Judge candidates on their policies, not their kids

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I couldn’t possibly have accurate numbers on this, but I’m confident thousands of 17-year-olds are holding out hope that in 2008 they’ll cast their first presidential votes for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. As I found out Monday morning, one of those is Caroline Giuliani. As the online magazine Slate reported, […]

New Mexican named Secretary of Agriculture in 1945

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Clinton P. Anderson was born in South Dakota in 1895. I’m not sure when he came to New Mexico, although he served as state treasurer of New Mexico in 1932-33. He was elected to Congress for three terms. In 1945 President Truman appointed Clinton P. as secretary of agriculture for the […]

Revamped federal government will attract fresh faces

By Freedom Newspapers Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of […]

Presidential hopeful has big plans for ’16

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., made an announcement Monday about his political plans for the 2008 presidential campaign. He said he and his family would make a decision “later this year.” Gripping words. Some will tell you Hagel is doing the right thing, focusing his efforts on our current issues […]

Memorable quotes, notes of 2006 revisited

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Old Mother Hubbard’s got nothing on me. Old Clueless Columnist went to the cupboard to find his year-end source material and found it empty. “Quotes” reads the label on the yellow legal file. In it I place things New Mexicans say that are outrageous, or profound, or silly, or stupid, […]

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 […]

Democrats’ new dream is bigger government

Freedom Newspapers They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer […]

President’s international policy a failure

Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist In 1980, a book was published about the failure of liberal policies in New York City. Its title, “The Cost of Good Intentions,” soon became a conservative catchphrase about the limits of expansive government. Even the best motives could produce dismal results. Policies had to be judged not by their ostensible […]

Richardson padding presidential résumé

Guest Editorial Editor’s note: The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., published this editorial in its Saturday edition. Its owner, Freedom Communications Inc, also owns this newspaper. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who has punched every ticket a politico can in his quest to amass a White House-worthy resume, has been diligently working the […]

Clinton needs to be treated as real threat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist There are a great many Republicans who laugh when you suggest that Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee in 2008. Their incredulity only deepens if you intimate that she could win. They are so vehement in their detestation of all things Clinton that the idea seems almost kooky to […]