MENU

Politics of the pipeline denial

January 24, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the controversial 1,600-mile...

Read More

Merging government agencies

January 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Merging government agencies Maybe it’s an election-year maneuver crafted for maximum voter appeal, but President Barack Obama’s proposed merger of six large agencies seems like a prudent cost-cutting move in financially trying times. The White House...

Iran’s nuclear program

January 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Iran’s nuclear program Talking is always preferable to shooting. The greatest skill in international diplomacy is knowing when to talk and when to shoot. The second greatest strength is believing that there is always at least a faint glimmer of hope that...

Be wary of war with Iran

January 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

As tensions mount between Iran and most of the other nations of the world over Iran’s nuclear-related activities, so do the risks of war — either a war of perceived necessity or an accidental conflagration. It is a dangerous situation that may well get...

European summits

January 14, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

European summits Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy must be getting sick of each other’s company. Certainly, the familiar sight of them sharing a joint press conference is starting to breed, if not quite contempt, then acute frustration. For despite their...

World Opinion

January 14, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Iran No one should doubt the potential seriousness of Iran’s increased military defiance in the face of growing international pressure over its nuclear program. We have seen the testing of two missile systems, the threat to block the passage of shipping...

Censoring the Internet

December 20, 2011 • EditorialComments Off

Clint Eastwood’s iconic movie character, “Dirty Harry” Callahan, famously said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” If only more members of Congress would take that advice to heart, especially when it comes to highly technical issues like the...

‘Jobs Act’ just more spending

September 20, 2011 • Editorial • • Comments Off

Hope that President Barack Obama had come up with a brilliant means of creating jobs — something big enough to warrant a joint session of Congress — was dashed after Sept. 8’s salesman-like pitch for another round of massive stimulus spending. Obama...

Some value destruction

September 8, 2011 • Editorial • • Comments Off

One reason we can’t get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible...

Big Brothers Big Sisters

August 30, 2011 • Editorial • • Comments Off

The board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is scheduled to meet today, and sources inside and outside of the agency indicate the board will vote on whether or not to merge operations with the Santa Fe branch. It is our hope...