Not all of 2003’s news was noteworthy

Ned Cantwell

You probably don’t care much what I think as we enter a new year, but I’ll tell you anyway.
>About New Mexico Politics: Aside from watching the state GOP shoot itself in the foot, political junkies will have to amuse themselves with watching the money changers.
The upcoming 30-day session limits itself to budget issues and those matters the governor places on call. You can bet Big Bill will not voluntarily place on the table two issues of interest to this column.
He won’t be asking legislators to enact a parental notification law. It is going to happen one day. Our elected reps will have to stand up for what is right. Make it a matter of statute that before a young girl can get an abortion her parents need to know about it.
Gov. Bill also won’t be drawing attention to the fact that New Mexico is one of only two states in the nation that permits the brutality of cock fighting. Our legislators just can’t bring themselves to cross the cockfighting lobby and its cash.
One day, though, this will change. Then it will be only Louisiana with a total monopoly on the cockfighting industry.
> About Saddam Hussein: A gift to the world this monster was captured. Interrogate him, punish him, cause him whatever suffering is legally and morally acceptable. As to the controversial and repeated broadcasting of the humiliating video of doctors picking through his scraggily beard and poking in his ugly mouth, the pictures made me uncomfortable from the outset. Repulsive.
I leave it to others to decide whether Saddam’s treatment violates this or that agreement, but hear this: If you enjoy watching those pictures, you need to look inside yourself.
> About the presidential election: Still so very far to go and already the American public is sick to death of the non-stop campaign yapping. On the one hand, we’ve got a herd of Democrats almost pathetic in its attempt to find a marketable theme. On the other hand, we’ve got the “Bring them on” president, that being Mr. Bush’s challenge to the insurgents killing our men and women in Iraq on almost a daily basis.
How comforting it would be if the president would remember he is sitting in the White House, not at a Midland high school football stadium awaiting the invasion of Odessa Permian.
For many of us, 2004 is shaping up to be the year of none of the above.
> About cable news blathering: Enough, already, about the foibles of the famous. Look, let us know when a jury or judge returns a verdict for Michael and Kobe. Until then, we do not need a constant barrage of non-news in these cases.
Michael Jackson is a certified weirdo, but there is no law against being creepy. When he says, “it’s very charming, it’s very sweet” to share his bed with several young boys, do what the rest of us do. Take a Tums. But you don’t need to give us a daily upchuck about this guy.
> About the New Year: Thanks for reading, and here’s hoping yours is a good one.

Ned Cantwell is a retired newspaperman living in Ruidoso. He can be contacted at: