Tucumcari school receives bomb threat

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A bomb threat forced students to evacuate Tucumcari High School for about 90 minutes on Tuesday, but no bomb was found and students were back in class by 11:45 a.m. Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar made the decision to evacuate students and staff about 10:15 a.m. after a threatening note […]

Gambling problems same everywhere

By Ned Cantwell My friend Barney, who lives in New Jersey, tends to look down on poor little New Mexico. The source of his disdain is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe we don’t have enough Mafia guys to suit Barney. Who knows? Barney is a nice enough fellow, but somewhat of an irritant. Sometimes when […]

Consider capacity for action, not intent

By Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist “On Sept. 11, one in 3,000 New Yorkers perished, but in the same year, over one in 1,000 urbanites were murdered in three major cities in the Western Hemisphere alone,” according to Russell Seitz in his article “Weaker Than We Think” in The American Conservative. He adds that the […]

Can Goss bring ‘out of the box’ thinking to CIA?

Florida Republican Rep. Porter Goss is “the wrong sort, with the wrong resume” to head the CIA, Michael Ledeen said. The resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (with whom we have been known to disagree on policy matters) explained that the CIA needs drastic change just now, and as a former CIA operative and […]

Terror warnings may do more harm than good

Freedom Editorial It is difficult to argue with Randall Yim, head of the Government Accountability Office’s home land security division. Recent terrorism threat warnings from the Department of Homeland Security have not been helpful and might even be counterproductive. As Yim put it, “They didn’t say what was new and they didn’t suggest any additional […]

U.S. becoming aggressor might be biggest failure

The report issued last Friday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is unlikely to be the last word on what the United States knew or could have known before beginning the war against Iraq last year. But the 520-page document continues to turn up gems of information, few of which speak well of the […]

Holding back information can lead to rumors

School officials in Odessa, Texas, learned a lesson recently — the absence of factual information tends to lead to misinformation. We hope it’s a lesson from which school officials in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle might also benefit. The incident occurred at Ector Junior High School. During a quarrel, one student apparently told […]

Bush’s speech a spirited defense of the dubious

Freedom Newspapers You ached for the president to say something like, “We made some mistakes and our intelligence was far from perfect. But we’re there now, Saddam is gone, and we’ve got to get through the tough times. Experience has made us realistic enough to know we can’t establish instant democracy. Democracy can’t be established […]

Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Bush needs chiding for misleading U.S.

Michele Morris I’m concerned about the enormous price military families are paying for the war in Iraq. So far, more than 500 American service people have lost their lives, and more than 3,000 have been wounded. President Bush was not honest with military families or the rest of the country about why he felt it […]