Warming hype nothing to get heated about

By Freedom New Mexico Global warming rhetoric is more hot air than good sense and an excuse for governments to seize power over private lives. That’s why President Bush’s recent pronouncements are worrisome. “… (G)lobal temperatures are rising and this is caused largely by human activities,” Bush recently told a 17-nation conference. To say that […]

Life’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Government-run health plan step in wrong direction

By Freedom New Mexico President Bush correctly has promised to veto an irresponsible, insidious bill that would provide government-subsidized health care to children of middle-class families earning as much as $83,000 a year under a program originally intended to benefit only the poor. The president Thursday rightly identified the Democrat-controlled Congress’ motive in attempting to […]

Attorney general replacements offer little hope

By Freedom Newspapers The surprise resignation — what took him so long? — of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suggests a curious pattern in the Bush administration. A Cabinet official is seriously criticized, for reasons good and bad, and defends himself poorly. Calls proliferate for resignation or impeachment or prosecution/torture/execution, but the president stands by his […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]

Bush straining to link al-Qaida, Iraq together

By Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain desperation. Public opinion has turned solidly against continuing the war in Iraq any longer than absolutely necessary, but out of stubbornness or conviction President Bush opposes withdrawal, and military planners talk of maintaining a substantial military presence for at least another two years. So knowing that even […]

Facts don’t justify Libby commutation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

Congress left with no choice but to fund war

Freedom Newspapers C ongress finally has done what seemed inevitable from the outset, passing a bill late Thursday that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30, to the tune of about $95 billion. And it’s without a timetable for beginning the withdrawal of American troops or even imposing standards regarding troop training, […]

Attorney firing flap certainly not last battle for Bush, Congress

Freedom Newspapers As President Bush and the Democratic Congress head for a confrontation over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, it is possible to see some justice on both sides. It would be best if they reached a compromise, but both sides seem to be spoiling for a fight. The Senate and House judiciary committees […]

Public deserves document disclosure

By Christine Tatum: Guest columnist This week promises to be a big one in the never-ending fight to improve access to federal government records. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007, which stand to be the most comprehensive reform of the Freedom of […]

Address follows historical suit of false hope

By Freedom Newspapers You could tell this was a president for the first time facing a Congress controlled by the opposition party, and not coming from a position of strength. President Bush was sober, almost somber at times, and his proposals at least gave the appearance of being calculated to appeal to more than a […]

President’s plan may be too late to salvage victory

By Freedom Newspapers Give President Bush some credit. In his speech Wednesday night he was sober and serious. He was willing to acknowledge past mistakes. He presented a plan to change U.S. strategy in Iraq that seems to take into account unpleasant realities on the ground. In short, he seemed to know that this plan […]

President’s call for cooperation comes too late

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush took the unusual step, for a sitting president, of releasing an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal last week to announce his hopes of working together with the Democratic majority in Congress “to accomplish important things for the American people.” Good luck. If he were just starting a term […]

Letters to the Editor: Those who serve deserve our thanks

A couple of days before Veterans Day this year, I received an e-mail from a fellow Vietnam veteran. The e-mail contained a music video titled, “A Pittance of Time.” This song was written by Terry Kelly from Nova Scotia. The song’s words and music intrigued me deeply so I looked up the history of the […]

Election results may cause U.S. harm

Letters to the Editor Let me be among the first to congratulate the Democrats for taking back both houses of Congress and to express my deep appreciation to those who voted them in. At least we no longer have to be exposed to those horrible, corrupt Republicans with their scandals! And, it is quite comforting […]

Rumsfeld steps down

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday congratulated Democrats on their takeover of the House and strong gains in the Senate and announced he had selected a new defense secretary to oversee the increasingly violent conflict in Iraq. Bush, reaching into the administration of his father, said that former CIA Director Robert Gates […]

“Stay the course” desertion quite dishonest

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist • “… The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must […]

Chavez no laughing matter

Editorial Despite the oppressive nature of his totalitarian government, Cuba’s Fidel Castro still gets a warm welcome in the United States by many American leftists. But as Castro fades, the revolutionary left needs a new hero — and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez apparently is fitting the bill. We couldn’t help but chuckle at the sight […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Situation bound to get better for president

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist President Bush’s fusillade of speeches over the past number of days have reminded us of the man we saw in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. After months of inanition, he seems to have received a shot of adrenaline. In a speech on Sept. 6, the president came out […]