Their view: Bill would promote free access to public data

Sarah Welsh is executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. She is asking for support for a a free access to public data.

My turn: Keep big government out of small-stakes gambling

Should adults really be busted for small-stakes gambling at country clubs? My one-man Green Tea Party may join the Libertarians on this one. It feels like notorious B.I.G. Government foot-wedging common sense into a sand-trap. Who is being protected? If the Portales Country Club was operating a casino, I could understand. We don’t want to […]

Their view: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Bill Sconone of Clovis is not happy about the automated phone services used by government agencies. Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate […]

My turn: Government transparency should become normality

Government transparency should become normality Pete Campos, a Democratic state senator from Las Vegas and president of Luna Community College, writes about the need for more transparency in government: The public’s growing frustration with government is driven in large part by policy disagreements and evaporating revenue for important needs. The public has become distrustful of […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Time to run ‘system restore’ on government

David Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on how the government has been “infected.” Without updating outmoded hardware, performing software updates, and deleting cookies and remnants of files obsolete programs; your computer will waste your time and money. Today our Congress and Senate are analogous to such a computer. Lobbyists, special interests, and corruption have […]

EPCOG to lay off five employees after losing contract bid

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG’s bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

Give people power to govern selves

Tibor Machan I have been writing in favor of gridlocks for some time, at least as a second-best option to the one where the government is in the hands of an administration committed to limited powers. I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome last week that sent Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, back to […]

Portales past: Nov. 9, 1942

Nov. 9, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Portales businessmen and individuals were asked to join in the Share-Your-Typewriter program. This was the only way the government could secure them, as all manufacturing of typewriters had stopped.

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers The Internet is developing so rapidly that users typically discover only after the fact that their privacy was invaded or their private online activities were revealed to strangers. Safeguards don’t seem to keep pace. That’s troubling if, for example, a private marketer stealthily follows your online activities, as the Wall Street Journal has […]

Over-regulating government true monster

Freedom New Mexico Picture a trio of adorably outfitted trick-or-treaters — a ghost, a pirate and a witch of the non-Senate candidate variety — venturing forth into the night in search of sweet, sweet candy. Under the eerie glow of an autumn moon, they approach a spooky old house. The pirate reaches out a trembling […]

Their view: High Plains Patriots united against big government

Kim Runyan, president of the High Plains Patriots, has this response to a letter from Portales’ Gene Bundy published earlier this month:

EPCOG approves policy updates

Freedom New Mexico Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Their view: Government too big to function

Mona Charen writes a conservative political column distributed through Creators Syndicate. Here’s a recent sampling:

Fuel grading system fails auto consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]

Government taxation growing at alarming rate

Howard Rich is chairman of Americans for Limited Government. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he distributed to newspapers around the country:

Their view: Open government progress in New Mexico

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s a portion of a recent column he wrote on open-government initiatives: In recent years, there has been a big push for transparency in government throughout New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation and the Foundation for […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Government doesn’t need to meddle in relationships

Government doesn’t need to meddle in relationships Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort: