Coworkers trying to bowl cancer over

By Alisa Boswell: PNT Staff Writer Two Portales residents and coworkers are knocking down bowling pins for dollars — with the money going to the fight against cancer. Roger Jones, who works at C&S Inc., and is on its Relay for Life team each year, bowls with the Continental Bowling League Thursday nights in Clovis. […]

Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

McGee: The American Farmer

Riding my bicycle along a county road I spied a piece of bent metal. I paused and looked at it in the dust. Was it worth saving? Was it an art treasure waiting to be developed? Bent rebar as art? Such thoughts only came to me after a trip years ago to Santa Fe and […]

Ethanol subsidies test of Republicans’ resolve

Congressional Republicans face a test of their newly rediscovered principles. They can save taxpayers billions of dollars and spur the free market simply by allowing to expire at year’s end the subsidies for domestic ethanol production and tariffs on imported ethanol. We soon will know whether the GOP, re-energized by the Tea Party, lives up […]

Let’s keep tax dollars in Portales

Portales’ construction worker Danny Smith is unhappy with a recent Portales school board decision to hire an Amarillo contractor for a roofing project. Here’s his letter to the editor:

City official urges residents to participate in census

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis officials are desperate to get residents counted because people equal dollars. And it all hinges on 10 simple questions. Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said large segments of Clovis didn’t respond to the Census count 10 years ago, skewing population figures and depriving the community of much […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

milupdate@aol.com Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary of defense for wounded […]

State accused of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash The New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]