Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Highway talk The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon. It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To RSVP contact […]

Bureaucrats would only delay reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers Tulane University professor Lawrence Powell, in a widely circulated speech, encapsulated the fear many residents and people who love New Orleans feel: “Will this quirky and endlessly fascinating place become an X-rated theme park, a Disneyland for adults?” The best hope for New Orleans might lie in a couple of French phrases long […]

Nations R Us a lousy idea

Our current travails in Iraq should chasten those who look at the world, survey its failing, troubled or tyranny-plagued states and are struck by a burning desire to reinvent them according to the American model. We’re now being reminded the hard way that it’s never as easy, bloodless or pain-free in practice as ivory-tower theorists […]

Resolutions may prove irrelevant if Shiites are restless

Freedom Newspapers The United States recently tinkered with a United Nations resolution on Iraq enough to get the Security Council to pass it unanimously. In Congress the controversy over President Bush’s request for $87 billion for occupation and reconstruction of Iraq (and other missions) centers on whether part of the reconstruction money should be a […]

Afghani candidate making plans for reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers Hamid Karzai, the interim leader of Afghanistan who just announced his candidacy for president in the election scheduled for next year, may face political revolt as he returns from an extended tour of the United States and Britain. He was interviewed via conference call recently and some journalists came away with a little […]

Felxible timetable best road to Iraq reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers F rom the standpoint of shoring up domestic support and reminding Americans that for better or worse the United States is committed to a fairly long run in Iraq, President Bush’s speech Tuesday can be considered a success. Whether it generates notable military, humanitarian or financial support from other countries to carry out […]