Court decision another blow to Bill of Rights

Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote [...]

Rooting out al-Qaida main U.S. objective

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which [...]

U.S. better off for pope’s visit

Freedom New Mexico The most vivid impression most Americans have of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States is likely to be the attention he paid to the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (and in other countries as well). He brought it up unbidden [...]

Hunger disappears from UDSA’s vocabulary?

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving? Most Americans will. But those who do celebrate should, perhaps, be conscious that not all Americans have reason to celebrate. For example, the “homeless” – people without a roof over their heads. In cities throughout the country there seem to be a great number [...]

1/7 Editorial

The question of statehood for Puerto Rico is again bobbing to the surface like a mossy coconut, as it seems to with annoying regularity. Some Republicans — including a few in the Bush clan’s inner circle — apparently have convinced themselves this would mean a political windfall for the GOP, in terms of courting the [...]

President’s speech buys him time, but costs him political capital

President George W. Bush probably bought himself a little more time with his speech Tuesday night at Fort Bragg, but unless conditions on Iraq improve substantially and fairly soon he may only have blunted criticism temporarily. The call to set a timetable to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will be less loud, [...]

‘Ownership’ means taking responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The “Ownership Society” seems poised to make a comeback, just in time for the president’s second term. Some might remember the Ownership Society: It made a brief appearance during last fall’s campaign, as the president and his handlers took a half-hearted stab at what the elder George Bush once called “the vision thing,” [...]

Just Passin Through: NCSU student served in Peace Corps

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By Angela Peacock Brian Roy has never seen the west. A mechanical engineering graduate student at North Carolina State University, he was making a 2,200 mile trip from Raleigh, N.C. to Phoenix in a rental truck to deliver furniture and clothes to a friend who moved to Arizona. Roy recently returned to America from a [...]