Ohio senator’s change of heart good for politics

By Freedom Newspapers The Associated Press reports U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, has been under fire from both sides of the political aisle because of the way he has voted on contentious issues. Liberal activist groups are upset with the second-term senator because he voted against a Democratic bill to micromanage the war in Iraq […]

Constitution is ours to protect

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that our nation’s bicentennial July Fourth celebration took place more than 30 years ago. Like the centennial of our community, it had a special flair, a special flavor; it was not just another July Fourth to be celebrated in the usual manner. I […]

Imprisonment without charges un-American

By Freedom Newspapers A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But […]

Constitutional power questionable

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Each year since 2004, on Sept. 17, we commemorate the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 American statesmen. The legislation creating Constitution Day was fathered by Sen. Robert Byrd and requires federal agencies and federally funded schools, including universities, to have some kind of educational program on the […]

Congress subject to same laws as rest of us

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The Bush administration has a habit of misreading the Constitution, pushing its powers as far as possible and expecting Congress to meekly go along. But now the House of Representatives has decided to fight back — not by asserting its rightful prerogatives, but by misreading the Constitution, pushing its powers […]

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 […]

Bogus medals reprehensible, but not criminal

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of the […]

Judges should eschew personal views

Are federal, state and local justices appointed to office to impose their personal views on society or to interpret law? Is it a judge’s duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and state constitutions in the cases of state and local judges, or is it their duty to uphold foreign law and United Nations treaties? Should […]

First president’s policies paved way for U.S. freedom

Freedom Newspapers George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, […]

Education digest — Jan. 26

State principals prepared for job New Mexico principals may be ahead of the class. The state was among five in the nation that requires principals to have the skills necessary to promote student learning, according to a recent Center for Reinventing Public Education report cited by the New Mexico Public Education Department in a press […]

Iraq must decide future between politics, bloodshed

Freedom Newspapers Americans who support the war in Iraq had a common interest Saturday with Americans who opposed the war and want to see U.S. troops withdrawn as quickly as feasible. A successful vote to approve the draft constitution is in the interests of almost every American. Those who support the war need evidence of […]

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 […]

Group voicing Constitutional concerns

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Bruce Journagan, CAN DO spokesperson, reads a copy of the Constitution in his home. (Staff writer: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Constitution is in Bruce Journagan’s back pocket. It isn’t always there, but he does try to keep a copy nearby — sometimes in a pocket, sometimes on his end table, […]

Individual liberties increasingly limited

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist If the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution were heeded by our courts and legislatures, there wouldn’t be public controversies about whether a person has the right to commit suicide. This would be understood as one of the many unenumerated rights reserved to people, just as saying a prayer, worshiping Satan […]

Public charity against Constitution’s spirit

Walter E. Williams Last week, President Bush promised the nation that the federal government will pay for most of the costs of repairing hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, adding, “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.” There’s no question that New Orleans and her sister Gulf Coast […]

Courts should adhere to Bill of Rights

By Tibor Machan: Snydicated columnist Over the years I’ve paid attention to what the Supreme Court does, not as an expert but as a reasonably well educated lay person. One observation I’ve come away with is that if a case comes its way, the court either returns it to a lower court or offers a […]

French rejection of EU constitution all for good

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of the […]

Judicial nominees deserve vote

Freedom Newspapers Although the battle over judicial filibusters has taken center stage in the Senate, it obscures what should be the real question: Are those nominations for federal judgeships qualified to be given the opportunity to stand for approval before the full Senate? The two nominees now in question are Janice R. Brown, a justice […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Judges shouldn’t control Constitution

By Walter Williams Here’s my question to you: Should we be governed by good ideas? You say, “Williams, what do you mean?” Here’s an example: I regularly bike for fun, cardiovascular fitness and, hopefully, for a longer, healthier life. In my opinion, that’s a good idea. That being the case, would you deem it proper […]