Year in review: Tax dollars in spotlight

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File photo Renovations on the Hotel Clovis began in October. The $12.8 million project is expected to to completed by December 2012. Political conservatives calling themselves High Plains Patriots forced two elections hoping to overrule city of Clovis spending plans. One failed — the city was allowed to implement a tax hike to help fund […]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Conservative leadership easily distracted

Freedom Newspapers Leading conservatives are the greatest asset President Barack Obama could ask for. They help his cause each and every day. In a country of rising fuel and food prices, unpopular foreign wars, high unemployment and hope for change at an all-time low, the president and first lady should be in political turmoil. They’re […]

Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist We finally found something that conservatives and liberals alike can agree on — the disapproval, to put it mildly, over Nadya Suleman’s parenting choices. Forget the debate surrounding the stimulus plan and the economic downfall. Leave it to Suleman to unite the nation in criticizing her. In the last week, […]

Analysis: Conservatives hyped over Palin

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press

Population growth positive for economy

Freedom New Mexico A Census Bureau report this month predicting a significant increase in population and in the percentage of ethnic minorities in the United States made big news. The bigger news may be how little Americans should be worrying over the trends. The bureau projects that by 2050, the U.S. population will be 44 […]

GOP faithful still have tough choices to make

Freedom New Mexico The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the front-runner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already […]

Supreme Court swing vote tends toward confusion

Freedom Newspapers The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from […]

Conservatives in danger of giving up values

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is they are forgetting essential precepts of their own philosophy. Their current eagerness to amend the U.S. Constitution, not […]

Miers nomination hurts president’s support base

CNJ Editorial Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]

Conservatives stung by lost opportunity

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The line making the rounds among those eager to excuse President Bush for his choice of Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor is that conservative opposition to her is based on snobbery. Thus, John Gibson of the Fox News network demanded of professor Larry Sabato: “We keep hearing about […]

Social conservatives on wrong side

By Leonard Pitts This falls into the category of being careful what you wish for. Me, I have long wished the Republican Party would offer black voters a credible alternative. For years, I have tweaked the GOP for its inability to attract black voters. Especially since the black community, though often derided as ultra-liberal by […]

Religious conservatives not that bad

Mona Charen:CNJ columnist Speaking at Harvard recently, Bill Moyers, a preacher in the Church of Unreconstructed Liberalism, painstakingly constructed a straw man and then bashed it to pieces. Moyers has apparently permitted disappointment over the re-election of George W. Bush to push him over the edge into irrationality — an edge on which he has […]

Limbaugh would not benefit from jail

Letters to the editor Although there are many who would like to see Rush Limbaugh hoisted on his own petard (excuse my French), I say let there be no rush to judgment. Like many Americans of all colors, Limbaugh has merely fallen prey to the chemical comforts of illicitly obtained narcotics. The weak and spiritually […]

Shoe on the other foot not comfortable

Steve Chapman Back in 1993, a Democrat was in the White House, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and liberal thinkers had an idea to make it easier to get what they wanted. They proposed to abolish the Senate filibuster — which allows a minority of senators to block action by the whole body. One […]