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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 through the Strait of Hormuz and the warning from an Iranian general that U.S. [&hellip...

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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...

Trailblazing Postal Service

August 23, 2011 • Editorial • • Comments Off

Trailblazing Postal Service There’s good bad news and good news in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Postal Service, a semi-independent federal agency, which is only slightly propped up with tax dollars. The bad news is that like many businesses, the USPS has...

Leave ‘No Child’ behind

August 16, 2011 • Editorial • • Comments Off

Leave ‘No Child’ behind The federal government’s No Child Left Behind experiment has failed, and at great cost. Rather than reincarnate the program, Washington should return the money to the states, where parents and local educators are best positioned...

Asian carp

August 5, 2011 • EditorialComments Off

For those still doubting that the monstrous Asian carp is a serious threat to the Great Lakes, consider this recent news: tests have found seven different instances of Asian carp DNA beyond the electric barriers meant to keep the fish out of Lake Michigan....

Yellowstone River oil spill

July 29, 2011 • EditorialComments Off

The bursting of a pipe carrying oil below Montana’s Yellowstone River is a reminder of the pipelines that crisscross the country and of the particular environmental dangers that these pipelines present. Americans are more aware of spills near the...

Consumers would pay for oil taxes

May 18, 2011 • EditorialComments Off

It’s a truism that businesses don’t pay taxes, people pay taxes. Increasing the tax burden on businesses inevitably leads to higher prices for consumers, as the cost of higher taxes is passed along just like any other increase in operating...