Feds’ marijuana crackdown bad medicine

Freedom Newspapers In the design of America’s founders, the states are supposed to be centers of democratic experiment. They’re not supposed to be uniform. For example, even though alcohol Prohibition ended in 1933, local laws restricting sales exist in 33 states. In Arkansas, more than half of 75 counties prohibit alcohol sales. This design is […]

Feds ready to pay ‘stop loss’ troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Residents can’t rely on feds to get job done

The idea of letting “the government” take care of all our problems has become so ingrained in our collective psyche that even people in the government are starting to believe it can happen. Three Texas county judges are complaining because the Department of State Health Services has turned down their request to start aerial spraying […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

Editorial: Automakers no longer shielded from feds

We pored through the U.S. Constitution and just couldn’t find the clause that says, “the president of the United States shall have the authority to fire the president of any corporation with whom he is dissatisfied.” Maybe it was an amendment that hadn’t been printed yet in the edition we have? We understand the argument […]

N.M. congressional delegation asks feds for borders enforcement security task force

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representatives Harry Teague, Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luj

Feds double up on bad financial hand

Freedom New Mexico This month’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board that it has cut its benchmark overnight federal funds rate, the rate at which banks lend to one another, to a “target range” of between one-quarter percent and zero is both an acknowledgment of reality and a sign of panic. Since banks, even in […]

Feds waste time busting medical marijuana clubs

Freedom Newspapers It is something of a mystery why federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided HopeNet, a medical cannabis dispensary said to serve about 30 patients a day in San Francisco, on Dec. 20. It followed a series of raids in San Diego on Dec. 12 that closed 13 cannabis dispensaries. No arrests were made […]

Government ads infringe on first amendment

Freedom Newspapers Beef might be what’s for dinner, but who should pay for making that suggestion to American consumers? That’s the question at the heart of arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The case involves what’s called the beef checkoff program, in which cattle ranchers pay the federal government $1 per head […]

New $20 bill commercials a waste of money

Freedom Newspapers Imagine you are the sole supplier of a commodity that nearly everyone in the country uses, many on a daily basis. For some reason you decide to alter the product in a few subtle ways; the product itself hasn’t changed, it is used for the same thing and in the same manner, and […]