Castro or not, meaningful change for Cuba far off

Freedom New Mexico It is difficult to tell just how significant is the fact that Fidel Castro has formally resigned as Cuba’s president. He “temporarily” ceded his powers to his younger brother, Raul, on July 31, 2006, but he remains a member of parliament and is likely to be elected to the 31-member Council of […]

Castro resigns presidency

The Associated Press HAVANA — An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday. The end of Castro’s rule — the longest in the world for a head of government — frees his 76-year-old brother Raul […]

Trade embargo won’t promote change in Cuba

By Freedom Newspapers Frederic Bastiat is credited with saying, “If goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” He knew the best way to keep nations on speaking terms with one another was trade. It’s difficult for a nation to foment distrust of and anger with another nation when the people of both rely on one another […]

Tornado cleanup 95 percent complete

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Doris Hudson, left, and Nell Thompkins stand outside Hudson’s house on Sycamore St. Hudson’s house suffered minimal damage from the storm. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado […]

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 […]

Castro’s brother offers little hope for Cuban change

Freedom Newspapers The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-yearold dictator’s imminent demise […]

Cristan-Castro Engagement

Bobby and Sonia Lopez of Clovis and Armando Ontiveros of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shevon Cristan, to Cesar Castro, both of Clovis. He is the son of Roberto and Anna Castro of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God. The […]

Yucca 8th-grader repeats as regional spelling bee champ

By David Irvin: CNJ Staff writer A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in […]

Mexico issues mean Cuba losing support

Freedom Newspapers Cuban President Fidel Castro says it shows Mexico has become a lackey of the United States. Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, director of the Mexico Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, however, said the expulsion of Cuba’s ambassador to Mexico and the recall of Mexico’s ambassador to Cuba “is indicative of […]

Oh brother: Tatum tops Buffs again

CNJ staff TATUM — Brothers Alberto and Art Castro were in on six of Tatum’s nine touchdowns and the Coyotes survived a six-TD performance by Melrose sophomore Carlos Ruiz to beat the Buffaloes 57-40 on Saturday in the state six-man football championship. Tatum (12-0) handed the Buffs (9-3) their only three setbacks of the season, […]

Latin America could be a silent enemy

By Mona Charen The global war on terror has scored huge successes thus far. Pakistan, once an open supporter of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, has done an abrupt about face and now cooperates with the United States in tracking and capturing Al Qaeda. To date, Pakistan has arrested more than 500 terrorists. Yemen, Jordan […]

Charen tome exposes ‘useful idiots’

Thomas Sowell The term “useful idiots” has been attributed to Lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the Western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the Soviet Union did. Columnist Mona Charen’s new book “Useful Idiots” shows that such people are still with us. Long after the Soviet Union’s horrors […]