Seatbelt law jeopardizes civil liberties

Walter Williams Imagine you’re having a backyard barbecue. A cop walks in and announces, “This is a random health and safety check to see whether you’ve removed the skin from the chicken before you served it.” Though delicious in taste, we all know that chicken skin contains considerable unhealthy fat. If you’re caught serving chicken […]

French heat wave deaths sign of social callousness

Freedom Newspapers By American standards, it’s hard to fathom the tragedy that took place in France because of a heat wave. More than 10,000 people died — mostly the elderly and sickly — when temperatures reached record highs approaching triple digits and stayed high for several days. Heat waves in the United States have been […]

Military vows extensive improvement in maternity care

By Tom Philpott Maternity care has been a weak spot in military medicine.  Surveys show too many patients dissatisfied with continuity of care, scheduling of appointments, availability of ultrasound, limited pain management options, and even a lack childcare services or close-in parking for doctor visits. Enhancements in all of these areas are on the way. […]

Wolverines want more

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After two years as the hunter, the Texico Wolverines may become the hunted in Class 1A football this season. Fourth-year coach Mike Prokop has nine starters back on both sides of the ball, losing only running back-defensive back Adrian Loera and receiver-defensive end Landon Johnson from a squad which ran […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]

Q&A — Albert Kwan

Dr. Albert M. Kwan of Clovis was recently elected to the board of directors for the New Mexico Medical Review Association. Q: What is the purpose or goal of the New Mexico Medical Review Association? A: Its goal is to improve the quality of care in the state. We mostly look at Medicare and Medicaid […]

Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

Some not-so-politically-correct random thoughts

By Thomas Sowell Random thoughts on the passing scene: • If there was affirmative action in golf, nobody would give Tiger Woods half the credit he gets — and deserves. • Would you prefer to have a “compulsory” health care system imposed on you and your doctor or to have “universal” health care? Or do […]

High court ends retirees’ quest for free care

By Tom Philpott A seven-year court challenge by elderly military retirees, who say the government reneged on promises of free lifetime health care, came to an end June 2 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal. In refusing to accept the case for review, the justices let stand a 2002 decision by […]

Save the last dance for Krystal

Even though she spent prom night in the intensive care unit of Covenant Hospital in Lubbock after a car crash, Krystal Allen will get to dance after all. “It’s gonna be the whole works,” said Duffy Moon of Mix 107.5 FM radio, who is coordinating what he calls a “second chance prom” with community donations. […]

Reporter’s Notebook-health

Clovis offered a stop Friday along an 18-city tour of New Mexico for state leaders looking into health care and support services issues, such as how to make the best use of resources and develop more home and community-based programs. During a town hall meeting attended by about 50 people, the shortage of health care […]