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 […]

Area citizens react to loss of Ronald Reagan

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mary Lewis said she never missed a Ronald Reagan movie. The 77-year-old Texico resident praised the former president. “I just loved him, he was just so handsome and such a good actor,” she said. “He was a wonderful president and a loving husband.” Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, died […]

Public, press can keep our leaders accountable

Editorial The independent commission investigating intelligence shortcomings before the 9/11 terror attacks said Thursday it will seek public testimony from President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and also from former President Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. It’s most unlikely to happen, but it’s a delightful idea. As aficionados of C-SPAN know, the British […]