Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

Christmas lasts longer than one day

By Curtis Shelburne: Local Columnist I’m afraid that in the first column I write after Christmas Day each year I’m beginning to sound like Johnny One-note, but I’ll risk it again as I remind you that Christmas is not over once Christmas Day is over. Now I can easily see why tired to the bone […]

Christmas gift as bad as story behind it

By Bob Huber: Local columnist So it’s another Christmas season, which means my daughter Tracy will corral friends and family to tell her favorite yuletide story — “The Russian Pelekh Box.” It’s a marathon narrative full of adventure, romance, and mystery, although its authenticity leaves something to be desired. So while a turkey roasts in […]

Welcome: The list of doomed toys

Clyde Davis Things we’d like to see for the holidays {Inspired by the list of unsafe toys}: ° Handsprings Elmo — This one doesn’t do the Hokey Pokey or Tickle Me. He does handsprings into the nearest waste basket. The ultra version even carries himself to the dumpster. ° Nerd Brats — Unlike fashion brats, […]

Spammed out? ‘Make them pay’ is creed of Vanquish software

Tom DiFrancesca Here’s an update on the Clovis “WhyNot” project: We need more folks to get involved. A couple of local concerned citizens have registered at the Web site www.whynot.net/clovis but that is not enough. We need a lot of concerned citizens to participate in this project. I’m going to mention the endeavor in future […]

Prescription drug proposal could be more expensive

Reports from those who follow congressional wrangling suggest that President Bush’s  desire to sign legislation that can plausibly be called a prescription drug benefit within Medicare might be stymied. That would be good news. The differences between popular catch phrases and the actual details of this proposal are quite striking. What might trip up legislation […]