Rappers’ civil rights violations concern all

Leonard Pitts Jr. Are Miami police spying on rap artists? And should it matter to you if they are? How you answer the first question depends on who you choose to believe. According to a recent story by Miami Herald reporters Nicole White and Evelyn McDonnell, police in both Miami and Miami Beach have been […]

Although guilty, Martha Stewart still a scapegoat

Freedom Newsapers Pardon us if we don’t buy into the “somebody-rich-and-famous-is-going-to-jail-tra-la” schadenfreude or the pious claptrap about how this verdict sends a message that nobody is above the law. It’s not so much that the Martha Stewart conviction was a travesty — given the information the jury had to work with, one can understand the […]

‘Terror alert’ may end up useful to U.S. enemies

Freedom Newspapers To be sure, it’s not easy to suggest a better system — especially since we’re reasonably sure the country would be better off without a Department of Homeland Security and with better coordinated intelligence. But there’s little question the color-coding system designed to alert the public to intensified danger of terrorist activity has […]

Rep’s legacy a right-slanted newsletter

You won’t catch George Buffett and me sitting around a campfire singing “whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.” We’re never going to be close. George is John Wayne right. I’m a middle-of-the-roader, although critics might suggest I am pinko left. When I called him last week, I was prepared to dislike George. He […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]