Best part of skiing: cappuccino afterward

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist We’ve all had our little jokes about how risk-averse Americans are. I’ve joined in myself, ridiculing labels on paint cans that warn “Do not ingest” and labels on beach balls cautioning “Not intended as a flotation device.” But I’ve just been snow skiing for the first time and can now […]

Death penalty shouldn’t be taken lightly

Freedom Newspapers The witnesses to the execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams were appropriately somber. Ending the life of a human being is not something to be undertaken lightly. The way the state handles such deaths reflects a certain consciousness of how somber the responsibility is. In earlier times, the executioner was hooded, thus retaining some […]

Hounds keep Aggies winless

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Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Juan Carson fouls Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette on a drive to the basket during the first half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Greyhounds had little time to prepare for Oklahoma Panhandle State’s zone defense. […]

Lloyd W. Hinderliter, Charles Jones, Marshall VInson

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Lloyd W. Hinderliter Date of birth: Aug. 25,1922 Dates of Service: Jan. 19, 1943, to Nov. 13, 1945 Hometown: Waynok, Okla. Lives in: Clovis […]

Commission ‘pulled threads’ from Pentagon plan

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the […]

Facts prove Cannon should remain open

Freedom Newspapers Fittingly, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base started with numbers and they will greatly impact the outcome. The numbers are clearer now than they were last spring because we know more about the numbers behind our national defense leaders’ plan to close the base. Not all the numbers are pretty and many […]

Some support base’s closing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer “Keep Cannon” signs can be seen just about anywhere in eastern New Mexico, from front yards to business windows to billboards, as residents seek to publicly make known their opinion of the Department of Defense plans to close the Air Force base west of Clovis. But not everyone is […]

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

BRAC panel member warns not to rush

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — A member of the nation’s base-closing commission suggested Wednesday that the military wants to close some bases that could be needed later. “We shouldn’t rush into closing down facilities that we may need in the future,” former congressman James Bilbray said as the Base Realignment and Closure […]

Air Force offcials defend decisions

Wire reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]