Consumers lose in blocked cell phone merger

Freedom New Mexico On antitrust, the U.S. government seems stuck in the Model T era. It just doesn’t understand that, in this age of Apple, Google, Facebook and thousands of lightning-fast digital companies, it’s practically impossible to build a monopoly. That’s why the Justice Department was so wrong in thwarting AT&T’s attempted $39 billion purchase […]

Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust […]

Breeding program making peanuts healthier for consumers

By Naveen Puppula: AgSense The New Mexico peanut breeding program has initiated an effort to breed for high-oleic acid Valencia peanuts, a trait that is gaining importance in the present U.S. domestic market to keep consumers “healthy.” There are two major advantages of including this trait in the breeding program. It reduces the level of […]

Opponents: Project would give Tres Amigas monopoly on power market

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Courtesy illustration Tres Amigas filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December, seeking approval to charge negotiated transmission rates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Opponents are lining up against a proposed electric superstation in Curry County, arguing the project would give Tres Amigas a monopoly on the power market. Tres Amigas filed with […]

Tariff decision will harm consumers

Freedom New Mexico Labor, the industry and their supporters call the U.S. International Trade Commission’s decision to impose tariffs on Chinese steel pipes a good thing. Indeed, making goods more costly is a good thing — if you’re in competition with the producers of those goods. Thus the support for tariffs on Chinese products from […]

Consumers keep health care thriving

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Consumers keeping drug costs in check

Freedom New Mexico It’s becoming rare to sit through an entire television program without seeing at least one commercial advertisement that’s trying to convince you to get a prescription for some new medicine. The Associated Press reports that drug companies last year spent more than $4 billion on such advertising. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Consumers seek fuel efficiency through CARS program

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tim Baldwin of Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari said the Ford Focus was one of the more popular vehicles from customers who took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Cash for Clunkers program, which has been successful nationwide in spurring new-car […]

Some illnesses can be ignored

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I recently learned that many others suspect, like I do, that pharmaceutical companies have people who spend their time studying the human body in search of aberrations. When they find those anomalies, we suspect, they invent medical-sounding names for them. After that, they figure out some drug that supposedly can […]

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 […]

Empty promise?

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Energy drinks have become a $3 billion per year industry, according to Pediatric News. By Jenna Dewitt: Freedom New Mexico With catchy names such as Rock Star, Monster, Venom and Amp, energy drinks are trendy and widely used by teens and young adults. Researchers say U.S. consumers spent $744 million […]

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

Consumer confidence plunges and home prices hit record low

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Consumer confidence plunged in February as Americans worried about less-favorable business conditions and job prospects, a business-backed research group said Tuesday. The Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 75 this month from a revised 87.3 in January. The reading was the lowest since the index registered […]

Airwave auction might actually benefit consumers

By Freedom New Mexico An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has […]

Lawmakers push bulb changes on consumers

By Freedom Newspapers One of the original icons of the modern world could soon be replaced. If environmentalists and climate-change doomsayers have their way, the ubiquitous incandescent light bulb might soon be found only in museums, instead of nearly every building in the United States. That would be a great loss. The soft, warm glow […]

Milk laws leave no room for innovation

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more shameful actions Congress took last year was crushing an innovative dairyman who found a way around federal dairy regulations that artificially raise the price of milk. It was a bipartisan conspiracy, embodied in an amendment never subjected to committee hearings. Hein Hettinga is a Dutch-born dairyman who started […]

Intervening in free market won’t help prices

By Freedom Newspapers Former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev once noted, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” He wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was referring to the bad habit politicians have of spending taxpayers’ money on programs that have little or no real […]

Trade restrictions cost Americans money

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are only a handful of products that Americans import that cannot be produced at home and therefore create jobs for Americans. Let’s look at a few of them. We import cocoa from Ghana and coffee from African and Latin American countries. We import saffron from Spain and India and […]

Testing decision should be government-free

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meat packer announced plans […]

Wal-Mart likely to lower banking cost for consumers

Freedom Newspapers Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention […]