Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and [...]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think it’s going to take some time to see how all of that unfolds,” said Pat Dee, president and chief executive officer of [...]

Federal judge says heath care overhaul unconstitutional

By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost [...]

County farmer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan [...]

Proposal raises costs for military

Tom Philpott Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, [...]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air [...]

Time for Congress to repeal gay policy

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration has disappointed some advocates of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces by appealing a federal court decision that would have eliminated the rather hypocritical “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that now applies to gays in the military. It seems fairly clear, however, that the administration’s move, which [...]

Government stifles prosperity

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist At this time when most people are clamoring for economic revival, the major debate centers around how it could be achieved. One side, mainly the current administration and its supporters in the academy, believe in some variety of stimulus initiated by the federal government — funneling funds (taken from taxes [...]

Fuel grading system fails auto consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new [...]

Local pharmacy takes steps to prevent thefts, robberies

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Jared Tucker Pharmacy theft and robberies are on the rise across the country, and federal authorities say all communities should take the threat seriously. Victor Baca, owner of Village Pharmacy in Portales, said he’s aware of the rising threat and is taking measures to ensure if he is ever robbed, his staff know what to [...]