Kerry keeps sidestepping his record

By Mona Charen Singing of Werner Van Braun in the 1960s, satirist Tom Lehrer dubbed him “a man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience.” Those words come wafting through time now because they fit the Democratic nominee for president so perfectly. This has been evident about John Kerry throughout his career, but never more than […]

Someone cares about prairie chickens

By Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Sometimes, if he is any kind of fair, a columnist has to say he was wrong. It’s not easy, but here goes. Five years ago, I was just plain mean to the lesser prairie chicken. Here’s what I said: “Far be it for me to offend a single, solitary person […]

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 […]

Ronstadt broke professional promise

By Tibor Machan “Those who complain that (Linda) Ronstadt should just sing, rather than express her opinions, forget that all art has a responsibility to inspire and provoke, not just soothe and entertain.” Those are the words of George Varga, the pop music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, in the wake of Ronstadt’s […]

And so, what would John Kerry do?

By Mona Charen “They were wrong, and soldiers died because they were wrong.” Thus spoke Sen. John Kerry about the administration’s decision to topple the Saddam Hussein regime. There are a number of problems with Kerry’s formulation. Let’s begin with the fact that Kerry voted for the war. Oh yes, he has since attempted to […]

Reagan took his leader role seriously

Those who love liberty lost one of their premier leaders when Ronald Reagan died Saturday. One need not consider all of Reagan’s policies excellent to realize he was the only president in the 20th century who understood what America meant to all the world, why it was dubbed “the leader of the free world,” despite […]

Man anticipated risk in Vietnam

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Pfc. Jimmy Hohstead was approaching the end of his scheduled duty in Vietnam when he was killed in action on Oct. 9, 1967, according to his sister, Donna White. Hohstead’s death came as a blow to his sister. The two had just a few years before suffered the […]

Reader’s outraged by Hartley’s words

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about comments made by District Judge Teddy Hartley during a recent sentencing in a rape case. Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation after Jacobs entered an Alford plea, which means he maintained innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict. […]

Jacobs’ sentence sends lax law message

Letters to the editor After reading the March 12 article, “Jacobs gets probation,” I was once again outraged by the judicial system in Clovis. Here is yet another instance of a slap-on-the-wrist punishment for a crime. John Jacobs was accused of five rapes. He was acquitted of one charge in Portales, but reached a plea […]

Area citizens outraged at judge’s words

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis, on Thursday entered an Alford plea — maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict — to a charge of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs had been acquitted of a charge he raped Stacey Patterson in Portales, but faced four more rape […]

President is never-wrong kind of guy

Leonard Pitts Jr. You know the guy I mean. Maybe he works two cubicles over, maybe you went to school with him, maybe he’s your brother-in-law. You could call him the guy who’s never wrong, but that wouldn’t be quite accurate. He is the guy who never “admits” he’s wrong. The guy who says, “That’s […]

Vehicular homicide case recesses without verdict

By Darrell Todd Maurina The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began Monday in the courtroom of Judge Stephen Quinn, according to […]

Situation normal when Christ was born

SITUATION NORMAL WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN In some ways, the world just a few moments before the birth of Jesus in that Bethlehem stable was almost exactly the same as the world just a few moments after his birth. The state of the stable, and the inn out in front of it, and Bethlehem, and […]

Lynch affair is symbolic of war’s lack of clarity

Freedom Newspapers When commentators first suggested the U.S. military’s depiction of Army Private Jessica Lynch’s “heroic” struggle against her Iraqi captors was overblown, U.S. officials were indignant. But the more the public learns about the event, the more clear it is that initial Pentagon descriptions of what happened were untrue. A new biography of Lynch, […]

Public exposure of Cubs’ fan was not fair

Bob Steele Sure, I’m a Cubs fan and I was bleeding Cubbies blue when they self-destructed in the eighth inning of game six of the National League playoffs. And, yep, I was upset with “the play” that rattled Wrigley. But I see no justifiable purpose for a public pillorying of the fan who got in […]

There are absolutes in ethics and politics

Tibor Machan In a free society where citizens have many different faiths – in the United States there are now about 2,500 religions – one might think no common standards of right and wrong, either in ethics or in politics, can be identified. But this is wrong. The basis of common standards of right and […]

Candidate can’t stay ‘Mr. Both Ways’

Mona Charen Sen. John Kerry announced his run for the presidency surrounded by no fewer than eight American flags and eight veterans of the Vietnam War. The strains of “Anchors Aweigh” (which The New York Times story rendered as ‘Anchors Away’) welcomed the candidate to the podium. Kerry’s Web site likewise emphasizes the senator’s military […]

Being an invisible man not always out of sight

Bob Huber This is a good day to brush up on your natural camouflage, otherwise called selective coloration by guys in white jackets who are picky about descriptive terms. My own invisibility is a case in point, but also a nuisance for my wife Marilyn who insists I could be arrested if I rely on […]