Kerry’s campaign fails to connect with audience

Freedom Editorial D emocratic presidential nominee John Kerry had more than 50 minutes to make his case to the public, and to show a more human side that even his supporters say is lacking, yet put in no better than a passable effort. In the beginning of his acceptance speech on Thursday, and at a […]

Kerry should offer support for gun rights

Freedom Editorial P resumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry has amassed perhaps the most liberal voting record in the Senate, as Republican campaign ads will repeatedly remind voters during the campaign season. Yet Sen. Kerry could potentially win the election by going to the right on at least one important constitutional issue: the right to keep […]

City residents say Iraq top issue in election

By William Thompson, Freedom Newspapers As the Democrats take the political center stage this week in Boston, many Clovis-area residents will be listening closely for information they can use to make their decisions in the presidential election. Iraq is the main issue on many of their minds. “I want some resolution,” said Vikki Solari, a […]

Corps, czars replicate federal programs

Freedom Editorial What this country really needs is a moratorium on the creation of any new “corps” or “czars.” That, or a moratorium on the politicians proposing one. It seems that in response to every problem, real or trumped-up, the reflex of the political/bureaucratic class is to lobby for the naming of a new czar […]

Lovers of liberty should expect this to be a long week

Freedom Editorial When we think of Boston, our first thought is not of the Kennedy family or Sen. John Kerry, but the Boston Tea Party of 1773; Boston was the home to revolutionaries Sam and John Adams. The Tea Party is a national, indeed global, symbol of revolt against taxation and repressive government. Into that […]

And so, what would John Kerry do?

By Mona Charen “They were wrong, and soldiers died because they were wrong.” Thus spoke Sen. John Kerry about the administration’s decision to topple the Saddam Hussein regime. There are a number of problems with Kerry’s formulation. Let’s begin with the fact that Kerry voted for the war. Oh yes, he has since attempted to […]

God, not politicians, saves us from evils

Letters to the Editor We finally heard who our earthly savior is! Did you hear John Kerry’s campaign speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on July 15? He has promised to solve all of America’s problems. He will fix the 10 percent black unemployment rate. He will solve the medical needs for the 44 […]

Caught in middle of political injustice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on […]

Kerry, Edwards focus on envy, not improvement

Freedom Editorial To put a twist on Bill Clinton’s internal slogan during his 1992 campaign, the Kerry-Edwards economic policy seems to be “it’s the envy, stupid.” They’re running on the “Two Americas” theme that Sen. Edwards followed to defeat in the Democratic primaries. With a strong economic recovery barreling the Bush administration toward the November […]

Lying a recreational sport for presidents

By Steve Chapman On his first day campaigning as John Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards put on his most sincere expression and informed a crowd in Cleveland, “I can tell you one thing you can take to the bank: He will always tell the truth to the American people.” I don’t greatly resent politicians who […]

Kerry blundered in choosing VP candidate

CNJ Editorial Perhaps the job itself is not worth a bucket of warm spit, as one of FDR’s vice presidents, John Nance Garner, so famously said. But consider the vice presidents in the last half of the 20th century who went on to become president: Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush. In […]

‘KerryVan’ roles through Clovis

Reporter’s Notebook Last Monday Curry County Democrats Gloria Wicker and Sandra Martin welcomed the “KerryVan” to Clovis. The KerryVan group — state Democrats who support John Kerry’s bid for President of the United States — visited all 33 New Mexico counties in seven days last week. “We are very excited about this election,” said Martin, […]

Bush, Kerry salute fallen U.S. heroes

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — President Bush declared Monday that “America is safer” because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in somber but historically asymmetrical Memorial Day tributes. “Through our history, America has gone to war reluctantly,” said Bush, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery after laying […]

Abuse no reason for Rumsfeld resignation

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Sometimes a rainbow is reflected in a drop of rain — and sometimes it’s just a muddy mess. The episode at Abu Ghraib certainly revealed the depravity of a few American military personnel. But the reaction to it has revealed character, as well. On the muddy mess front, there is, of […]

Readers split on Richardson for veep

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Gov. Bill Richardson might make a good vice president. Some responses: “I doubt that Gov. Bill would be an acceptable or effective VP as I doubt that he would be comfortable in the No. 2 position.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “(Would) Bill Richard-son … […]

Nader looking like presidential opponent

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The good news for opponents of the war in Iraq is that President Bush’s challenger has finally called for a rapid American withdrawal. “Every day the U.S. military remains in Iraq,” he said, “we imperil U.S. security, drain our economy, ignore our nation’s domestic needs and prevent democratic self-rule from developing […]

Veep process should be more democratic

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist John Kerry is looking for a running mate, and he’s getting lots of advice: Pick John Edwards to make the ticket competitive in the South. Pick Dick Gephardt to energize organized labor. Pick Bob Graham to bolster support in the key swing state of Florida. Here’s my advice to Kerry on […]

Republican’s lack of frugal behavior a boon to Kerry

Freedom Newspapers That Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry last week tried to sell himself to the American people as a fiscally responsible moderate isn’t surprising. The same pose paid impressive political dividends for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who not only appeared to break the tax and spend mold of most Democrats but even pledged […]

Negative campaigns leave no true winner

Ned Cantwell Memo from New Mexico to those who would be our president: OK, Mr. President, you first. May I call you George? I mean, you seem like the kind of guy I could sit around a campfire with, drinking beer and telling raunchy jokes. And you, Mr. John Kerry. You are bright, rich, a […]

Kerry’s war comments tend to contradict

Mona Charen There he was, the 27-year-old John Kerry, hair spilling down over his eyes, Kennedyesque a’s (as in “cahn’t imagine”) rolling off his tongue, and lanky legs seeking room on the cramped talk show set. C-SPAN was rebroadcasting an episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1971. Opposing Kerry was a hard-charging, highly intelligent […]