Wednesday morning briefing: Vet’s breakfast, a first kiss and birth of the Marines

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Free breakfast Baxter-Curren Senior Center is hosting a free Veterans Day Breakfast.The event is 8 a.m. today at the senior center located at 908 Hickory Street. Guest plates are $3. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Information: 769-7908 Question of [...]

Protesters lack empathy

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist The City Council in Berkeley, Calif., often home to anti-war protests and activities, has recently decided that it no longer welcomes Marine recruiters. As reported by a CNN on Feb. 8, the city council approved a measure that urged recruiters to leave town, stressing that they were not welcome and [...]

Historically, Afghanistan stability elusive

By Freedom New Mexico The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines into southern Afghanistan at least reflects a dawning understanding that the struggle to neutralize jihadism and jihadists may be going on more directly in Afghanistan and Pakistan than in Iraq — and the struggle is not going especially well. Just in the [...]

Photographer shares Iraq experience

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his [...]

War no excuse for taking action against civilians

By Freedom Newspapers The trials, plea bargains and conviction of U.S. Marines involved in war crimes in Iraq have — like everything else involving the Iraq war — divided Americans. Many Americans are shocked at the brutal nature of the crimes these Marines have committed or are accused of committing, including an execution-style killing of [...]

Closure comes with return of remains

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher My Veterans Day came early this year. It was better than ever. The saying goes that men and women never feel as alive as when death lurks in nearby shadows. It is clearly evident at Arlington National Cemetery, where every day is Veterans Day. This tale you’ll read here [...]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it [...]

War misrepresented by press, politicians

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I don’t know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so. I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes [...]

George Bradburn

Sharna Johnson Navy “Seabees” were always stationed alongside the Marines… 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. George Bradburn Date of birth: Jan. 15, 1925 Dates of service: June 25, 1943 [...]

Case, Lyle

Lyle Case Services: Have been held. Lyle J. Case, 95, of Thomas, Okla., died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 8, 1909, to Timothy and Carson Case in Putnam, Okla. He was raised in the Putnam area, attending school in Putnam and Vera. Family members [...]