Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

Few will benefit from mandated wage hike

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and many Democratic lawmakers are intent on raising the state’s minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.50 an hour. The bill now before the Legislature is one that should fail, however. Folks just can’t make a decent living on $5.15 an hour, Richardson and company argue. The […]

Term ‘dead-end’ insult to honest work

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Certain jobs are derisively referred to as “burger flipper” or “dead-end” jobs. I’d like someone to define a dead-end job. For example, I started out as a professor of economics at California State University, Los Angeles, and then at Temple University and for the past 25 years at George Mason […]

11/20 Letters to the editor

Hospital ban should include junk food In reference to the smoking ban on hospital property: I understand that certain foods and snacks are also unhealthy. The policy should be expanded to include an employee or patient who wants a salty snack, hot dog or doughnut. They should first be offered an appetite suppressant. If this […]

Outsourcing part of everyday business

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist “According to a confidential memorandum, IBM is cutting 13,000 jobs in the United States and in Europe and creating 14,000 jobs in India. From 2000 to 2015, an estimated 3 million American jobs will have been outsourced; one in 10 technology jobs will leave these shores by the end …” […]

Job security, welfare benefits not enough

Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Through a combination of socialism at home and appeasement abroad, the French believed they had found a viable alternative to, in former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin’s phrase, “jungle capitalism,” as practiced by you know who. Jacques Chirac was more direct, condemning “ultra liberal Anglo-Saxon” economic policies, while also famously boasting that […]

BRAC Commission opts to spare White Sands lab

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The commission reviewing the Pentagon’s plan to streamline military bases reversed the Department of Defense on Thursday, voting to keep the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range instead of moving it to Maryland. The department in May proposed to move 178 jobs, the lab’s entire […]

New Mexico gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

Nevada wins commissioner’s promise to tour depot

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press Nevada’s political leaders got a welcome surprise on their trip to New Mexico: a commissioner’s commitment to visit the Army Ammunition Depot near Hawthorne. Base Realignment and Closure Commissioner Philip Coyle told Gov. Kenny Guinn along with six others that he’d arrange for a visit to the threatened depot […]

Alaska mobilizes to save Eielson AFB

By Dan Joling: The Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Lots of people around Fairbanks worry about the economic fallout if the Pentagon pulls more than 2,800 airmen and 3,300 dependents from Eielson Air Force Base. Benny Lin would take a direct hit. Lin owns Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, and his delivery truck makes hourly trips to […]

Whey plant means money for region

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Mesa Ingredient Co. is coming to Clovis with a bang, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Mesa’s main operation is turning the liquid byproduct of cheese — commonly known as whey — into a nutrient-rich powder used in animal feed. Mesa’s factory, which has already broken ground, will […]

Rush for summer jobs starts

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By Ryn Gargulinski School’s out for summer — and the race is on for jobs, according to Matt Barela, employment representative for New Mexico’s Labor Department. As with hitting the books, it pays to start early for the job hunt, said Barela. “Summer is really, really busy,” he said. “A lot of the jobs are […]

Experts estimate 20 to 26 percent decrease in jobs

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Economy experts are estimating a decrease in local jobs between 20 and 26 percent in Curry County if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. Pentagon officials on Friday announced Cannon was on the list of recommended U.S. base closures. According to the Department of Defense, Clovis would be the hardest-hit […]

After more than 50 years, Cannon has become ‘us’

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor This is personal. We know the economic impact: Twenty-something percent of our communities’ jobs are tied directly to Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of millions of dollars go through there every year, much of it circulating through our restaurants and car dealerships and flower shops and every other business […]

Rumsfeld proposes shutting 33 major military bases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon proposed Friday shutting about 180 military installations from Maine to Hawaii including 33 major bases, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade and an intense struggle by communities to save their facilities. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also recommended a list of scores of other domestic installations — […]

Cannon has huge economic impact

The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. … To pick our […]

Cheese plant receives state funding

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Southwest Cheese Company has been awarded $718,456 in state funding, officials said. The grant will go to help fund 79 new jobs with an average annual salary of $35,800, according to a news release from Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans. “JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) is a crucial part […]

Technology responsible for job losses

By Walter Williams Now that the elections are over, there’s little political gain for demagoguery about jobs, but let’s prepare ourselves for the next time. Losing a job means a financial crunch and readjustment regardless of the source of job loss. If it’s not from an economic downturn, the loss might be a result of […]

Call center could add 600 jobs to Clovis

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent Clovis may be close to landing a new call center that would employ 600 people. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Director Chase Gentry said Wednesday the building that once housed the ClientLogic call center is close to finding a new client. The center, vacant since MCI withdrew from the site in […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]