Regulations, taxes block progress

Fraser Institute released its Economic Freedom of North America 2012 report, and New Mexico came in 50th among the American states. That's bad news, but it's also an incredible and exciting opportunity, because it would be so simple to flip that ranking upside down. Economic freedom is natural; it requires a lot of effort to […]

Same-sex spouses still lack benefits

With repeal last year of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, many military people, including senior leaders, assumed that married gay and lesbian couples had gained not only job security but also equality in allowances, benefits and access to family support programs. That assumption is wrong. Since the law took effect 14 months ago, the […]

Idle time for the shredder

I took a few days off last week, and to quote "Office Space" protagonist Peter Gibbons, "I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything I thought it could be." OK, so it was a little bit more, as I discovered that giving me idle time is a terrible idea. With no major renovation project to […]

Tax burden affects location choices

In a recently released report by the Rio Grande Foundation, the 10 most populated cities of New Mexico were ranked according to their relative tax burdens. The study focused primarily on the property tax and gross receipts tax rates for Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Roswell and Santa Fe. The […]

Pharmacy fees likely will be hiked

The House and Senate will decide in the next few weeks how military pharmacy fees will be raised in 2013, a step that arguably will be the most significant taken to date to slow growth in military health care budgets. Out-of-pocket costs for military families and retirees who have prescriptions filled in the TRICARE network […]

Time for Kevin’s Holiday Hints

The week has come upon me, and with no election, new TV shows or new sports seasons to be overly concerned about, I've come to a basic realization that I have nothing to write about. I know my loyal tens of readers are saying, "And when has that ever stopped you before?" Point taken. And […]

Their view: Time to put campaigns in past

New Mexico State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, says it's time to end political bickering. Here's a snippet from a recent column he submitted to newspapers around the state: The 2012 election was one of the most divisive, partisan and personal New Mexico has faced. It will be hard and it will take time to […]

Election losers full of sour grapes

Taking a cue from fellow columnist and Texas Rangers fan Kevin Wilson, today I'm scattershooting about Facebook. For peace and safety, friends Avis Jones, Ron Barker, Robert Patrick and I declared a unilateral, pre-election ceasefire on political posts. We did reserve the right to comment on others' posts. One poster cited a study that the […]

General scandal wilder than fiction

Dear Book Publisher: Lucky day for you! I am giving you first crack at a work in progress, a story of total fiction involving national security, major military campaigns, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. OK, I know you book publishing guys. You are going to want a sex angle. Tough […]

Libertarian values bring peace

Being libertarian isn't all fun and games. We are not necessarily the "party crowd" we are sometimes made out to be. While some libertarians are undoubtedly that way, as are many non-libertarians, it certainly isn't a given. Libertarianism is not about taking liberties, but about respecting the liberty of others to do as they wish […]