Friday morning briefing: Trick-or-Treat news, a few good men and a crisis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Trick-or-Treat Yes, it’s true. City officials in Clovis and Portales confirm that Trick-or-Treating will take place Oct. 31 this year even though it is a Sunday. Have fun, kids. A few good men Eastern New Mexico University’s theater department will perform “You’re a Good [...]

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. [...]

HAP aids military homeowners

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Like thousands of American homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. They saw the value of the $150,000 house they bought in Texas in March 2006 plummet, starting in 2007. This month they will sell it for $125,000, well below the [...]

Appreciation for preachers should be shown

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist October has been designated to honor our ministers. Of course, we honor our preachers every day, but we are asked to specifically honor them during the month of October. Have you ever thought how sad it would be without these wonderful people who help us through trials and problems? Ministers [...]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing [...]

Fiscal crisis Mullen’s top concern

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Though he’s a warrior, not an economist, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, ranks the financial crisis as a higher priority and greater risk to security than current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The scope of it is, to me, mind-boggling,” said Mullen in an interview with Military [...]

GI Bill affected by financial crisis

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The worldwide financial crisis has hit private colleges hard enough that relatively few are likely to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” initiative when it begins this fall, says Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, private colleges [...]

Mid-life crisis gift proves tedious

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist I experienced a brief moment of regret wishing I had switched to another record. But as I cued up the record and the sounds of The Guess Who’s “Clap for the Wolfman” came out of my computer speakers and Wolfman Jack howled “You thought she was diggin’ you [...]

Retail stores see mixed effects from financial crisis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Randy Dayhoff, who owns Randy’s Shoes on Main Street, said the community’s diverse economic base and population growth from the Cannon Air Force Base expansion is shielding the local economy from a national slump in retail sale. Dayhoff attributes an increase in work boot sales to contractors working at [...]

Editorial: Drastic reform could help avert Japanese crisis

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned suddenly, leaving the ruling Liberal Democratic Party somewhat adrift and the government tied in knots as the economy drifts toward recession. This makes him the second Japanese prime minister to stay in office for less than a year. A country that has been viewed as a model [...]