FCC regulation would limit cable choices

By Freedom New Mexico Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry […]

Ignoring nuclear energy shows lack of brain power

What if the United States rolled out the welcome mat for the construction of new nuclear power plants . . . and no one showed up to build them? For the no-nukes crowd, that would be a victory. But it would be a hollow victory for the rest of Americans, who get 20 percent of […]

New hospital administrator targets improving patient satisfaction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico hospital administrator with a history of tending to hospitals in need volunteered to lead Plains Regional Medical Center. Officials from the hospital — scrutinized earlier this year by several regulatory agencies and bogged down by board member resignations — announced Hoyt Skabelund landed the position Wednesday, […]

Heading off developmental trouble early

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Lane Mains, 3, plays with Angel Laumbach-Kirk, left, an occupational therapist with ENMRSH Wednesday at My School Daycare in Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When their baby reached 16 months of age, Diane and Aaron Mains began to worry. He hardly ate and slept in fitful intervals. His attempts at speech were minimal […]

Energy demands reshaping global marketplace

by Freedom Newspapers Attendees of a major symposium in Houston last week heard some thought-provoking prognostications about the global energy outlook. Some of the observations come from representatives of the oil industry, and must be taken in context. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid, or shouldn’t give Americans something to think about as Congress […]

There’s enough fish in the sea for all parties involved

Freedom Newspapers Turnabout isn’t just fair play — when watching that full-contact sport called special interest politics, it’s also a lot of fun for spectators. We take special joy, for instance, in seeing one interest group that’s been pushing for tougher regulations on someone else suddenly finding itself in the regulator’s crosshairs. This happened several […]

Bush has not politicized, but challenged science

Editorial Accusations leveled last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists that the Bush administration is politicizing science opened audacious new frontiers in hypocrisy. That’s not only a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but it turns reality on its head. Perhaps no group in history has done more to politicize science than […]