Time for salaries to come back down

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. Those […]

GI Bill affected by financial crisis

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The worldwide financial crisis has hit private colleges hard enough that relatively few are likely to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” initiative when it begins this fall, says Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, private colleges […]

State game hearing seeks public input

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Freedom New Mexico Confusion over proposed new rules for hunting on private property in New Mexico is prompting a special State Game Commission hearing. The public meeting is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The commission is interested hearing public concerns about a new rule […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

History shouldn’t trump private property rights

By Tibor Machan Never have I resided in or visited a locale in America where there hasn’t been an active historical preservation society. These are organizations that impose all sorts of restrictions on property owners about what may or may not be built, renovated, restituted within the borders of what the activists consider to be […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

Cannon reports F-16 malfunction

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m., according to a news release. The pilot was able to save the $35 million aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

Media must work as government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Bond B is worth voter support

Edtorial We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, […]

Hewlett-Packard seemed to forget common ethics

By Freedom Newspapers Hewlett-Packard long has been considered one of the premier American companies, especially because of what it called “the H-P Way.” In his 2001 book, “Good to Great,” about the special factors of the best-performing companies, author Jim Collins wrote that the H-P Way “reflected a deeply held set of core values that […]

Factory farming necessity in modern world

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “We must stop the cruel confinement systems used in modern corporate factory health care!” “We must abolish the abusive practice of government-sponsored factory education systems where children are forced to sit still for hours a day!” “Evil corporate factory transportation companies that confine passengers in buses and airplanes in seats […]

Feds employee too many, pay to much

Editorial Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2005, […]

Funding for stem-cell research shold come from private sector

Stem-cell research has received significant private funding, and in that private arena, for ethical, moral and government reasons — is where it best should stay. Stem-cell research is in its infancy, and while many possibilities look promising in theory, there is no guarantee any of them will pan out, and if they do, significant steps […]

Public salaries now averaging higher than private sector

Editorial An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — now […]

Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will […]

Rebuilding guidelines step in right direction

Editorial After nearly eight months of misdirected spending and bureaucratic bungling, the federal government may be on the road to getting it right in the wake of Katrina. With its announcement of guidelines for rebuilding last week, it has sent a signal that rebuilding may not be too constrictively micromanaged from Washington but will rely […]

Questions remain on rebuilding city of New Orleans

Freedom Newspapers The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and […]

Security not a job to be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers It could well have been just what a Department of Homeland Security press spokesman said, a response “to a hypothetical question with a hypothetical answer.” But if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is even toying with such an idea he should think better of it. According to National Journal reporter Siobhan Gorman, at […]

AARP delivers stance on Social Security

By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant that Social Security does need to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed its revenues. Their message to Portales residents in attendance was that private investment accounts are not the […]