American dollars don’t have to leave America

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Many of us remember the “Made in the USA” movement which seemed pervasive during the 1980s. Back up by catchy television commercials, the marketing campaign featured consumers and business people declaring “It matters to me.” The press was full of dire predictions about the state of American manufacturing, and there […]

Gov. Richardson delivers State of State speech

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson appealed to legislators on Tuesday to approve a proposal for universal health care, saying the “most expensive choice is to do nothing” and stick with the current system that leaves many New Mexicans without medical insurance. Richardson outlined his agenda for the Legislature […]

Story about seeing a man about a dog

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Columnist  Did you hear about the fellow who was walking down the street one day when he saw a hand-lettered sign in a yard that said: “Talking Dog: Five Dollars”?  Quite curious, the man walked up to the front door of the house and knocked. When an ordinary-looking fellow answered, the […]

Chile study burns up taxpayer dollars

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Putting our hard-earned tax dollars where their mouths are, researchers have discovered that chile peppers date back to ancient times and even taco chips are at least 6,100 years old. Now I’m not talking about the taco chips at Wal-Mart. According to these sizzling new findings, which were published in […]

Letters to the Editor: State, not world, should be first priority

I recognize that the Ute Water Project increasingly seems to be “pie-in-the-sky” for eastern New Mexico. The increasing costs seem to skyrocket, and the federal government is more leary than ever of funding the 75 percent cost of a $400 million project for us. This makes me angry. Our expenditures every day in Iraq make […]

Reforms should streamline, not add bureaucracy

Freedom Newspapers After a series of audits and hearings after the 2004 hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency promised it would have its management and accounting systems in better order for 2005. So it is difficult to put much faith in similar promises this year, given the disaster in New Orleans. Perhaps the best […]

Despite 9/11 spending, citizens not much safer

Freedom Newspapers One of the most frustrating realities about government is that no matter how much money it gets to deal with a problem, that money usually goes to the wrong places, and the problem rarely gets effectively addressed. At the national-security level, the dollar figures are so high and the agencies are so large […]

Lack of funds dooms defense initiatives

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate has passed a 2006 defense authorization bill filled with new and improved military benefits — almost none of them funded. The lack of committed budget dollars likely dooms, at least for this year, some of the more popular initiatives endorsed by the Senate, even as their inclusion in […]

Beauty can be found one hour away, take a bicycle

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I fully intended to take some art work down to Roswell, to the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. There was to be a sale and exhibit, with a modest entry fee, and it seemed very worthwhile. This wasn’t going to intrude, either, into the items I planned to enter in our […]

Katrina’s victims still in need of aid, support

Freedom Newspapers The stories and pictures of human and economic grief continue to unfold along the devastated path of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. They show clearly why massive economic aid and citizen assistance is urgently needed. If those needs are not met immediately, we soon will see perilous conditions turn into a raging […]