U.N. Secretary-General Annan won’t be missed

Editorial We hardly expected Kofi Annan’s last public speech as Secretary-General of the United Nations to be an introspective summing-up of the manifold failures and weakness of the organization he headed for 10 years and of his abject failure — nay, resistance — to any semblance of reform in one of the most unaccountable organizations […]

Shift in power could prompt positive changes

Editorial For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican […]

Alcoholism latest public figure cop out

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Maybe we ought to give Prohibition another try. Granted the attempt to outlaw drinking wasn’t exactly a success back in the 1920s, but maybe it’s time to have another go at it. Don’t we owe that much to the public figures who have become the unwitting victims of fool juice […]

Democrats’ new dream is bigger government

Freedom Newspapers They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer […]

Gates’ philanthropy raises bar for us all

Leonard Pitts : Syndicated Columnist In the first place, I never knew Bill Gates was a Spider-Man fan. But his stated reason for transitioning out of day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft two years from now to devote his energies to charity work (“… with great wealth comes great responsibility…”) comes suspiciously close to the creed by […]

Citizen raises stink over dead animal

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A dog lies along south Prince Street near Kimberly Drive Tuesday as motorists head north into Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hairy, stiff canine lies beside a large, fallen tree branch on south Prince Street. Clovis resident Katherine Medrano travels the south end of Prince Street several […]

Children’s obesity parents’ responsibility

by Ned Cantwell: CNJ columnist New Mexico legislators, to their credit, are most concerned about the health of their constituents. Wander around any lobbyist-sponsored evening reception and you will run upon clusters of lawmakers eating sausage cheese balls, drinking whisky sours, and talking about the health needs of the folks back home. At times the […]

Social responsibility only good as CEO

By Walter Williams On Jan. 20, J.P. Morgan Chase announced it had completed research to determine whether it had any links to slavery. Its Web site announced: “Today, we are reporting that this research found that between 1831 and 1865 two of our predecessor banks — Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana — accepted […]

‘Ownership’ means taking responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The “Ownership Society” seems poised to make a comeback, just in time for the president’s second term. Some might remember the Ownership Society: It made a brief appearance during last fall’s campaign, as the president and his handlers took a half-hearted stab at what the elder George Bush once called “the vision thing,” […]

Government cannot prevent disasters

By Tibor Machan I have resisted writing about the tsunami because, well, it is such a horrible catastrophe that it seemed tacky to rush out a column about it. Now, closer to my home, we have a much smaller but no less disastrous event of a killer mudslide caused by recent heavy rains in Southern […]