Volunteers planning food drive

Polly Kennedy Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

10-2 Religion digest

Poverty walk to start, end at Master’s Centre Community members will walk to raise money to help the hungry at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk will begin and end at Master’s Centre. The walk is sponsored by Church World Services. Donators can choose to designate who their donation goes to. […]

Tony Campolo brings message to Portales

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Courtesy Photo The Rev. Tony Campolo travels across the country speaking about the need for Christians to be more involved in finding solutions to social justice issues. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Stirring people to action when it comes to social justice issues such as poverty, hunger and disease motivates the Rev. Tony Campolo […]

Politics can’t fix plague of problems

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Blacks and Hispanics, especially blacks, are the most politically loyal people in the nation. It’s often preached and taken as gospel that the only way black people can progress is through racial politics and government programs, but how true is that? Let’s look at it. In 1940, poverty among black […]

Child welfare ratings lagging

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press o Study shows N.M. ranks 48th out of 50 when it comes to well-being of children. By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s child death rate has increased 45 percent over a three-year period, but New Mexico Voices for Children says that’s not as bad as […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]

Encourage legislators to encourage savings

By Fred Nathan: Guest columnist The national savings rate is at its lowest point since the Great Depression, according to a report issued recently by the Commerce Department. Last year, Americans’ personal savings actually fell into negative territory (at minus 0.5 percent) for the first time since 1933. With fewer and fewer companies providing pensions, […]

2/5 Letters to the editor

‘Brokeback’ doesn’t apply to all cowboys In reference to Thursday’s CNJ story about “Brokeback Mountain:” One man interviewed for the story seems to think he can make sweeping generalizations about cowboys. He said cowboys have morals that include abstaining from sex before marriage, and honesty. But my best friend’s heart was broken by a cowboy […]

1/31 Letters to the editor

Wage increase will help reduce poverty I am writing in response to State Rep. Anna Crook’s declaration that bringing the minimum wage up to $7.50 will hurt the economy. This kind of thinking only proves that she is not in touch with reality. Increasing the minimum wage will help reduce poverty in New Mexico. New […]

Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

Global war on poverty bad idea

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Only one thing stops poverty. It’s wealth. And there is but one sure-fire way to gain wealth. Work. Yes, some people get it by luck or accident, but such a path is quite undependable. So New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s wish that President Bush launch “a high-profile Global War […]

Promoting dependency won’t help poor

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, President Bush gave America’s poverty pimps and race hustlers new ammunition. The president said, “As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a […]

Money politics replace Republican ideals

Mona Charen It’s not possible, is it? Rep. Tom DeLay did not say the Republican Congress had achieved a “victory” over wasteful spending? What a sense of humor! This, just as Congress is rushing to blanket the Gulf Coast in a thick quilt of taxpayer funds? Who are these Republicans? A little over a month […]

Reparations plan strains common sense

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist The slavery reparations shakedown lobby is gearing up for attacks on American industry. They’ve failed in the courts and Congress, so they’re going after weak-kneed CEOs. At the NAACP’s recent annual convention, Dennis C. Hayes, its interim president, said, “Absolutely, we will be pursuing reparations from companies that have historical […]

Dependency not solution to poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist William Beach has just written a report for the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation titled “The 2005 Index of Dependency.” Between 1962 and today, American dependence on government has more than doubled and shows little sign of abatement. The growth areas of dependency examined in the report are: welfare and medical […]

Racism poor excuse for irresponsibility

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Ministers Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Anthony Williams and others recently met to discuss plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the October 1995 Million Man March. Whilst reading about the plans, I thought of an excellent topic for the event: how not to be poor. […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]

In defense of our leader, President Bush

Caleb Brandon A story in Friday’s Clovis News Journal reported on protesters questioning President Bush. I’d like to answer some of the questions. Jason Call asked why 1,000 Americans and 10,000 Iraqis are dead. Mr. Call, one word will help you understand why those people are dead: War. Sadly, this is what happens in war. […]

Be inspired, not angered, by Cosby

By Walter E. Williams Bill Cosby rattled the cages again recently in his address before Jesse Jackson’s 33rd Annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference in Chicago. Let’s look at some of his remarks. Cosby told the audience that being poor had a different meaning to older generations and said the “housing project was set up for you […]

Poverty an exaggerated concept in U.S.

Walter Williams It might have been Ross Perot who first used the expression that America is turning into a nation of “hamburger flippers,” in reference to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs replaced by low-pay service sector jobs. Here’s my question: If millions of high-paying jobs are leaving the country only to be replaced […]