Wage setting not part of Congress’ responsibilities

By Freedom Newspapers Why can’t Washington keep it simple? It seems every time Congress passes a law that meddles in areas where government shouldn’t be, lawmakers add some kind of so-called incentives to make its intrusions more palatable to voters. Take the federal minimum wage hike being debated by Congress. The proposal passed the House […]

State minimum wage bill flies through Senate

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Moving with a speed that surprised some legislators, the state Senate approved a minimum wage bill 35-7 late Friday, sending it to the House before a House version had a chance to get on track. Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said she’s fundamentally opposed to a state minimum wage and believes […]

More money, more problems for upcoming session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press State government has plenty of it and lots of people are lining up to help spend it during the Legislature’s 60-day session. The Legislature convenes next week and lawmakers will have a record amount of revenue available to pay for programs and offset tax cuts in the coming fiscal […]

City Commission OKs service rate hikes

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor As expected, the Clovis City Commission voted Thursday to raise fees for library, inspections, animal control, wastewater and garbage services. Commissioners accepted the hikes recommended by the Revenue Review Committee, except for wastewater fees —they voted to raise them 21.45 percent instead of the recommended 26 percent. Effective April […]

Discrimination costs encourage racism

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist My previous columns have attempted to reduce confusion by suggesting operational definitions of discrimination and prejudice. Discrimination was defined as the act of choice, and prejudice was the act of decision-making on the basis of incomplete information. Good analytical thinking requires that we don’t confuse one phenomenon with another. The […]

Minimum wage doesn’t cut it anymore

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist It had to be a great Labor Day celebration for Carly Fiorina. Closer to home, Louis Caldera and Manny Aragon had a little more sizzle in their barbecue than most. They are just three examples, members of the American Labor Force who were smart enough to figure out something about […]

Minimum wage leads to maximum debate

By Walter Willliams: syndicated columnist There are decent people, without a selfish hidden agenda, who support increases in minimum wages as a means to help low-skilled workers, and there are other decent people, with the identical goal, who strongly oppose increases in the minimum wage. So the question is: How can people who share the […]

Letters to the Editors 8-6

New water rates to inflict financial burden I am writing in response to last Sunday’s guest column by New Mexico American Water Co. Vice President Kathy Wright (“New water rates to provide for long-term”): According to my last water bill, I have one of those households that uses more than 15,000 gallons of water in […]

Minimum wage hike bad idea

Freedom Newspapers We applaud the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for opposing state-lawmaker efforts to hike the minimum wage. By a vote of 8-5, with four abstentions, the board last week sent a strong message that government should not be in the business of telling private business owners what to pay their […]

Chamber votes against minimum wage increase

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position to oppose increase in the minimum wage, according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos. The decision was reached during the Chamber’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday. The current federal minimum hourly wage is $5.15. State legislators earlier […]