Payday loan organizations prey on poor

by Ned Cantwell Before you know it, the New Mexico legislative season will be upon us. Our lawmakers, as usual, will spend 14 hours a day pondering weighty matters and making momentous decisions, like, should the Official State Pest be the wood-boring beetle or John Dendahl? That’s not fair. It’s not fair to John Dendahl, […]

There’s always a critic in every crowd

Ned Cantwell, State Columnist A reader asked recently whatever happened to my friend Barney from New Jersey. I told him Barney and I had a falling out of sorts. Barney is this couch-potato guy who spends all his time reading newspapers and magazines. He finds out what he thinks is wrong with New Mexico and […]

Web site can help the state’s hungry

By Ned Cantwell It’s outrageous, is what it is. While the rest of us super-size our double cheeseburger at McDonald’s, slop more sour cream onto the giant baked potato at Cattle Baron, squeeze one more enchilada onto the plate at La Fonda, our New Mexico neighbors are going hungry. I don’t mean hungry in the […]

There are few ways to help world’s poor

Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Did you learn that the United States is rich because we have bountiful natural resources? That has to be nonsense. Africa and South America are probably the richest continents in natural resources but are home to the world’s most miserably poor people. On the other hand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and […]

De Soto’s idea a lifeline for Third World countries

Freedom Newspapers Congratulations to Hernando de Soto for winning this year’s Friedman Prize for Liberty, which the Cato Institute gives for outstanding achievement advancing freedom throughout the world. The prize is named after Nobel economics prize laureate Milton Friedman and was given at a May 6 ceremony in San Francisco. A Peru native, de Soto […]

Food tax’s excise good for New Mexico

Ned Cantwell It took just over 70 years to get rid of it. Since New Mexico enacted the law, there has been a World War, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam imbroglio. The year the New Mexico Legislature first imposed this on her citizens, television was a hazy concept, remote control not yet even a fantasy. […]

Sweat shops can be a superior alternative

Walter Williams Here’s a question. Suppose you see people lining up for hours, and people willing to pay a month’s salary in bribes, in order to get a $2 a day factory job. What might you conclude? Would you guess there are higher-paying jobs around, but the people are too lazy to look for them? […]

Poverty an exaggerated concept in U.S.

Walter Williams It might have been Ross Perot who first used the expression that America is turning into a nation of “hamburger flippers,” in reference to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs replaced by low-pay service sector jobs. Here’s my question: If millions of high-paying jobs are leaving the country only to be replaced […]

No real reason to prohibit organ sales

Thomas Sowell It was gratifying news when fans around the country volunteered to donate their kidneys to basketball star Alonzo Mourning, who would otherwise have to cut short his career because of life-threatening medical problems with his own kidneys. However, the head of the New York Organ Donor Network said it was a shame “that […]

Dean’s comment is insult to two races

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have no problem with what Howard Dean was trying to say. It’s what he actually said that troubles me. Specifically, the Democratic presidential candidate told an Iowa reporter that he wants to be “the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.” It was an inarticulate way of saying […]

World Trade Organization talks break down

Niko Price CANCUN, Mexico — Talks designed to change the face of farming around the world collapsed Sunday amid differences between rich and poor nations, the second failure for the World Trade Organization in four years. ‘‘It’s over,’’ said George Odour Ong’wen, a Kenyan delegate. ‘‘The differences were very wide, and it was impossible to […]

chased by oranges

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss i was minding my own business the other day strolling through the church kitchen when marcellus the ugly ungodly cat scampered across the counter in pursuit of hapless homer hummingbird homer made […]

Column writing not all tea and roses

By Ned Cantwell Advice to beginning column writers: Don’t write about Billy the Kid unless you have a vague idea of what you are talking about. If your knowledge of country music is limited to the notion it is all about a guy with a hangover who lost his dog a week after his wife […]

Politics could do with a shot of religion

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico’s food tax, this column has harped, is not fair. It places more of a burden on the poor than it does on the rich, and that is bad policy. Since the state of New Mexico needs this revenue to exist, it is argued, the food tax cannot be eliminated. Sure […]

Service organization raises money by serving

CNJ Staff Local luminaries earned $1,341 for The Shelter For Victims of Domestic Violence Inc. last week in the second annual “Eat to Defeat Domestic Violence.” From 6 to 8 p.m. May 20, a number of well-known locals waited tables at Poor Boy’s Steak House on North Prince, then donated their tips to The Shelter. […]