Much-maligned fruitcake not all bad

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I like fruitcake. There, I admit it. Shoot me! Yes, you read right. My name is Helena Rodriguez and I like fruitcake. I didn’t say I’m a fruitcake, but these days, admitting during the Christmas season that you like fruitcake, for reasons other then using them as door stoppers or […]

Taxation: Extortion by another name

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist For some, the issue of taxation appears moot. Like death, they believe, taxation is unavoidable. Many others would like us all to fall for this because then they would gain the upper hand about political economy. For those who don’t much like the free society and its economic system, free […]

Talk to children about making good choices

Freedom Newspapers T he next target of the anti-drug hysteria that stems from our nation’s drug war could well be something many Americans have never heard of: marijuana-flavored lollipops. Marketed by several makers under names such as “Pot Suckers,” the candies contain no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. But that doesn’t stop rabid drug […]

Anti-Americanism coming from the left

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., has, under extreme pressure, tearfully retracted his comparison of American behavior at Guantanamo to the Nazis, Soviets and Pol Pot. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has not retracted his barb following disclosures of detainee mistreatment at Abu Ghraib, about Saddam’s torture chambers being “under new management, U.S. […]

Jews should support Republican ticket

Freedom Newspapers If it’s an election year, it must be time for my quadrennial column urging Jews to vote Republican. Though I feel a bit like Sisyphus, I’ll try not to be a sourpuss. Here are some of the questions I usually get on this subject: Everyone knows that Republicans tend to be rich, snobbish […]

Inflation forcing Americans into ‘rich’ tax category

Freedom Newspapers You could avoid getting a heavy tax gouging next year. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 333-89 for H.R. 4227, which would postpone by one year forcing 9 million more taxpayers to pay the alternative minimum tax. “The force of inflation is pushing more middle-income households into the alternative minimum tax […]

Secret to computer health is tight security

Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari Worms, I wish I were talking about the wiggly kind that we take fishin’ with us, but no, I am writing about the Internet type today. The “Sasser Worm” started off by plaguing computers in Taiwan last weekend, and then with a fury, it starting striking computers in North America on […]

‘Christ’ movie ads fuel to anti-Semetic fire

Mona Charen It grieves me to object to Mel Gibson’s movie because I know millions of Christians in this country and around the world will be moved and possibly even transformed by it — and that is a welcome thing. As a Jew, I can unhesitatingly declare the world would be a better place if […]

Film fuels fear of reprisal

By Darrell Todd Maurina While local evangelical Christians have enthusiastically supported bringing Mel Gibson’s film on the death of Christ to Clovis, the film has ignited controversy nationally as some Jewish organizations objected to the film’s graphic images. Much of the Jewish criticism has focused on the history of “passion plays” — a genre of […]

U.S. interference in foreign affiars has failed in past

Freedom Newspapers The ongoing violence and endemic misery in Haiti should offer some lessons for Americans who might still be tempted to support future humanitarian interventions or who believe sufficient American muscle will bring on democracy and a vibrant civil society in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. It’s also a lesson in […]

Sierra Club was overrun long ago by militant activists

Freedom Newspapers A newspaper headline recently took us aback; then it made us laugh. “Sierra Club under siege by militant activists,” it read, topping a news account of how a cadre of animal-rights, anti-immigration and zero-population-growth radicals are attempting to seize control of one of the nation’s oldest, most venerable environmental groups. But this is […]

Anti-business attitude hurting California

Thomas Sowell If you wonder what has gotten California in such an economic mess, here is a recent sample: The state legislature has passed a law requiring landlords to give tenants 60 days’ notice, instead of 30 days, before evicting them. In other words, if you are renting to a tenant who refuses to pay […]

Energy bill should rest on the scrap heap

Freedom Newspapers When is the Bush administration going to stop violating Americans’ civil rights? According to The New York Times, the FBI has “collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of anti-war demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads.” The Times […]

FBI should stop spying on war protesters

Freedom Newspapers When is the Bush administration going to stop violating Americans’ civil rights? According to The New York Times, the FBI has “collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of anti-war demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads.” The Times […]

Saudi Arabia: A day of reckoning is upon all of us

Freedom Newspapers For years the Saudi royal family has played a dangerous double game, leading lavishly westernized lives of luxury, enriched by oil revenues and protected by American military muscle, while ruling over a strictly Islamic regime centuries behind the times, in which anti-American and anti-Western attitudes were bred and exported. As the country gradually […]

Association to celebrate heritage

By Jack King Clovis will host the convention of the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the state chapter of the oldest African American secular organization in the nation, today through Sunday at the La Quinta Suites. Evelyn Rising, second vice president of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and a past president […]

Anti-obesity movement going too far

By Walter Williams Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California. That’s according to Stephen Joseph, who filed a lawsuit against Nabisco last month in California’s Marin County Superior Court. Oreo cookies contain trans fat, an ingredient that makes the cookies crisp and their filling creamy. Joseph says that trans fat is […]