Their view: President not doing enough to cut energy costs

New Mexico Sen. Steve Pearce is not happy with President Obama’s energy policy. He says the president needs to do a better job of protecting America’s energy jobs.

Grads ready for next stage

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he was expecting big things from the 484 graduates who walked the stage at Greyhound Arena Saturday. “We’ve given them the educational preparation to compete with the graduates of any other school,” Gamble said. “I feel certain that this graduating class will produce doctors, civic […]

State considering health care options

Alisa Boswell With the deadline for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act approaching in January of 2013, state organizations and officials are taking a look at health care possibilities for New Mexico. New Mexico First is holding community meetings in various locations around the state to get public input on whether a Health Insurance Exchange […]

Club notes — May 8

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The April 20 Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary executive committee meeting was called to order by President Sid Phillips by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as read by Secretary Adele Breech. Peggy Jones, substitute treasurer presented the treasurer’s report. In keeping with the economy and […]

More than enough to prove bin Laden dead

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to keep classified the reportedly gruesome post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good call. Yes, the pictures belong to all Americans because they are government property. Few organizations have fought as long and hard as The Gazette for open government and open records. But the […]

Their view: Congressman witness to White House celebration

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., joined the celebration at the White House on Sunday night, and composed the following reflection: Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. My Blackberry was buzzing with the news of the impending presidential message. I was frustrated, […]

Their view: States should manage own food programs

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about the government being involved in food programs:

Their view: President wants to punish prosperity

President wants to punish prosperity Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech Wednesday:

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

ENMU to remain in LSC

Freedom New Mexico The verdict is in: Eastern New Mexico University will remain in the Lone Star Conference. A feasibility committee headed by ENMU professor Gene Smith recommended to university president Steven Gamble and the board of regents that the school continue its 25-year allegiance with the LSC after considering a possible move to the […]

CCC appoints new president

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Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees Wednesday selected Becky Rowley to replace John Neibling as college president. Neibling is retiring in August after five years as president. Rowley, CCC’s executive vice president, was elected by a 5-0 vote. She was the only person considered for the job, said Board Chairman Charles Guthals. […]

Club notes — April 3

PRMC Auxiliary Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary held the annual awards luncheon at the Days Inn March 22. President Fran Boney introduced guests Cindy Landerman and Lorraine Winegate from KCLV and Deborah Lewis certified victim advocate from the Hartley House. Hoyt Skabelund presented Vivian Lake a name-inscribed bowl in honor of being selected Auxilian of […]

Intervention in Libya should be kept short

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, seeking to control what’s happening in Libya, tried at least to control the message. The president said during his speech at the National Defense University that U.S. intervention, which began March 19, stopped a massacre, denied Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi access to billions in assets, assisted Libyan rebels […]

Judge hedges on Obamacare court ruling

Freedom New Mexico A reminder that few things are as simple as they first seem: In January, when a federal judge in Pensacola declared President Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional, the judge became something of a shining knight of the right. Now his armor is looking a little tarnished. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, […]

Their view: State has own pension problems to tackle

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. He addressed the state pension issue in a recent column submission:

Finalists picked for Mesalands president

Freedom New Mexico Mesalands Community College has announced four finalists for president at the two-year college. The four finalists are: Larry Edwards of Oklahoma City; Jimmy Cargill of Glendive, Mont.; Veldon Law of Las Vegas, Nev. and Mildred Lovato of Albuquerque. Each candidate will tour the campus and have an interview with the Board of […]

Their view: President Obama keeps taking from us

President Obama keeps taking from us Bill Sconone of Clovis is not a fan of President Barack Obama: I said it during his campaign and I’ll say it again, “To me Obama is nothing but a smooth talking Chicago con man.” Since I first expressed those sentiments over two years ago, his words and actions […]

Honors — Feb. 27

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Lam New Mexico’s president Lee Ann Lam of Clovis, a member of Ledbetter-McReynolds Auxiliary No. 3015, was honored during the National Mid-Year Conference of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., held Feb. 20-23 in San Diego, Calif. She is one of 41 state presidents who achieved the goal of […]

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

Deceptive Obama budget still bloated

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget, the largest ever, at best temporarily would freeze, not reduce, federal spending, increase the deficit and the national debt to record highs while substantially raising taxes on large segments of the society. To say there’s not much to like is to grossly understate the case. “Americans […]