Their view: No excuse for poor educational outputs

Paul Gessing is the president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s waht he has to say about the state’s education system.

Their view: No Child Left Behind Act waivers needed by states

Cynthia G. Brown, vice president for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, offers her view regarding the president’s waivers announcement:

Obama’s tax campaign has no credibility

Freedom New Mexico Yes, President Barack Obama, it is time to panic. Advice to “panic” was given to Obama by close ally James Carville, former advisor to President Bill Clinton, after Republicans won the special election in New York’s ultra liberal Ninth District this month with a candidate who ran an anti-Obama campaign. The Ninth […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

Going the extra mile(s)

lrwf1a-lrwev8922fundraiser2web.jpg

Alisa Boswell Members of an Eastern New Mexico University fraternity will take turns this weekend lugging a football more than 90 miles to help families of wounded soldiers. About 15 members of the local Kappa Sigma chapter have been gearing up with nightly jogs to once again participate in the Run for the Heroes campaign, […]

Government can’t create jobs with spending

Hope that President Barack Obama had come up with a brilliant means of creating jobs — something big enough to warrant a joint session of Congress — was dashed after Thursday’s salesman-like pitch for another round of massive stimulus spending. Obama cannot create jobs and is likely to cause more debt. Mitt Romney and Rick […]

County to restart quarterly luncheons

lrhk5i-lrhk3i914chamberluncheonweb.jpg

Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is restarting its tradition of quarterly luncheons at noon Tuesday at Vines restaurant. Chamber President Chris Wood said the event is not just open to business owners but to any Roosevelt County resident who has a passion and interest in local communities. “A lot of people don’t […]

Sept. 13 — Floyd news

Group officers named Green hand officers for 2011 Brandon Nunn, president; Tanessa Watson, vice president; Kassie Rodriquez, secretary; Shelby Essary, reporter; Jessica Graham, treasurer; and David Perez, sentinel.

Birthdays — Sept. 4

lqz98d-lqz96994padillabirthday.jpg

Prude Cleta Faye Prude will celebrate her 80th on Sept. 9. [image #2, align=left, size=medium] If you see Cleta at Wal-Mart this week, wish her a happy 80th birthday. She was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Elida. She was president of her Portales High School senior class, was Roosevelt County treasurer, president of Democratic Women, […]

Our towns: Melrose is small town with a lot of pride

James Townson: Courtesy photo Melrose is a community of 679 residents. Melrose Chamber of Commerce President James Townson said the Melrose community is one with heart and its residents are very proud of its military members, veterans and school district. Alisa Boswell The town of Melrose originally began as a switch station for the railroad […]

Martinez adds Portales man to land protection committee

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Matthew Rush of Portales to the Natural Lands Protection Committee. Rush was among 11 appointments announced Friday by the governor. Rush is executive vice president, secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. With his father, he owns and operates Rush Cattle Co. Rush serves on the […]

Aug. 17 — ENMU briefs

Governor appoints ENMU grad to post Governor Susana Martinez has appointed an ENMU graduate to the New Mexico Economic Partnership. Gary Tonjes of Albuquerque is the president of Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., a post he has held since 1994. He previously worked for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce; the Odessa, Texas, Chamber of Commerce; and […]

New Mexico can’t afford to keep Rail Runner

A recent column by Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility:

Newspaper should reflect interests of community

I remember when President George W. Bush was in office the mockery that was made of him. The GOP was offended and so was I. I am not a Republican. Bush was however, our president and deserving of our respect for that office. It is now equally offensive that the Portales News-Tribune continuously does the […]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

No room for racial insensitivity in political rhetoric

Freedom Newspapers Congressman Doug Lamborn, U.S. representative for Colorado, was recently on a radio show discussing President Obama, the president’s economic policies, and the debt ceiling deals being debated. Lamborn used the phrase “tar baby” to describe working with the president. “I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching […]

Their view: We need debt limit solution, not scare tactics

Congressman Steve Pearce addressed the president’s false claims that he “cannot guarantee” Social Security payments in the absence of a debt ceiling agreement. “The president claimed that ‘there may simply not be money in the coffers,’ to fund Social Security, but this is simply not true,” said Pearce. “The country is still generating revenue, and […]

Their view: Transparency measure ripe for abuse

Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says a new initiative by President Obama would instruct contract officers to consider political donations.

Their view: Judiciary not in jeopardy of being bought

Jessica A. Perez, president of the State Bar of New Mexico, David A. Jaramillo, president New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, and Nancy Franchini, president New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, defend the way judges are selected in New Mexico. The third branch of our government is under attack. In the landmark decision, of Buckley v. Valeo, […]

Their view: Capping program would cut service

F.J. Pollak is president, CEO, and co-founder of TracFone Wireless. He writes about the need to preserve subsidized phone service for low-income Americans. Federal regulators recently announced a move that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of one of modern life’s necessities — the telephone. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a series […]