Our People: Taking care of business

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lynell Skarda was born in Clovis and worked as a bellhop at the Hotel Clovis while it was operational. Lynell Skarda is the oldest practicing lawyer in New Mexico. At 95 years old, he works at his family’s bank, the Citizens Bank of Clovis. His father started Farmer State Bank […]

Advisory panels: Military benefits unsustainable

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A consensus is building among current and former military leaders and defense industry executives that rising military personnel costs threaten the viability of the all-volunteer force. In July, two separate advisory groups reached the same general conclusions regarding what needs to be done to sustain the force. In the nearer […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. […]

Hospice goes beyond medical care

By Stacy Gleaton: Guest columnist In the past, many families took care of their own and never sought outside assistance. Nowadays, many families just don’t realize the great services that are available to them. Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Hospice began in 1994 and has been providing excellent end of life care ever since. PRMC […]

Health reform hurts small businesses

Freedom New Mexico Before Congress rushed approval of the massive government overhaul of health care, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said: “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The more we find out about the Obamacare “reform” that put the federal government in control of one-sixth […]

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 […]

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 […]

Government taxation nothing short of theft

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops officially came out in opposition to the health care nationalization bill that passed last week. The bishops, who often advocate that tax money be used for various humanitarian causes, likely supported many if not most provisions of the new law. However, the idea that some tax […]

Udall announces nearly $4 million for HIV/AIDS care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Department of Health will receive nearly $4 million to continue its services for New Mexicans living with HIV or AIDS. The $3,970,969 is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program. “As health care […]