EO complaint process misconceptions clarified

By Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity The Equal Opportunity complaint process is often misunderstood and confusing. The military complaints process offers assistance to active duty personnel, guard and reserve on Title 10 orders, retirees and dependents. The EO office does not serve only military members. There is also a civilian […]

Guest column: Adoption selfless act on both ends

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Sport funding act full of hooey

Martha Burk is to women’s rights issues what Friday night football is to high school athletics. Martha slugs it out in the heavyweight division of advocacy. She disagrees with a column here that criticized a New Mexico law making private booster donations part of the total benefits pie for high school athletics. Former Lt. Gov. […]

Equity act dampens school spirit

There is no listing in the local telephone directory for them. Nothing in my GPS under “points of interest.” Driving local highways and byways, no signs announcing “dangerous right turn ahead.” Come on, Tea Party, where are you? I need you. I didn’t get it before. I get it now. Too much government in our […]

HALT Act just another ploy to garner votes

Freedom New Mexico With so many problems facing our government, it appears that many politicians plan to base campaigns on immigration, just as they have for the past 12 years. That’s unfortunate for those on the border who have been waiting, and hoping, for substantive action on the issue for all that time. As long […]

Unpatriotic to renew Patriot Act

Freedom New Mexico W hen are Americans going to insist that their government start following the Constitution? Last Friday, Congress passed an extension of the misnamed USA Patriot Act, which severely breaches Americans’ Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” President […]

Tucumcari woman facing burglary charge

PNT Staff Reports A Tucumcari woman has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, after two men said they caught her in the act. Beth Olguin-Romero, 19, of Tucumcari is charged with burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to police reports: • Officers were sent to the 700 block of West 18th Street about 3:40 a.m. […]

VA fails to meet crucial deadline

Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In an unusual letter last week to President Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking […]

‘Eagle eyes’ keep community safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Having ‘eagle eyes’ for suspicious activity key

Courtesy photo Capt. William Huser By Capt. William Huser: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases […]

Food safety bill hurts farmers

What will the Food Safety Modernization Act, if put into effect, do to Ms. Obama’s backyard garden? Congress has taken up the issue of food safety because of the headline-grabbing occurrences of, primarily bacterial, outbreaks of disease in fresh meat and produce. With the exception of eggs, most E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks are a […]

Monday morning briefing: Game of the week, police business and one big bomb

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week From our own game specialist Jenna Zamie. Game: Dead Space 2 Genre: Sci-fi shooter System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A worthy follow-up with a thrilling campaign and intense multiplayer. ESRB Rating: Mature Web site: http://deadspace.ea.com/en_US/home Question of […]

Affordable Care Act impacts federal benefits

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented Jan. 1 affecting eligibility and benefits for appropriated civilian employees under the Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Flexible Spending Account programs. One of the provisions of Public Law 111-148 changes FEHB dependent eligibility rules. […]

Commentary: Even one suicide is too many

By Chief Master Sergeant James A. Roy: Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force WASHINGTON, D.C. — An alarming trend is happening in our Air Force, and we need your help. We’ve had a drastic increase this year in the number of suicides among our total force airmen — active duty, guard, reserve and civilians. […]

Bond would include money for ENMU, local libraries

The 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act includes four separate categories of facilities to be granted money from New Mexico. The act appears on the Nov. 2 general election ballot and will, in part, provide funding for two facilities in Roosevelt County: Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Public Library. Section A of […]

Attorney general candidates discuss open government

Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico invited attorney general candidates Matt Chandler and Gary King to share their views on New Mexico’s Open Records Act and Inspection of Public Records Act. King accepted the invitation we made to both candidates to write a guest column. Chandler responded to questions submitted via e-mail.

Ticket feature: Pop musician Brian Hyland to perform at Clovis Music Festival

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Liliana Castillo Pop musician Brian Hyland has been curious about the Clovis Music Festival for years being a friend with return act Bobby Vee. “I always had been asking him about it,” Hyland said. “What it’s like, what the studio is like. This year, I got to do it.” Hyland is one of the national […]

Their view: Immediate change can stave off fiscal disaster

Thomas J. Lucente Jr. writes for The Lima (Ohio) News. Here’s a sampling of a recent column: While it will go nowhere, one Republican Ohio congressman has drafted a bill to institute something for which I have long advocated: Require taxpayers to pay their tax bills directly and put an end to the unconscionable practice […]

Education leader: Act locally to improve schools

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Progress is being made at the national and state levels for broad improvements in the public education of military children, but parents still should be involved at the local level to affect change the most, the head of the Military Child Education Coalition said. “With great […]

DISCLOSE Act limits freedom of speech

Freedom New Mexico Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in […]