Public quickly responds during times of crises

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of the deadly storms that killed more than 300 people and wreaked destruction through a large swath of the South last week, a horrified nation assessed the devastation — and already had began to respond in person with aid and comfort. Natural disasters cannot be prevented, as President Barack [...]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano [...]

Local leaders making plans for bond money

Argen Duncan In the wake of Tuesday’s bond elections, local leaders are making plans to spend the money earmarked for their entities or do without. Voters passed Bonds A, B and C, which provide money to senior centers, libraries and public school, respectively. Bond D, which would have provided money for universities and colleges, failed. [...]

UT shooting should serve as wake up call

Freedom New Mexico Call it signs of the times. After news spread that a man armed with an automatic weapon had opened fire at the University of Texas at Austin campus, two other universities — Texas Tech in Lubbock and the UT Medical Branch in Galveston — canceled tests of emergency procedures designed to deal [...]

Clerks estimating low voter turnout in primary

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico In the wake of Tuesday’s primary elections, county clerks are estimating voter turnout was low, and local political activists are looking forward to the November general election. In Roosevelt County, County Clerk Janet Collins said 26 percent of eligible voters came to the polls. In the county’s individual parties, [...]

Credit reform penalizing responsible

Freedom New Mexico We noted in August the unintended consequences in the wake of Washington’s reform legislation to protect consumers from credit card interest rate hikes and penalties. Congress had restricted changes in credit card terms, citing complaints about high rates and penalty fees. Even before the first wave of new regulations went into effect, [...]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was [...]

Major lessons to be learned in lending crisis

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of the initial failure of the proposed $700 billion bailout of the

Officials: Jail changes ongoing

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials said Monday they are working on detention center changes in the wake of a prison escape, but they aren’t ready to reveal what that work entails. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle released a prepared statement Monday that said neither he nor the Curry County Commission are [...]

Fun requires little mileage

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist It was not so long ago that we could wake up on a Saturday morning and say to each other, “Wow, what a great day. Let’s check the Inet and see what’s going on in Albuquerque.” Those days are gone — perhaps for good, certainly for this summer. Last weekend, [...]