New budget may call for fee hike

As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials today are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October’s $5-a-month bump in […]

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 […]

Constitution exists to guide our nation

Freedom Newspapers With George W. Bush in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, many Democrats invoked the Constitution when they criticized the administration’s anti-terrorism policies. With Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, many Republicans invoked the Constitution when they criticized the overhaul of health care. In both cases, the criticism […]

Obama’s views on occupation similar to Bush

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s address last week in Cairo, primarily directed toward Muslims in the Middle East but also toward an audience back home eager for signs of progress on issues that seem close to irresolvable, was an artful, nuanced and generally balanced invitation to discussion and diplomacy rather than hostility and conflict. Whether […]

Obama inherited mess from Bush

Some may have noticed the profound conflicts President Obama must be having about whether to let justice take its course regarding the Bush presidency, or to let alleged crimes slide in the name of political expediency. This much is certain. Obama has inherited from Bush a generational economic crisis, an out-of-control budget, an awful jobs […]

U.S. majority wants Bush policies out

A USA Today-Gallup poll released last week reveals that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bush administration’s violations of civil rights — from torture at Guantanamo to wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants — was extreme enough to merit investigation. Some 38 percent want a full criminal investigation, while about a fourth will settle for review […]

Commutation not related to justice

Freedom New Mexico Anti-immigration activists got something of a gift this week when President George W. Bush commuted the sentences of two Border Patrol agents who were convicted for shooting a fleeing drug dealer and tampering with evidence as part of a cover-up. Conservatives in particular had been lobbying for a pardon, but Bush was […]

Inauguration symbol of true democracy

Freedom New Mexico Some of them remember Roosevelt. Some of them have no memory of anyone not named Bush or Clinton. Just as the big event draws people from many generations, its allure crosses other demographic lines as well. They arrive by private jet from Hollywood mansions and Manhattan skyscrapers. They also come by bus […]

Bush exit from office long overdue

Freedom New Mexico In what is likely to be his last news conference and in a series of media interviews, President George W. Bush is understandably trying to put a positive spin on his eight years in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, his next action demonstrated why so many observers — though willing to wait awhile […]

Payments coming from your pocket

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It was as if President George Bush became Santa Claus. An MSNBC anchor announced the president signed into law a bill that extends unemployment compensation payments to jobless Americans and said, without flinching, this is “good news.” Only mainstream nonpartisan media can carry this off. For starters, extending […]

Border fence should top Obama’s agenda

Freedom New Mexico President Bush met with his successor, Barack Obama, on Monday and began discussing the transition from one administration to the other. The Bush administration has 10 weeks left before Inauguration Day. His presidency doesn’t end until then, and he certainly has the right to continue the policies and programs he has initiated […]

Bush authorizes bill containing Cannon funding

Freedom New Mexico President Bush signed into law Tuesday a military spending bill that authorizes $726 million in construction projects and new aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The measure would permit $630 billion in spending for national defense programs in 2009, including $70 billion for […]

Editorial: Bush plays losing hand with Russia

President Bush has proposed sending $1 billion in economic and humanitarian aid to Georgia to help that small country on Russia’s border rebuild after its disastrous war with Russia last month. Bush’s gesture indicates a certain amount of bravado and a commendable fellow feeling for a country his administration has encouraged. But it doesn’t suggest […]

Guantanamo Bay detainees to finally get due process

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court last week, in Boumediene v. Bush, decided

Military’s top brass finally have their say

Editorial President Bush’s meeting last Wednesday with the Joint Chiefs of Staff was held in a secure Pentagon room called “the tank,” so it is almost impossible for outsiders to know what really happened. But enough came out in official and unofficial accounts to suggest that the military leaders were exceedingly frank with the president […]

Political compromise possible, even likely on surveillance issues

The House of Representatives last week thumbed its nose at President Bush by going on vacation after declining to make a surveillance law permanent — and by issuing contempt citations to former White House counsel Harriet Miers and chief of staff Josh Bolten for not cooperating in a legislative inquiry into the firings of U.S. […]

Identifying with candidates essential

By Baxter Black Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter. It’s something I’ve always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Friedman — the relationship between getting unruly third graders to bed on time and getting the House of Representatives to pass your legislation […]

Bush administration misfires on gun regulation issue

In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

Congress approves spending proposal

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ending dual spending battles with President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into next year and government agencies through September. Bush was expected soon to sign the measure, which includes $70 billion for military operations in Iraq […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]