Public does have a right to know — and should push it

By Bob Johnson The state Taxation and Revenue Department wanted to make a profit — and compete with private business — by charging whatever it pleased for electronically stored public records of its Motor Vehicle Division. So the department came up with a bill to make that possible. The scheme almost made it through the […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Alerts

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the national terror alert, which was recently lowered from orange (a high risk of terrorist attack) to yellow (a significant risk). Some responses: “I believe the national terror alert is that warm blanket trying to avert lawsuits caused by terrorism. I do believe it is useless. It […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]

Warning: Cactus sap can be hazardous

Tibor Machan Back in the early 1970s a friend of mine in the Louisiana state house told me a lesson he learned. Trying to indicate to his colleagues the absurdity of government micromanagement of the state’s economy. He introduced a bill that would have government regulate water diviners. By his lights, these folks were not […]