Poor prioritizing exacerbates financial issues

Freedom Newspapers In yet another illustration of how pork, parochialism and congressional privilege routinely trump practicality, frugality and responsible priority-setting in Washington, the U.S. Senate voted recently to override a Pentagon plan to decommission an aircraft carrier and cancel a troubled cargo plane program. Both proposals were made in an effort to defray the mounting […]

Schiavo case being hijacked for political gain

Freedom Newspapers Congressional grandstanding sank to an all-time low over the weekend as the House convened in an emergency session — not about the threats facing our troops in Iraq, not over concern about the eventual collapse of our Social Security and Medicare systems, but to intervene in a husband’s decision to carry out his […]

Ethical standards enforcement rests with the voters

Freedom Newspapers How one views the ethics controversy swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, greatly depends on one’s visceral reaction to the man himself. He’s one of those polarizing figures people either love or hate. But emotions shouldn’t cloud our judgment about what this case is all about. We have no […]

Irresponsible pay raises a tradition in U.S. Congress

Freedom Editorial How many times have you heard an exchange similar to this at work: The boss will be out of the office for a few days and tells an employee she’ll be in charge during the absence. When this information is relayed to other employees, someone will good-naturedly exclaim that this means raises for […]

If U.S. so ‘evil’ Aristide should go back alone

Freedom Newspapers Buy the man a commercial airline ticket home, if that’s what he wants. Just don’t bother making it a round-trip ticket. That’s what we recommend be done in the case of ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who fled that long-suffering land two weeks ago as rebel forces were closing in for the […]

Republicans’ buy-off strategy not the answer

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most significant trend as the current congressional session lumbers toward an end — a December session to pass an omnibus $820-billion spending bill is still in the offing — is the extent to which the Republican Party under President Bush and the current congressional leadership has become the party of big […]

‘Controlling’ mandates unconstitutional

Walter Williams We all can agree that having money to pay our mortgage or rent on time is very important. Since some people are spendthrifts and don’t manage their money well, what about a congressional mandate whereby mortgage or rent money is deducted from our paychecks each month and sent directly to our mortgage holder […]

Clovis man named to Republicans’ 2003 Honor Roll

By Gary Mitchell When the National Republican Congressional Committee notified Homer Tankersley he would be the recipient of a special award, the Clovis businessman was taken aback. “I don’t have any idea how they selected me,” he said. “It was a total surprise. I had no idea what was going on.” Tankersley, 76, received notice […]