Bush asks for perseverance, action on economy and war

By Terence Hunt: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Recession. War. Terrorism. The worry list in President Bush’s final State of the Union address was the same as in his first. “We can all see that growth is slowing,” Bush said in his appearance before Congress Monday night when talking about the economy. The war in […]

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 […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Database of veterans available on Web site

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Library of Congress has a database to honor veterans of conflicts from World War I through present conflicts. Collections are stored at the Library of Congress and a searchable database of more than 44,000 names are also available online, according to the Veterans History Project Web site. The […]

Internet service tax will hinder online growth

By Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding […]

Watchdog office’s unionization will build partisanship

By Freedom New Mexico Much of what most Americans know about Washington’s wasteful ways, they know because of the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), an apolitical arm of Congress that audits and investigates federal agencies and activities. But whether GAO will remain the credible, nimble, relatively objective and independent watchdog it’s been, […]

Energy market doesn’t need Congress’ help

By Freedom Newspapers Always in search of a gimmicky way to mass market lousy ideas, some members of Congress have been lining up behind something called the 25 X 25 plan. The plan would set the country on the course of getting 25 percent of its electricity and motor fuels from so-called renewables by 2025. […]

Major expansion needed to carry out energy bill

By Freedom Newspapers We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before […]

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 […]

Q&A: Senator supports Richardson’s run for White House

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Jeff Bingaman is serving his fifth term in Congress and is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Following Tuesday’s Senate field hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library, he answered a few questions for Freedom Newspapers. Q:You came to Clovis for the field hearing regarding the Ute Water Project. […]

Renewable aspect of House energy bill unrealistic

By Freedom Newspapers August is one of our favorite months. Congress is on annual recess. Washington’s sausage-making machinery is idle. No new laws are being cranked out. The republic is temporarily safe from congressional meddling. The problem with August is that September follows. Sooner or later, Congress will reconvene, and take up the legislation left […]

Ohio senator’s change of heart good for politics

By Freedom Newspapers The Associated Press reports U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, has been under fire from both sides of the political aisle because of the way he has voted on contentious issues. Liberal activist groups are upset with the second-term senator because he voted against a Democratic bill to micromanage the war in Iraq […]

Court didn’t delve deep enough into surveillance issue

By Freedom Newspapers A divided three-judge federal appeals court panel sidestepped the major issues in the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program, secretly instituted by the Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We hope the Sixth Circuit decision does not close a case that should be troubling to all Americans who value civil liberties. Under […]

Democrats didn’t do nearly enough to stop earmarks

By Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats, attempting to make good on their pledge to be more fiscally responsible than ousted Republicans, actually eliminated pork-barrel earmarks from spending bills the GOP left unfinished. As well, rules were changed to require members, for the first time, to identify their earmarks, in the hope that more transparency might shame […]

Republicans use Democrat’s play to block bills

By Freedom Newspapers The first 100 days of Nancy Pelosi’s reign of error as speaker of the House have come and gone. Several times over, actually. And what does Congress have to show for it? Little to nada, legislatively speaking, and even lower public approval ratings than the besieged President Bush. Not that we’re complaining. […]

Lettes to the Editor: True traffic problems need addressed

After reading Dan Duran’s Sunday letter regarding programming the lights on Thornton, I would like to add the following: —Why not add a light on Ross and 21st streets? —Install a no-crossover barrier like the one across from Sonic on 21st to stop the idiots from cutting into Walgreen’s from the eastbound lanes. —Close the […]

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, […]

Small Iraq funding bill works for now

Freedom Newspapers As expected, President Bush vetoed a $124 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that included a timetable that could have required the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq no later than October. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure,” the president said. Whether Congress […]

Blame for Iraq should be placed closer to Congress

By Freedom Newspapers On one hand, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, raises excellent points about the administration and his Democratic colleagues. Then again, Kucinich is being, well, Kucinich. The long-shot presidential candidate from Cleveland raises valid points — as well as the government-as-the-answer ones you’d expect — in a video about Iraq and Iran on […]

Congress licking chops over pork

By Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats did an admirable job of purging pork barrel projects — also called earmarks — from spending bills that were left unfinished when Republicans were ousted from power last fall. They had to do something, given all their campaign rhetoric about those fiscally feckless Republicans. But whether they can for long […]

Residents hold immigration rally

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Veronica Serda, left, leads chants as Victoria Flores, center, and other immigrant rights supporters marched Tuesday on Main Street. The group stopped in front of the Curry County Courthouse to spread their message. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Dressed in white to symbolize peace and carrying colorful signs — […]