Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police […]

Right, wrong differ from legality

One common, and amusing, retort I encounter whenever I point out that not all laws are equally moral or ethical, is “It’s the LAW; you have to obey whether you agree or not.” Usually that is followed by some personal ins-ults and innuendo. It is a pathetic excuse for an argument. The first thing bad […]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Laws curbing freedom have disastrous results

Curtis Shelburne G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” It’s no surprise that it’s easier to spend time talking about Christianity than it is to spend time practicing it. The same thing is true regarding freedom: freedom is easier […]

Honors — May 8

Buxman-Davis Nicole M. Buxman-Davis has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Buxman-Davis is an electrical engineer assigned to the 165th Civil Engineering Squadron at Savannah International Airport, Garden City, Ga. Her in-laws are Roy and Charlene Davis of Mesa Vista Court, […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

More laws only create more chaos

Robert LeFevre was one of the bright stars of the freedom movement before his death, but whose legacy remains. He once said when most people feel threatened that their freedom may be taken away, they try to take away the freedom of those they fear. In other words, in their fear they become the thing […]

Legislators need to rethink laws

Freedom New Mexico The results of a poll conducted on the Portales News-Tribune website concerning the individuals charged with the “crime” of gambling at the Portales Country Club gives me hope. It showed that a substantial percentage of those who took the poll recognize that laws can be wrong. A third of the respondents took […]

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Meeting will focus on off highway vehicles at Ned Houk

CNJ staff An informational forum is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center regarding off highway vehicles. Ronnie Jones, owner of High Desert Honda in Clovis, said, “It’s offered in an instructional format to show what people have to do to be able to be legal to ride.” Jones said numerous laws have […]

There are more than enough laws

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist There oughta be a law! No, probably there shouldn’t. But I know why we say it. 1) Stuff bugs us. You can’t have a complete meal in peace because you or the people around you don’t have enough sense to turn off cell phones for ten minutes. Let’s make a […]

Structure within society needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

Letter to the Editor: Voters must get economy on track

Regarding a recent letter about the free market, government regulation and job creation: There are laws already on the books that regulate banks and markets. Government regulators fail to enforce them. More odious laws and regulations are not the answer to holding regulators accountable for enforcing the current laws. Greed was the major factor with […]

Official: No laws were violated

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Courtesy illustration By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A quorum of Curry County commissioners dining with the executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments on Tuesday did not violate open government laws, Commissioner Dan Stoddard said. Commissioners Stoddard, Caleb Chandler and Wendell Bostwick met at Eddie’s Subs and More on Main Street with Richard […]

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

Bingaman introduces bill to update hardrock mining law

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced legislation aimed at updating mining laws passed well over a century ago. When the Mining Law was passed in 1872, following the California gold rush, Congress was trying to encourage settlement of the American West.

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Tucumcari examining underage drinking laws

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Reformers try again on ethics bills

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Used to be, New Mexico would get ridiculed for its perceived backwater status as a state that still allowed cockfighting. Lately, however, the ridicule is about something else: skimpy ethics laws and political scandals. Several national publications in recent weeks have knocked the state for its weak or, in […]

Laws intended to protect kids only presume guilt

Freedom New Mexico It’s easy to look at the situation in West Texas — where