Fear is Chicagoans will like Wal-Mart

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Some newcomers are planning to move to Chicago, and the invasion sounds as though it will be a grim affair. “They’re a negative for the city,” said one fearful alderman. They’re guilty of “treating people wrong,” said an angry minister. They exploit a “slave mentality,” charged another clergyman. You’d think Genghis […]

Trade, outsourcing and truth about jobs

Steve Chapman I read a grim news story about the economy the other day, which noted the strange phenomenon of “a nearly jobless recovery.” Reported the Chicago Tribune, “If this were a normal recovery, the economy would have added 3.5 million jobs since it hit bottom 22 months ago. … Instead, it has missed that […]

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 […]

Cops & Courts 10/26

The Clovis Police Department is looking for volunteers to ride around the city and report suspicious activities. Those participating in “Code Blue,” a volunteer citizens patrol, will meet at the Clovis Police Department on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Members will receive training and patrol in two-person teams on Friday and […]

Working seniors give ‘retirement’ new definition

Freedom Newspapers T he face of retirement in America is changing dramatically, as many seniors put to rest the idea that the “golden years” mean saying goodbye to work and becoming a permanent fixture in a comfortable recliner. AARP recently announced the findings of its 2003 Working in Retirement Survey, which showed that many seniors […]

Let government learn to watch its balance sheet

It’s Labor Day: a holiday that has been set aside to provide a day of rest for the American worker. Today, most of us will relax, perhaps spend some time at Ute Lake or Ned Houk Park or barbecue some steaks. Tuesday morning we’ll return to our work, as past generations did after their Labor […]

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 […]

State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]