With poverty rising, don’t use wrong solutions

Freedom New Mexico Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains […]

Internet should remain free of censorship

Freedom New Mexico Google and China continue to spar over Internet freedom in the Communist nation. Google is trying to stay as clear of government censorship as possible; China wants to control information flow with a heavy hand. The two could be reaching a pivotal moment, and the outcome could have lasting implications for the […]

Censorship shouldn’t be business bargaining chip

Freedom Newspapers The Internet behemoth Google announced last week it would stop filtering content for its Chinese-language search Web site in China, a bold decision that could lead to Google being blocked in China. The move hoists a glaring spotlight on Beijing’s ongoing desire to stifle free speech and manipulate Chinese markets. And, while it […]

China’s limits on Web will affect trade

Freedom New Mexico The Internet search-engine company Google made quite a splash last week with its decision to stop cooperating with the Chinese government’s campaign of Internet censorship and its suggestion that it might end its operations in China. While some have questioned whether Google’s motivations are entirely noble, the move is welcome, not least […]

China proves federal Internet regulations fail

Freedom New Mexico Why is it important to condemn government regulation of the Internet? You don’t have to look much further for an answer than China’s latest battle to preside over the “World of Warcraft” computer game. In a power struggle of galactic proportions, two bureaucratic Chinese government agencies are squabbling as to which is […]

Curbing global warming game of domination

Freedom New Mexico The G-8 summit of industrialized nations agreed last week to try to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over the next four decades by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent. That nonbinding agreement is likely to carry less weight than the resistance of developing countries like China and India to […]

Isolation policy threatens regime in Myanmar

Freedom New Mexico An earthquake, upgraded by seismologists from a 7.8 to 7.9 magnitude in Sichuan province in central China, is first of all a reminder that few parts of this world are immune from what we call natural disasters. We’ve had more than the usual number of tornadoes in the southeast this year; we […]

Jesus makes his followers “new creations” indeed

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist My wife and I got a great deal the other day on an old china cabinet. At least, that’s what she and our close friends who discovered it for us at a garage sale tell me. We paid 50 bucks for it. On the day I drove to […]

Protests cast light on China’s barbaric rule

Freedom New Mexico Through rerouting and improvisation, they managed to run the Olympic torch through some of San Francisco’s streets, if not the streets along the Embarcadero as originally planned. The reason, of course, was the multiplicity of protesters against various aspects of Chinese policy — its recent brutal crackdown in Tibet, its support of […]

Despite progress, China remains political tyrant

The ongoing unrest in Tibet demonstrates once again that while mainland China has liberalized its economic system considerably and taken steps toward relatively responsible behavior internationally, politically it is still a one-party tyranny without even minimal respect for the human rights of its citizens. Reprisals against China may not be wise or practical just now, […]

ENMU hosts play

ENMU Hosting “Managers, Mediums and Magic: An Evening of One Act Operas” PORTALES–The Department of Music at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is presenting “Managers, Mediums and Magic: An Evening of One Act Operas” at 7 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, Feb.15-16, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. […]

China’s outrage should be taken with grain of salt

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration’s foreign policy is a mess, given its preference for war and bluster for dealing with adversaries in the Middle East. But the administration has pursued a reasonable policy toward China, still at least a nominally communist regime that has mixed authoritarian political rule with relatively free markets. The […]

Financing food getting trickier

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CNJ Staff Photo Illustration: Liliana Castillo By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. By next year, it could be 56 cents. It’s enough to make you cry in your cornflakes. The forces behind the rise in food […]

China’s treatment of media setting country back

By Freedom Newspapers Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only […]

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 […]

Whole new world: Chinese immigrant joins Air Force

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China. Immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the Cannon Air Force […]

Internet unleashes power of freedom

Freedom Newspapers In an authoritarian nation, individual freedom is subordinate to the state’s authority. Dissenters risk their lives and personal fortunes. In the People’s Republic of China, those risks are ongoing. As the U.S. State Department noted for 2006, China’s “human-rights record remained poor, and, in certain areas, deteriorated. There were an increased number of […]

Foray into fish farming fresh idea

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “If we can grow a garden, we can grow our own fish,” proclaimed The Lady of the House, walking in our front door from the supermarket. “Well, hello to you, too,” I said with a smile. “What’s that all about.” “I just bought frozen fish from China. China! Can I […]

Letters to the Editor: Sportsmanship missing from local sports

When I was at the Clovis/Hobbs basketball game on Feb. 16, I noticed the Wildcats played their hearts out. Unfortunately they fell short and lost the game. The student body present to support their team lost so much more. They lost their self-respect. During the game the student section chanted “Hobbs sucks.” When a Hobbs […]

North Korean agreement should yield rapid results

By Freedom Newspapers Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that […]