Some seek overhaul of military retirement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update At least one member of the Joint Chiefs supports alternatives to the military’s prized 20-year retirement plan, urging adoption of more modern ways, found in industry, to compensate ambitious, skilled workers. Adm. Vern Clark, chief of naval operations, said the 21st Century Navy needs to protect its “intellectual capital’’ of […]

Plan adopted to study retirement changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation has adopted an “action plan” to study private-sector-like changes to military pay and retirement, the kind that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has endorsed for several years. The committee of seven “eminent authorities in the fields of compensation,” as described by the department, adopted […]

Boyd, Mary

Mary Boyd Services: Have been held. Mary E. Boyd, 69, died Tuesday, May 3, 2005. She was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Frankell, Texas. She worked in custodial services at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales before retirement. Family members described her as a wonderful mother and an avid gardener. Survivors include two daughters, Dusty […]

de Gonzalez, Maria

Maria de Gonzalez Services: Have been held. Maria Guadalupe S. de Gonzalez, 92. of Clovis, died Monday, April 11, 2005, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 26, 1913, in Cerralvo Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to Matilde and Crisanta Villareal Salazar. She married Adan Gonzalez on Sept. 16, 1934, in Cerralvo, Nuevo […]

Wallace , Novirene

Services: Have been held. Novirene “Dick H.” Wallace, 89, of Clovis, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on July 5, 1915, in Killeen, Texas, to John and Dora Shope Hoover. She was an administrative assistant to P.E. and Pearl Jordan, Wesley Quinn, Judge Ernest Lokey, Dee […]

Social Security: Lies, unkept promises

by Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist President Bush’s call to allow Americans to take a portion of the money they pay as Social Security taxes to set up private retirement accounts has to be a good idea. Why? The more of what a person earns that’s in his pocket and under his control, the better […]

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 […]