Their view: Children need to learn historical significance

Daniel Burnett, press secretary for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to academic excellence, offers this commentary on the importance of knowing our history:

Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Sept. 13 — Floyd news

Group officers named Green hand officers for 2011 Brandon Nunn, president; Tanessa Watson, vice president; Kassie Rodriquez, secretary; Shelby Essary, reporter; Jessica Graham, treasurer; and David Perez, sentinel.

Ag secretary: Industry will continue to grow

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U.S. credit downgrade long overdue

I heard it reported that Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary of the U.S., said that Standard & Poor’s made a terrible decision when it downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating. He claimed this showed that S&P didn’t understand the math that is used to figure the U.S. government’s budget. Yeah, I don’t understand the fantasy […]

Their view: Governor’s line-item vetoes fiscally responsible

Richard E. May, state secretary of finance and administration, says Gov. Susana Martinez’s line-item vetoes were not only consistent with previous administrations but fiscally responsible. There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

Dairiconcepts up for Freedom Award

Freedom New Mexico Dairiconcepts of Portales is among three New Mexico employers selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Administration dragging feet on civil liberties

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has pretty much confirmed what most observers have taken to be a done deal, anyway. Despite President Barack Obama’s campaign promises, the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba for detainees in the undeclared, misnamed, and ill-conceived “war on terror” will remain open for the foreseeable future. […]

Duran to be next NM secretary of state

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s voters have decided to get rid of embattled Secretary of State Mary Herrera. The Democrat has been hampered by allegations of misconduct throughout her bid for re-election, and Republican challenger Dianna Duran has spent much of the campaign reminding voters about the troubles in Herrera’s office. Unofficial returns […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

VA disease dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

Compensated diseases disputed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last month to ask that he cancel a hearing on the secretary’s controversial decision to add three diseases to the list of Vietnam veteran illnesses presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange and […]

Vacation Bible School preparations under way

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections From bees to heroes and from Egypt to Saddle Ridge Ranch, Vacation Bible School opportunities with a variety of themes abound in Portales this summer. Churches around town are hosting the free sessions, some of which involve the whole family. Calvary Baptist Church secretary Vicky Wood said her church’s weekday […]

Vacation Bible school offers variety

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer From bees to heroes and from Egypt to Saddle Ridge Ranch, Vacation Bible School opportunities with a variety of themes abound in Portales this summer. Churches around town are hosting the free sessions, some of which involve the whole family. Calvary Baptist Church secretary Vicky Wood said her church’s […]

Extension secretary provided wealth of information, experience

By Connie Moyer: Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Jackie Clark began her career as administrative secretary for the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Office in 1985. She took the job with the intention of just staying a little while, and 25 years later, she has decided it was long enough. Since that time she has been the […]

Israel-Palestine relations not U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The United States and Israel are said to be trying to dial back a sense of mutual outrage that has developed over the blindsiding of Vice President Joe Biden last week in […]