Zero tolerance policy is not common sense

CNJ staff We understand the need for rules. We understand the need for discipline and consequences. Having established these things, however, there is a need for common sense to intervene when someone breaks a rule without causing any harm. Zero-tolerance rules seem to block such a common sense approach. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, a zero-tolerance approach […]

Hillary Clinton has gone moderately soft

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist A little immigration reform here, a little religion in the public square there, a little gentle talk about common ground on abortion — and what have you got? The birth of a new, moderate Hillary Clinton, announces the press. “Democratic Party appears to be getting softer on reproductive rights,” headlined a […]

Someone stop the out-of-control bikes

Letters to the editor Help! My once quiet and peaceful neighborhood has been overrun with motorcycles. A group is riding racing bikes down the street. Those drivers have to see how fast they can go the three blocks in front of my house. They literally scream down the street. Then I have a few Harley […]

Once upon a time, in a press conference

Ned Cantwell (Writer’s note: Any resemblance to the New Mexico county now awaiting a threatened lawsuit over its issuance of gay marriage licenses and the fictional county below is purely coincidental. Well, almost.) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the national press. My name is County Clerk Needon Attension, and we welcome you here to […]

Never misjudge the power of tradition

By Clyde Davis There are, of course, a few bowl games left, like the last swirls of water after you drain a hot tub. Even as I write this, I anticipate watching one tonight. There may also be remaining pieces of fruit cake, if they are not stale, and since many in our group of […]

There is value and power in holiday tradition

Clyde Davis There are, of course, a few bowl games left, like the last swirls of water after you drain a hot tub. Even as I write this, I anticipate watching one tonight. There may also be remaining pieces of fruit cake, if they are not stale, and since many in our group of friends […]

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 […]

Editorial: Common sense should solve problem of pigs as pets

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” or so the saying goes. The cliché is intended to convey the idea that some things just can’t be done. That apparently is the Texas city of Wink’s position when it comes to “Bacon,” a pot-bellied pig. And, it’s creating yet another controversy in […]

Deregulation incorrectly blamed in power struggle

Although some diagnosticians seem to be narrowing in on Cleveland as the physical source of the initial problems that led to the massive Eastern seaboard electrical blackout last week, a definitive determination may still take awhile. Meanwhile, the discussion is turning to the kinds of policies that made such a failure likely and what kind […]

Is it looting if you’re looting the looters?

By Tibor Machen This idea that Iraqis are criminals for looting is full of problems. To begin with, can you loot from a dictator? What about from a dictator who isn’t even in power any longer? After the dictatorship collapses, whose stuff is being looted anyway? To whom does the money in those government banks […]