Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

Slain woman’s mother endorses DNA bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The mother of a murdered New Mexico State University student urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation requiring DNA samples from everyone who is arrested for a felony. “We can’t bring our Katie back … but through this law we can save so many other lives,” Jayann Sepich of Carlsbad […]

Richardson proposes minimum-wage increase, bed-tax repeal

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday called on lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum hourly wage to $7.50 over three years and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. The proposals were highlights of his state of the state speech at the opening of the Legislature’s 30-day session. Richardson outlined […]

Lawmakers brace for busy 30 days

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson called on the Legislature Tuesday to phase in an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. In a state of the state speech on the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, […]

Term ‘dead-end’ insult to honest work

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Certain jobs are derisively referred to as “burger flipper” or “dead-end” jobs. I’d like someone to define a dead-end job. For example, I started out as a professor of economics at California State University, Los Angeles, and then at Temple University and for the past 25 years at George Mason […]

Davis-Bacon wage act should remain suspended

Freedom Newspapers One of the smartest things President Bush did to reduce recovery costs in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was to suspend Davis-Bacon Act rules in the hardest hit states. But Congress is frantically trying to overrule the president, which would add billions of dollars to the already staggering recovery costs. Davis-Bacon, […]

Neighbors spearheading gas protest

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Katherine Null, left, and Irene Tucker, are trying to organize a gas boycott in Clovis on Saturday to fight back against the oil industry. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A stack of hand-written fliers and the Internet their arsenal, neighbors Irene Tucker and Katherine Null are fighting rising gas prices. […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]

Higher minimum wage could harm rather than help

Freedom Newspapers We hope those who continually agitate for a higher minimum wage don’t try to make too much of a Dec. 20 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The coalition noted that a minimum-wage earner can afford a single bedroom apartment in only four of the nation’s 3,006 counties. At first glance, […]

Raising minimum wage detrimental political battle

Freedom Editorial At least as often as every election cycle the effort to boost the minimum wage reappears on the scene. It’s a tactic particularly popular with Democrats as it makes them seem to care for the little guy and paints opponents as uncaring tools of big business. John Kerry recently set the stage for […]

We must purchase necessities before frills

Kay Arvizu I don’t understand a lot about politics, and I sure don’t know how to run a town. I do, however, know about household budgets and how to run a business. I guess that is why I am so confused. Whether you run a household or a business, and I would think it would […]

Is there an underlying motive for minimum wage?

By Walter Williams Presidential aspirant Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., unwittingly performed a public service in his address to the Teamsters Local 238 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last month. He revealed the true agenda behind so much of the support for minimum wages. He pledged that if he became president he’d press the World Trade Organization […]

Jobs going overseas are not low-paying

By Walter Williams Among George Orwell’s insightful observations, there’s one very worthy of attention: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Let’s look at a few examples of corrupted language, thought and information. Pretend you’re a customs inspection agent. There’s a cargo container awaiting a ship bound for foreign shores. You ask […]

Set minimum wage violates free trade

By Tibor machan Santa Fe is a well known and fashionable New Mexico desert city and largely in the hands of a bunch of meddlesome lefties. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, Santa Fe recently enacted an ordinance that mandates — that is to say, coercively imposes — a minimum wage of $10 plus that every employer […]