Air Force leaders ousted in historic shake-up

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With a grim look and even grimmer words, Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed an internal investigation’s jaw-dropping conclusion that the Air Force’s standards for performing its nuclear weapons mission — the most sensitive of its jobs — had been in decline for 10 years. Who knew? Apparently not the Air […]

NM delegation opposes change in bovine TB status

PNT Staff Report WASHINGTON — The New Mexico congressional delegation Wednesday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer not to take any action related to bovine tuberculosis testing that would harm the entire state’s livestock industry. In a letter to Schafer, Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Sen. Pete Domenici, along with Representatives Heather Wilson, Tom Udall and […]

Senate committee passes CAFB funding

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON – A supplemental spending package that includes funding for special operations aircraft tied to Cannon Air Force Base was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, which is primarily designed to support U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, also incorporates FY2009 supplemental “bridge” funding for combat operations. The […]

Cannon announces first major wave of personnel

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation learned Tuesday the Air Force Special Operations Command will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. The first of eight AC-130H aircraft could arrive at Cannon as early as October, along with associated crew and support personnel. Over the […]

Ute pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

N.M. Senators: Eastern New Mexico pipeline bill moves ahead in Senate

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee approved a bill today authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, […]

Podcast: Sen. Jeff Bingaman talks to N.M. radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters about a variety of topics, including his decision to support Senator Obama for president. Click herefor the podcast. 00:00 – Bingaman talks about his decision to announce his support Senator Obama for president. 04:25 – Bingaman talks about the Senate Democratic Policy […]

Udall requests aircraft for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has requested five CV-22 Ospreys and four MC-130J be designated for Air Force Special Operations Command in order to speed up Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operation’s wing. Udall requested the funding be included in a supplemental funding bill currently being drafted by […]

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. “I am very pleased that the bill […]

Senate candidate stops in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pearce said as a veteran he understands the challenges the country faces from terrorists and a strong stance has to be maintained. “They (Islamic jihadists) have said they are going to annihilate us and they mean it,” Pearce said while attending a meet and […]

Politics full of unfamiliar terms

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Earlier this week, a cnjonline.com poll gave readers three choices on new Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson — “He’s a Reaganesque leader I’m voting for,” “Let’s wait and see” and “I’m not impressed.” As of Monday night, 39 percent had gone with Reaganesque. Mind you, that’s hardly a scientific poll, […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]

May 6, 1971

• Donna Denton, a member of the Yucca Society Children of the American Revolution was elected National Vice-president of the Southwest Region at the National Convention held in Washington D.C. • Ladies Justin purses were on sale for $16.95 and $23.95 at Skinners Western Wear.

U.S. lucky to have been led by George Washington

Editorial Think of an elected official everyone admires. It’s not so easy, is it? Now try George Washington. Twice unanimously elected by the Electoral College, the first U.S. president probably comes closest to universal admiration. Others like Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), Kennedy and Reagan have sizable constituencies with axes to grind, or worse. First […]

Political contributions should be voluntary

Editorial A fundamental American freedom is being able to spend — or not spend — one’s own money on political campaigns, for persons or initiatives. Money forcibly taken from a person to support a candidate or initiative that the person opposes is a form of tyranny. In early November the U.S. Supreme Court will begin […]

Words for the wise from the not-so-wise

By Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Trivia Memorial Library (Motto: If you wish you were young again, think algebra), we’ve been gathering thought-provoking quotes from icons so that someday we can publish them and make big bucks. These samples are gleaned from politicians, industry leaders and bureaucrats, followed by movie stars and sports […]

Wal-Mart once again paying price for its success

Editorial Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention of […]

Letters to the Editor April 5, 2006

Don’t ignore our own pork The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And then the Defense […]

The virtuous legacy George Washinton set forth kept us free

George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, the debt […]

Your state legislators on the lighter side

Q. What’s your favorite political joke? Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton: Where does the word politic come from? Latin for poly, meaning many; and tic, meaning blood-sucking parasite. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa: President George Bush was at a news conference, he was talking about Iraq, Washington and the economy. A reporter asks him ‘Did […]