Romney’s health care proposal worth another look

F or about 10 days last month, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney floated an idea that should have been of keen interest to military veterans in retiree-rich communities. He suggested partly privatizing the veterans health care system. “Sometimes you wonder,” Romney said Nov. 11, “if there would be some way to introduce some private-sector competition, […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Benavidez family strikes a pose Friday inside Children’s Haven Daycare, which the family operates in Portales. From left to right Cambree, 2, Dana, Patrick, and Caylee, 4. Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s […]

Our people: Retiree keeps busy

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Courtesy photo Ross was the principal of the Eugene Field Elementary School in 1968. Longtime area educator G.C. Ross, 72, was inducted into Eastern New Mexico University’s Hall of Honor during homecoming celebrations Sept. 25. An alumnus of the university, Ross said he was “very honored. I was humbled to be included in such an […]

First person: Retiree keeps busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carole Eggleton says she came to Clovis 30 years ago and loves the city for the warm, friendly, good people that live here. CNj staff Carole Eggleton, 76, stays active by swimming three days a week and volunteering with the Curry Resident Senior Meals and Meals on Wheels programs. She […]

Military feature: Retiree directs aviation course

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Robert Elliott, a former Cannon Air Force Base airman, was hired in June as the director for ENMU’s aviation science program. Robert Elliott doubts that he’ll ever meet his students in person. With his computer serving as a virtual classroom, Elliott will teach online courses in aviation science from Eastern […]

Retiree stayed heavily involved in community

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist “Once upon a time,” said Bill Duckworth of Clovis in 1951, “a man named August Schmidt had a saloon and the first day of June, the landlord called on him and said “Well, August, everything seems to be going up, so the first of July I am going to raise […]

Plan’s changes don’t benefit spouses

By John Fondrick All the hoopla over the military’s Survivor Benefit Plan breaks down to political votes and whose pocket it will come out of. This is do-nothing, feel-good legislation so politicians can say “Look what I did for the veterans. Vote for me.” In reality, plans that call for increasing SBP benefits from 35 […]