Public safety should be cause for concern

The Albuquerque Journal A federal nuclear safety board — not rabid antinuclear protesters or perennial not-in-my-backyard nuclear critics — contends the reactor at Sandia National Labs might pose safety issues. And the best Sandia can do is offer up two paragraphs of vague assurances that amount to “pay no attention to the man behind the […]

Lack of nuclear support could prove positive

Freedom New Mexico In Europe, which gets an even greater percentage of electrical energy from nuclear power than does the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, spooked by the Fukushima disaster in Japan, says she wants to shut down all her nation’s nuclear reactors by 2022. Although Merkel tried to put a happy face on […]

Obama nuke policy echoes Bush doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The most telling thing that can be said about the Nuclear Posture Review, the occasional statement of U.S. doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons updated last week by President Barack Obama, is that it is virtually the same as the Bush administration’s doctrine, announced in 2001. There is a difference in […]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]

Without music, what else is left?

By Don McAlavy Albert Einstein was once asked what would happen if we ever had a nuclear holocaust. He thought for just a moment and replied: “There would be no music.” Music is a part of everyone’s life — and Clovis and our area has been blessed by the amount of musical talent that has […]

Air Force secretary talks nuclear reactors

Cannon Air Force Base has been mentioned as a possible home for a nuclear reactor. While that decision seems months away, Air Force officials held an energy forum Monday in Arlington, Va., to talk about a vision for nuclear energy.Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Kevin W. Billings moderated that forum. He spoke with […]

Cannon mentioned as possible nuclear reactor site

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Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base was mentioned as a possible site for a nuclear reactor in Air Force discussions about alternative energy. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned […]

Florida power outages affect up to 3 million people statewide

The Associated Press MIAMI — A problem with Florida’s electrical grid caused a nuclear plant to automatically shut down Tuesday and intermittently cut power to up to 3 million people from Daytona Beach through the Florida Keys. Authorities said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear plant. While many areas were hit hard, the […]

Iran report sign officials will hold back on attack

By Freedom New Mexico An obvious question arises in the wake of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program. The report judges “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” If the 2005 NIE assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” was […]

Labeling military as terrorists won’t change behavior

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated […]

U.S., Iran have much to gain from cooperation

Freedom Newspapers B oth the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain […]

Life in film not all that glamorous

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist A couple of years ago, numerous Clovis, Portales and surrounding area residents had the opportunity to live in a different world for a while, serving as extras or in other capacities for “Believe In Me.” Since that movie previews in Clovis and Portales on Thursday, the eagle has come home […]

North Korean agreement should yield rapid results

By Freedom Newspapers Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that […]

For elecion, reality promotes Republicans

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why Democrats are jazzed about November’s election. The polls combined with the fawning media (“Oh, please, Sen. Obama, let us kiss the hem of your garment!”) are giving them goose bumps such as they have not experienced since “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted in theaters. What I don’t […]

North Korea’s problems out of our hands

By Freedom Newspapers We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, […]

If nothing else, U.N. reminds us world is crazy place

The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every day. […]

Ignoring nuclear energy shows lack of brain power

What if the United States rolled out the welcome mat for the construction of new nuclear power plants . . . and no one showed up to build them? For the no-nukes crowd, that would be a victory. But it would be a hollow victory for the rest of Americans, who get 20 percent of […]

Will, not capacity, holding U.S. back

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Does the United States have the power to eliminate terrorists and the states that support them? In terms of capacity, as opposed to will, the answer is a clear yes. Think about it. Currently, the U.S. has an arsenal of 18 Ohio class submarines. Just one submarine is loaded with […]

Attacks on Israel continue without end

By Mona Charen: syndicated columnist “Israel believes this threat is existential,” explained a clearly dubious former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard Murphy. Well, how could they think that? (And by the way, all former ambassadors, especially those who served in Saudi Arabia and now serve as advisers to Saudi banks, should be taken with […]

Iran negotiations sign of strength, confidence

Freedom Newspapers May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially […]