Senate OKs $286 billion farm bill

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Farm bill lacking reform promised

By Freedom New Mexico Democrats took control of Congress vowing to take a fresh look at wasteful programs and spending priorities. The expiration of the federal farm program — it has to be renewed every five years — was a golden opportunity to put some substance behind those promises. Crop prices are high, and farmers […]

Subsidies don’t do energy market any service

By Freedom Newspapers The slogan for public consumption is “energy independence,” with a modest but not especially sincere bow to concern about climate change. But as congressional leaders prepare energy bills they hope to pass by mid-July, the coal industry is quietly lobbying for billions — yes, literally billions — of dollars in subsidies, price […]

Businesses battle for Clovis air space

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Pacific Wings, based out of Hawaii, is competing to serve the Clovis Municipal Airport with Great Lakes Aviation, which is currently providing service for the airport. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two companies have entered bids to provide federally subsidized air service in Clovis. Wyoming-based Great Lakes Aviation wants to extend its […]

Government farm programs hinder free trade

Freedom Newspapers One of mankind’s earliest inventions was agriculture. Growing their food rather than chasing it around or wandering in search of it enabled people to stay in one place. This stability allowed the development of other trappings of civilization: towns, trade, regional culture and government. But agriculture provided the foundation upon which all else […]

Conservative radical offers platform for office

By Thomas Sowell From time to time some kind readers suggest I run for public office, even for president. No need for those on the left to panic. It is not going to happen. Such suggestions, however, cause me to imagine what my platform would be if I were in politics. Since politicians like to […]

New energy bill needs to lose pounds of pork

Freedom Newspapers In what could be the last chance for Congress to pass an energy bill before election-year politics paralyze the nation’s capital, Senate Republicans have been hacking away at some of the tax breaks, subsidies and other government giveaways that led to accusations the measure had much more to do with pork barrel than […]

Editorial: Ending trade subsidies would be good policy

The collapse of the World Trade Organization’s round of trade talks in Cancun last weekend is hardly the end of hopes for a world with fewer barriers to trade. But it demonstrates that the path to freer trade, as always, is hardly without detours. It should serve as a wake-up call to developed countries like […]

World Trade Organization talks break down

Niko Price CANCUN, Mexico — Talks designed to change the face of farming around the world collapsed Sunday amid differences between rich and poor nations, the second failure for the World Trade Organization in four years. ‘‘It’s over,’’ said George Odour Ong’wen, a Kenyan delegate. ‘‘The differences were very wide, and it was impossible to […]