Special needs families have services available

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE beneficiaries who have family members with special needs now have access to unique services within the TRICARE program. The most important service is the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option, or ECHO. To be eligible for ECHO, a family must first enroll into its service branch’s Exceptional […]

Republican candidates agree on issues

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing statements and […]

DoD disability board understaffed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael […]

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]

Work to save Dems needs to begin now

Freedom New Mexico The surprise victory — well, it wasn’t a surprise by election day, but virtually nobody except the most Pollyannaish Scott Brown adviser would have predicted it a month ago — by Republican Scott Brown over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last week has politicians and pundits alike scrambling to find […]

Education column: Student Support Center offers help, understanding for special needs

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools So, if you have been reading this weekly article, you know that I’m relatively new to this job and am having a wonderful time learning about Clovis Schools and sharing what I learn with you. And, one of the things I have discovered is there is much more to […]

Immigration reform needs streamlining

Freedom Communications Congress’ latest effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws has begun. Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 offers little in the way of real reform. The proposal, given the unwieldy name to create the ASAP acronym, is touted and condemned as a new means to enable […]

Stocking the shelves: Fall food drive helps Baptist Children’s Home meet grocery needs

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kathleen Vigil with the Baptist Children’s Home divides groceries for the family cottages. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Fall means an outpouring of help from churches all over the state for the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. For the Fall Food Shower, the home sends lists of needed items […]

Obama needs to take care of U.S. first

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday to a U.N. General Assembly packed with more than 100 heads of state was a strange combination of modesty and chutzpah, of a change in tone designed to persuade people that more substantive changes in policy had occurred. Insofar as a more modest tone reflects an understanding […]

Federal job sector needs to scale back

Freedom New Mexico The federal government “needs” to hire 270,000 more employees in the next three years. We’re told this, unsurprisingly, by the federal government, which surveyed 35 agencies representing 99 percent of its workforce. We wish they’d asked us instead. Such a purported need might seem like a solution to 9.7 percent national unemployment, […]

Area geography needs clarification

The July 18 CNJ article “What’s in a name?” was fun reading, but some of its sources lacked factual data. Let me clarify some misconceptions and add some facts. Portales is located in Portales Valley, an east-west trending valley that can be traced from near Fort Sumner to just north of Lubbock. The valley can […]

Press needs to be skeptical of president

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Tuesday may have marked the beginning of the end of the administration’s honeymoon with the Washington establishment as personified by the Washington press corps. Although the president was still firmly in command of his audience, the questions were sharper and more pointed, a little less reverential than […]

Lt. Gov. Denish to attend Homeland Security task force

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Immigration reform needs to create a balance between immigration and industry, according to Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. Denish, who spoke to the Clovis News Journal Thursday, is attending a task force today with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address border and immigration issues. Napolitano is […]

County responds to handicap needs at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joe Wilson of Clovis said he refused to let his wheelchair stop him from attending the Curry County Fair with his grandchildren this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer This year, nothing will make Joe Wilson happier than to join a brigade of handicap residents with walkers, canes and […]

Common sense fails to prevail

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Rules. Society needs them to keep itself from descending into chaos. However, even though the rule-makers proceed with the best intentions there are times when unintended consequences are frustrating, to say the least. Worse, sometimes the rules “enforcers” have been known to sacrifice common sense on the altar of “obey […]

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 […]

Editorial: Envirnoment needs protection but at what cost?

There’s potentially good news on the environmental front out of Washington D.C., but it’s probably more than offset by a devastating announcement last week. First, the good news. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency, when upgrading older power plants, may consider costs before demanding use of the most advanced technology, […]

March 13 Commander's Action Line

I am concerned with the lack of appointments, can you help? Thank you for bringing your appointment access issues to our attention. Continuity of care and access for acute needs, especially in our pediatric population, are both challenges we are actively addressing. Since August, 2008 (and even before), we have been in constant communication with […]

Twelve-year-olds capable of crime

Connie Belcher needs to open her eyes (“Shooting woman acted irresponsibly” in last Sunday’s letters to the editor). So much in our world has gone crazy — 12-year-olds have beaten people to death and who knows the age of the others running with the 12-year-old when he knocked on this young lady’s door. I don’t […]

Canada trade deal needs to be protected

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s visit to Canada was notable for the ever-so-slight undercurrents of uneasiness between two countries that have enjoyed generally amicable relations over the sometimes touchy issue of trade. Obama made foolish comments during the presidential campaign (in the heart of a Rust Belt filled with people and union leaders eager to […]