Hanukkah time to renew vigilance, protect freedom

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year. And this year, as it happens, it actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the […]

Anti-competitive restrictions must be ended

CNJ Editorial Most state commissions are created to protect the public from incompetent or unscrupulous practitioners in a variety of fields that require a high level of training and skill. However, occasionally, a commission’s rule book seems more about protecting existing businesses from competition. That is the case with a requirement by Arizona’s Structural Pest […]

Both sides endorse too much government

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist In the beginning of the American republic there was a debate between the Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians. Neither side was advancing a fully consistent, coherent vision of politics for America, but, in the main, Hamiltonians defended the idea of a strong federal government, while Jefferson’s supporters argued for limited and mainly […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

Public needs to know media not always right

Steve Chapman: CNJ columnist The news media have sided strongly with reporters Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, who are threatened with jail unless they disclose their sources in the Valerie Plame case. Right now, that decision is starting to look like Custer’s Last Stand. It’s a battle the press can’t win and doesn’t deserve to […]

Extension of Clinton-era gun ban unlikely

Freedom Newspapers This campaign season, the Democrats seem to be throwing everything they can think of at George W. Bush to see what sticks. It doesn’t seem to matter if the charges are true or even if the president has any connection to the subject in question. One charge is that Bush endangers Americans if […]

Conservation more effective with private firms

Freedom Newspapers What can people do to better protect the planet? That was a question being asked across the globe during Thursday’s celebration of Earth Day. We favor approaches that look to private alternatives rather than heavy-handed government actions that too often limit property rights, fence off the freedoms of citizens and sometimes even harm […]

Curry County sheriff gives elementary students ‘valuable’ information

Reporter’s Notebook Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent Wednesday morning doing something he loves — speaking to third graders at Bella Vista Elementary about public safety. Hatcher said he visits different schools in Curry County each year to help educate young people about law enforcement, and works hard to teach children such things as the […]

We must purchase necessities before frills

Kay Arvizu I don’t understand a lot about politics, and I sure don’t know how to run a town. I do, however, know about household budgets and how to run a business. I guess that is why I am so confused. Whether you run a household or a business, and I would think it would […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]