Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Security efforts must not erode our freedoms

As we remember Sept. 11, 2001, a new report suggests our country’s officials pay too little attention to the threats of terrorist attacks from within. The report deserves attention, but it should not be used to justify the further curtailment of individual rights. Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group, comprising former heads of the […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

Freedom Newspapers In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners […]

Media heroes defend open government

Freedom New Mexico The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and to take grievances to government officials. It’s the No. 1 item in our Bill of Rights, and in priority, in the minds of many Americans. And yet, Texas’ State Board of Education on Thursday voted […]

Individual freedoms core of U.S.

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist On Jan. 3, just after “Meet the Press,” NBC-TV broadcast a radio address by President Obama. While I have become nearly pessimistic, even cynical, about expecting anything uplifting from politicians these days, I think there could be some reasons for hope, and there have been a few. I […]

Issuing federal IDs impedes on freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Many government officials and a few U.S. residents — especially among the anti-immigration crowd, have called for a national identification card in this country. Reasonable Americans and those who remember why our forefathers chose to break away from British rule in the first place recognize that such an idea runs counter to […]

U.S.’ hard-won freedoms must be defended

By Freedom Newspapers Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. […]

War doesn’t make limiting freedom OK

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The enemies of freedom will be defeated.” — President George W. Bush, 2005 “We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Pogo, 1971 The following happened in the United States of America on Feb. 9 of this year. The scene is the Little Falls branch of the Montgomery […]

Letters to the editor: Santa being stolen from Christmas

’Tis the season to celebrate Christ’s birth and enjoy gifts, family gatherings and Santa Claus. You remember Santa Claus, right? He was the magical man who’d shimmy down your chimney one night a year to bring you presents. Sad to say, it seems Santa Claus is becoming a thing of the past. Now he’s a […]

6/23 BRAC letters to the editor

Detractors should stand behind words The people who won’t give their names in support of Cannon Air Force Base’s closure are missing what America is all about. As I see it, they are insulting every person who has volunteered, and in many cases given their lives, to defend this country and the freedoms its citizens […]