Arguments against DDT are outdated

By Walter Williams Ever since Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring,” environmental extremists have sought to ban all DDT use. Using phony studies from the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental activist-controlled Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT in 1972. The extremists convinced the nation that DDT was not only unsafe […]

There are few ways to help world’s poor

Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Did you learn that the United States is rich because we have bountiful natural resources? That has to be nonsense. Africa and South America are probably the richest continents in natural resources but are home to the world’s most miserably poor people. On the other hand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and […]

De Soto’s idea a lifeline for Third World countries

Freedom Newspapers Congratulations to Hernando de Soto for winning this year’s Friedman Prize for Liberty, which the Cato Institute gives for outstanding achievement advancing freedom throughout the world. The prize is named after Nobel economics prize laureate Milton Friedman and was given at a May 6 ceremony in San Francisco. A Peru native, de Soto […]

Universal health care is forced health care

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist A huge headline on the front of a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine said more than they intended: “Now Are We Ready to Talk About Health Care?” Inside was an article with the same title by Hillary Clinton. The casual arrogance of that question is staggering. We talked […]

Pesticides kill bugs, save many lives in Africa

Freedom Newspapers Most political movements and public policies have their good points and bad, so it’s imperative that Americans try to subject everything to hard-headed analysis. Unfortunately, the environmental movement still basks in the glow of unquestioned praise, so some of the ills that have occurred as the result of environmentalist policies go unchecked. Perhaps […]

Richardson to lobby for overpass funds

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Gov. Bill Richardson speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday at Clovis City Hall. Richardson was visiting cities and towns in eastern New Mexico, discussing the past Legislative session and new initiatives for each community. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson promised help in getting funds for an […]

Tolerance for taxes, censorship waning

Tibor Machan The Laffer curve is about how much imposition or other types of trouble people are willing to tolerate from their fellows. Arthur Laffer, a professor at the University of Southern California, is supposed to have drawn a bell-shaped graph on a napkin once to show that up to the peak point of it […]

Bush, Kerry seem to be in a scarily similar economic page

Freedom Newspapers In theory, a national campaign for president should bring to the fore important issues affecting the nation. But in reality, the early signs are that not much of a serious debate will take place as Democratic Sen. John Kerry cranks up his campaign against President George W. Bush. The presumptive Democratic nominee is […]

Believing lies, long negotiations is our best hope

Editorial Perhaps the best that can be hoped for from a set of meetings between North Korea and the five other countries with the most direct interest in it — China, South Korea, Japan, the United States and Russia — is a prolonged period of negotiation in which all sides pretend to believe elaborate lies, […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]