Annual population estimates by median age & sex

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The nation’s Hispanic population increased 1.4 million to reach 45.5 million on July 1, 2007, or 15.1 percent of the estimated total U.S. population of 301.6 million. National and state estimates by race, Hispanic origin, sex and age released by the U.S. Census Bureau also show that the Hispanic population exceeded 500,000 in 16 states. […]

Population growth positive for economy

Freedom New Mexico A Census Bureau report this month predicting a significant increase in population and in the percentage of ethnic minorities in the United States made big news. The bigger news may be how little Americans should be worrying over the trends. The bureau projects that by 2050, the U.S. population will be 44 […]

Prison population peaks: 1 in 100 Americans in jail

The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America’s rank as the world’s No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. Using state-by-state […]

Too much at stake to sit idly by

Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I cast my vote in the New Mexico caucus last week and, if we’re lucky, we may finally learn the results today — only a week-and-a-half after the fact. New Mexico will be the last of the Super Tuesday states to announce results from the Feb. 5 balloting. If we Nuevo […]

America’s future lies in minorities

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective. I reply that, according to the Census Bureau, Miami’s polyglot population represents what America will look like in about 40 years. […]

Regulation, not population, should be feared

By Freedom Newspapers America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, […]

Curry County: Twice as nice

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest Columist Not unlike a fat, fattening Oreo cookie, life always comes full circle. I’m back in Curry County. OK, I’ll have to admit this particular Curry County is some 1,400 miles away in Oregon, while the other one is home in the Land of Enchantment, but I’ve found they have a […]

Character means much more than size

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Two is a company and three is a crowd, but five makes for a good basketball team, six makes for a Brady Bunch and, as for 12, well, many things are cheaper by the dozen. What I’m talking here is the number of children in a family. Today’s family’s are […]

Small animals cause big problems for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleA population explosion for prairie dogs has intensified what is a constant struggle for Curry County farmers and ranchers. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in […]

Public fright powerful tool of control

Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist John Stossel, ABC’s “20/20” anchorman, has a recently released book about the various untruths we accept, many from the media and academic elite. The book is appropriately titled “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.” Being a longtime media insider, Stossel is well positioned to talk about the media’s gross lack of understanding […]