Despite U.S. economy, much left to celebrate

Freedom New Mexico There are far worse things than spending Independence Day at home because your household budget is not independent of skyrocketing gasoline prices. AAA’s annual holiday travel survey, released earlier this week, showed a small — slightly more than 1 percent — decrease in the number of people who will travel 50 miles […]

McCain’s cures for economy contradicting

Freedom New Mexico “Something is seriously wrong when the American people are left to bear the consequences of reckless corporate conduct, while the offenders themselves are packed off with another $40 million or $50 million for the road. If I am elected president, I intend to see that wrongdoing of this kind is called to […]

State encourages food stamps in trying economy

Lack of capital dooms businesses

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Businesses open and close daily. The closures can have a ripple effect on the economy. However, business closures are not all bad. Sometimes it is for the benefit of the owner’s health, retirement or family issues. The following is an anthology of reasons why businesses fail. It also serves as a checklist […]

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 […]

Castro or not, meaningful change for Cuba far off

Freedom New Mexico It is difficult to tell just how significant is the fact that Fidel Castro has formally resigned as Cuba’s president. He “temporarily” ceded his powers to his younger brother, Raul, on July 31, 2006, but he remains a member of parliament and is likely to be elected to the 31-member Council of […]

Three Wildcats 5A first-teamers

Three members of state runnerup Clovis earned first-team honors on the Class 5A all-state football team released today. The team was selected by 5A coaches. Running back Manuel Robles, cornerback Jaden Isler and center Nathan Carver earned first-team honors for the Wildcats, who finished the season 9-4. All three are seniors. Senior defensive end Diondre […]

Ag trumps technology — good for local economy

Here are some area readers’ views on the economy: “Clovis has always been rather insulated from the economic swings that affect the rest of the nation because our local economy is based more on agriculture than technology. But as we grow, so will our business and this will gradually make us more susceptible to those […]

Ag industry solid foundation for local economy

Here are some area readers’ views on the economy: “I am not concerned about the local economy as we don’t rely entirely on the banking industry or the stock market. We tend to forget how much money the farm and ranch industry, which includes the dairies, bring into the local economy, not to mention the […]

Bush asks for perseverance, action on economy and war

By Terence Hunt: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Recession. War. Terrorism. The worry list in President Bush’s final State of the Union address was the same as in his first. “We can all see that growth is slowing,” Bush said in his appearance before Congress Monday night when talking about the economy. The war in […]