With poverty rising, don’t use wrong solutions

Freedom New Mexico Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains […]

Their view: No excuse for poor educational outputs

Paul Gessing is the president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s waht he has to say about the state’s education system.

Discouraging poor voters shortsighted

We bailed out a bunch of “too big to fail” investment banks, then found a way to blame it on poor people who couldn’t afford a house. We cheered when Florida decided to drug-test welfare applicants, then stopped paying attention when the testing costs outpaced any savings. And now we’re trying to discourage poor people […]

Hunger’s emotional effects on children

Shontaya Moses

Alfred Lubrano Children in poverty are more emotionally affected by a lack of food than was previously understood, new research shows. With food prices up nearly 5 percent over last year and the poor disproportionately hurt, children are noticing their parents skipping more meals to let their youngsters eat. That’s causing kids to speak up. […]

Effects of U.S. credit downgrade will be felt over next few years

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Kevin Wilson The recent credit downgrade by Standard and Poor’s won’t have an immediate resonation to Americans beyond rhetoric, but the effects will be felt over the next few years, local bankers and economists said. For the first time in the country’s history, the country’s credit rating was downgraded by a credit agency from “AAA+” […]

Proposal discriminatory to poor

Kevin Wilson The eighth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is still a month away, but I think it’s appropriate to trot out at least one Larry David quote for what’s on my mind today. Quote David, “A good compromise is when both parties are dissatisfied, and I think that’s what we have here.” This is […]

In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

In Search of Ponies: Raven not much for conversation

Sharna Johnson Poor Poe verbally shook and twisted his 1800’s version of a Magic 8-Ball, only getting one word in return, regardless of the question. Not this raven. With Joe, it’s anyone’s guess what will spring from his unpredictable beak. You see, there’s a battle of the words being waged and Joe’s in the middle, […]

In search of ponies: Primal instincts should not shock us

Sharna Johnson Poor JoJo. It wasn’t his fault. “I feel bad about it, but I can’t help that I’m just upset with him,” my mother told me. My mother and step-father had chased and hunted the bird, until finally, thinking they had flushed it out of the house, settled in to relax — until JoJo […]

Federal Web watch poor proposition

Freedom New Mexico The phrase “net neutrality” has an ingratiating appeal. Net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission would “prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information” over their networks, the Associated Press reports. Proposed rules also would “bar Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc. … from […]

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government intrusions, ranging from […]

Editorial: Americans moving south risk safety

A growing number of Americans appear to be facing a tough choice: live in fear of violence, or live in fear of going poor. Increasing numbers of U.S. citizens are choosing to move to Mexico when they retire. According to the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities, about 1.2 million American and Canadian retirees already live […]

Coach poor representative of team

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist It was Duke. It was UNC. And I was there. On my couch. Today marks the one-week anniversary of the season’s first North Carolina-Duke basketball battle, a rivalry that’s even reached our newsrooms. I still remember the first day I worked with a UNC graduate, and I was working on […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

Weather contributed to poor milo crop

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unfavorable weather has left Roosevelt County farmers with a poor milo harvest this year. “It’s just one of those years,” said dryland farmer Grady Jenkins of Portales Jenkins estimated this harvest from his 640 acres of milo, also called grain sorghum, was a third to a half of the […]

Fair revenues slightly up for 2008

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Early fears of a poor economy affecting Roosevelt County Fair revenues and attendance were silenced with an increase in earnings. “I was a little worried that our attendance and earning would suffer like other county fairs,” board president Tim Alison said. This year’s gate totals was $54,500 an increase […]

When it comes to health, there’s no free lunch

Col. Kenneth Hall It’s easy to take for granted that which we enjoy every day. What is firmly in hand one moment can be snatched away the next. And what goes neglected or mistreated will prematurely fail. Health is a perfect example, especially for a young and robust population such as ours. All too often […]

Anti-Wal-Mart campaign hurting poor

Editorial Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of our […]

Increasing aid could send wrong message to corrupt officials

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]