Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

Government workers part of community

As did many husbands on Valentine’s Day, I took my wife to one of her favorite restaurants. That place being overcrowded, with a two hour wait predicted, we went instead to another of her favorite dining establishments. We did not complain about the prices, nor the expectation that, with good service, we would leave a […]

Letters to the editor: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that […]

Taxes wasted on phone service

Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that experience this week, and like […]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson New federal bank regulations designed to cap fees to merchants could mean new or increased fees to consumers. Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Letter to the editor: Dems putting freedom in danger

Dems putting freedom in danger It is not good to have a super majority in Washington. That is what we have now, held by the Democrats. Because they had this great majority, they passed a government health care (one payee) bill involving 2,500 unread pages and passed behind closed doors. This bill forces the American […]

Five workers to be laid off after EPCOG contract loss

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

City’s involvement not necessary

Hotel Clovis keeps turning up in the news. Is it destined to be an eyesore, a money pit, or a slum? Or will tax money be spent to demolish it? As long as government is involved, you can bet those are the only realistic outcomes. I realize the city believes it owns Hotel Clovis, but […]

Government’s many secrets surfacing

Freedom New Mexico A good deal of overwrought commentary on all sides has accompanied the latest release by the WikiLeaks website of classified State Department cables, from those who lament the possible harm to national security to those who praise the release as contributing to the knowledge of what government does in our names that […]

New efforts won’t solve old problems

Freedom New Mexico Border residents surely are growing more alarmed at the escalating violence in Mexico, often within earshot of U.S. residents. Large gunbattles between drug cartels, and between them and the Mexican military, are getting larger, and closer. A recent U.S. government report isn’t going to ease the concerns of those who worry about […]

Give people power to govern selves

Tibor Machan I have been writing in favor of gridlocks for some time, at least as a second-best option to the one where the government is in the hands of an administration committed to limited powers. I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome last week that sent Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, back to […]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE fees could be […]

True monster: Over-regulating government

Freedom New Mexico Picture a trio of adorably outfitted trick- or-treaters — a ghost, a pirate and a witch of the non-Senate candidate variety — venturing forth into the night in search of sweet, sweet candy. Under the eerie glow of an autumn moon, they approach a spooky old house. The pirate reaches out a […]

Free speech not intended to mask hate

Freedom New Mexico Last week was a tangled mess of free-speech controversies. Anti-Christian smut hung on the wall of a government-funded art museum in Loveland, Colo., right up until a woman offended by the expensive painting destroyed it with a crowbar on Wednesday. The painting depicted Jesus receiving oral sex from a man, taking government-sponsored […]

Offensive art denounces religious beliefs

Freedom New Mexico Christians have rights and they had best assert them regarding a government- funded exhibit, at a Colorado museum, that depicts Jesus receiving oral sex from a man. No way should Christians have to tolerate this, any more than Muslims should have to tolerate a government-sponsored burning of the Koran. Nobody, but nobody […]

Government wrong to punish Texas’ schools

September has been a busy month in Texas’ fight to maintain autonomy against an increasingly oppressive federal government. A federal judge in Florida held the first hearing in a lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states contesting the federally mandated health care coverage that became law in March. Last Thursday, Texas filed legal motions […]

Government stifling to prosperity

Tibor Machan At this time when most people are clamoring for economic revival, the major debate centers around how it could be achieved. One side, mainly the current administration and its supporters in the academy, believe in some variety of stimulus initiated by the federal government — funneling funds (taken from taxes and borrowed from […]

Proposed fuel grading system fails consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]