Views of Social Security wildly different

By Steve Chapman Listening to liberals and conservatives bicker about Social Security is like hearing someone talk about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Their perceptions are so different that it’s hard to remember they are both talking about the same thing. Liberals see it as a sacred social welfare program that shields the elderly and […]

Browser beware: Online nursing-home ratings misleading

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Certified Medication Aid Brenda Walker, right, visits Jewel Sasser at the Retirement Ranch. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes […]

Retirees will benefit from new laws

By Tom Philpott When legislative language misfires, Congress can intend to do one and instead does another. That seems to have occurred twice last October with passage of the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It likely reshaped benefits, in unintended ways, for two groups of disabled retirees. One provision, which executive-branch lawyers continue to […]

Military disabled to get full benefits

By Tom Philpott Pentagon lawyers are studying the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act to determine if a provision to restore full military retirement to 100-percent disabled retirees next month can be interpreted to apply to 28,000 retirees who have lesser disabilities but are deemed unemployable. At stake for these retirees is, on average, more than […]

By Tom Phlipott Pentagon lawyers are studying the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act to determine if a provision to restore full military retirement to 100-percent disabled retirees next month can be interpreted to apply to 28,000 retirees who have lesser disabilities but are deemed unemployable. At stake for these retirees is, on average, more than […]

Base-closing list nothing more than hoax

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the […]

Bowman, Olive

Olive Bowman Services: Have been held. Miss Olive Mae Thomas Bowman, 80, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on July 31, 1924, in Los Angeles, to Charles and Myrtle Thomas. She was a longtime resident of Clovis. She was a member of the Protestant Faith. […]

Social Security needs to be fixed now

by John Bussian, Guest Columnist Were the country not at war, easily the biggest issue in the presidential campaign would be President Bush’s plan to save Social Security benefits for younger workers. The issue isn’t just a curiosity, to see if the plan would work. It is a necessity if workers below the age of […]

Longtime public defender leaving legacy of honesty, integrity

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Calvin Neumann is retiring later this month after 25 years as a Curry County public defender. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For 25 years he has served as Curry County’s public defender. But on Oct. 29, Calvin Neumann will officially retire from public service at the age of 72. He […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]

Lower reserve retirement age not likely

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Advocates for lowering the age-60 threshold for when reserve retirement benefits begin will find little to cheer in a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With numerous bills before Congress to drop the reserve retirement age to 55 or younger, lawmakers in 2002 directed GAO to review reserve retirement, […]

Extras for public employees include health insurance, retirement plans

Editor’s note: A summary of benefits offered employees of Curry County’s public entities: City of Clovis The city offers its employees three health-insurance plans, life insurance and two retirement plans. The city pays between 61 percent and 84 percent of health insurance depending on the plan chosen. Dental and vision coverage cost extra. The city […]

Educators top pay scale

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor From the first day of classes to the last day of finals — and the hot summers in between — top-level educators in Curry County are charged with running our schools. They sit atop education’s vast pyramid, and are the highest-paid public servants in Curry County, earning more than […]

Conover, Emogene

Emogene Conover Services: Have been held. Mrs. Emogene L. Conover, 79, of Clovis, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 31, 1924, in Dade County, Mo., to Ora Lee and Stella Potts Hamby. The family moved to Clovis in 1926 for her father’s health and she remained […]

Struggling Social Security program hurts golden years

CNJ Editorial 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 […]

House bill bad news for military spouses

Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Defense says it does not support imposing new limits on the number of years that former spouses can receive court-awarded shares of military retirement. Such limits are at the heart of the Uniformed Services Divorce Equity bill (HR 1111), introduced by Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., to better protect […]

Pay period at hand in committee meeting

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Uniformed leaders of America’s Reserve and Guard components have urged Congress to eliminate a host of “inequities” that mobilized troops face while serving alongside active-duty forces in the war on terror. Compared to active duty brethren, deployed Reserve and Guard members see smaller and fewer re-enlistment bonuses, are ineligible for […]

Gatlin returns to Friona for job

By Michelle Seeber Lance Gatlin has been appointed to become administrator of Parmer County Community Hospital in Friona upon the retirement of the current administrator, Bill Neely. The 33-year-old Gatlin said Monday he recently took over operational responsibilities at the hospital as part of the transitional process. Neely’s retirement date has not yet been set, […]

‘Economy doctor” Greenspan a boon to U.S. market

Freedom Newspapers Alan Greenspan is today more than just the powerful chairman of the Federal Reserve, whose every utterance can send stock markets soaring or swooning and aftershocks rippling through the global economy. Whether one approves or not, he’s become a sort of grandfatherly gadfly, frequently straying from the dry, esoteric business of tweaking interest […]

Young, Carrie

Carrie Young Services: Have been held. Carrie Young, 77, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born May 9, 1926, in Oakhurst, Texas, to Muriel Lucille and James Coleman Dulaney. She married Rayford Young on May 7, 1969, in Fort Worth, Texas. She grew up in the Houston, Texas, area […]