Empty promise?

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Energy drinks have become a $3 billion per year industry, according to Pediatric News. By Jenna Dewitt: Freedom New Mexico With catchy names such as Rock Star, Monster, Venom and Amp, energy drinks are trendy and widely used by teens and young adults. Researchers say U.S. consumers spent $744 million […]

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

Consumer confidence plunges and home prices hit record low

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Consumer confidence plunged in February as Americans worried about less-favorable business conditions and job prospects, a business-backed research group said Tuesday. The Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 75 this month from a revised 87.3 in January. The reading was the lowest since the index registered […]

Airwave auction might actually benefit consumers

By Freedom New Mexico An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has […]

Lawmakers push bulb changes on consumers

By Freedom Newspapers One of the original icons of the modern world could soon be replaced. If environmentalists and climate-change doomsayers have their way, the ubiquitous incandescent light bulb might soon be found only in museums, instead of nearly every building in the United States. That would be a great loss. The soft, warm glow […]

Milk laws leave no room for innovation

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more shameful actions Congress took last year was crushing an innovative dairyman who found a way around federal dairy regulations that artificially raise the price of milk. It was a bipartisan conspiracy, embodied in an amendment never subjected to committee hearings. Hein Hettinga is a Dutch-born dairyman who started […]

Intervening in free market won’t help prices

By Freedom Newspapers Former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev once noted, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” He wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was referring to the bad habit politicians have of spending taxpayers’ money on programs that have little or no real […]

Trade restrictions cost Americans money

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are only a handful of products that Americans import that cannot be produced at home and therefore create jobs for Americans. Let’s look at a few of them. We import cocoa from Ghana and coffee from African and Latin American countries. We import saffron from Spain and India and […]

Testing decision should be government-free

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meat packer announced plans […]

Wal-Mart likely to lower banking cost for consumers

Freedom Newspapers Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention […]