Protectionist measure hinders investment

Editorial Whenever Congress passes something unanimously you can be sure it is either entirely innocuous or utterly stupid and harmful. In the case of a bill the House passed 423-0, to give the government broader powers to review foreign investments in certain kinds of U.S. industries and facilities, it is the latter. The bill is […]

Udall talks wages, health care in town hall

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Minimum wage and health care were the dominant topics Monday during U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s Town Hall Meeting at Portales City Hall. The wide-ranging discussion also covered topics from student loans to the Iraq War. It was Udall’s first meeting in Portales since Democrats took control of the U.S. […]

United States can’t solve Iraq’s problems

Editorial The most impressive aspect of the report by the Iraq Study Group, or the Baker-Hamilton commission, created by Congress in March, is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is a grim but essentially realistic assessment. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current “stay the course” […]

Imprisoning people without just cause is sheer tyranny

Editorial Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park, Calif., said his arrest and detention for two years in federal custody came from the “paranoia” of an overzealous government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We’re not qualified to make psychiatric diagnoses, but his detention at Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif., for two years certainly […]

Eavesdropping illegal, wastes time and money

Editorial President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we are […]

U.S. should take a hard and objective look at port deal

Editorial At first glance it looks just like what South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it: an “unbelievably tone-deaf politically” decision. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a government interagency panel, signs off on allowing a company owned by the government of Dubai, second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, to buy […]

Officials ignoring recommendations

Freedom Newspapers One of the most frustrating realities about government is that no matter how much money it gets to deal with a problem, that money usually goes to the wrong places, and the problem rarely gets effectively addressed. At the national-security level, the dollar figures are so high and the agencies are so large […]

Specifics may help Bush gain support for war in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Crisis overtakes Bush’s agenda, rearranging second-term landscape

Tom Raum: Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Hurricane Katrina swamped President Bush’s second-term domestic agenda, reordering his priorities and changing the political landscape. His open-ended commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has become his No. 1 domestic imperative. Swept away was Bush’s pledge to cut the budget deficit in half. His centerpiece […]

Is our Homeland Security only a feel-good joke?

Editorial Sept. 11, 2001, is carved in our history as deeply as July 4, 1776, and Dec. 7, 1941. It’s a historical hook date, one around which other events ebb and flow. This year, Sept. 11 found us in the throes of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, this one of nature’s making, not engineered by terrorists. […]