Pakistan necessary evil in fighting

By Freedom Newspapers The Pakistani government’s virtually inevitable assault on the Red Mosque in the middle of the capital city of Islamabad, which had been occupied by Taliban-oriented Islamist militants holding women and children as hostages, did not go nearly as smoothly and decisively as the military had anticipated. Instead of being finished in an […]

Life offers best of both worlds

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am writing this column from my hometown. It’s a miracle I made it across the ocean with my children on my own. Indeed, I survived our atrocious 24-hour trip to Italy, which included a five-hour drive to the airport, and two flights to get to Rome. I am now sitting […]

Iranian-American hostages highlight fragile relationship

By Freedom Newspapers Almost 30 years after the hostage crisis that has ever since soured relations between the United States and Iran, the United States is facing what could be viewed as a second hostage crisis — though smaller in scale and of a different character. Four Iranian-Americans are imprisoned in Iran and charged with […]

Imports pose increasing threat to consumers

By Freedom Newspapers Our support for free trade doesn’t come without caveats — including, obviously, that reasonable safeguards exist to prevent foreign trading partners from dumping unsafe or fraudulent products on the U.S. market. Accurate and honest country-of-origin labeling also is crucial, so consumers can make educated choices. Increased U.S. trade with China is generally […]

May 27, 1934

City banks and other businesses were planning to close in observance of Wednesday’s Memorial Day holiday. Clovis Floral Co., located at 501 E. Fifth, reported it could have flowers “delivered fresh to most any address in the United States.” … Area farmers were complaining that city residents were hauling trash to the country and dumping […]

Memorial Day’s meaning sadly more relevant

By Freedom Newspapers It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of […]

U.S., Iran have much to gain from cooperation

Freedom Newspapers B oth the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain […]