Risk-taking OK, but don’t expect taxpayer help

Freedom New Mexico The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other […]

Senators toss key amendments

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist To protect its prerogative of adding billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects to defense bills, the Senate last week passed its fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill without allowing votes on 101 pending amendments, some of them important to service personnel. About a third of the ignored amendments would have improved […]

Using taxpayer dollars to help Georgia gamble

Freedom New Mexico President Bush has proposed sending $1 billion in economic and humanitarian aid to Georgia to help that small country on Russia’s border rebuild after its disastrous war with Russia last month. Bush’s gesture indicates a certain amount of bravado and a commendable fellow feeling for a country his administration has encouraged. But […]

China’s need for liberalization highlighted

Freedom New Mexico The closing ceremonies were not quite as spectacular as the opening ceremonies. But they were spectacular enough, capping an Olympics that both from an athletic and a showmanship standpoint had to be counted as a success, though it cost the Chinese government some $40 billion. This year’s games were also notable for […]

Locals divided on farm bill

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A dairy cow eats feed at a Roosevelt County farm. Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers enjoying record […]

Financially on track

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Charles Lee, bottom left, and Donny Nunez, bottom right, work on a split-point switch near the Prince Street bridge. BNSF replaced 12,000 ties between Cook’s Diner and Cannon Air Force Base in the end of 2007, according to BNSF maintenance manager Victor By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer BNSF Railway […]

Domenici advocates larger economic stimulus package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today suggested that federal policymakers are offering “too little, too late” in terms of keeping the American economy from sliding into a recession, and suggested significantly increasing the size of an economic stimulus package.             Domenici, the former long-time chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Monday issued the […]

Consumer spending crucial in tax rebate plan

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]

One day left to donate

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is $43,285 short of reaching its fundraising goal of $521,714, according to a press release issued Thursday. The campaign ends today. To contribute, call 769-2103 or go to United Way of Eastern New Mexico • • • From the “Cat person-als” feature in the January-February newsletter of Sundance […]

One vote yes on Sunday alcohol sales

Another view on Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants, from Gerald Majewski, via e-mail: “Should have happened a long time ago. … That way, people in Clovis would stay here and have a glass of wine/beer with their meals instead of driving out of the state to acquire them.” • • • Rube Render is […]

Mayor candidate addresses public access

Rube Render is one of three mayoral candidates who have responded so far to an e-mail from Editor David Stevens about public access to governmental records. In response to the question, “In general, when is it OK to keep secrets from the taxpayers?” Render replied: “It is OK to withhold information from the public when […]

One vote no on Sunday alcohol sales

Count Clovis’ Christian Heller among those opposed to Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants. “I am not for prohibition, just some moderate limitation,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Not every person tolerates alcohol in the same manner. Some metabolize it differently. But it still has the same effect on the brain. Six days are plenty.” […]

A billion is a lot

Clovis’ Anna Baucom sends along trivia and urges caution “next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner:’” • A billion seconds ago it was 1959. • A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive on Earth. • A billion dollars ago was only eight hours and 20 minutes ago, at […]

Final federal budget better late than never

Editorial If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Hillary takes pork barrel politics

By Freedom New Mexico It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton favors a Nanny State approach to what ails us. Indeed, she seems to prefer it even for what doesn’t ail us. Sen. Clinton has promised $5,000 handouts to all newborn babies so they one day can buy homes or attend college. She wants $1 billion […]

Bush approves military bill

Staff and wire reports President Bush on Tuesday signed an increase in the Pentagon’s non-war budget that includes funding for the purchase of five CV-22 Ospreys destined for Cannon Air Force Base, according to Air Force Special Operations officials. Authorized was $453.7 million for the Air Force purchase of V-22 Ospreys, and $238 million for […]

Special operations gets funding in Pentagon non-war budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Congress approved a big boost in the Pentagon’s non-war budget late Thursday. The budget includes money for Air Force Special Operations to modify CV-22 Ospreys and other funding that will boost several programs in eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon […]

Candidates’ plans will cost us big in the long run

By Freedom New Mexico As the primaries near, promises will get thicker than flies in a pigsty. Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton already sets the pace. Consider these, for starters. If you elect her, Sen. Clinton promises to give a $5,000 handout, which she calls a “baby bond,” to every newborn child to help them buy […]

Education Digest: Congressional act bolsters student aid

Congress will provide more than $17 billion for student financial aid in 2008, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. A new law, named the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, restructuring the college aid program cuts private lender subsidies by about $19 billion and reduces interest on need-based loans to 3.4 […]