Easter reminder of ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The Easter season is near. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection is about sacrifice and hope — Christ’s sacrifice and then, as a result, the hope and assurance for Christians of eternal life. But what […]

When it comes to health, there’s no free lunch

Col. Kenneth Hall It’s easy to take for granted that which we enjoy every day. What is firmly in hand one moment can be snatched away the next. And what goes neglected or mistreated will prematurely fail. Health is a perfect example, especially for a young and robust population such as ours. All too often […]

In the news: State not taking care of kids

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist News from Albuquerque: New Mexico Voices for Children released survey data compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before you digest this information, understand this is a prestigious foundation. It’s the real deal. Here is what the foundation’s 2006 Kids Count findings have to say about New Mexico: New Mexico […]

In wake of trial, Dorian a breath of fresh air

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Just when the Treasurer’s Office stink wafts over the capital, just when we start to think all public servants are crooked, just when we are about to turn our backs forever on self-serving Santa Fe bureaucrats, in walks Dorian. Just in time. She is the spring rain in a desert […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]

For some, April Fools’ Day lasts all year

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist April 1, wrote Mark Twain, “is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other 364.” But cheer up. No matter how foolish you may sometimes feel, you can always take comfort in knowing that over the past year, there were other people who were […]

Campaign against Wal-Mart hurting, not helping poor

Freedom Newspapers Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of […]

Global war on poverty bad idea

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Only one thing stops poverty. It’s wealth. And there is but one sure-fire way to gain wealth. Work. Yes, some people get it by luck or accident, but such a path is quite undependable. So New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s wish that President Bush launch “a high-profile Global War […]

Nation’s poor better off than thought

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Despite claims that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, poverty is nowhere near the problem it was yesteryear — at least for those who want to work. Talk about the poor getting poorer tugs at the hearts of decent people and squares nicely with the agenda of […]

Hurricane falsehoods leading to waste

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Reviewing the falsehoods, myths and misrepresentations spun by the press, politicians and pundits following Hurricane Katrina, one is reminded of Nora Ephron’s bon mot: “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t seem to keep up.” Most recently, we have word from the National Hurricane Center that Katrina was not […]

Promoting dependency won’t help poor

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, President Bush gave America’s poverty pimps and race hustlers new ammunition. The president said, “As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a […]

Poor , Donald

Donald Poor  Services: Have been held. Mr. Donald C. Poor, 77, of Clovis, died Friday, June 10, 2005, in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 25, 1927, in Fairview, Mo., to Walter and Maud Haley Poor. He married Thelda Moore on March 25, 1977, in Tucumcari. He was a resident of Clovis since 1946. He […]

Legal help for poor stretched thin

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — One of New Mexico’s largest organizations for getting legal help to the poor plans to lay off up to a fifth of its work force because of budget cuts or shortfalls. Legal Aid of New Mexico has announced it will lay off at least 10 and perhaps as many […]

Foreign aid could negate incentive for reform

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

People can improve without Big Brother

By Tibor Machan A while back Bill Cosby made news for chiding black parents for not being responsible enough with their kids’ education. Stop buying them huge speakers, start buying them books, he urged. This made sense because it does appear that when one is surrounded with even a modest library in one’s youth, one […]

United Airlines should face up to its mistakes

Freedom Newspapers One of the core foundations of the free market system is the idea that businesses should be able to fail. If a company makes poor choices, poor investments or offers poor services or products, it will not make money and will, ultimately, shut its doors. Like almost all airlines, United Airlines was hurt […]

Praise for new pope

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After taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger greets the crowd Tuesday in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Italy. Ratzinger was elected by 115 cardinals as the 265th pontiff. (KRT photo: Laurent Zabulon) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The mood outside Guadalupe Catholic Church was jubilant. As bells tolled, announcing […]

Looking back at 2004’s best silliness

By Ned Cantwell Looking back at the old year and forward to the new one…. New Mexico puts the finishing touches on 2004, still one of only two states allowing cockfighting. Its sensible new rules to protect convenience store workers are under appeal. And its laws favor strip mall payday loan bandits who screw the […]

Sacrifice something important, not leftovers

By Judy Brandon: local columnist What is a sacrifice? Think about that question this day before Christmas.  Sacrifice is usually an underused word during the Christmas season because of all the spending. Yet, there is a popular Christian song that begins with this question: “How can I offer anything that costs me nothing?” That is […]

Door wide open for the Christian left

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I have to thank Jimmy Carter for saving my sanity. Granted, his was not a presidency one looks back to with fondness. Gas lines stretched forever, Iran took our people hostage and there was disco, besides. But Carter’s ex-presidency has been a model of that unofficial institution. He has built homes […]