Internet companies should reassess actions in China

Freedom Newspapers We’ve seen cigarette company CEOs called to account by Congress. Oil company honchos, too, have been ordered to appear, and grilled about the allegedly obscene profits they’ve been pulling down. So break out the stakes, matches and marshmallows: It’s weenie-roasting time again on Capitol Hill! Next up for the congressional inquisition are the […]

Oil development step toward independence

Freedom Newspapers The continuing debate over limited oil drilling in the enormous and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge spotlights the degree to which the Democratic Party and environmental groups have become obstructionists when it comes to oil and gas development. Democrats and two liberal Republicans in the Senate succeeded Wednesday in stopping a provision that […]

Companies have right to regulate workers’ habits

Freedom Newspapers What you do on your own time increasingly looks like it could be your employer’s business. Smokers are the focus right now as businesses look at ways to contain health-care costs, with some companies increasing the insurance premiums of smokers or even firing them. In Ohio, Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro has told employees who […]

Curtailing profits will only lead to stagnation

Freedom Newspapers Far too much is being made about allegedly “obscene” oil company profits, most often by demagogues trying to whip up the mob with allegations of “price gouging,” industry collusion and “profiteering.” We expect this from politicians and pundits of the anti-capitalist stripe, and from greens reluctant to point the finger at a U.S. […]

Past mistakes are catching up with our present

CNJ Editorial One could view President Bush’s speech on avian flu cynically without much difficulty. He was, after all, coming off what one could characterize as the worst week in his presidency. He first announced a respectable Supreme Court nomination, then asserted he is on top of the avian flu threat — and as is […]

Payday loans draw state’s interest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The attorney general’s office is concerned about the lending practices of payday loan companies and is proposing stricter regulations. Payday loan advocates said the companies provide a valuable service and are already regulated. The attorney general’s office hosted a meeting Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to discuss proposed […]

Company looking to invest

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Got a thriving small business with a potential to grow? Maybe even by leaps and bounds? Then New Mexico Community Capital CEO Jarratt Applewhite is looking for you. For the third time since NMCC was formed in November, Applewhite was in the Clovis/Portales area looking for businesses to invest some […]

Other High Court rulings signal change for better

Freedom Newspapers If you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle to […]

Pension system would benefit from competition

Freedom Newspapers A House labor subcommittee has taken the first steps toward reforming the way private companies handle pensions. The issue has come increasingly to the fore in the wake of defaults in the troubled airline industry. United Airlines is scheduled to default on about $10 billion in pension obligations, of which $6.6 billion is […]

Cheese plant receives state funding

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Southwest Cheese Company has been awarded $718,456 in state funding, officials said. The grant will go to help fund 79 new jobs with an average annual salary of $35,800, according to a news release from Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans. “JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) is a crucial part […]

Corporate tax bill will be good for businesses, jobs

Freedom Newspapers Although it isn’t perfect, the corporate tax bill Congress passed earlier this month is a winner. It will aid business expansion and job creation. This is the best way to help companies — much preferred in our view to government subsidies and other pork-barrel spending on companies. (We say that with the caveat […]

Feds should take blame for flu vaccine shortages

Freedom Newspapers T he fact that at least some batches of this year’s flu vaccine, manufactured by Chiron in England, have turned up contaminated and thus will not be allowed to be used in the United States has created something of a crisis. The United States is now short some 48 million doses of flu […]

Bush rebounds, but Kerry is formidable

Freedom Newspapers Friday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis saw both candidates in prime form, giving voters a good picture of each. President Bush did much better than in his first debate, this time not grimacing and mostly avoiding the twisted syntax, repetition and lack of compelling detail that hurt him the first time around. […]

Troy’s honor should not need defense

By Mona Charen One of the great ironies of the past decade and a half is that the term “the politics of personal destruction” has come to be associated with what Republicans did to President Bill Clinton. Republicans have been known to go over the top now and then. But it is Democrats who have […]

Sellers: Ephedra ban won’t hurt business

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Many supplements, like Thermal Cut, had ephedra in them but are now back on the shelves in ephedra-free form. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mike Dlouhy said he stands behind every product he sells. Until Monday that meant ephedra-based products. The owner of Nutri-mart Health Foods on Prince Street […]

Kerry’s proposals mix good ideas with boondoggles

Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, in recent days has begun fleshing out his economic proposals. From our free-market perspective, there are some aspects of his program that are praiseworthy and others that bear criticism. Predicting how he might apply his policies as president is difficult, however, because of Sen. Kerry’s troubling […]

European decision against Microsoft is double jeopardy

Freedom Newspapers Despite the settlement in 2001 of the U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., the European Union is continuing its attack on the software firm. In the U.S. case, Microsoft was allowed to continue “tying” — or combining — new software into its Windows operating system. But in the ruling released last week, the […]

New energy bill needs to lose pounds of pork

Freedom Newspapers In what could be the last chance for Congress to pass an energy bill before election-year politics paralyze the nation’s capital, Senate Republicans have been hacking away at some of the tax breaks, subsidies and other government giveaways that led to accusations the measure had much more to do with pork barrel than […]

Cloud seeding costing taxpayers, nature

Letters to the Editor By the newspapers in Clovis and Albuquerque, it seems cloud-seeding companies were at a water conference in Santa Fe last week trying to sell their phony scam. The news articles stated that “millions have been spent on these programs.” What the articles don’t say is that these millions come primarily from […]

Some discrimination seems to be OK

Walter Williams Some things I wonder about: Early in our marriage, 40-some years ago, Mrs. Williams would return from shopping complaining about the unreasonable prices. Having aired her complaints, she’d then ask me to unload her car laden with purchases. After the unloading, I’d ask her: “I thought you said the prices were unreasonable. Why […]