Republicans seek investigation into ’temporary’ hires

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Richardson administration’s practice of hiring temporary exempt employees. A March 18 letter from Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, signed by two dozen other GOP lawmakers, said Gov. Bill Richardson’s practices have resulted in “numerous unauthorized hirings.” Lawmakers […]

Democracy grossly unfair

By Bob Huber: Local columnist It’s spring again. Daffodils are sprouting, cranes are flying north, and you’re trying to sell one of your kids to pay for gas for your summer vacation. Oh yeah, and city elections are also taking place, which doesn’t warrant a big applause, but any psychiatrist worth his sofa will tell […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]

1/31 Letters to the editor

Wage increase will help reduce poverty I am writing in response to State Rep. Anna Crook’s declaration that bringing the minimum wage up to $7.50 will hurt the economy. This kind of thinking only proves that she is not in touch with reality. Increasing the minimum wage will help reduce poverty in New Mexico. New […]

McCain-Feingold law threatens free speech

Freedom Newspapers When the founding fathers created the First Amendment, their main concern was political speech. They wanted a nation in which a people were free to engage in a free-wheeling debate about politics and politicians. The amendment was clear-cut: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise […]

Commonwealth status has its own advantages

Freedom Newspapers The question of statehood for Puerto Rico is again bobbing to the surface like a mossy coconut, as it seems to with annoying regularity. Some Republicans — including a few in the Bush clan’s inner circle — apparently have convinced themselves this would mean a political windfall for the GOP, in terms of […]

State no longer political nonentity

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It didn’t used to be like this. Not in the old days. Not way back when New Mexico was a simple place with simple tastes and simple folks and the notion you couldn’t visit here without a passport. No one much noticed us, and that was OK. Those days are […]

Signs surface that Cannon review for real

Freedom Newspapers Two events this past week focused the picture on the future of Cannon Air Force Base once again. The bottom line is they indicate the fight to keep the base open won’t be a sham affair directed by military and Department of Defense officials who had wanted it closed. For the forward movement […]

Crusader gone; memory of Nazi atrocities remain

Editorial H e was controversial, and he was not always right. Sometimes he displayed an ego as large as the cause he took on. However, Simon Wiesenthal, who died Tuesday in Vienna at the age of 96, probably did more to prevent people from forgetting the Holocaust perpetrated on European Jewry by the Nazi regime […]

Judges should interpret laws, not moralize

Freedom Newspapers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the third annual Madison Lecture at Chapman University’s law school Monday night, offered at least a partial explanation for why the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts to join him on the high court are likely to be more heated than might seem justified by Judge […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Federal funding no longer needed for transportation

Freedom Newspapers Want a glimpse into the essence of pork-barrel funding and a clue to the source of chronic federal budget deficits? Exhibit No. 1: The $286 billion, six-year federal transportation bill Congress recently passed. Among legitimate projects, such as repairing interstate expressways, it also contains approximately 6,371 special projects earmarked for and by individual […]

Court’s ‘persuadable mind’ will be missed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So now we say goodbye to Sandra Day O’Connor. In the process, we say goodbye to the one justice on the Supreme Court who did not belong body and soul to either the liberal or conservative wings, who could not be considered in the pocket of either political extreme. In […]

Reform would aid Africa more than money

Freedom Newspapers President Bush is likely to have a tough time at the G-8 summit meeting this week. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is president this year of the group of political leaders from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia, wants to focus on global warming and, as […]

French rejection of EU constitution all for good

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of the […]

Request to curb judge criticism unjust

Freedom Newspapers P ersonal trauma can cloud one’s judgment, so we can to some degree forgive U.S. District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow for recently urging members of Congress to do something to curb public criticism of federal judges. Lefkow’s husband and mother were recently killed by a deranged man who blamed her for a […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Rights can’t be given at others’ expense

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Earlier this month, the media marked the 60th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inglorious death. He died from ailments largely hidden from the public in a pattern of deception that has now become all too closely associated with America’s political leadership. But that’s nothing compared to the deception perpetrated […]

Emerging civil society could be first step to peace

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Schiavo case being hijacked for political gain

Freedom Newspapers Congressional grandstanding sank to an all-time low over the weekend as the House convened in an emergency session — not about the threats facing our troops in Iraq, not over concern about the eventual collapse of our Social Security and Medicare systems, but to intervene in a husband’s decision to carry out his […]