Private industry shouldn’t pay for government ads

Freedom Newspapers In a decision that seemed to twist logic unmercifully to arrive at a prescribed conclusion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declared those ads promoting “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” are not the work of an industry council promoting their product, but are in fact “government speech.” Therefore it’s acceptable to use the […]

Energy ruling blow to open government

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a serious blow to openness in government and pretty much gutted the Federal Advisory Committee Act in a ruling last week. In siding with the administration that it did not have to reveal the names of those Vice President Dick Cheney consulted […]

NM not only state with crummy motto

By Ned Cantwell “Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent.” That is Latin, I’m sure you realize, for “Other people’s things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people.” Well, maybe. When it comes to state mottos, maybe not. The motto of the state of New Mexico is hardly pleasing to anyone. On the […]

Business watchdogs approve of legislation

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Now that the legislative session is over, lobbyists and business owners alike are tracking which bills the governor will sign into law and which ones he will veto. For businesses and industry associations, a mixture of tax holidays, incentives and cuts makes the news from the legislature seem pretty […]

California company selects Muleshoe for dairy calf operation

By Marlena Martz: CNJ Correspondent Dairy farmers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas currently rely on small calving operations, partnerships and personal efforts to keep their herds stocked. But that may soon change. Fullmer Cattle Co. of California plans to build a 75,000-head calving operation in Muleshoe that would have the company raising dairy […]

Safety no just matter of convenience

By Ned Cantwell Had I started out the year with a list of possible subjects that might plunge me into the churning waters of column controversy, convenience stores would not have been on it. Boy, was I wrong. A recent column applauding safety regulations adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board drew ponderous letters […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

Gambling won’t promote city growth

Letters to the editor I take strong exception to Kit Pettigrew’s letter to the editor about the benefits of using the Hotel Clovis as a gambling casino to revitalize downtown and Clovis in general. The way to revitalize downtown and the key to the growth and continuing financial health of the city and county is […]

Clovis native returning in dairy field

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley is coming back to Clovis, and he’s bringing the milk mustache with him. The Clovis native whose experience on dairies came from milking his grandmother’s cow recently accepted a position as director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America’s Southwest region, […]

Udall gets update on area dairy industry

U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, left, and Wayne Palla discuss issues dealing with dairies in eastern New Mexico Tuesday during a visit to Palla’s dairy north of Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Congressman Tom Udall got a crash course on the dairy industry Tuesday, eastern New Mexico style, in a […]

Liquor industry doesn’t need tax money to survive

Freedom Editorial D oesn’t it just — pardon the expression — lift your spirits to learn the poor liquor industry is getting a boost from taxpayers? Granted, it’s just a tiny boost, but when you are a struggling business, you need all the help you can get, we reckon. Yes, the Distilled Spirits Council is […]

Congress’ miracles tend to hurt industry

In Marcus Cook Connelly’s spiritual play, “Green Pastures,” God lamented to the Angel Gabriel, “Every time Ah passes a miracle, Ah has to pass fo’ or five mo’ to ketch up wid it,” and adding, “Even bein God ain’t no bed of roses.” That’s something our congressmen should think about when they set out to […]

Business Briefs 2/17

Industry association to hold biz review The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico will hold a session of its 2004 Roundhouse Review in Clovis on March 12 at the Holiday Inn. The meetings will feature local legislators and include a briefing on how key business issues were addressed during the 2004 Legislative session. […]

Who says Washington wasn’t our first president?

Tom DiFrancesca Re-writing history — that seems to be a popular endeavor as of late. I’m quite sure, that 10 years from now, the history books will tell our children and grandchildren what a great president Bill Clinton was, and how he had an unblemished presidency. Where am I going with this? If you jump […]

Some bills we don’t hear about, thankfully

Ned Cantwell It’s not just long lunches at posh restaurants, glittering cocktail receptions, nifty little favors from fawning lobbyists. No, sir, when our duly elected representatives and senators gather in Santa Fe for their annual talkathon, it’s crunch time. Evidence? More than 1,000 bills have been introduced for consideration of both chambers. One thousand bills. […]

Future of flight needs embracing

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico A s we look back 100 years to the Wright brothers’ success, today is also a good day to look at the future of aviation. A future as full of concerns, perhaps, as it was a century ago. Heike Berthold, a sales director for an airplane manufacturer, expressed them well […]

Recording industry fights wrong battle

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes an industry can be so obnoxious it’s hard to know what to say. Citing a 31 percent drop in sales of recorded music, the Recording Industry Association of America has decided to sue those individuals who share music files over the Internet. A big “win” came recently when the RIAA gained a […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]