Education feature: State suggests enlarging risk survey’s scope

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The state wants to extend the reach of a survey that measures risky behavior among youth. State officials have created a version of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey for middle-school students, and have requested schools administer it this spring, according to New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Dan […]

65 years ago, America learned to pull together

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly every American who was alive at the time remembers what he or she was doing when the radio blasted out the news of a Japanese surprise attack on the United States at little-known Navy and Army bases in Hawaii. Support for war had been building in the country, but many believed […]

Being proactive best in medical matters

By Clyde Davis: local columnist Anniversaries are important, and not just the kind that involve a marriage. The calendar helps us to mark the journey of our lives, and if we move through this unaware, it can still sneak up on us. For example, some folks feel an unexplained sense of sadness at a particular […]

Safety should be our choice, no one else’s

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident Monday is sure to get safety advocates fired up about mandatory helmet laws. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback wasn’t wearing a helmet when he broke his jaw and nose in the well-publicized accident. Had Roethlisberger, 24, been wearing a helmet, his injuries likely would have been much less severe. […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

Capital gains tax dampens risk incentive

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Republican and Democratic big-government advocates whine about President Bush’s proposed tax cuts, particularly cuts in the capital gains tax. They say it’s a $70 billion giveaway to the rich. Listening to demagoguery about the rich, I’ve sometimes wished that we could find a humane way to get rid of the […]

Social Security has never been ‘secure’

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Over the past several years the idea of including private accounts within the Social Security system has gained some ground in the political arena. Not that it’s been a piece of cake. For one, most people are as used to this government confiscatory program as they are to government schooling […]

Winning war on terror could mean fighting dirty

Freedom Newspapers We need more aggressive, less risk-averse spy agencies. This was the mantra we heard in the wake of our being blindsided by Osama bin Laden on Sept. 11, 2001. The CIA’s emphasis on high-tech, spy-in-the-sky gadgetry has led to a withering of the nation’s human intelligence capabilities, critics (ourselves included) said. We must […]

Securities law should embrace, not stifle, risk

Freedom Newspapers American securities law should be transparent, so investors can see what’s going on with a company, yet not so cumbersome that it harms business. We’re not yet at that ideal balance. A major problem is the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation Congress passed and President Bush signed in 2002 in the wake of the financial collapse […]

Pharmaceutical benefits outweigh risk

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist “The Greatest Century That Ever Was: 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years” is the appropriate title of a 1999 article authored by Stephen Moore and the late Julian L. Simon and published by the Washington-based Cato Institute. Let’s highlight some of the phenomenal progress Americans made during the […]