Federal seat belt laws would only restrict freedoms

Freedom Newspapers Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that […]

Filmmaker claims of being censored are unfounded

Michael Moore As a filmmaker, Michael Moore makes full use of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. In fact, his type of in-your-face movies possibly rely more on those protections than, say, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Moore has made a career of tweaking the noses of people in high places. And […]

Conservation more effective with private firms

Freedom Newspapers What can people do to better protect the planet? That was a question being asked across the globe during Thursday’s celebration of Earth Day. We favor approaches that look to private alternatives rather than heavy-handed government actions that too often limit property rights, fence off the freedoms of citizens and sometimes even harm […]

Scalia must be more vigilant outside of court

Editorial W e normally approve of the way Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reasons. The smart, sometimes pugnacious justice consistently resists the temptation to legislate from the bench. Still, we wish Scalia had declined to go duck hunting in January with a group that included Vice President Dick Cheney. The trip, coming as it did […]

With God, we can reap much of life’s fruit

Judy Brandon As planting season approaches, I think about the year that Annie, John Scott, Buffy, and I tackled planting a garden. The children were all small and I have to admit that sometimes their “help” made things a bit more difficult. We chose a spot in the backyard. We raked clear all the winter […]

Arnold’s actions parallel to Clinton’s

Steve Chapman The California recall campaign was a noisy, raucous and often vitriolic affair. But the most striking feature of the final days was the silence. That was what you heard from conservatives on the subject of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sexual escapades. Here was a guy who, voters learned, told a skin magazine in 1977 that […]