Gay cowboy love story may be most frightning movie ever

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I went to see “Brokeback Mountain” last week, mainly to prove to myself that I could. This was after reading a New York Times piece by Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame in which he wrote that, though he loves gay people and supports both gay […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy needs repeal

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an […]

Bad parenting won’t help boy become man

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ronnie Paris and I had the same father. At least, that’s the way it felt reading the news reports out of Tampa last week. They told of how Ronnie’s dad — his name is also Ronnie Paris — used to hit the boy, throw him around, bang him up. According […]

Marchman, Ruth

Ruth Marchman Services: Have been held. Ruth Marchman, 64, of Kalona, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. She was born on July 25, 1940, in Clovis, to Frank and Emily Rierson Marchman. She was preceded in death by her father; and her grandparents. Survivors include her mother, Emily […]

Conservative lifestyle brooks no ‘alternative’

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Is it just me, or does the mayor seem conflicted? Granted, James West has a lot to be conflicted about. Last month, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported it had caught the city’s chief executive, a social conservative who has long opposed gay rights, in a gay online chat room making a […]

Texas should halt legislation based on fear, ignorance

Freedom Newspapers There’s no scientific proof that homosexual foster parents treat children in their care worse than heterosexual foster parents. And there’s no evidence that legally recognizing a same-sex couple’s union will bring civilization crashing down. But that hasn’t stopped the Texas Legislature from forcing “solutions” to problems that don’t exist. Whether out of ignorance […]

Spate of anti-gay laws reveals inhumanity

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Gay Holocaust? That was the subject line of an e-mail I received last week from “Chris,” a lawyer in a red state. He wanted to know if anybody else sees a similarity between the beginning of the Holocaust — the nibbling away of rights and personhood that ultimately led to […]

Silence speaks volumes

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national […]

ENMU student protest targets lack of tolerance

By Laurie Stone: CNJ Correspondent PORTALES — Some Eastern New Mexico University students are trying to make a statement today — by staying silent. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement organized to protest harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Those participating in the Day of Silence will wear a […]

Morality should extend to computers

By Mona Charen:CNJ columnist There was a time, dear readers, when I seriously considered closing my e-mail account. Though I love your e-mails, there is a limit to the number of Viagra offers, turned-on housewives and penis enlargers that one can cheerlessly delete before going into complete meltdown. Thankfully, I have found a program that […]