Transparency progress being made

In recent years, there has been a push for transparency in government throughout New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation and the Foundation for Open Government, along with a large and bi-partisan group of legislators, have generated some major successes. This initiative has been driven in part by new technologies that make information more accessible to […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Airport scanners digital Peeping Toms

This is creepy. When the government started using full-body scanners over the past few years to screen passengers at airports and people visiting federal buildings, it promised the electronic images would not be stored. That’s because the scanners basically see through clothing, revealing a nude image. (Magnetic scanners, in use for decades, do not reveal […]

Encouraging to see states stand up to feds

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

Government always bigger threat

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The president of the AAUP — American Association of University Professors — issued a lengthy declaration warning the membership against getting involved with BP, the giant oil company whose operations have gone awry in the Gulf of Mexico and whose management is suspected of numerous failures and malpractices […]

Google may feel business end of government

Corporate America’s hubris is that it can have government do its bidding today without the risk that it will have to do government’s bidding tomorrow. Internet giant Google, the ubiquitous search engine company, may soon learn the downside of urging government intervention in its industry. Google has been among the main advocates for new federal […]

Judicial complex: Worth $33 million?

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Courtesy graphic An architectural drawing by Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture shows the layout of a judicial complex color coded to show four developmental phases. Sharna Johnson Curry County officials say they need a new judicial complex that would address court security issues, growing county government and a faulty jail. It’s going to cost $33 […]

Air Force officials implement government travel card controlled spend accounts

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office WASHINGTON — In an effort to curtail government travel card abuse and delinquency, Air Force officials are piloting an unprecedented controlled spend account concept through Sept. 3 with an expected service-wide rollout of fall 2010. The most significant CSA concept bases spending […]

Tort system better than regulation

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

Bill gives feds power to revoke your citizenship

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

Faith in goverment unfounded

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of their proposed remedies of our economic wows. This question is, “Why would […]

Still fighting for more transparency

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Twenty years ago this month, Bob Johnson hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and began soliciting members. The free open-government hotline started ringing that day, and it hasn’t stopped since. Bob wasn’t starting from square one. NM-FOG had been officially incorporated the summer before, […]

Less intrusion by government starting point

Freedom New Mexico Stung by the Supreme Court’s recent ruling vindicating corporations’ free speech rights in political campaigns, the White House and congressional Democrats reportedly are preparing a response, although precise details of the legislation being considered are yet to be revealed. In the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, the high court ruled […]

Curbing government spending starts at ballot box

Freedom Newspapers April 15 — traditionally the most dreaded day of the year since it’s the deadline for filing income tax returns or extension requests — has past. The pain we all feel from heavy taxation remains. This caused the populist Tea Party movement to arise last year. Hundreds of thousands of people rose up […]

Opinions mixed on new student loan law

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Nicole Johnson of Clovis, a student at Clovis Community College, plans on going into the nursing program and will be using student aid and financial assistance to help her through school. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A new law was signed Tuesday gives students a break with more money […]

Letter to the editor: Obamacare exerts too much control

Obamacare exerts too much control I must respond to the Portales woman who thanked U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Jr., D-N.M., for voting for Obamacare. I fought and will continue to fight against this bill and any move to take America from the Land of Opportunity to the Land of the Dependent. First, if a […]

Polls will tell whether voters accept reform

Freedom New Mexico Liberty died a little on Sunday. The government gained a little more control over our most personal decisions, about our health, about our very lives, on the promise that some taxpayers will subsidize health insurance — which every American will be required to buy, an unprecedented mandate — for other Americans. What […]

Government will only slow Internet growth

Freedom Newspapers Who could have imagined how life would be changed by the Internet? There weren’t many testing the waters 25 years ago when, on March 15, the first dotcom Internet domain name — symbolic.com — was registered by a Cambridge, Mass., computer manufacturer. The flood gates didn’t exactly fly open. Only five more domains […]

Media heroes defend open government

Freedom New Mexico The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and to take grievances to government officials. It’s the No. 1 item in our Bill of Rights, and in priority, in the minds of many Americans. And yet, Texas’ State Board of Education on Thursday voted […]

Public information should be online

Every day, the federal government releases vast amounts of useful information about every aspect of our nation and how government works. This public information has a deep impact on almost every aspect of American life. Some of it can be used to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, or have a profound effect […]