Local experts offer opinions on health care reform

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU Economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Letter to the editor: Health reform will bring socialism

Health reform will bring socialism Americans are beginning to realize we are being led down the road to ruin by a relentless desire to add significantly more socialism to our society. Social programs, in the short run, benefit those who genuinely need a helping hand. In the long run, war veterans, the elderly and disabled […]

Immigration reform should begin soon

President Barack Obama said earlier this month that even though our immigration system is “broken” and he believes reform is necessary, we shouldn’t expect any change this year. We see no reason to wait. Proposals for such reform should be offered now, allowing Congress as much time as necessary to hear all sides of the […]

State rep. launches health reform Website

CNJ Staff Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., has launched a health insurance reform Web page. The Web page includes information about his position on health care reform, links so that constituents can read the full bill, and a new contact form that allows constituents to outline their opinions on health care and send them to […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

Bingaman talks with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman080309m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman gives a brief overview of the Senate’s schedule this week. 01:38 – Bingaman talks […]

Bingaman talks with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform bill

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio about health care reform legislation being debated in congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman072009m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s passage of a health care reform […]

Bingaman to take part in health care reform roundtable

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will take part in a Finance Committee roundtable discussion on health care reform.

Bingaman to chair hearing on insurance coverage

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will chair a hearing in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on insurance market reform.

Ethics reform bills make little progress

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Campaign finance needs true reform

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested Democrat Barack Obama’s eye-popping prowess at fundraising may signal the end of the practice, established after Watergate, of having presidential campaigns funded by the taxpayers. Sen. McCain thinks that’s a shame. We think it would be cause for celebration. Sen. Obama announced on Sunday that […]

Congress strikes out on Clemens

Freedom New Mexico Did Roger Clemens use steroids or human-growth hormone? We don’t know and won’t speculate. But after watching the four-hour, three-ring circus put on by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, we’re beginning to develop more pressing concerns. Among them: • Why is a government reform and oversight committee focused […]

French choose more traditional of two leaders

By Freedom Newspapers Some of the problems Nicolas Sarkozy will face as he tries to implement a bold program of reform as president of France were symbolized almost immediately. Opponents of Sarkozy almost immediately took to the streets in Paris, Toulouse, Marseilles, Lyon and elsewhere, torching 730 vehicles and injuring 28 police officers. Almost 600 […]

Reform laws give justices chance to make statement

By Freedom Newspapers A case argued last week to the U.S. Supreme Court highlighted the absurdity of relatively recent reform laws that restrict political speech during the period just before an election. Such laws require regulators and courts to make absurdly fine distinctions that such bodies are not really qualified to make and should not […]

Pro-immigration rally planned

CNJ staff Immigrant advocates plan to hold a rally in Clovis Tuesday in support of immigration reform. The march, which begins at 9 a.m., is a repeat of last year’s event held at the height of the immigration-law reform debate. This year’s rally, dubbed the Great American Boycott II, coincides with Mexico’s Labor Day holiday. […]

Government needs to push reform in Mexico

By Freedom Newspapers Prosperity is advancing in Mexico – but only to the most wealthy and those working in government-linked industries, according to a study released this week by the World Bank. It found great inequalities in wealth stemming from “concentrated wealth in the business sector; and unions in protected sectors, the heritage of corporatist […]

Education digest: FFA honors ENMU student

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An Eastern New Mexico University student was recognized by FFA in October. Jacob Freitas of the Texico FFA Chapter received the American FFA Degree at the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, according to an FFA press release. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

Congress’ finance reforms should start on inside

Freedom Newspapers The Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal has Congress scrambling to drum up reform ideas, as the profligates attempt to repackage themselves as neo-Puritans. Most of these efforts, no doubt, will involve tinkering with the minutiae of lobbying rules, as if sinning lobbyists, rather than saintly members of Congress, are the problem. An even bigger […]