Court’s ‘persuadable mind’ will be missed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So now we say goodbye to Sandra Day O’Connor. In the process, we say goodbye to the one justice on the Supreme Court who did not belong body and soul to either the liberal or conservative wings, who could not be considered in the pocket of either political extreme. In […]

Conservative lifestyle brooks no ‘alternative’

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Is it just me, or does the mayor seem conflicted? Granted, James West has a lot to be conflicted about. Last month, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported it had caught the city’s chief executive, a social conservative who has long opposed gay rights, in a gay online chat room making a […]

Sen. McCain more Democrat than Republican

Editorial Only three things make Arizona Sen. John McCain recognizable as a Republican these days: • He continues to stand out as a critic of congressional pork-barrel plundering, true to the GOP’s all-but-abandoned claim to being the fiscally responsible party. • He remains hawkish on most defense and foreign policy matters. • And an upper […]

Local GOP buoyed by win

By David Irvin: CNJ news writer While the presidential election was coming to a head in Ohio, many in the nation were drawn to the edge of their seats Tuesday night to watch whether another post-election debacle was about to unfold. But by the morning, national media were already buzzing about Sen. John Kerry’s plan […]

President could put two justices on the high court

Freedom Newspapers The hospitalization of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for thyroid cancer suddenly spotlighted one issue that has received too little attention in this campaign. The next president could put at least two, but perhaps as many as four, new justices on the high court, changing the course of U.S. lawmaking and […]

It is possible to take the middle ground

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I’m not sure Rush Limbaugh is, as the title of the best-selling book would have it, “a big, fat idiot.” The man has, after all, lost a considerable amount of weight in recent years. But he is a major reason I’d rather hammer a spike through my ears than subject […]

Government’s marriage program is doomed to fail

Freedom Newspapers One of the sad facts about government is the results of any proposed program are likely to be closer to the opposite of the stated goals than to the stated goals themselves. Public housing was supposed to provide decent homes for poor people but instead created nightmarish high-rise ghettos. Aid for Families with […]

Growing government must be stopped

By Tibor Machan Jim Pinkerton, who worked in the Reagan White House, now writes columns. One of his recent missives tells us that American conservatism is in almost total shambles. It lacks coherence, he says, and is pretty much unrecognizable as offering some sort of alternative to what the liberal Democrats propose, namely a rich, […]

A rift in the faith

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Father John Rollinson of St. James Episcopal Church in Clovis said he is considered an “old fossil” for opposing some denominational trends. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s consecration of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church has led to protests from many […]

Judge’s book is politically one sided

Tibor Machan Judge Robert Bork is known to many Americans. Back in the presidency of Ronald Reagan he was nominated by “the great communicator” to the Supreme Court, then rejected on controversial grounds by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at that time was ruled by liberal Democrats. They didn’t like some of his published opinions, […]