend, […]

Last-minute surveillance law lacks restraint

By Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House […]