French choose more traditional of two leaders

By Freedom Newspapers Some of the problems Nicolas Sarkozy will face as he tries to implement a bold program of reform as president of France were symbolized almost immediately. Opponents of Sarkozy almost immediately took to the streets in Paris, Toulouse, Marseilles, Lyon and elsewhere, torching 730 vehicles and injuring 28 police officers. Almost 600 […]

France headed in new direction regardless of vote

By Freedom Newspapers Conventional wisdom holds that in the first round of presidential elections, French voters vote with their hearts and typically winnow the field of candidates to the two highest vote-getters. This often swells the vote counts for fringe candidates and explains the odd outcome in 2002, when perennial anti-immigrant fringe candidate Jean-Marie Le […]

French protesters have wrong idea

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist French students and unions have been protesting for weeks now over a law making it easier for companies to get rid of employees. Under the measure recently signed by President Jacques Chirac, they may fire workers younger than 26 during their first two years on the job — for no […]

Inflexible laws hurt employees more than help

Freedom Newspapers French students, joined in some instances by union members, have been rioting in the streets for more than a week. Is this simply a rite of spring in la republique, where street demonstrations against the establishment that often turn violent are something of a national tradition? The answer in part is yes. But […]

Local spent time as captive of Germans in WWI

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Fred M. Davis received a notice from the Curry County draft board on Oct. 17, 1917. He was to go to Camp Funston, Kan., for induction. One of his orders, in handwriting on the notice, was to “bring an easy pair of shoes.” The data herein was researched by Juanita […]

Job security, welfare benefits not enough

Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Through a combination of socialism at home and appeasement abroad, the French believed they had found a viable alternative to, in former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin’s phrase, “jungle capitalism,” as practiced by you know who. Jacques Chirac was more direct, condemning “ultra liberal Anglo-Saxon” economic policies, while also famously boasting that […]

Dick Wayne Higgs, Emil Bigler

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. Dick Wayne Higgs Date of birth: Jan 27, 1925 Dates of service: 1944-1945 Hometown: Atlamont, Ill. Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: […]

Gavlik, Valentine “Val”

Valentine “Val” Gavlik Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton. Valentine “Val” Gavlik, 64, of Clovis died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Feb. 11, 1941 to Stanislas and Marie Konior Piotrovski in Clouange, France. She married George Gavlik Sept. 10, 1959 in Ameville, […]

Survivor of three wars looks at “upside”

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Bart Bartholomew, seen here pictured with drawings of a P-51 mustang, left, and a P-47, flew combat missions in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Editor’s note: The CNJ is running a monthly series on war veterans in the Clovis area. The […]

Could Kerry undo all Bush’s blunders?

by Mona Charen Take heart America. John Kerry is too smart to make the kind of mistakes George W. Bush has made. His election (should it come to pass) will signal the dawn of a new era in which sophisticated internationalists will restore America’s place in the world with skillful diplomacy and sound multilateralism. It […]