Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Farm Service Agency elections end Monday

Freedom New Mexico The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico is reminding farmers, ranchers and other eligible voters to cast their ballots in the local FSA County Committees elections by the Monday deadline. Ballots were mailed to voters earlier this month and must be returned to FSA offices or post […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

Federal reports not reliable source

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The morning of this writing, I woke to a lengthy report by NASA showing alleged imminent disaster from climate changes. The report states unequivocally that some huge percentage of the change is human induced, although nothing shown demonstrates or supports this claim. The time line of many of […]

Drug policy desperately needs overhaul

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a minor flurry of criticism last week for acknowledging the United States — or at least some people in the United States — bears some responsibility for the explosion of drug-law-related violence in Mexico that has left more than 7,000 Mexicans dead since January 2008. The […]

Local rep leading fight for states

By Paul Gessings: Guest columnist There is a movement sweeping the nation — bills have been introduced in 23 states including New Mexico — to restore the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. What, you might say is the 10th Amendment and why is it important? Well, that is part of the problem right […]

Rep. Luj

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Editorial: Obama will do well to approach change from center

It is an exciting and historic development for an African American to be elected president of the United States. People still alive can remember when racial segregation was enforced by law in some states. Racial discrimination has not been completely erased and pockets of bigotry remain in this country. For a country that had to […]

Politicians aren’t miracle makers

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Any time I run across some piece of writing that contains the assertions that the world, especially the United States, has been in the grips of market fundamentalism or the doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, I tend to drop everything and pen a firm response. It’s a lie, nothing […]

Rock ‘n’ roll hitmakers showcase hits

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Tommy Vee, left, plays with Chris Montez, right, Friday during the second concert night of the Clovis Music Festival at Marshall Auditorium. Montez performed songs such as “Come on Let’s Go” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls.&#82 By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Visitors from all parts of the United States […]

Board expected to extend mandatory bovine TB testing

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Mandatory bovine tuberculosis testing is expected to be extended to the whole state starting next week, according to the state veterinarian and officials of the New Mexico Livestock Board. New Mexico is expected to be added to a list of states that have been declared “modified accredited advanced” by […]

Rock groups hit Albuquerque

Freedom New Mexico Crue Fest 2008, the first of what is planned to become an annual festival, will be in Albuquerque on July 26 as part of a tour of the United States and Canada this summer. Besides Motley Cruce, the tour features Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx: A.M., and Trapt. “We are so excited not […]

Upping energy regulations still not solution

Freedom New Mexico Is the United States reliving the Nixon and Carter eras? Interest rates certainly are well

Interrogators used Chinese techniques

Freedom New Mexico For some years the story gradually emerging from investigations into the history of how the United States after 9/11 came to embrace what apologists call “enhanced interrogation techniques” and realists call torture has resembled what people in manufacturing call reverse engineering. The United States had signed international conventions and passed domestic laws […]

Problems few in primary voting but tallying delays feared

The Associated Press Save for bad weather and scattered precincts that ran out of ballots, voting appeared to run smoothly Tuesday in four state primaries that drew record voter turnout. Heavy rain, sleet and ice forced at least 10 counties in Ohio to request permission to move, and a few polling spots were running on […]

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 […]

Texans have rare opportunity of influence

Freedom Newspapers Texas could be a political kingmaker this campaign season. Such a position wasn’t expected until the first Super Tuesday on Feb. 5. Virtually every election year, states leapfrog each other’s political primary and caucus dates in hopes of exerting more influence on the presidential races. This year the movement was more extreme than […]

Clinton rhetoric missing the mark

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist It was only a few months ago pundits left and right were calling the Hillary Clinton campaign a runaway train. With Clinton and Barack Obama in a close race for the Democratic nomination, it looks as if those predictions may be wrong. Likewise, you can take a grain of salt […]