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Sour vote on sugar

June 21, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

The U.S. Senate last week narrowly missed an opportunity to make progress in restoring fiscal sanity to Washington. By a 50-46 vote, the Senate defeated an amendment to the farm bill that would have phased out price supports and quotes to the sugar industry. The federal government has imposed controls on the domestic sugar market [&hellip...

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Family wealth rolled back

June 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

A new report by the Federal Reserve Board shows how hard Americans were walloped during the Great Recession. A Washington Post summary stated, “median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in...

Lizard listing rightly dropped

June 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

We were gratifed to learn Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing its proposal to list the sand dune lizard as an endangered species. Had the lizard been listed, it would have meant great hardship for area oil and gas businesses....

World Opinion

June 16, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Wisconsin’s recall vote The big political event in the United States was a rare attempt to recall a state governor. Scott Walker of Wisconsin became a target of public sector unions because he limited their collective bargaining rights. The unions wanted to...

National Opinion

June 15, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Presidential campaign Americans won’t vote for president for almost five months, but we already seem to be in the thick of the presidential campaign. Attack ads denigrating Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are rolling out on television and the web, fueled by...

World Opinion

June 9, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee It had to come to an end sometime. After days of pomp and pageantry, of waving flags and rousing music, the boats have been moored, the ceremonial uniforms set aside and the bunting taken down. The Diamond Jubilee is over, and we...

National Opinion

June 8, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Congressional pensions Determining how much is too much in the way of pension benefits for former members of Congress is an impossible task given the variables involved. Some leave as millionaires, some with middling assets. Some may have achieved more than...

Space race goes commercial

June 7, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Chin up, space buffs. Stop mourning the end of America’s shuttle program and start celebrating the beginning of the next great adventure — a for-profit space race led by young entrepreneurs who want to hurl rockets skyward more efficiently than the...

Slippery slope steepens

June 6, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

When the health police began to seriously target cigarette smokers a few years back, many wondered what might be next. Now we know: Mountain Dew, Pepsi and sweet tea, for goodness sakes. Yes, “The New York Times” reported on Thursday that New York City...

Endorsements

June 3, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Heinrich for U.S. Senate (Democrat) In the contest between U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas we are presented with two candidates who are already holding important elected positions. This demonstrates their potential for serving in...