Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

Prohibition will only fuel war in Mexico

Freedom New Mexico One of Ramon Ayala’s biggest hits refers to being on the wrong side of the gate. The music star now finds himself on the wrong side of a door, presumably under watch by Mexican officials. Ayala, the “Rey del Acordi

Ending pot prohibition good first step

Freedom New Mexico After almost a year in office, the Obama administration has made a decision. The Justice Department on Monday issued a memo to federal prosecutors in 13 medical marijuana states telling them to stop enforcing federal marijuana laws against medical marijuana patients. This should result in an end to the mean-spirited and bizarre […]

Oct. 25, 1917

The Clovis Journal reported that Chicago won the World Series with a 4-2 victory over the New York Giants. … Dr. A.L. Dillon was among Curry County prohibition supporters organizing a statewide fight for prohibition. … The latest style of women’s boots could be purchased at Jackman’s for $10.

Anti-drug package will only worsen problem in Mexico

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing […]

Governor snuffs smoking

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Smoking will be banned across New Mexico in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Danny Tipton, manager at Kripple Creek Restaurant in Clovis, said the customer and staff reaction has been negative so far. “We really don’t like it,” Tipton […]

Internet gambling ban serves no one

By Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist The House of Representatives voted 245 to 159 to pass the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Because of a rule requiring two-thirds approval, the measure didn’t pass. Its sponsor, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., plans to introduce it again when only a majority is needed for passage. If enacted, it […]

Legalization law could have eased resource strain

Freedom Newspapers It would not have made a huge difference in the most unfortunate aspects of the war on drugs. But it would have been a nice gesture. If Mexican president Vicente Fox had decided to sign a bill legalizing personal possession of small amounts of drugs now prohibited, while keeping sales and trafficking illegal, […]

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 […]

Bootleggers were two steps ahead of the law

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Tom Jernigan began his professional career in Portales when he was elected sheriff of Roosevelt County in 1929. Those were the wild days of prohibition. There were quite a few shoot-outs and drunks being rounded up in the enforcing of the prohibition. You young whippersnappers don’t recall prohibition, but that was […]