Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust [...]

Their view: Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families

Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families Excerpts from a press release from Families USA on the potential impact to New Mexico if Medicaid cuts are approved. Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers.

Raising taxes only hurts consumers

The nation’s high rate of unemployment has spawned a dangerously bad idea: that higher taxes on oil and natural gas companies would reduce the federal deficit and pave the way for clean energy and job creation. Neither Congress nor the people of this nation should fall prey to President Obama’s plan to hike oil-industry taxes [...]

Consumers keep health care thriving

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Consumers keeping drug costs in check

Freedom New Mexico It’s becoming rare to sit through an entire television program without seeing at least one commercial advertisement that’s trying to convince you to get a prescription for some new medicine. The Associated Press reports that drug companies last year spent more than $4 billion on such advertising. The Centers for Disease Control [...]

Smart driving, vehicle maintenance can save gas

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer With gas at an average of $3.99 a gallon consumers are looking for ways to improve and increase their gas mileage. Automobile manufacturers are developing newer vehicles that are fuel efficient. But what about people who are trying to get the best mileage possible from an older vehicle? Local [...]

Empty promise?

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By Jenna Dewitt: Freedom New Mexico With catchy names such as Rock Star, Monster, Venom and Amp, energy drinks are trendy and widely used by teens and young adults. Researchers say U.S. consumers spent $744 million on caffeinated energy drinks last year, a 34 percent increase over the previous year, according to WebMD. Advertisements for [...]

Fuel sources should be determined by markets, not mandates

It is difficult to overestimate the sheer wrongheadedness of the energy bill Congress passed and the president signed Wednesday. Even if it were a good idea for government to mandate what kind of energy should be used and how, this bill includes obvious missteps and mistakes that will cost taxpayers and consumers for decades to [...]

Consumers likely to see benefits from FCC auction

editorial An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has been assigned regulatory [...]

Satellite radio companies should be allowed to merge

Editorial Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million subscribers, and [...]