Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

Rib Crib hosting benefit

Freedom New Mexico Rib Crib Barbecue in Clovis is lending a helping hand to the family of 6-year-old Harley Pena, who is fighting a rare combination of two types of acute leukemia. On Wednesday, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of its profits made from 4-10 p.m. to the Pena family. Manager Tommy Cardonita said […]

Golden Corral closes its doors

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Low profits and rising expenses are reducing dining options in Clovis by one. Golden Corral is closing its doors. Franchise owner Jim Clark said he closed the restaurant Wednesday. “It was kind of a bittersweet day,” said Clark who also celebrated his 50th birthday that day. He said the […]

United Way hosting grant training for non-profits

United Way has scheduled training dates for non-profits wishing to apply for a grant in 2009. The Portales session is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce downstairs training room at 100 S. Ave. A. The Clovis session is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at the […]

Self-interest biggest human motivator

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist George Orwell admonished, “Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” That’s what I want to do — talk about the obvious, starting with the question: What human motivation leads to the most wonderful things getting done? How about the charity and selflessness we’ve seen […]

Government meddling causes high drug costs

Freedom Newspapers Our southern border isn’t the only one where drugs come into this country illegally. Thousands of Americans buy prescription medications on the Internet and have them shipped from Canada. They spend less money and most likely get medicine identical to what’s available at the corner pharmacy. Everyone’s a winner. Not exactly. Reimporting medicine […]

Current drug policy in need of re-evaluation

Freedom Newspapers Border security seems to be in the news often these days. The focus usually is on the people coming into this country from Mexico and Central America. Little media attention is paid to drug-smuggling operations, so little attention is paid by the American people to a failed border policy that has been going […]

Unexpected revenue no cause for new tax

Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain fascination with the sheer numbers. ExxonMobil posted a profit of $10.7 billion in the last quarter of 2005 and a profit for the year of around $36 billion. News stories generally featured people who could be depended upon to express appropriate outrage, and a few members of Congress […]

Curtailing profits will only lead to stagnation

Freedom Newspapers Far too much is being made about allegedly “obscene” oil company profits, most often by demagogues trying to whip up the mob with allegations of “price gouging,” industry collusion and “profiteering.” We expect this from politicians and pundits of the anti-capitalist stripe, and from greens reluctant to point the finger at a U.S. […]

Windfall tax detrimental to economy

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of high gasoline prices and high oil company profits, House Speaker Dennis Hastert demands that oil companies explain why they are making so much money and what they plan to do to bring down the cost of gasoline. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has introduced a 50 percent […]