497 lose jobs in region

Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold laid off more than 600 people in New Mexico and Arizona Monday. Full Story
elkstine

Silver City, NM

#1 Nov 18, 2008
Merry Christmas from Freeport. So sad for the workers and their families.
Bart

Broomfield, CO

#2 Nov 18, 2008
Just terrible news for the locals, but with everything going the way it is, it's not unexpected.
Country Boy

Silver City, NM

#3 Nov 18, 2008
Those of us who have lived, worked or owned businesses in this area over the past 30+years know about the ups and downs of the copper industry here. We know there are good times and there are bad times. Unfortunately, we are entering a period of bad times. It may last six months, or for several years. We just don't know, but mining and the good times will return.

In the meantime, we have to suck it up with our personal expenses and think locally this holiday season when purchasing gifts or making donations to worthy causes. Let's make every effort to keep our dollars circulating in the local economy. That helps protect our jobs and those of our friends and neighbors.
Among you Soon

United States

#4 Nov 18, 2008
Very tough situation to witness, much less be part of. Call your congress person and tell them to stop this silly bailout for the bankrupt and crappy auto industry and establish an Infastructure Superfund, say $150 billion to rebuild our infastructure. That will give jobs to these loones in Detroit, along with the home builders, czars from the UAW and wall street tycoons, not to mention these poor souls in NM and AZ who just goe the ax!! I mean really!!
NOBAMA08

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Nov 18, 2008
Things will get only uglier once Small Business
has it taken to them by Barry and his tax em to
death policies and penalities for not following
what Barrys big government wants them to do.

The way I would select those for layoffs is to go
out in the parking lot - look for NOBAMA stickers
on cars and then lay those folks off first -
you wanted change you got it.
From Arizona

United States

#6 Nov 20, 2008
The layoffs,no more over time,and now they will offer for the eligible early retirement,that is one good thing. Out with the old- in with the knew! CHANGE, Im all for it.And times will get better.
Among you Soon

United States

#7 Nov 20, 2008
From Arizona wrote:
The layoffs,no more over time,and now they will offer for the eligible early retirement,that is one good thing. Out with the old- in with the knew! CHANGE, Im all for it.And times will get better.
Oh yes, a BIG dose of change for sure! That's what everyone wanted--right?
Meowbot

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Nov 20, 2008
NOBAMA08 wrote:
Things will get only uglier once Small Business
has it taken to them by Barry and his tax em to
death policies and penalities for not following
what Barrys big government wants them to do.
The way I would select those for layoffs is to go
out in the parking lot - look for NOBAMA stickers
on cars and then lay those folks off first -
you wanted change you got it.
It was the GOP with most of the power for most of the past eight years. If you want to target the right people, start with the Bush/McCain supporters.

PS: "Contempt is to the contemptuous as water is to fish."

You can't call yourself an American patriot if you're frothing at the mouth at a majority of your fellow Americans.
Meowbot

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Nov 20, 2008
NOBAMA08 wrote:
Things will get only uglier once Small Business
has it taken to them by Barry and his tax em to
death policies and penalities for not following
what Barrys big government wants them to do.
The way I would select those for layoffs is to go
out in the parking lot - look for NOBAMA stickers
on cars and then lay those folks off first -
you wanted change you got it.
PPS: It takes a special kind of doublethinking moron to blame the current situation on a guy who hasn't even been sworn into office.
Country Boy

Silver City, NM

#10 Nov 20, 2008
Meowbot, you have a right to gloat to a point, but I want to remind you that Congress legislates (actually decides), and the President only proposes -- or vetoes -- when it comes to making new laws. And, the Democrats have controlled Congress for the past two years, and will do so for at least two more years. Obama has been around all this time, and will be there for at least four more years.

Let's see what the future holds for all of us. I'm almost excited -- or is it apprehensive?
FallFromGrace

United States

#11 Nov 20, 2008
Meowbot wrote:
<quoted text>
PPS: It takes a special kind of doublethinking moron to blame the current situation on a guy who hasn't even been sworn into office.
Not a moron at all. Perhaps a history buff. The economy is reacting to fear of Barry's socialist agenda. The general public is hearing his middle name being bantered about on national liberal radio. It's okay to say it now. Small Business is in a state of confusion. What people don't realize is that NOTHING will change much at all. Just the players. Just taxes. Democrat always find a way to take income taxes. Once the Clinton redux team is in office, the facade will begin being constructed. Great economy, jobs, health care, union support, free mortgages, tricky financing of the national debt, etc, etc. Then 12-14 years from now, it will all collapse again early on a Republican's watch. If all the world is a stage, SOMEBODY must be getting tired of the same old script.
olyrover

Valles Mines, MO

#12 Nov 23, 2008
You can bet your bippy that a lot of the layoffs taking place here and around the country are in anticipation of what our new administration has promised to do in the way of union, tax and jobs legislation. We are witnessing the biggest Wall Street sell off of our lifetimes and isn't because investors see anything to be optimistic about somewhere in the near future.
Among you Soon

United States

#13 Nov 24, 2008
olyrover wrote:
You can bet your bippy that a lot of the layoffs taking place here and around the country are in anticipation of what our new administration has promised to do in the way of union, tax and jobs legislation. We are witnessing the biggest Wall Street sell off of our lifetimes and isn't because investors see anything to be optimistic about somewhere in the near future.
Right you are! Did you happen to see nomama on the tube today? He looks a bit shell-shocked doesn't he? He has no clue!
An observer

Silver City, NM

#14 Nov 24, 2008
My feeling is that he is surrounding himself with the same people who were with the Clinton and Carter administrations. Aren't there any NEW faces and new ideas that he could call upon for help?

Granted, we had a budget surplus when Clinton left office, but our intelligence and military were basically in shambles because he had turned his back on adequate funding for their critical roles in American safety and security.

And Jimmy Carter and his inner circle? God help us all.

Folks, we are in a heap of trouble.
How

Silver City, NM

#15 Nov 25, 2008
Everyone is acting like this is a small business that is shutting down. This is not a small business. This is the norm here people. The mining company hires a lot of people when the price of copper is high and lays off people when it goes down. This happened when Reagan was in office, Bush the First, Clinton and Bush the Second. This, unfortunantly, is life here in a mining town.

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