Government no good at dealing with catastrophes

The White House was more successful last week forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP […]

Fed seeking permanence in private sector

Freedom New Mexico We’re glad to see Republicans gear up to fight the Obama administration’s unprecedented insertion of federal authority into areas of life that had traditionally and appropriately been reserved to the private sector. The nation, indeed, is heading down a dangerous road from which it might be hard to ever return. But we’re […]

Private firm to review Taser shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A private firm is investigating last week’s Taser-dart shooting of a Tucumcari teen to determine whether any policies were violated and whether excessive force was used.Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose wrote via e-mail the Albuquerque-based Robert Caswell Investigations was recommended by the New Mexico Municipal League. She said state […]

Public records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal that the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. Those flaws […]

03-29-08: Book Reviews

The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library. For more information, call 461-0295. FictionThe First Patient by Michael Palmer. When he becomes doctor to his old friend the president, a country physician discovers a conspiracy to kill him. An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear. The psychologist and private investigator Maisie Dobbs investigates vandalism […]

Preserving openess in government for the people

By Robert B. Trapp, guest columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week Sunday through next Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and […]

Flying means getting above it all

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Guy “Doc” Baldwin and Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle. Both men thought that flying was “fun.” Both men died in he skies. But they aren’t the only ones who think flying is “fun.” There are 235,994 private pilots, who fly approximately 200,000 actively registered private aircraft in and out of […]

2/4 Editorial

President Bush played Jekyll and Hyde in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. For each small-government conservative idea — making tax cuts permanent, for example — he offered at least one awful statist proposal — new subsidies for alternative-energy research. The pattern was no more apparent than in what he called his American Competitive […]

8/20 Letters to the Editor

Monthly fee should produce regular collection of trash I’m writing in regard to the garbage service. I pay $28 per month for service and have to constantly check to see if it’s picked up. Each time it’s not, there’s always an excuse — new driver on route, driver injured, some relative died, etc. And yet […]

Lawmakers address local issues

Editor’s note: New Mexico’s 2005 Legislature kicks off a 60-day run on Tuesday and lawmakers are expected to address dozens of issues, from tax cuts to economic development and get-tough laws aimed at drunken drivers. Gov. Bill Richardson is even expected to push a plan for promoting rodeo. That idea is going over well at […]