Officials make calls for open government

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Robin Fornoff An otherwise routine Curry County Commission meeting got startled by calls for more open government Tuesday from two top elected officials. It started with Commissioner Dan Stoddard, who accused County Manager Lance Pyle of trying to hide $7,200 in a cash payout for unused vacation time. Later while announcing her retirement effective April […]

Clovis voice clear in mayor race: Less government preferred

David Lansford’s overwhelmingly victory in the Clovis mayor’s race sends a clear message that a majority of Clovis voters believe quality of life — and its different meaning for every person — is not government’s responsibility. Forget all the emotion voiced on Facebook posts and comments left on websites about Barack Obama and socialism and […]

State lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Clovis Media Inc. Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers last week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Religious groups reduce need for government

President Barack Obama’s attack on religious liberty resulted in a reversal and a statement that one typically hears only from free market economic realists. Obama explained that religious charity may do more than government programs to benefit society: “My first job in Chicago was working with Catholic parishes in poor neighborhoods, and my salary was […]

Obama plan would prolong housing pain

Freedom New Mexico It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government’s — the taxpayers’ — expense. But the president’s audacity is a bit much to take, even for an election year. Obama wants to […]

Pension reform needs discussion

Recently there was good news on the government efficiency front in this country. The glimmer of hope comes from Rhode Island, the smallest state in the nation and a state controlled by relatively liberal Democrats at the legislative level and a moderate governor who labels himself “Independent.” Politically, we’re not talking about Texas here. Nor […]

We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the […]

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 […]

Impeachment process should be used more

E ssential to liberty is the separation of powers among the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. As America’s founders established it, too much power exercised by one branch is supposed to be checked by the other two branches. That balance of powers has been brought up in the Republican […]

Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Full privatization of GM cannot come soon enough

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. government shouldn’t be playing the stock market with Americans’ tax money. But that’s what it did in 2009 when it bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, which, combined, received $85 billion from the Bush and Obama administrations. Both companies were restructured under President Barack Obama. The U.S. Treasury issues monthly reports […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

Lawyer: Couple accused of fraud saved government money

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

Letters of the editor: Foreign aid should be first to go

It is interesting to read about the government’s solution to cutting the deficit — freeze government salaries, charge for Tricare, figure out ways to negatively impact the military, and even cut Saturday mail deliveries. I’ve never seen any proposals to cut foreign aid. We are sending $1.3 billion a year to Pakistan, the protectors of […]

Obama plan over-taxes wealthy

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama wants to correct government overspending by over-taxing. He is proposing a combination of cuts and tax increases, the latter accomplished by setting his sights on those earning $250,000 and up. We’ve heard Obama’s class warfare rhetoric before. That may be why the president deemed it necessary to deny the […]

Little learned in last 10 years

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Last weekend America observed the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Apparently few Americans have learned anything in the past 10 years. At least, that is the lesson I take away from what I saw of the commemorations. If the terrorists hate us for our freedom, they […]

Government can’t create jobs with spending

Hope that President Barack Obama had come up with a brilliant means of creating jobs — something big enough to warrant a joint session of Congress — was dashed after Thursday’s salesman-like pitch for another round of massive stimulus spending. Obama cannot create jobs and is likely to cause more debt. Mitt Romney and Rick […]

Government can’t demand health care

Freedom New Mexico Escaping the catastrophic consequences of the new federal health care law may be a step closer since the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week declared the linchpin of Obamacare unconstitutional. The government, said the 2-1 decision, cannot force people to buy health insurance. For those who understand government’s proper role […]

Letter to the editor: Government can’t fund everything

Government can’t fund everything It was a blessing to read a great article in the Aug. 7 paper written by Sharna Johnson: “Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible.”We citizens dislike government’s excessive spending of our tax money collected for frivolous projects that private contractors can provide more effectively. Government cannot fund all of our family needs. […]