Global warming low on voters’ list of concerns

By Freedom New Mexico A recent Washington Post poll puts global warming alarmism into perspective. If, as alarmists claim, manmade greenhouse gases are the primary cause of a disastrous increase in global temperatures, then everyone should want to take whatever drastic measures are necessary to ward off imminent devastation. Apparently, not everyone is so moved. […]

Carbon tax may be best way to halt polluters

Freedom Newspapers Michigan Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, through which any major climate change measures must pass, is calling the bluff of colleagues who demand that something, anything, everything be done to address global warming. And while Dingell’s gambit might backfire, given the atmosphere of alarmism that […]

Next time around, bill should address immigrant quotas

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]

Business digest — May 8

Forum set for findings on Clovis’ economy The University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will present the findings of its assessment of Clovis’ economy at a public forum hosted by Clovis MainStreet, according to a Clovis MainStreet news release. The forum will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 22 in […]

Dow’s big drop doesn’t warrant intervention

By Freedom Newspapers Well, Tuesday was certainly a dramatic day on the stock market, wasn’t it? When the Dow industrials fall 416 points in a single day — even though 3.3 percent is not all that precipitous a decline — people tend to notice and ask questions. Does it signal the end of the Bush […]

Nobel winner expands upon basic economics

By Freedom Newspapers We were holding out, and we still are, for Gordon Tullock. He’s the economist who worked so closely with James Buchanan (who already has his Nobel) in the development of “public choice” economics, which put academic meat on the common-sense observation that government employees are guided by personal and institutional self-interest rather […]

Senator foresees area growth

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

How Hungary handles problems worth watching

Editorial Based on U.S. government priorities one might think nothing much was happening in the world besides the ongoing conflicts with Islamic jihadists and Iran’s possibly related desire to enrich uranium. But other issues turn out to be just as or more important to other parts of the world. Take Hungary. It is tempting to […]

2/12 Letters to the editor

Citizens should take responsibility for trash I am super tired of picking up other people’s trash from my yard. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Clovis nearly 18 months ago was all the trash everywhere — in empty lots, clinging to fences, around vacated buildings. If people would not litter […]

Businesses deride minimum wage

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Mickey Simms, owner of Wash O Mat Coin Operated Laundry in Clovis, joined other local business owners Friday for a press conference regarding the recently proposed minimum wage increase. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin said the price of a taco will increase by 50 […]

CCC taking proactive approach to recruiting students

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Returning student Deleon Cooper, right, registers for classes Thursday at Clovis Community College. Cooper and friend, Michael Davis, background, are both business administration majors. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Enrollment at the Clovis Community College dwindled slightly in the fall, but college officials anticipated the decline and are campaigning to […]

Curtailing profits will only lead to stagnation

Freedom Newspapers Far too much is being made about allegedly “obscene” oil company profits, most often by demagogues trying to whip up the mob with allegations of “price gouging,” industry collusion and “profiteering.” We expect this from politicians and pundits of the anti-capitalist stripe, and from greens reluctant to point the finger at a U.S. […]

Economy in debt to Volcker, Greenspan

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When the history of the Federal Reserve is written, one of its most important chapters will cover the period from 1979 to 2006, when the Fed was under the stewardship of Paul Volcker and then Alan Greenspan. That chapter will have a simple title: The Conquest of Inflation. For those […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Alternative pact better answer for environment

Freedom Newspapers We’re sure it won’t do much to placate Bush administration critics in the Environmental Anxiety Industry, who won’t be satisfied until the United States binds itself to economy-killing emissions caps included in the unratified Kyoto Treaty. But we like the change of approach signaled by the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, […]

Holiday spending surprises retailers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Positive thinking and confidence in the Clovis economy may have contributed to a strong holiday season for local retailers. Local store owners and managers have seen a healthy bump in sales this month, and some are saying the perception of a strong Clovis economy may be part of the […]

Values were not only election issue

by Mona Charen Instant election analysis is like instant breakfast — frothy and lacking in substance. Remember the angry white males of 1994? They never existed, but became, through constant repetition, the “lesson” of the 1994 race. Remember the soccer moms and the “year of the woman?” Most of these categories were meaningless. This time, […]

Mexico has false expectations of economic reform

Freedom Newspapers The tragedy of Mexico is that its bright and energetic people have such a dysfunctional government. Even the administration of President Vicente Fox, whose National Action Party victory in 2000 ended 71 years of sometimes brutal rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, has found it difficult to make changes, especially on the economy. […]

Now Reagan belongs to the ages

I had been working in the White House East Wing for several weeks before I ever saw Ronald Reagan in the flesh. One day, as I walked alone from the East Wing to the West — a path that took me through the Rose Garden and past the Oval Office — I suddenly heard a […]