Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police […]

Right, wrong differ from legality

One common, and amusing, retort I encounter whenever I point out that not all laws are equally moral or ethical, is “It’s the LAW; you have to obey whether you agree or not.” Usually that is followed by some personal ins-ults and innuendo. It is a pathetic excuse for an argument. The first thing bad […]

New veterans laws take effect

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect today, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services.

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Editorial: Laws should keep up with technology

Nearly three decades after the Police first sang of watching “every move you make,” modern technology now gives mobile phone and Internet providers the power to “police” our every move. With the proliferation of social networking applications like Four Square, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that mobile devices track users’ movements. However, consumers might not realize […]

Honors — May 8

Buxman-Davis Nicole M. Buxman-Davis has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Buxman-Davis is an electrical engineer assigned to the 165th Civil Engineering Squadron at Savannah International Airport, Garden City, Ga. Her in-laws are Roy and Charlene Davis of Mesa Vista Court, […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

More laws create more chaos

Robert LeFevre was one of the bright stars of the freedom movement before his death, but whose legacy remains. He once said when most people feel threatened that their freedom may be taken away, they try to take away the freedom of those they fear. In other words, in their fear they become the thing […]

Their view: Legislators need to rethink laws

Kent McManigal writes for Freedom New Mexico. He shares his thoughts on the gambling incident at Portales County Club:

Their view: Laws also deserve to be under scrutiny

Kent McManigal writes for Freedom New Mexico. He shares his thoughts on a juror’s duties: Just about everyone wants justice. One of the most powerful tools you and I have available to keep government honest is the jury. Unfortunately, you can’t count on the government informing you of your power; you must usually hear of […]

Their view: Minimum wage laws harmful to all

Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and libertarian columnist, is convinced that minimum wage laws hurt us all. Here’s a sampling from a recent column:

My turn: Wendel’s laws may not be passed

Unsuccessful proposed amendments to the Constitution have included forbidding religious leaders from holding public office (1876);

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Structure always needed in society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

May 5, 1981

Portales resident Ruth Sherrod spoke in front of the City Council to plead with them to enforce city laws regarding stray animals. She brought up complaints of accidents and incidences involving stray dogs. City Manager Don Hudson responded that although Sherrod has a right to complain, it is difficult to do anything about the problem […]

Workshop moved to Portales

Freedom New Mexico Organizers of a workshop to help manufacturers avoid federal fines have changed the location from Clovis to Portales. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership workshop is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Memorial Building. The workshop offers tips and instructions on employee eligibility and complying with new Homeland Security laws. More […]

Tucumcari examining underage drinking laws

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Reformers try again on ethics bills

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Used to be, New Mexico would get ridiculed for its perceived backwater status as a state that still allowed cockfighting. Lately, however, the ridicule is about something else: skimpy ethics laws and political scandals. Several national publications in recent weeks have knocked the state for its weak […]

Editorial: Voter ID not unconstitutional, but preposterous

It’s a little difficult to work up much excitement over the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold Indiana’s voter identification law. It was installed, for mostly partisan reasons, to address a problem that nobody has documented as an actual occurrence, though some have raised concerns about what could happen. But the law doesn’t seem […]