Gas price drop brings relief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The drop in fuel prices over the last month haven’t just been good for consumers, it’s good for gas companies too. When fuel prices are high, gas companies have to pay more just like regular consumers. April Rutter, office manager for C&S Fuel in Portales, said it’s a relief […]

Lowered gas prices keep mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

Scrap metal prices falling

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Clovis Recycling Manager Jesus Chavarria fills a crushing machine with aluminum cans. He said the recycling operation is producing less as residents are waiting for scrap metal prices to rise. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Following the financial slowdown, scrap metal prices have fallen and local recyclers are feeling the pressure. Maria Chavarria, who […]

Managing fuel prices not feds’ job

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist In genuinely free markets, prices reflect the overall intersection between supply and demand. No prices are too high or too low. Such notions express personal expectations and nothing objectively true. An exorbitant price is one someone finds beyond his budget, a good deal something well within it. In particular, if […]

Raising prices based solely on economics

Freedom New Mexico In these divisive times, there has to be a bad guy when a hurricane blows in. It can’t just be a natural phenomenon that’s bigger than us all. It has to be a Democratic hurricane, or a Republican hurricane, the bogey man’s hurricane, or a hurricane caused by us all. Somebody has […]

Sept. 5, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Local gas prices call for inquest We need a state official to look into gas prices in Clovis. I was in Lubbock on Aug. 25 and bought gas for $3.43 a gallon. I came back to Clovis and it was still $3.79. Why? Clovis people are being gouged by a very few who control the […]

Public favors lifting offshore drilling ban

Freedom New Mexico President Bush has lifted the executive ban on oil drilling on the outer continental shelf. The public increasingly sees the reasonableness of such a policy change. But no new drilling will occur as long as the Democratic congressional leadership remains opposed. Meanwhile, gasoline prices climb. Even the pioneer Get Oil Out! (GOO) […]

Despite U.S. economy, much left to celebrate

Freedom New Mexico There are far worse things than spending Independence Day at home because your household budget is not independent of skyrocketing gasoline prices. AAA’s annual holiday travel survey, released earlier this week, showed a small — slightly more than 1 percent — decrease in the number of people who will travel 50 miles […]

Clovis Udall supporters protest gas prices

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Monday morning, Clovis and Portales members of U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.’s campaign protested rising gas prices outside the Town and Country Food Store at Prince Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard. CNJ staff Monday morning Clovis and Portales members of U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.’s campaign protested what they said […]

Economy crisis used to force lifestyle change

Freedom New Mexico To most Americans, rapidly rising gasoline prices are a serious budget problem, but are something less than a cataclysm. No one knows the future trajectory of gas prices, but Americans do know how to deal with their budgets until gas prices moderate. We will drive less, buy more fuel-efficient cars, work closer […]