New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that […]

Hiring surge to employ thousands

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — With contractor-to-civilian conversions, new organizations standing up and overall increases in civilian positions, the Air Force civil service continues to grow as officials look to employ thousands of U.S. citizens. Air Force Personnel Center officials have filled more than 3,000 […]

Vets should file paperwork now

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing […]

Hank Baskett accomplished on, off field

Freedom New Mexico Thousands of residents across eastern New Mexico — even some non-football fans — will pay close attention to today’s Super Bowl game. That’s because we’re hoping to see one of our own do well. Hank Baskett III will be living the childhood dream of many boys when he becomes the first Clovis […]

God cares for all creations, down to smallest

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My sister who lives in Rochester, Minnesota, tells me about an amazing sight every year about now. Thousands upon thousands of Canada geese migrate from the north to stay in Rochester for the winter. While many geese stay there, some head even further south into southern states. Any visitor to […]

Organizers anticipate thousands at music festival

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File photo Buddy Holly Tribute artist Johnny Rogers performs for Mesa Elementary students as part of last year’s Clovis Music Festival schedule. Rogers will perform Friday at the Curry County Events center alongside other tribute performers. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Yes, “Peggy Sue” will be at the Clovis Music Festival, and so will […]

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Freedom New Mexico Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government […]

Proposed act expands VA benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Congress is moving to reopen the VA health care system to many more thousands of Priority Group 8 veterans — those who aren’t poor, at least by government standards, and have no service-related ailments. Disabled American Veterans and some partner organizations support such a move but with two caveats, explained […]

Thousands honor Bataan POW march

USAF photo: Greg Allen The 19th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range paid tribute to the men who died and those who By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs More than 4,400 airmen, soldiers, marines, sailors and civilians participated in this year’s annual Bataan Memorial Death […]

Bailing borrowers out of trouble not government’s job

By Freedom New Mexico You just knew this was coming, given the Pavlovian way politicians react to headlines. The push is officially on for a legislative response to the subprime mortgage mess, led by a couple of congressman from Colorado. In the first of what undoubtedly will be a wave of bills aimed at pandering […]

Father's love knows no boundaries

Tonya Fennell Father’s Day is just around the corner and many Cannon Air Force dads will spend their special day thousands of miles away. But, even though they’re not with us physically, we can still celebrate the wonderful role they play in our children’s lives. My husband is a father of two and step-father of […]

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]

Thousands show support for Cannon

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Janice Brown was up at 3 a.m. Friday, peeking through the blinds at her home off of Commerce and Pile streets to see what the commotion was going on outside her window. “There were already people out walking around,” she said. “I was looking for media, mostly, but I […]

Dictators, autocrats stage phony elections

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Isn’t it revealing that autocrats and dictators around the globe bother to stage phony elections in order to claim legitimacy? Remember Saddam Hussein telling Dan Rather in 2002 that he had won 99 percent of the vote? Fidel Castro routinely claims to receive overwhelming majorities in his rigged elections, and throughout […]

Singing for America

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Billy Sparks, right, poses for a picture with Jay Leno. Sparks said working in politics and entertainment gives him the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting and famous people. (Courtesy photo) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer His name is familiar. But many New Mexico residents know Billy Sparks as the governor’s press guru, […]

2nd anniversary of Sept. 11 must not be forgotten

Can it be almost two years since unbelievable images of death and destruction in America dominated the world’s television screens? Yes, on Sept. 11, 2003, it will have been 24 months since terrorists used airliners to strike the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed […]