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Auto dealers hope incentives spur sales

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers are rolling out payment protection plans to ease potential buyers worried about job security. But in eastern New Mexico, car dealers are optimistic that isn’t the key motivation for customers. “I haven’t had anybody who’s needed it, and that’s a good […]

U.S., Mexico collaboration right step

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s recent meeting with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa appears to have borne sweet fruit. Since their meeting the two countries have formed a joint working group to make immigration easier. The group will work to make immigration easier and safer, starting with improving the documentation […]

N.M. congressional delegation asks feds for borders enforcement security task force

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representatives Harry Teague, Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luj

Council offering transportation services

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Wellness Council is offering transportation services for mothers 18 years old or older, their children, the elderly and disabled. The service provides rides Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to doctors offices, area grocery stores to use WIC checks, pharmacies, Children Youth and Families Department, Social […]

Editorial: Border fence commands reevaluation

Much of the Department of Homeland Security’s border fence already has been built or is under construction. Even so, the matter is becoming a mess. For this reason work on the project should stop immediately, at least until a few matters are cleared up. U.S. Reps. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, […]

Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

CNJ staff Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created following […]

Security intervention warranted

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist As I listened to reports from India with reactions of people to last month’s terrorist attacks, I noticed that nearly every civilian interviewed — other than government officials — raised the issue of why the Indian government didn’t prevent the attacks. The concerns resonate with me because wherever […]

Longtime security officer remembered as Rams’ biggest fan

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer According to friends and family, Bobby Grimes spent several hours a week on his garden. Grimes invested his time planting, watering and guiding each individual plant to its full potential, and according to those that knew him best, appreciating the fruit of his labor. In much the same way, […]

Jail to get security boost

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo County Manager Lance Pyle said that replacing doors on the cells in the women’s annex at the Curry County Detention Center will increase security. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A little more than a year after doors were removed from cells in the women’s annex at the Curry County […]

First person: Security with a smile

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tommie Means has been a security bailiff for the 9th Judicial District Court for three years. Tommie Means’ mother wanted a daughter as her second child. When Means was born, his mother kept the name she had intended for a daughter, including the spelling. Means, 53, said he wanted to […]

Richardson: No more Mr. Nice Guy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Think back to the great couples, their linked identities warming our hearts. So many come to mind. Elvis and Priscilla. Pebbles and Bam Bam. Sonny and Cher. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Ike and Tina Turner. Al and Tipper. John Smith and Pocahontas. Ken and Barbie. Bill and Hillary. Bill […]

Airports and people are truly interesting

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As I write this column, I’m sitting at Dallas’ Love Field waiting for an airplane. The one that brought me here was 10 minutes early; this one’s an hour and 25 minutes late. Oh, well. The wait has been interesting, largely because people are interesting. No place better for […]

Pick candidate with principle, not personality

The presidential campaign, unfortunately, is being reduced to personality and identity politics. We would be better served to pick a president on principles and positions, rather than the way “American Idol” is chosen. Once the preening and pandering is done, we will be left with what the winner will do in office. On one of […]

Confiscated airport goods going to waste

By Freedom New Mexico Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate […]

Government hinders advances in airline security

By Freedom New Mexico Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely […]

Security officer approved for County Courthouse

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Courthouse is adding another facet to its security system — a security officer. Curry County commissioners approved a security officer position for the courthouse during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The District Court will provide $95,000 over the next two fiscal years to pay the salary of a […]

New homeland security strategy lacks focus

By Freedom New Mexico In a world of common sense, there would be little reason for the administration to announce an update of its homeland security “strategy,” in a document that reads more like hope and aspiration than actual strategy, just 15 months before the current president leaves office. In the world of Washington bureaucracy, […]

Social Security workers brace for boomers

CNJ staff Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the E-Services […]

Despite problems, private companies necessary in Iraq

By Freedom New Mexico The private security company Blackwater USA is on the hot seat just now, largely as a result of a shooting incident Sept. 16. That’s when 14 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, were killed and 18 people were wounded. If the imbroglio leads to clarifying the legal status of private security operatives and […]