Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

Officials: Collecting livestock taxes long-standing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Barbara Hamar of the Curry County Tax Assessor’s Office flips through the file of declared livestock in the county. Aside from commercial cattle operations, very few people declare their horses, cattle and small livestock as they are required to by law. Liliana Castillo Only a small percentage of livestock in […]

Middle East stability requires new strategy

Freedom New Mexico In a region where national, religious and ethnic clashes have been the rule rather than the exception for millennia, it may be overly optimistic to believe an Israeli warrior would promote an alternative solution to the Middle East’s ongoing conflicts. Israel’s Moshe Ya’alon, a former special forces paratrooper, now vice prime minister […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Blight battle: No simple solution

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Duane Castleberry, a magistrate judge in Clovis, said construction of the Prince Street overpass made his lot at the corner of Mabry and Prince streets ‘ once home to KC Mufflers

Throwing cash at problems not solution

Freedom New Mexico The Senate is facing the politically uncomfortable prospect of raising the limit on the national debt — again — to somewhere north of $13 trillion. Senate Democrats are seeking a way to fold the admission of fiscal malpractice into some larger spending bill, hoping it won’t be noticed — and exploited politically. […]

Sending troops to Afghanistan wrong solution

Freedom New Mexico During the political campaign President Obama repeatedly said

Sept. 7, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Time to bid Hotel Clovis goodbye As a third-generation Clovisite and supporter of our historical heritage, I have watched and hoped for a solution to our despair over Hotel Clovis that would revive its majestic status. Realistically we must now face the truth with reverent reserve. The basic facts are it is time for us […]

Pet sterilization enforcement not solution

Freedom New Mexico Clovis is debating the best way to destroy unwanted animals in its city shelter — gas or lethal injection. Some local animal-rights activists have suggested the focus should instead be on spay-neuter programs and we agree, as long as those efforts are funded privately and not with taxpayer dollars. California offers a […]

Using food for fuel not solution

By Pat Lyons: Guest columnist As Americans continue to look for alternative fuels to power our homes, schools, businesses, and automobiles, we must rethink one such “alternative” that is taking a big bite out of major food crops — ethanol. Far more corn grown in this country is going toward fuel production, not food consumption, […]