Lowering barriers part of trade, not sign of weakness

Freedom Newspapers The expectations for the ministerial meetings of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong last week were fairly low, and by and large those expectations were met. The meeting was not disrupted by the “anti-globalization” protesters who haunt such affairs, and it didn’t end with absolutely nothing to show in terms of an […]

Real price fixing takes place in Congress

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Since allegations of oil company price-gouging has become topical, let’s look at real price manipulation. Suppose a dairy farmer wants to sell a gallon of milk for 25 cents less than his competitors. Would you want him fined or jailed? Federal Milk Marketing Orders would do just that. Americans pay […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Other High Court rulings signal change for better

Freedom Newspapers If you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle to […]

Online library gift to readers the world over

CNJ staff As if the Internet didn’t already have more information than most people can process in a lifetime, Google, the search engine company, is planning to digitize entire books — millions of them — from major university and public libraries. Thus people at their home computers will have access to books previously available only […]

Supreme Court considers ruling on shipping ban

Freedom Newspapers I t’s not always easy to keep track of the many pointless government regulations that have nothing to do with protecting consumers and everything to do with artificially propping up influential industries. Fortunately, thanks to the persistence of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that […]

Put debt on a diet/Finances find a friend

By Michelle Seeber o Getting out from under credit card crunch calls for self-restraint. By Michelle Seeber CNJ STAFF WRITER michelle_seeber@link.freedom.com About four years ago, Danny Keith Duncan owed more than $10,000 in credit card debt. Since then, the 43-year-old Clovis resident has learned the secret to staying debt-free — self-restraint. Facing debt, his income […]