Remembering Sept. 11

What do you remember about the day our homeland was attacked: Sept. 11, 2001? I remember it was just another morning of walking my dogs then returning home to find reports on television of a plane flying into the World Trade Center. Then as I watched a second plane hit. Then I knew these weren’t […]

World Trade Center steel part of Cannon 9/11 memorial

Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found a home with the 27th Special Operations Wing’s Fire and Emergency Services at Cannon Air Force Base. The steel, granted to Cannon by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, is the only one of its kind in the state […]

Fireworks choreographer shares tricks of trade

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File photo Flight of Red Comets – To Red, White, Blue Peony Liliana Castillo Gary Caimano with Western Fireworks has choreographed the Smoke on the Water show in Clovis for more than a decade. Caimano said because Smoke on the Water show is choreographed to music, he feels he works with a cast of characters […]

Thursday morning briefing: Remembering the Alamo, and trade talk

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Thursday morning briefing: New kid’s in town and the worst baseball trade

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Final fine arts Today marks the last day of a student bachelor of fine arts exhibition

Xcel plant honored by coal trade group

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Every tour attendant donned hard hats and protective eyewear around the plant. The plant’s coal is next to its water retention ponds. Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station opened its doors to nearly 100 people for tours Tuesday after it was named the Plant of the Year by a national […]

Ensuring fairness is complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Free trade would lessen effects of global crises

Freedom New Mexico The Iceland volcano hasn’t merely disrupted travel across much of Europe, it also is blowing ash over the global economy in the midst of a recession already the worst since the Great Depression. “The tentacles of the crisis have already stretched into the global supply chain,” the Washington Post reported Monday. Among […]

Press Release: Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station recognized by coal trade group

AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental stewardship. Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award. PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes […]

Health reform could boost drug trade rings

Freedom New Mexico If the new health care law leads to long waits and deteriorating medical care, as many people expect, more Americans might be tempted to head across the border to Mexico for relief from minor or chronic illnesses. So Thursday’s announcement that the Mexican government plans to clamp down on non-prescription antibiotic sales […]

U.S. embargo on Cuba no longer relevant

Freedom New Mexico New efforts are being made in Congress to open trade with Cuba. We encourage our members of Congress to support those efforts. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., last week filed House Resolution 4645. Named the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, it would help […]

China’s limits on Web will affect trade

Freedom New Mexico The Internet search-engine company Google made quite a splash last week with its decision to stop cooperating with the Chinese government’s campaign of Internet censorship and its suggestion that it might end its operations in China. While some have questioned whether Google’s motivations are entirely noble, the move is welcome, not least […]

No winners in foreign trade wars

Freedom New Mexico Remember back in September, when the United States — about the same time President Barack Obama was lecturing the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh about not resorting to protectionism — slapped a hefty 35 percent tariff on certain low-cost automobile tires made in China? It may not have seemed like a big deal, […]

Tariff decision will harm consumers

Freedom New Mexico Labor, the industry and their supporters call the U.S. International Trade Commission’s decision to impose tariffs on Chinese steel pipes a good thing. Indeed, making goods more costly is a good thing — if you’re in competition with the producers of those goods. Thus the support for tariffs on Chinese products from […]

Labor put forth by jobholders enriches lives

Freedom New Mexico Labor Day for most Americans has evolved into just another excuse to have a three-day weekend, perhaps with a nod to the unofficial end of summer and a celebration of the first week of college football. Perhaps this is appropriate considering that of the federally mandated holidays this is the one that […]

Fed decision to allow trade long overdue

Freedom New Mexico The federal government has prompted yet another delay in the implementation of a NAFTA provision that allows Mexican truckers to bring cargo from that country to U.S. markets. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, that provision should have gone into effect on Jan. 1, 1995 — more than 14 years ago. […]

Bill could raise utility costs

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local electricity providers expect customer costs to go up if a proposed federal cap-and-trade climate legislation passes the U.S. Senate without changes. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which has a number of provisions to limit carbon emissions […]

Cap and trade bill polluted by politics

Freedom New Mexico The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a massive “cap and trade” bill today purportedly designed to address global warming — though they call it “climate change” now since the globe hasn’t warmed in the last few years — that will probably not be finished until minutes before voting begins. […]

Bingaman and Udall: New Mexico to receive $3.16 million in trade adjustment assistance

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded news that New Mexico will receive millions of dollars in federal assistance to provide career training, and employment and case management services to workers who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing or international trade.

Letters to the editor: Energy bill disaster for taxpayers

While the mainstream press is focusing our attention on waterboarding and enhanced interrogation, be aware that cap and trade legislation may come up for a vote shortly.