Revelry at bin Laden death vulgar

I feel somewhat isolated in my disapproval of the recent reaction to the claim of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was reminded of the jubilant crowds we were shown in the Middle East after the 9/11 terrorists attacks by seeing the eerily similar jubilant crowds in America upon the announcement of bin Laden’s […]

Torture tactics not cure-all in real life

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as […]

Patriot Act didn’t prevent latest terror threat

By Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it […]

Somalia raid shows what we should be fighting in war on terror

Freedom Newspapers It is still not possible to be sure just what the outcome is of a U.S. airstrike in southern Somalia last week against alleged al-Qaida terrorists. But the strike is the sort of thing we would have expected to hear about happening more often if the “war on terror” were a serious effort […]

America stands for freedom, opportunity

Editorial One of the most important rights people have is the right to have one’s day in court. It is the basis of our judicial system. And our judicial system is one of the mechanisms that guarantees the government treats us fairly. That bedrock principle suffered a setback last week when President Bush signed into […]

Terrorists’ jobs easier thanks to Americans

By Freedom Newspapers As we enter our fifth year in the so-called war on terror, we have reacted to the 9/11 attacks about as destructively to our deeply held principles as the terrorists could have hoped. If Osama bin Laden and his ilk wanted to destroy our way of life, as President Bush repeatedly claims, […]

Prisoners deserve to be humanely treated as well

Editorial The Bush administration has come to an agreement with three dissident Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — on a bill to outline the way foreigners detained in the “war on terror” will be handled. While the compromise does seem to limit some […]

Even without unity, U.S. powerful when virtuous

It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to figure […]

12/21 Letters to the editor

One day sans drink not huge sacrifice Regarding the petition supporting Sunday alcohol service and sales.: Opinions vary on the subject of drinking and dining on Sundays. It is sad to see that so many people have to have a drink of alcohol. I equate drinking and dining with drinking and driving. Is it worth […]

Combined agencies still haven’t meshed

Freedom Newspapers After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration insisted that, to preclude further attacks, it needed to centralize many agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security. The department was established on Nov. 25, 2002, almost three years ago. It consolidated immigration, Customs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. […]