Crisis overtakes Bush’s agenda, rearranging second-term landscape

Tom Raum: Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Hurricane Katrina swamped President Bush’s second-term domestic agenda, reordering his priorities and changing the political landscape. His open-ended commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has become his No. 1 domestic imperative. Swept away was Bush’s pledge to cut the budget deficit in half. His centerpiece […]

Is our Homeland Security only a feel-good joke?

Editorial Sept. 11, 2001, is carved in our history as deeply as July 4, 1776, and Dec. 7, 1941. It’s a historical hook date, one around which other events ebb and flow. This year, Sept. 11 found us in the throes of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, this one of nature’s making, not engineered by terrorists. […]

Suspicious package product of complacency

Master Sgt. Richard Waters The recent terror attacks against our British brethren in the war against terrorism are a stark and unfortunate reminder that modern terrorists have the ability and fortitude to strike anywhere, at anytime. Everyone, regardless of whether they are military or civilian, can be a target or a sensor in the war […]

Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]

Airmen should know about FPCONs

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Many servicemembers may not be aware of what security procedures are in effect at a particular time or day. Knowing what security measures are being carried out is crucial for mission readiness. There are currently five force protection conditions (FPCONs) that an installation may use to indicate the threat level […]

Security forces deals with rash of mutilated ID cards

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you ever wondered why the Security Forces Squadron require you to take your military identification (ID) out of your wallet when you enter the installation? Security forces entry controllers are ensuring every member entering the installation possesses a current and valid identification card. By taking physical control of the ID, […]

Security not a job to be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers It could well have been just what a Department of Homeland Security press spokesman said, a response “to a hypothetical question with a hypothetical answer.” But if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is even toying with such an idea he should think better of it. According to National Journal reporter Siobhan Gorman, at […]

AARP delivers stance on Social Security

By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant that Social Security does need to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed its revenues. Their message to Portales residents in attendance was that private investment accounts are not the […]

Tight security expected for first lady visit

By Ryan Lengerich It’s not the president visiting Clovis today, but local Republicans say security at the event may be just as tight. First lady Laura Bush makes a stop in Clovis today, the first major Republican Party figure to grace eastern New Mexico this election year. Bush is scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. […]

Relying too much on Social Security might tarnish golden years

It seems Americans have caught a break on Social Security. According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the program isn’t going broke as fast as people thought. CBO estimates the so-called trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2052. That’s a decade beyond the estimates of Social Security trustees. Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of […]

Heightened threat sparks search

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — America’s top law enforcement officials urged the public Wednesday to help the FBI track down seven suspected al-Qaida operatives and avert an attack on U.S. soil that a stream of credible intelligence indicates could occur in the summer. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the “disturbing” intelligence, collected for months, augments […]

Board approves security system for schools

Mike Linn School officials believe a security system for all public schools will be in place by the beginning of next school year. The Portales School Board accepted a security evaluation summary by Energy Control Inc. (ECI), a Rio Rancho-based company, pending approval from the state of New Mexico. The $115,000 project will cost Portales […]