Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

ENMU designated as ‘military friendly’

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In services for military members, their spouses and veterans, Eastern New Mexico University is among the top 15 percent of post-secondary schools in the nation, according to the magazine G.I. Jobs. The magazine has given ENMU the “Military Friendly School” designation. “At Eastern New Mexico University, we very much […]

Curry County hub would link nation’s three electric grids

By Heather Clark: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials announced an ambitious project in New Mexico on Tuesday that would allow energy to flow more freely across the nation’s three massive power grids, breaking down significant barriers to ramping up alternative energy in the United States. The proposed Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, […]

H1N1 side effects still unknown

Freedom New Mexico The nation’s health czar has spoken: All Americans should take the swine flu vaccine. We do have a right, however, to say that we’ll be the judge of that. What’s most important is that whatever decision people make, it should be made with as much knowledge as possible. Health and Human Services […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Naming state songs waste of officials’ time

Freedom New Mexico As if we need another means to measure how far government has strayed from the narrow intent of our nation’s founders, we give you the current flap in Oklahoma. A collection of conservative lawmakers became outraged that the song “Do You Realize??” by native sons Flaming Lips was poised to become the […]

Life-in-prison sentence OK legislation

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Editorial: Mexican drug cartels strong, growing force

This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific scene of pagan […]