Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Clovis Media Inc. Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

Everyone from Bill Gates to the first lady

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Old time rock, open gates and a presidential pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Old time rock Thursday is the official kickoff of the annual Clovis Music Festival featuring museum tours and lots of live old time rock n’ roll. Here’s a link to the complete schedule: http://www.clovismusicfestival.net/index2.php#/info1/1/ Open gates The Open Gate Program is making enrolled private […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

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 […]

Troop removal should be goal in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Belgium early this month for what one headline called a “stealth” meeting. No reporters were invited on the trip, an unusual circumstance. The meeting included Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and other top military brass including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike […]

Gates: Health care needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ prescription for what ails the military health care system includes replacing aging hospitals, and raising TRICARE fees for working-age retirees, which Congress has kept frozen since 1995. “Health care is eating the (Defense) Department alive,” Gates told officers attending the Air War College on Maxwell-Gunter Air […]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In proposing a major reshaping of defense spending even before the White House has processed the proposals and added its stamp of hopeful approval to the blueprint, Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that it will be difficult “to make tough choices about specific systems and defense priorities based solely on the national […]