Climate confab ends with little harm done

Freedom New Mexico The 17th worldwide conference intended to whip 190-plus nations into a fighting mood to combat global warming concluded in Durban, South Africa, this week, thankfully, without doing much harm. Global warming true believers spin the United Nations event as a success for extending for five years the 1997 Kyoto Protocol agreement to […]

Terrorists’ jobs easier thanks to Americans

By Freedom Newspapers As we enter our fifth year in the so-called war on terror, we have reacted to the 9/11 attacks about as destructively to our deeply held principles as the terrorists could have hoped. If Osama bin Laden and his ilk wanted to destroy our way of life, as President Bush repeatedly claims, […]

Milosevic’s manipulation did irreparable harm

Freedom Newspapers In the end, Slobodan Milosevic may be best remembered as simply one more petty example of what Hannah Arendt called the “banality of evil.” A midlevel communist apparatchik who took advantage of various incidents as the former Yugoslavia was unraveling along with the rest of the communist enterprise in the late 1980s to […]

Zero tolerance policy is not common sense

CNJ staff We understand the need for rules. We understand the need for discipline and consequences. Having established these things, however, there is a need for common sense to intervene when someone breaks a rule without causing any harm. Zero-tolerance rules seem to block such a common sense approach. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, a zero-tolerance approach […]

Welcome to Texas, where Big Brother rules

Leonard Pitts Jr. It’s just the sort of thing you’d expect from Iran. A woman runs afoul of local religious authorities who are angered by her refusal to cover up. But it isn’t just her immodest style of dress that riles the ayatollahs. They have also heard rumors that she sells sex toys from her […]

Disagreement is fine, if we think straight

Walter Williams A fortnight ago, I wrote a column that generated considerable reader response, some of it angry and nasty. The gist of the column was that the liberty-oriented solution to the smoking controversy was through the institution of private property, where the owner of a workplace, restaurant or bar decides whether there would be […]