Secretary setting sights on rural areas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Fred Mondragon, left, is briefed Wednesday morning by ENMR-Plateau Chief Executive Officer Tom Phelps about operations in this region. Mondragon spoke Wednesday to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bringing business to rural cities is the goal of the New Mexico […]

Telecom ruling likely to reduce frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” […]

Home, garden show staged

CNJ staff The Home and Garden Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. More than 70 vendors featuring lawn equipment, landscapers, home furnishings and construction companies will be present at the two-day event, according to Chairman Todd Farrell. […]

Press must be government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Protectionist measure hinders investment

By Freedom Newspapers Whenever Congress passes something unanimously you can be sure it is either entirely innocuous or utterly stupid and harmful. In the case of a bill the House passed 423-0, to give the government broader powers to review foreign investments in certain kinds of U.S. industries and facilities, it is the latter. The […]

Business digest: Portales man takes first in corn contest

Kevin Breshears of Rheanie Farms in Portales captured first place in the A non-irrigated division of the 2006 National Corn Growers’ Association’s Corn Yield Contest in New Mexico, according to a Pioneer Hi-Bred International news release. He won with a yield of 65.31 bushels per acre. The annual competition honors the highest producing corn growers […]

Socialism often cover for dictators’ hidden agendas

By Freedom Newspapers Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point […]

Companies underestimate consumers

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away […]

Accounting rules lower businesses’ competitiveness

By Freedom Newspapers The Securities and Exchange Commission last week finally eased Sarbanes-Oxley auditing rules to make them less oppressive for smaller public companies, which had called for relief after spending millions of dollars to comply with the 2002 “Enron law.” But such baby steps fall far short. This duplicative, expensive and anti-competitive act, which […]

Russia’s autocratic tendencies should be monitored

By Freedom Newspapers The Russian government has successfully pressured Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company, into reducing its stake in a promising but difficult oil and natural-gas field in Siberia from a majority share to a minority share. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy group, which has invested little or nothing in exploiting the energy resources on […]