Fountain of youth flowing with wine

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A couple of months ago, the journal Nature published a study showing mice that ingested a substance found in red wine demonstrated remarkable longevity. There is, so far, no evidence that the substance, resveratrol, has a similar effect on humans. Nonetheless, there has been a rush on the product; health […]

War, spirituality not withstanding

By Clyde Davis, Local Columnist We don’t usually get overtly spiritual in this column; more often than not, the spirituality is covert. Today, however, moves us in a different direction. The spiritual piece is overt, though it is not specific. I want us to think about the common ground that undergirds many faith perspectives. To […]

Space program innovation needs privatization

Freedom Newspapers The space shuttle Discovery made a safe re-entry landing Monday in only the second shuttle mission since the 2003 destruction during re-entry of the shuttle Columbia. The successful landing is a good time to discuss the independence of future space missions from government control and the federal treasury. Current Bush administration plans are […]

You, not Congress, know what is best

By Walter E. Williams: Syndicated columnist One of the great contributions of Nobel Laureate economist Friedrich Hayek was to admonish us to recognize the insurmountable limits to human knowledge. Why? Not even the brightest minds, and surely not the U.S. Congress, can ever have the knowledge to shape an economic system entirely to our liking. […]

One-size-fits-all mentality troublesome

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Most years I do a lot of international traveling and make some observations in light of topics of current interest. So on recent trips, for example to Argentina, Chile and South Africa, I noticed how in most airports and establishments of various kinds smoking tends to be banned, either by […]

Self-interest biggest human motivator

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist George Orwell admonished, “Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” That’s what I want to do — talk about the obvious, starting with the question: What human motivation leads to the most wonderful things getting done? How about the charity and selflessness we’ve seen […]

CIA nominee’s hearing will bring needed discussion

By Freedom Newspapers Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the […]

Child abuse, neglect deserve to be taken seriously

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was a long-term substitute-teaching assignment for seventh-grade math, with the teacher expecting to be gone for three weeks. Within three days of that three weeks, I had developed an opinion about what was going on in the life of one child. It was some objective pieces — the worn […]

4/23 Letters to the editor

Checkpoints not only solution for DWI Glenda Bly’s outrage (DWI checkpoints waste of time, money in the April 12 CNJ) over being stopped and checked for drunken driving can easily be pacified. If someone wants to drink, let them. If someone wants to sell alcohol to the drinker, let them. But … the seller should […]

‘Old Moneyless’ noted for his economic theory

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Henry Crecelius McCowen was 27 when he moved in 1917 to the Elida area. In 1920, he became editor of the Roosevelt County Record, published at Elida. He became known throughout the country as something of an eccentric. He advocated doing away with money! And that is how he became […]