Animal euthanasia mandate likely

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis may soon be forced to change the way it destroys stray dogs and cats. Euthanasia seems poised to become the law of the state. And while both sides in what was a contentious issue in Clovis say they accept this, the question of who pays the cost of [...]

Open conference question comes to state senate

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican To open conference committees to the public or not? That seems to be a key question before the state Senate this session, one that’s nearing a vote on the chamber’s floor. The Senate is considering two measures to allow the public and the media into conference committees, [...]

Market more powerful than big oil

It seems like yesterday mobs clamored for government to spank Big Oil for gouging. “Windfall profit taxes!” they demanded as gasoline prices in June rose to $4.33 nationally. What a difference a season makes. Gasoline prices now are around a buck and half in some parts of the nation and $2.40 on average for New [...]

Public lands fee column generates responses

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It seems last week’s column on access fees on public lands managed to get around a bit thanks to the Internet. I received feedback both positive and negative after my rant. Here’s a sampling: One woman wrote that the reason they are taking my taxes along with a fee [...]

Fathers deserve children’s recognition, love

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It seems mothers get all the praise and Dad takes the rap if he’s not perfect these days. It seems that fathers need to have more going for them than simply being the strong, silent provider these days, even if that did work for my dad and many of [...]

Political season engenders allergic reaction

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Right now it seems we’ve entered the allergy season of politics. Political pollen is everywhere. I first noticed it as the political signs began to bloom in yards around town. Soon the infestation of noxious signs had invaded every major street corner in our fair city Like a sinus [...]

Racism examples not always as they appear

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Complaints are kind of like fruitcake. Everybody seems to give them, but I’ve never met anybody who likes to receive them. I especially hated the complaint I saw from the NAACP online this morning, because I see no chance of it eliciting any change. Cue the “Barbie Bandits,” who [...]

Hi-tech gadgets can make owners target of crime

Freedom New Mexico Folks who use iPods and higher-end mobile phones in public places may believe the devices enable them to be well connected to the world around them. But such technology seems to be giving off a different signal: Look at me, I’m a future crime victim. As reported in the current issue of [...]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way [...]

President Bush’s op-ed piece too little too late

Editorial President Bush took the unusual step, for a sitting president, of releasing an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal last week to announce his hopes of working together with the Democratic majority in Congress “to accomplish important things for the American people.” Good luck. If he were just starting a term facing a [...]