Economic security up to individuals

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist I have explored Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights because recently some heavy hitters in politics and legal theory (e.g., Cass Sunstein) have made a point of championing these ultimately phony rights. With the Democrats back in power in Washington, it is not unreasonable to suppose that securing and […]

Protection needed from eminent domain amendment proposed

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Since last year’s infamous U. S. Supreme Courts decision, Kelo v. City of New London, citizens across the nation have declared in no uncertain terms their support for private property rights and opposition to the use of eminent domain for private gain. Eminent domain is the power of the government […]

U.N. Secretary-General Annan won’t be missed

Editorial We hardly expected Kofi Annan’s last public speech as Secretary-General of the United Nations to be an introspective summing-up of the manifold failures and weakness of the organization he headed for 10 years and of his abject failure — nay, resistance — to any semblance of reform in one of the most unaccountable organizations […]

National park safety needs growing issue

By Freedom Newspapers We only wish he’d done this two years ago. Virginia Sen. George Allen, a Republican who narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb on Nov. 7, in one of the races that overturned control of Congress, seems intent on going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Allen recently unveiled S. 4057, […]

Property rights becoming thing of past

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Kelo v. New London decision, ruled that the private property of one American could be taken and given to another American as long as it served a public purpose. The public purpose in that case was greater tax revenues for the fiscally […]

Property owners need protection from government

By Freedom Newspapers Politicians, environmentalists and professional planners all claimed the 2004 passage of Measure 37 in Oregon, which forces governments to compensate people when zoning rules or development restrictions lower a property’s value, would mean the end of the world. And it has spelled the end — for cost-free regulating. But the empowerment of […]

Money won’t fix Third World problems

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist The late Peter “Lord” Bauer devoted much of his life to championing the political economy of classical liberalism for developing societies. This is what would bring them out of their wretched states, not a bunch of foreign aid and intervention by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the […]

Democrats’ new dream is bigger government

Freedom Newspapers They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer […]

Report urges protecting water rights, conservation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nine strategies for conserving water in arid Northeast New Mexico are evaluated in a preliminary water plan recently released by a water resources and environmental consulting firm. Municipal conservation, agricultural conservation, groundwater management, rangeland conservation and watershed management, water rights protection, Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, planning for […]

Individual liberty does not come for free

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Among those of us who prize the protection of individual liberty as the primary public good, never to be sacrificed, the issue of eminent domain is troublesome. The reason is the same as with subpoenas. They both seem, at first sight, to be violations of our unalienable rights — to […]

Cost shouldn’t matter when it comes to voting

Freedom Newspapers The continued value of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made clear just two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in one Texas congressional district, Republican Party leaders had robbed Hispanics of political influence by using district boundaries to split Hispanic populations. Key provisions of the bill, added in […]

Voting Rights Act in need of revision

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A devil’s brew of cynicism on one side and demagoguery on the other seemed to guarantee renewal of the “temporary” features of the Voting Rights Act first passed in 1965. The demagogues are straightforward. The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, declared, “Voting rights […]

4/25 Local roundup

No injuries reported in Tolar grass fire No structures were lost and no injuries were reported Saturday in a grassfire near Tolar that consumed approximately 5,800 acres of grassland, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Several small fires grew about four miles south of Tolar, creating a blaze that burned for the better part […]

4/23 Letters to the editor

Checkpoints not only solution for DWI Glenda Bly’s outrage (DWI checkpoints waste of time, money in the April 12 CNJ) over being stopped and checked for drunken driving can easily be pacified. If someone wants to drink, let them. If someone wants to sell alcohol to the drinker, let them. But … the seller should […]

Area residents rally for immigrant rights

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Clovis immigrant rights supporters rally Monday morning at the intersection of Main and 14th streets. Demonstrators chanted, “Si se puede” (yes we can), as the march snaked through town. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The group of 50 immigration rights supporters rapidly swelled to 400 Monday as they marched through […]

Citizens can be trusted to handle freedom

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist In Florida, we can witness a rather direct confrontation between citizens and the nanny state. The case reportedly involves the “owners of two local escort services — Destin’s Angels and Florida Dream Girls — (who are) facing possible prison time on charges they used escorting as a front for other […]

Syrian-born psychologist took brave stand

By Mona Charen Among the most moving scenes in film history occurs in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which the little girl, Scout, who has been watching her lawyer/father plead for the life of a falsely accused black man in the old South, is exhorted by an elderly black spectator in the gallery to rise […]

3/12 Letters to the editor

Students have right to attend school I read Victoria Rae Bryant’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s CNJ with amazement. (“Principal squelching students’ rights”) I didn’t realize students had rights. Back when I was in high school, the only right I had was that the doors were open when I was supposed to be there. […]

Preacher Fred Phelps gay, not crazy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Allow me to share with you an epiphany. I think Fred Phelps is gay. Not that I’d have any way to know for sure, and not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it seems obvious to me that Freddie has spent a little time up on “Brokeback Mountain,” if […]

Family of man who died in jail sues sheriff, deputy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago, a Bovina man was found hanging in his cell at the Parmer County jail. Now the family of Phillip Morris Griggs Jr. seeks $8 million in a lawsuit filed against the county’s sheriff and chief deputy. Texas attorney Chuck Hester filed the complaint Feb. 17 in […]