Nobel prize justly awarded to pioneers

Freedom New Mexico With all the hoopla over the fellow who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the prize in Economic Science for 2009 has received less attention than usual. The recipients, Elinor Ostrom of the University of Indiana and Oliver Williamson of the University of California-Berkeley, did pioneering and practical work in understanding how […]

Obama given Nobel to spur hopes of peace

Freedom New Mexico Well, President Barack Obama is not the first, shall we say, nonobvious and, indeed, rather eccentric choice by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Nobody knows exactly what guided the five-member committee selected by the Norwegian Parliament; deliberations are kept secret for 50 years. So, we can […]

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (AP) — President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism. Obama said he was surprised and deeply humbled by the honor, and […]

March 21, 2009 Legislature Roundup

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: Session ends at noon today From the Roundhouse to the Coliseum: An international peace organization has invited Gov. Bill Richardson to Rome to honor him for signing House Bill 285, which abolishes the death penalty. In a letter from Mario Marazziti, a spokesman for the Community […]

U.S. can’t push Middle East peace process

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most poignant headline we saw regarding last week’s parliamentary elections in Israel ran over a Reuters story: “Israel faces gridlock, peace prospects dim.” Big surprise. Israel has a parliamentary system, meaning a prospective prime minister must put together a majority coalition in the 120-member Knesset, or Parliament. Current foreign minister […]

Finance program coming to Pleasant Hill

Freedom New Mexico Financial Peace University’s 13-week finance program is coming to Pleasant Hill. FPU has helped more than 650,000 families positively change their financial future, according to a news release. The program teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability. Each class participant needs a kit. […]

Peace in an unlikely place

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I recently ran across an entry call for an art show, in which the admittedly open or ambiguous theme was “Sacred Spaces and Sacred Places.” As the promoters willingly acknowledged, this sort of theme can create either opportunity, or confusion. What, after all, is a sacred space? I know that […]

Candidates’ plans for peace just gibberish

Freedom New Mexico Can it be that elections tend to bring out whatever latent stupidity candidates and their supporters may harbor, or that they induce people to say stupid and simplistic things in the belief that voters respond only to the stupid and simplistic? What inspires such dire reflection at this moment is the increasingly […]

Christianity has stood the test of time

Freedom New Mexico If not for the teachings of tolerance, peace and love, a recent cartoon would have Christians rioting in the streets. They’d kill, threaten, and burn buildings to the ground. When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon in 2005 depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, parts of the Islamic […]

Palestinian, Israeli agreement won’t be Bush’s doing

By Freedom New Mexico It’s unlikely President Bush will do much harm during his current trip through the Middle East, even though he does look a bit like an emperor making a ceremonial visit to the provinces. In some ways it is admirable seeing him trying to make an impression on a part of the […]