Advice for Americans traveling to other countries

By Anita Doberman Summer is here and many of us may be traveling to different countries. More often than not, you will find that people in many foreign countries love Americans and are very friendly toward military families. Other times, of course, locals may be more reluctant to open up to tourists, and Americans in […]

America must learn from its mistakes

The evidence to date says al-Qaida was responsible for 9/11 and other assaults upon innocent people. Casting aside ideology, most Americans still believe that attacks on innocents are basically evil. From who does it, to why they do it, most of us believe it is wrong. But we don’t seem capable of accepting what we […]

Country needs dialogue on pros, cons of immigration

Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, where immigration never became […]

Presidential power struggles nothing new

Editorial The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance of Americans, it […]

Outsourcing of agriculture may be less than beneficial

Editorial We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration proposal to […]

Congress much too generous with NSA’s powers

Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House Speaker […]

Americans have more freedom than others

Editorial Civil libertarians, including us, routinely assail the administration for its restrictions on our liberties in the war on terrorism. We sometimes overstate our complaints, charging that Bush & Co. have taken so many of our freedoms that we might as well be living in the old Soviet Union. Then we see a story that […]

Republicans use Democrats’ strategy to block bills

Editorial The first 100 days of Nancy Pelosi’s reign of error as speaker of the House have come and gone. Several times over, actually. And what does Congress have to show for it? Little to nada, legislatively speaking, and even lower public approval ratings than the besieged President Bush. Not that we’re complaining. Most of […]

Soldiers should be honored appropriately on Memorial Day

Editorial It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30. […]

Everyday heroes deserve acknowledgement

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Every day we hear bad news about bad people who do bad things. Amidst all of this we seem to forget the real heroes, those good people who do good things. You will find them in everyday situations. They stand for honesty and integrity. Faith and courage enable them to […]

U.S. actions overseas making us no better than our enemies

Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a hillside […]

Politicians must let scientists handle scientific research

Editorial The recent finding that stem cells drawn from amniotic fluid rather than from human embryos might have induced a “timeout” from the ongoing politicization of the emerging field of stem-cell research. After all, the potential of stem cells to provide cures or treatments for a variety of diseases is still very much in the […]

Dreams on display

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The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. First Place: High School By Michelle Coyle Clovis High School junior Sure we all remember Martin Luther King Jr. We all remember what he did and […]

When it comes to health, there’s no free lunch

Col. Kenneth Hall It’s easy to take for granted that which we enjoy every day. What is firmly in hand one moment can be snatched away the next. And what goes neglected or mistreated will prematurely fail. Health is a perfect example, especially for a young and robust population such as ours. All too often […]

Freedom founder’s legacy will endure test of time

Editorial In a long life of 91 years, R.C. Hoiles saw it all. From the “rugged individualism” that still marked America at the time of his birth on Nov. 24, 1878, to the rise of socialist and communist ideas and policies in the 1920s and 1930s – especially in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia – […]

Freedom shouldn’t be taken for granted

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day. Our freedoms have been bought with “blood, sweat and tears” from many who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. It has been said, “bad officials are elected by good people who don’t vote.” Edmund Burke, a British statesman has stated, “For evil to triumph, […]

Same freedoms should apply to all Americans

Editorial A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any moment, state […]

Cannon celebrates Hispanic heritage

Airman Thomas Trower “Through hard work, faith in God, and a deep love of family, Hispanic Americans have pursued their dreams and contributed to the strength and vitality of our Nation. They have enriched the American experience and excelled in business, law, politics, education, community service, the arts, science and many other fields. Hispanic entrepreneurs […]

Truth surrounding Sept. 11 attacks still long time coming

Editorial The commemorations and endless coverage Monday highlighted an interesting fact. Five years on, America still has not come to terms with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the attacks being televised and despite a moment of stirring unity, life has returned to a “new normal” involving inconvenience but little sacrifice, except among […]

Funding for stem-cell research shold come from private sector

Stem-cell research has received significant private funding, and in that private arena, for ethical, moral and government reasons — is where it best should stay. Stem-cell research is in its infancy, and while many possibilities look promising in theory, there is no guarantee any of them will pan out, and if they do, significant steps […]