Encouraging to see states stand up to government

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

Their view: Corruption needs to be stopped

Matt Chandler, Republican candidate for New Mexico attorney general, is concerned about corruption in government. Here’s a snippet from a recent guest column Chandler wrote for nmpolitics.net:

Firearm disposal waste of money

Why would government destroy firearms when it could have circulated them into the hands of law-abiding citizens? That’s the question asked by Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Week, in a recent opinion column. Here’s a snippet from their report:

Government threat to scholarship

The president of the AAUP — American Association of University Professors — issued a lengthy declaration warning the membership against getting involved with BP, the giant oil company whose operations have gone awry in the Gulf of Mexico and whose management is suspected of numerous failures and malpractices that have lead to the disaster in […]

Their view: Government set up like ponzi scheme

Howard Rich wrote this piece for Americans for Limited Government (www.getliberty.org):

Torts better than regulations

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

Their view: National PTA joining fight against childhood obesity

The National Parent Teacher Association issued a press release Thursday supporting federal government efforts “to improve child nutrition.” U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced the Nutrition for America’s Children Act. Here’s the PTA release:

Bill revoking U.S. citizenship dangerous

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

Faith in government unfounded

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of their proposed remedies of our economic wows. This question is, “Why would […]

Less government intrusion good start

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Curbing government spending starts at ballot box

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Their view: NM-FOG keeping up fight against secrecy

Twenty years ago this month, Bob Johnson hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. It’s still around, fighting for individuals’ rights to know what government is doing. Sarah Welsh is the non-profit group’s executive director these days. Here’s a snippet she wrote last week on the NM-FOG Web site at […]

Opinions mixed on new student loan law

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new law was signed Tuesday gives students a break with more money for Pell grants and only having to deal with one lender when it comes to student loans. President Barack Obama signed the new law this week. The law, tacked on to the health care bill, eliminates […]

Their view: Reform allows too much government control

Penny Bailey is president of the High Plains Patriots, a political organization whose Web site trumpets limited government and individual rights. Here’s what she has to say in response to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Jr., D-N.M., and others who support the health care bill: “I fought and will continue to fight against this bill […]

News media defenders of open government

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Portales News-Tribune and the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and to take grievances to government officials. It’s the No. 1 item in our Bill of […]

Public has right to information

By Gabriela Schneider: Guest columnist Every day, the federal government releases vast amounts of useful information about every aspect of our nation and how government works. This public information has a deep impact on almost every aspect of American life. Some of it can be used to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, […]

Big government out for itself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. There are more or less crude versions of it but the gist of the theory is that for reasons of state — to secure the chance of the ruler […]

Government habits hard to break

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers a good example […]

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]

Wal-Mart donates truck to fire department

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Wal-Mart donated a truck to the Portales Fire Department Friday for hauling a water tanker. The truck is a 2004 Peterbuilt semi and valued at $30,000 by Wal-Mart. Public Affairs and Government Relations Senior Manager Delia Garcia said Interim Fire Chief Gary Nuckols contacted the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in […]