Public safety should be cause for concern

The Albuquerque Journal A federal nuclear safety board — not rabid antinuclear protesters or perennial not-in-my-backyard nuclear critics — contends the reactor at Sandia National Labs might pose safety issues. And the best Sandia can do is offer up two paragraphs of vague assurances that amount to “pay no attention to the man behind the […]

Tornado reports cause for concern

Tornadoes and reports of them make us nervous. That’s because residents in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle have either experienced the storms’ violence or at least seen the debris remnants that immediately show us their horrific power. AccuWeather.com is warning Americans that today could be ripe for large tornado outbreaks across multiple states […]

Honors — Dec. 4

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Ice The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the […]

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Earth Hour has minimal benefit for our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Letter to the editor: City workers quick to clean up

City workers quick to clean up I recently had a concern and called the city to ask for help with something I noticed around Mitchell, Sixth and Main streets. Recently with all the rains we’ve had, the weeds have had a chance to grow at a faster pace and they did just that. Just to […]

Wind advisory in effect

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning and wind advisory is in effect from noon to 9 p.m. Of particular concern with low humidity and winds of 20 mph or higher are higher fire dangers and difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, particularly Highway 209 between Clovis and Tucumcari. Motorists are advised to exercise caution […]

Investment protection not government’s concern

Freedom New Mexico Victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme at least have the satisfaction of knowing the man who ruined their lives will die in prison. In June, he received a 150-year sentence at the age of 71. You may remember U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sent a strong message to investment consultants […]

Rep. Paul’s call for federal audit on right track

Freedom New Mexico Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has used his newfound prominence (coupled with deep concern over the ongoing financial crisis) to push for a measure that has long been close to his heart. Paul, whose spirited campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year elicited a great deal of enthusiasm and intensity but […]

Milk prices concern dairy farmers

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File photo Dairymen are getting $10 or a little less per 100-pounds of milk. Producing it costs $15 to $18, according to New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to […]

Editorial: “Green job” push cause for concern

Rather than stimulating the economy, government efforts to create “green jobs” probably have the opposite effect, judging from experiences where the tactic is employed, and numerous studies: Massive taxpayer subsidies are required, higher energy prices result, and existing jobs are lost, according to a new study by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Fiscal crisis Mullen’s top concern

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Though he’s a warrior, not an economist, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, ranks the financial crisis as a higher priority and greater risk to security than current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The scope of it is, to me, mind-boggling,” said Mullen in an interview with Military […]

Trade issues should concern U.S. consumers

Freedom New Mexico With national election campaigns shifting into high gear, one subject voters aren’t hearing much about is trade. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the domestic economy on the front burners, international trade is shunted aside, to be trotted out when a candidate needs to score points by pointing out how […]

Unchecked power should be concern to all

Freedom New Mexico The release Tuesday of an 81-page memorandum written in March 2003 on the use of rough interrogation techniques by the military offers a disturbing insight into the mindset of all too many Bush administration operatives during the early years of the vague and misnamed “war on terror.”

11/3 Education Digest

Company says private loans growing fast Private student loans are the fastest-growing form of higher education student aid, according to a press release from the Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation which aims to expand access to education beyond high school. The press release cites a College Board annual survey which reports 22 […]

Proposed dairy site questioned

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Members of a Parmer County church have raised concern over an application for a dairy permit in the Lariat area. The proposed dairy will be built on the south side of U.S. 70-84 on Parmer County Road DD. Concerns raised during a June 20 public hearing in Farwell included […]

Americans yield to fear mongering

Tibor Machan In his provocative if sadly narrow-minded book, “What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America,” Thomas Frank reveals just how even people with good insights can turn a blind eye to the broader implications of what they partly understand. The book is about why middle America is so ready […]