Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will [...]

Supreme Court now handling tougher cases, more controversy

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court is moving from a period when it has been handling some of the easier cases on its docket, resulting in a surprising number of unanimous decisions, to handling more controversial decisions that will almost surely split the high court. One case decided last week led newly installed Chief Justice John [...]

Iraq war debate carries implications of future U.S. foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers The public call by Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, a 37-year Marine Corps veteran who has been generally pro-military and hawkish, for a prompt beginning to withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq has been a catalyst for what was bound to happen anyway: a national debate or discussion on what to do about [...]

Departure sign of changing world of journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during [...]

CBS fires four after report released

Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and [...]

Rather to step down from CBS anchor post

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Dan Rather, the hard-charging embodiment of CBS News who saw his reputation damaged by an ill-fated report on President Bush’s National Guard service, said Tuesday he will step down as “CBS Evening News” anchor in March after nearly a quarter-century in the job. Rather, [...]