Financier invested wealth in education

Freedom New Mexico Education reforms come and go, usually with little impact. But one person who made a difference for the better was Ted Forstmann, who died Nov. 20 in New York City at age 71. Forstmann made a fortune through investment firms and other businesses. He also criticized junk bonds as too risky. And […]

Subsidizing businesses a risky path

Freedom New Mexico While the nation’s attention was focused last week on the financial crisis, the $700 billion granted to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and the Dow Jones industrial average, Congress quietly passed a budget measure that included $25 billion in subsidized loans for the auto industry. It may seem like peanuts compared with the […]

Warning: Grumble at your own risk

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grumbling is risky business.   Of course, like any temptation, it feels good at the moment we fall to it. The act of grumbling stokes the fires of our sinful pride. It also stokes the fires of hell — the one hereafter and the one we may be creating […]

Survey shows county youth on par with state in drug use, sex

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Among 40 states that participated in a 2005 teen behavoir survey, New Mexico ranked highest for number of students who used cocaine, injected drugs intravenously, smoked marijuana and attempted suicide that resulted in injury. (MCT illustration) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By the numbers More than 200 Curry County students in grades nine through […]

Modern limits still leave room for great vision

Freedom Newspapers As the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of Disneyland have made clear, we would not be the same without Mickey Mouse, Space Mountain and all the other wonderful creations of Walt Disney. One Orange County Register newspaper feature last week referred to Disney’s “Big Bet,” emphasizing the risky nature of banking his company’s […]