Task force yet to tackle main ethics issue

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They have to feel like David staring ashen-faced up at Goliath. It’s like someone handed them a teacup after Katrina and said, “go clean her up.” They are trying to row a kayak through gunk. Working diligently toward its October deadline to submit recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson is the […]

Terrorists should think, not vent just vent

By Tibot Machan: Syndicated Columnist The Jan. 30 edition of the New Republic contains a fascinating and alarming piece — maybe it’s a parody, but it sounds mighty authentic to my ears — by Ali Salem, “The War of the Hotels,” which appeared in the London-based Al Hayat, a pan-Arab daily. The piece relates — […]

GOP could use new leadership in Congress

Freedom Newspapers It’s a sad sign of how starved Republicans in the House of Representatives are for leadership that they continue to rally around Majority Leader Tom DeLay, even as doubts deepen about the ethics of the former Texas exterminator whose delicate touch earned him the nickname “The Hammer.” For the sake of the party […]

Rep. DeLay probe reeks of politics

By Mona Charen The first thing that crossed my mind when ethics charges were lodged against Rep. Tom DeLay was, “I wish Mary McGrory were still alive.” McGrory, the pungent liberal columnist who died last April at the age of 85, was, improbably enough, a Tom DeLay fan. Why did this scourge of Nixon and […]

Ethical standards enforcement rests with the voters

Freedom Newspapers How one views the ethics controversy swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, greatly depends on one’s visceral reaction to the man himself. He’s one of those polarizing figures people either love or hate. But emotions shouldn’t cloud our judgment about what this case is all about. We have no […]

We don’t live for others, but for ourselves

by Tibor Machan The most prestigious of contemporary moral philosophers favor the morality of fairness and impartiality. By this they tend to mean we all ought to think first of everyone’s welfare across the globe as we decide how we are going to conduct ourselves. Although they often implore us to fashion public policies by […]

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 […]