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 [...]

DoD pulls plug on records system

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist After spending $1 billion and 12 years of effort, Defense officials have pulled the plug on a hapless plan to bring the four military branches under a single, modern payroll and personnel records system. “This program has been a disaster,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the [...]

Prospects dim for tax hikes to plug N.M. budget hole

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prospects for tax hikes during New Mexico’s special legislative session dimmed even further as a House panel rejected several tax bills. The House rules committee decided Monday that tax increases could not be considered because Gov. Bill Richardson did not put them on the agenda for the special session. A [...]

Key to Christmas gift giving: No plug-ins

By Grant McGee: Local columnist They say the great thing about being a guy is you can get all of your Christmas gift shopping done in half an hour on Christmas Eve. Well, I must have missed that lesson because choosing a gift for someone ranks right up there in my top five “Anxiety-Producing Things [...]

Family brings back Christmas memories

By Grant McGee I was on the phone with No. 2 daughter last Sunday. She was down. She’s a single mom with two little ones. It was a cold, cloudy day back east. This was getting her down and that was getting her down. “And I’m lonesome, Dad,” she said. I told her I understood. [...]