Government, religion don’t mix well

By Tibor Machan Alabama’s suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore has argued in television appearances that requiring him to remove the 5,300-pound monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama judicial building amounts to a violation of his constitutional right to declare his faith in God. There is also the fact that other […]

Residents concerned about water rights

By Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told […]

State asks for input on water

By Jack King State Engineer John D’Antonio said his office needs input from residents on regional water needs and has scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The meeting is one of 29 the Office of the State Engineer has scheduled statewide to get public input in preparation for […]

Liberties are right; approval not required

By Tibor Machan It is always the burden of principled men and women to defend the liberty of some who aren’t the paragons of virtue, certainly not of ordinary morality. While there may be nothing amiss with sodomy — intimacy between people of the same sex — lots of folks think there is. Among these […]

As we celebrate freedom, recall sacrifice as well

Today we celebrate the 227th birthday of the United States of America. In Clovis, the annual Smoke on the Water event kicks off at 4 p.m. at Greene Acres Park with games and food vendors. Country singer Holly Dunn performs at 8 p.m., then fireworks start at dark. Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive began […]

Letters to the editor 6/29

In response to the lady (Christine Nahmens) who expressed “concern” about the Patriot Act: Why? There are no Constitutional rights that are affected much less “trampled.” She says it allows secret searches. So? The police have always had the right to secret searches. They still need a search warrant, but don’t need to tell you […]

Animal rights activists do draw the line

Tibor Machan Two years ago, a shark bit off the arm of a boy in Florida and was shot by a ranger in an effort to recover the boy’s arm. I wrote about how revealing it is that animal rights/liberation folks — those who claim there’s no basic difference between people and other species — […]

Freedom shouldn’t mean losing rights

Tibor Machan In light of the very real threat of more terrorism to come, targeting Western-type institutions around the globe, there is great temptation to simply abandon various rules of law, especially due process, in the name of effective response. Not all that surprisingly, many U.S. citizens are going along with this idea, having long […]

Abusers sit on human rights commission

By Mona Charen Think back to March 2003. The United States and Great Britain were feverishly maneuvering to secure a United Nations resolution authorizing war with Iraq. The French were just as busily working to undermine any such resolution. Kofi Annan, secretary general of the U.N., opined that any hostilities undertaken without U.N. sanction would […]

Supreme Court should back right to bear arms

Americans soon could see a shoot-out at the Supreme Court corral. Two circuit courts have issued contradictory readings of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Such contradictions commonly have been a reason for the top court to attempt to bring consistency to judicial interpretations. Last December, a three-judge panel of the 9th […]