Forecasting weather not exactly science

By Freedom New Mexico Thank goodness the snow finally arrived in New Mexico and the Colorado mountains. It was only a matter of time before the lack of snow was blamed on global warming. It seems every natural anomaly now gets blamed on this all-purpose bogeyman. Drought hits the Southeast? It’s related to warming. Wildfires […]

New base? Hope it’s a nice place

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Everywhere I turn, military wives from Cannon Air Force Base are talking about how their husbands are meeting with the assignment team. Yes, orders for reassignment are coming down and people are getting excited. Two women I work with and several mothers of children who attend the same day […]

America’s future lies in minorities

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective. I reply that, according to the Census Bureau, Miami’s polyglot population represents what America will look like in about 40 years. […]

Holidays give everyone second chance

By Clyde Davis: Columnist In the Victorian-era Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge encounters several ghosts who transform his priorities, and thus his life. One of them, the Ghost of Christmas Past, influences Scrooge by taking him back to yuletides of his childhood and young adulthood, before he had […]

Religions unite over outlandish enemy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist I offer three cheers for Katherine Harris. Harris has brought this nation together, done a more effective job of uniting people than any prayer breakfast, sensitivity class or Benetton ad I’ve ever seen. Thanks to her, Christians and Jews, Muslims and atheists, Republicans and Democrats are now standing as one […]

Water, greenery major features of Florida

By Grant McGee: Local columnist We’re back home in Clovis after another 3,600-mile car trip to the American Southland. The Lady of the House and I decided to drive because we wanted to take our time to enjoy the land of humidity, hurricanes and beer or barbecue joints with names like “Bubba’s,” “Scooter’s,” “Hammer Time” […]

New law adds crime victim protection

Steve Chapman When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. “When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you’re going […]

Florida’s gay adoption law irrational

By Steve Chapman The state of Florida is not ridiculously selective when it comes to letting people adopt children — and with some 4,200 kids in need of adoption, it can’t afford to be. It allows single adults to adopt. It accepts people with serious illnesses and disabilities. It leaves the door open to drug […]

An armchair guide to traveling by bus

by Grant McGee Last weekend’s snowy Saturday, waiting at the light at Prince and First, I had bus trip memories. It was all because two TNM&O buses were at the same intersection. One’s destination placard read “AMARILLO,” the other read “EL PASO.” Going by bus is one of my favorite ways to travel. People ride […]

Economists taking a step backward

by Walter E. Williams Here are a couple of newspaper headlines following Florida’s bout with hurricane disasters: n “Storms create lucrative times,” St. Petersburg Times (Sept. 30, 2004); n and “Economic growth from hurricanes could outweigh costs,” USA Today (Sept. 27, 2004). The writers might have been listening to economists like Steve Cochrane, director of […]