Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized [...]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has [...]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has [...]

Congress renews assault on Internet

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” abolitionist Wendell Phillips warned in 1852. Nothing’s changed. Congress was forced to shelve two similar bills that nearly made it into law, the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly called SOPA, in the House of Representatives; and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, in the Senate. The bills [...]

Congress renews assault on Internet

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," abolitionist Wendell Phillips warned in 1852. Nothing's changed. Congress was forced to shelve two similar bills that nearly made it into law, the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly called SOPA, in the House of Representatives; and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, in the Senate. The bills [...]

Ads make Super Bowl interesting

It's pretty funny how Americans decided we didn't have enough major holidays on the calendar so we turned a sporting event into one. I guess the commercialization of the Super Bowl is a lot better thing than the way we commercialize Christmas. But the price of those commercials – wow! I think I heard that [...]

Ads make Super Bowl interesting

It’s pretty funny how Americans decided we didn’t have enough major holidays on the calendar so we turned a sporting event into one. I guess the commercialization of the Super Bowl is a lot better thing than the way we commercialize Christmas. But the price of those commercials – wow! I think I heard that [...]

Obama plan would prolong housing pain

It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government’s — the taxpayers’ — expense. But the president’s audacity is a bit much to take, even for an election year. Obama wants to effectively bail out [...]

Obama plan would prolong housing pain

It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government's — the taxpayers' — expense. But the president's audacity is a bit much to take, even for an election year. Obama wants to effectively bail out [...]

Letter to the editor: Most Pipeline jobs only temporary

The Jan. 25 editorial about the Trans-Canada pipeline headlined “Pipeline denial cost thousands of U.S. jobs” uses the conservative mantra — facts be damned to defend the status quo. The editorial states with today’s technology leaks are unlikely; that should make the Gulf Coast residents feel better. Professor John Stansbury, University of Nebraska, said that [...]