Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

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 […]

Obamacare full of hidden surprises

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Obama administration’s support for GI Bill reform conditional

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Senior officials at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have joined veterans’ groups and representatives of academia to endorse a comprehensive bill from Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to reform the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Still to be determined is how to pay for the many provisions in the Post-9/11 Veterans […]

For whom the (hand)bell tolls

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Argen Duncan A Portales man has been honored for his contributions during more than 30 years of handbell ringing and handbell choir directing. Bill Wood has received the 2010 Ring of Fame award from Area 11 of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He said he was honored in June but learned of the […]

PHS class of 1950 holding reunion

Freedom New Mexico The Portales High School Class of 1950 is planning a 60-year reunion Friday and Saturday at the Portales Masonic Lodge. Information: Bill Smith at 356-6550 or 309-6567.

Bill revoking U.S. citizenship dangerous

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

Fairness too complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Schools offer GI Bill assistance

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Margaret Estrada, Veterans Affairs representative at Eastern New Mexico University, helps Matthew Viamontes, a junior criminal justice major and disabled Marine veteran. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Both Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have veterans affairs certification officials on staff. James Smith at CCC and Margaret Estrada […]

Their View: Jennings says tough times ahead

State Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, is not pleased with Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto of the state gross receipts tax on food. Here’s a snippet from a recent editorial he sent to newspapers around the state: “The already wobbly balance of income to expense in the state budget for the 2010-2011 budget year became more precarious […]

Portales Past: April 3, 1945

April 3, 1945: Bill Vance of Portales was offering $25 for the identity of the person or persons who poisoned his dog “Buzz” a week earlier.

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Hounds, Angelo split wild twin bill

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Evidently, the Angelo State Rams don’t take kindly to blowing a seemingly insurmountable lead. In the definition of a “wild” Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University scored eight runs in the top of the seventh — the last four with two out — […]

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]