Freedom needs boost nationally, globally in 2007

Editorial I f there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. […]

Protection needed from eminent domain amendment proposed

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Since last year’s infamous U. S. Supreme Courts decision, Kelo v. City of New London, citizens across the nation have declared in no uncertain terms their support for private property rights and opposition to the use of eminent domain for private gain. Eminent domain is the power of the government […]

Court ruling threatens private ownerships

CNJ Editorial Members of the U.S. Senate got to put a face with a name last week when Susette Kelo came asking for their help. She is the Kelo in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., a recent Supreme Court decision that freed municipalities to use the power of eminent domain to take property […]

Texas Legislature’s domain ruling good first step

Freedom Newspapers Texas lawmakers were roundly criticized for their failure during two special sessions to reach a consensus on a school finance plan for the state, but they should be cheered for something they did accomplish last month. Gov. Rick Perry signed into law last week Senate Bill 7, making Texas just the second state […]

Property ruling runs counter to founders’ wishes

Freedom Newspapers Your home or business can be taken by force by local officials for virtually any reason, thanks to a long-awaited but misguided decision by a split Supreme Court last week. The 5-4 vote in Kelo v. the city of New London (Conn.) was not the type of decision that garnered widespread public attention, […]