Academy victims stand to benefit from new system

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A victim’s confidentiality versus the public disclosure necessary to prosecute crimes and hold individuals accountable: That’s the tightrope students and administrators at the Air Force Academy have walked in dealing with sex-crime allegations since the school went co-ed in 1976. Sometimes the academy has leaned precariously to one side of the line, sometimes […]

How Bush could secure second term

Leon Hadar The prevailing view in Washington these days is that the Iraq war and its aftermath have placed huge obstacles on President Bush’s path to a second term. Bush, argue the pundits, had outlined a scenario for Americans — one involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda and […]

States are right on drug reform

Freedom Newspapers While the federal government in recent years has approached illicit drug policy along the lines of the classic definition of a fanatic — if it isn’t working, redouble your efforts — there has been a quiet rethinking of drug policy at the state level, beginning with the decision by California voters in 1996 […]

Cannon policies protect the water supply

Carla Givens An article recently published in the Clovis News Journal quoted a local citizen who expressed concern that Cannon Air Force Base is not participating in water conservation efforts. For years, water use has undoubtedly been one of the most polarizing issues in New Mexico and prolonged drought has made the issue yet more […]

Lifting sanctions best byproduct of war with Iraq

In a 14-0 vote, the United Nations Security Council voted recently to remove a most oppressive and counterproductive policy that has been imposed on Iraq since the end of the first gulf war. Yes, the council, at America’s urging, has ended the policy of sanctions. Essentially, other nations refused to ship most products to Iraq […]