Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]

Clinic rated ‘excellent’

By Roberta Williams: 27th SOMG The “Mighty Medics” of the 27th Special Operations Medical Group earned an “excellent” rating during their triennial Inspector General Air Force Health Services Inspection, held Feb. 9-13. The HSI team assesses Air Force Medical Service programs and processes to provide senior wing and Air Force leadership with accurate assessments of […]

Lump sum payment may be improvement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission has examined and rejected a proposal that the VA begin offering veterans with lower-rated disabilities a lump-sum payment instead of lifetime monthly compensation. The 13-member commission reached its decision unanimously last week at a public meeting in Washington, D.C. It did so after being briefed […]

Congress should butt out on movie ratings

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Mid-term elections are still about four months away, but I’ve got all the advice you’ll ever need. Elect them all back. Elect them all back because it’s evident that every major problem facing the United States today has been solved. Wait, what’s that you say? Your problems still exist? My […]

Veteran compensation needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs mismanages its program for rating disabled veterans as “unemployable,” according to a new report by congressional auditors. Because of weak oversight of Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits, some veterans get more compensation than warranted, and the VA is ineffective in moving seriously disabled veterans toward productive […]

Grandma’s ratings rant ridiculous

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor It’s been a few weeks since the revelation that the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” has an explicit sex scene that can be unlocked using third-party software. Currently, the company that makes the game, Rockstar Games, is facing litigation. Though no decisions have been made in the case, […]

Newspaper ratings would give readers a choice

Bob Huber If you’re watching TV these days, you’re in good hands, because television now has rated shows just like the movies. But the ratings are a little different. Among others, they have “R,” “PG-14”and “NR.” • R stands for Raunchy. You can tell it’s wicked, because parts that caused the R rating have been […]