New Mexico can’t afford to keep Rail Runner

A recent column by Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility:

Newspaper should reflect interests of community

I remember when President George W. Bush was in office the mockery that was made of him. The GOP was offended and so was I. I am not a Republican. Bush was however, our president and deserving of our respect for that office. It is now equally offensive that the Portales News-Tribune continuously does the [...]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they [...]

No room for racial insensitivity in political rhetoric

Freedom Newspapers Congressman Doug Lamborn, U.S. representative for Colorado, was recently on a radio show discussing President Obama, the president’s economic policies, and the debt ceiling deals being debated. Lamborn used the phrase “tar baby” to describe working with the president. “I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching [...]

Their view: We need debt limit solution, not scare tactics

Congressman Steve Pearce addressed the president’s false claims that he “cannot guarantee” Social Security payments in the absence of a debt ceiling agreement. “The president claimed that ‘there may simply not be money in the coffers,’ to fund Social Security, but this is simply not true,” said Pearce. “The country is still generating revenue, and [...]

Their view: Transparency measure ripe for abuse

Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says a new initiative by President Obama would instruct contract officers to consider political donations.

Their view: Judiciary not in jeopardy of being bought

Jessica A. Perez, president of the State Bar of New Mexico, David A. Jaramillo, president New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, and Nancy Franchini, president New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, defend the way judges are selected in New Mexico. The third branch of our government is under attack. In the landmark decision, of Buckley v. Valeo, [...]

Their view: Capping program would cut service

F.J. Pollak is president, CEO, and co-founder of TracFone Wireless. He writes about the need to preserve subsidized phone service for low-income Americans. Federal regulators recently announced a move that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of one of modern life’s necessities — the telephone. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a series [...]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to [...]

My turn: President deserving of respect

To spotlight American jurisprudence, I would have preferred that we had captured Osama bin Laden, given him a fair trial, then executed him — but I won’t quibble. Besides hard-to-resist revenge for 9/11, his death highlighted birthers’ pettifoggery. Although a legal short-form birth certificate for President Obama had been released, and a news clipping announcing [...]