There are more than enough laws

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist There oughta be a law! No, probably there shouldn’t. But I know why we say it. 1) Stuff bugs us. You can’t have a complete meal in peace because you or the people around you don’t have enough sense to turn off cell phones for ten minutes. Let’s make a […]

Structure within society needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

Letter to the Editor: Voters must get economy on track

Regarding a recent letter about the free market, government regulation and job creation: There are laws already on the books that regulate banks and markets. Government regulators fail to enforce them. More odious laws and regulations are not the answer to holding regulators accountable for enforcing the current laws. Greed was the major factor with […]

Official: No laws were violated

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Courtesy illustration By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A quorum of Curry County commissioners dining with the executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments on Tuesday did not violate open government laws, Commissioner Dan Stoddard said. Commissioners Stoddard, Caleb Chandler and Wendell Bostwick met at Eddie’s Subs and More on Main Street with Richard […]

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

Bingaman introduces bill to update hardrock mining law

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced legislation aimed at updating mining laws passed well over a century ago. When the Mining Law was passed in 1872, following the California gold rush, Congress was trying to encourage settlement of the American West.

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Tucumcari examining underage drinking laws

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Reformers try again on ethics bills

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Used to be, New Mexico would get ridiculed for its perceived backwater status as a state that still allowed cockfighting. Lately, however, the ridicule is about something else: skimpy ethics laws and political scandals. Several national publications in recent weeks have knocked the state for its weak or, in […]

Laws intended to protect kids only presume guilt

Freedom New Mexico It’s easy to look at the situation in West Texas — where