New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]

11/30 Letters to the editor

Law officers deserve better pay Many jobs come with stress. Sometimes these jobs cause severe family problems, alcoholism, drug problems, divorces, and abuses of all kinds. One of our most stressful jobs is that of law officer — a job with few thank-yous that produces old men and women before their time. Most citizens wouldn’t […]

Beheading shows Iraq war victims everyday people

Everyone who saw the image of Islamic militants beheading an American contractor in Iraq has reacted with understandable horror. Few things are more brutal than the cold-blooded murder by masked thugs, and the chosen method of execution was particularly grisly. Americans are in shock and mourning, made all the worse by the detailed media descriptions […]

Americans who abused Iraqis must be made to pay

The photographs of American soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison — a site synonymous with Saddam Hussein’s regimen of torture — cannot be dismissed as the result of insufficient training, as some of the perpetrators of these acts have described it. One doesn’t force naked prisoners onto a […]

Patriot Act gives government too much power

Give the government additional power and government officials will use and abuse it. That’s the nature of government, and a key reason the nation’s founders believed in strictly limiting the size and scope of government and separating powers so that different branches of government would check and balance other branches. Unfortunately, that lesson often is […]