Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Equity tax buried deep in Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Politicians leave citizens big bill

Tibor Machan My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position […]

Bingaman: Bill would help New Mexico close its budget gap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced the U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would help New Mexico close its budget gap with an eye toward preventing cuts to health care and teacher layoffs. Under the proposal, the state would receive an additional $126 million through Medicaid, which frees up this amount in state dollars […]

Officials look to revamp GI Bill

Senior officials at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have joined veterans’ groups and representatives of academia to endorse a comprehensive bill from Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to reform the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Still to be determined is how to pay for the many provisions in the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of […]

Press release: Ag bill will help NM farmers and ranchers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $36 million to help New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and to preserve New Mexico’s natural resources.

Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about bill to reform offshore drilling, strengthen safety requirements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a bill that was approved today by the Energy Committee to reform drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and to reform the Minerals Management Service. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

Bill gives feds power to revoke your citizenship

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

Press release: Senator discusses DWI memorial bill, Wall Street reform and upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about a bill he will introduce Wednesday to designate the DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty as the National Victims Memorial. He also discussed Senate passage of Wall Street reform, his upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan, and took […]

Parks manager approves swimming lessons

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bill Bizzell didn’t take long to dive in to his tenure with the city Thursday night. Only working as the city’s new parks and recreation director since Monday, Bizzell met little opposition in approving summer swimming lessons a few minutes after his introduction by City Manager Joe Thomas. “We […]

Ethnic studies don’t threaten U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer once again is taking heat for signing a knee-jerk bill that targets minority groups. Just weeks after signing the immigration enforcement bill that allows local police to stop people, without evidence of a crime, and ask for their proof of legal U.S. residency, Brewer approved a bill restricting […]

Big Brother has enough snooping powers already

Freedom Newspapers Big Brother wants to watch you more closely. Especially how you spend your money. His latest snooping plan comes from provisions in the banking bill being debated in the Senate. The bill is being pushed by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Among other things, the bill is supposed […]

Ensuring fairness is complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Veteran caregiver incentive offered

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Former Clovis school administrator named parks and rec director

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Bizzell CNJ staff The city of Clovis announced Thursday it has hired Bill Bizzell to serve as parks and recreation director. Bizzell is superintendent of Bovina schools and previously served as assistant principal of Clovis High School from 1989 to 1997, according to a press release. He holds a master’s degree in physical education. “We […]

Clovis names new recreation director

The City of Clovis is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bill Bizzell as the new Parks & Recreation Director for the community. Mr. Bizzell is a Clovis resident who will be joining the City team from his position as Superintendent of Bovina I.S.D. Mr. Bizzell also served as Assistant Principal of Clovis High […]

Letter to the editor: Obamacare exerts too much control

Obamacare exerts too much control I must respond to the Portales woman who thanked U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Jr., D-N.M., for voting for Obamacare. I fought and will continue to fight against this bill and any move to take America from the Land of Opportunity to the Land of the Dependent. First, if a […]

Prepare to pay higher costs for health care

Freedom New Mexico Proponents of the recently passed health care bill often stated that the United States should have universal health care “like Canada,” “like Europe,” “like other advanced nations.” Opponents were quick to point out that like all those other nations, nationalized health care in this country would lead to long waits and worse […]