Hospital board to discuss red flag rule

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt General Hospital board is scheduled to discuss a “red flag rule” dealing with the security of personal information during the meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the red flag rule is a new federally mandated regulation dealing with procedures for hospitals [...]

Curry County escapee nabbed

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A Curry County inmate who broke the cardinal rule of crossing the street — look both ways before crossing — is back in jail Tuesday after a short-lived escape. Angelica Madrid, 33, was being chased by detention center officers when she was knocked down by a passing vehicle as [...]

Some Clovis residents exposed to TB

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Around 80 people in Clovis are being screened to rule out the spread of tuberculosis after a health care worker was diagnosed with TB, a state Department of Health official said Thursday. Those exposed have been clearly identified and the community at large should not be concerned, said Dr. [...]

Playoff beards growing superstition

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I may never be on “Meet the Press,” but that’s OK. I already have the most important thing in common with host Tim Russert. We’re Buffalo Sabres fans. Some years, that doesn’t mean a lot, and during the National Hockey League’s lost 2004-05 season, it meant even less. But it’s [...]

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won’t be missed

Editorial We hardly expected Kofi Annan’s last public speech as Secretary-General of the United Nations to be an introspective summing-up of the manifold failures and weakness of the organization he headed for 10 years and of his abject failure — nay, resistance — to any semblance of reform in one of the most unaccountable organizations [...]

Hold soldiers accountable

Editorial It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed this crime, [...]

Supreme Court’s ‘drug war exception’ endangers privacy

Editorial In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes and [...]

Days may be numbered for “10-year rule”

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to end the “10-year rule” used by the government for more than two decades to screen court orders seeking automatic payment of retired pay to former military spouses. The change is one of three adjustments to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act [...]

Letters to the Editor (Nov. 16)

Cold, hard reality is finally convincing many of us what learned predictions could not: Most of the policies of the Bush administration are tearing our country apart. Many good Republicans, especially, are wondering how and why we’ve come to this point. Speaking from the right, noted columnist Pat Buchanan said of the recent Harriet Miers [...]

The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial The Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his appearance [...]