Birch, Castleberry Veteran Profiles (Nov. 19)

C.K. Castleberry Date of birth: Sept. 6, 1924 Dates of service: 1941 to 1961 Hometown: Nome, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: Pacific, New Guinea, Philippines Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: 1st Sergeant Unit and Specialty: 10th Service Squadron; mess sergeant In his words: Serving as a mess sergeant in the South […]

A fashion question can get people uptight

Ned Cantwell My friend Barney from New Jersey feigns interest in New Mexico as an excuse to telephone. In reality, he’s either making fun of me or promoting his own agenda. He’s been doing it for years. “You still writing that two-bit column?” he asked. I said yes, and, furthermore, Barney well knows I am […]

Clovis mom determined to do her part

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Bess Kline displays some of the items she sends to the troops in Iraq. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Foot powder, eye drops, soap, sunscreen, candy — so goes Bess Kline’s shopping list. It is somewhat unusual because it is intended for a group of soldiers, stationed outside of Baghdad, […]

Middle-East tide of democracy is encouraging

Freedom Newspapers It is fairly easy to see that something important is happening in Lebanon, a move in the direction of independence and the idea of a civil society with democratic underpinnings that is reflected elsewhere in the Middle East. It is more difficult to figure out why it is happening just now, what forces […]

Military feature: Bataan March survivor honored

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Col. John Posner left, of Cannon Air Force Base presents Irvin Butler with a plaque after the World War II veteran was inducted into the base’s Wall of Heroes. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Irvin Butler is a survivor — despite a grueling 55-mile death march; […]

Top leaders see Iraq war’s reality, add more troops

Freedom editorial The announcement that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be increased to 150,000 during the prelude to Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 is a bow to realism. It would probably be too much for this administration to acknowledge what the move tacitly admits: that previous troop levels have been insufficient […]

Kerry keeps debating himself on Iraq issues

Freedom Newspapers One reason Sen. John Kerry isn’t gaining traction in his presidential bid is that he keeps contradicting himself. Speaking in Cincinnati last week, he attacked President Bush’s Iraq policy. He’s running a TV ad voicing the same theme. “George W. Bush’s wrong choices have led America in the wrong direction on Iraq and […]

Meanwhile, brave American troops keep dying in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers Since President Bush began the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, 1,000 American troops now have been killed. The sad milestone was reached Tuesday. Since May 1, 2003, when the president stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln aircraft carrier underneath a banner reading “Mission Accomplished,” 861 Americans have been killed. […]

Bush’s military reduction was due 10 years ago

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has announced (at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention) that he plans to reduce the number of troops in Europe and Asia by 60,000 to 70,000 over the next decade. If this suggests a serious reconsideration of the policy of keeping U.S. troops in places where they are not only not […]

Removing troops from Korea should be long process

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the proposed removal of 12,500 U.S. troops from South Korea — a third of the 37,500 U.S. troops stationed there now — is part of a larger-scale realignment of U.S. forces around the world. Large numbers of troops in Germany, Japan and Korea are, essentially, a remnant of the Cold […]

Locals remember D-Day 60 years after invasion

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer D-Day isn’t just a date in the history book for Clovis resident Chuck Haas. Sixty years ago, on June 6, 1944, the sailor was making the treacherous passage between troop ships anchored off Normandy and the stretch of shoreline code-named “Omaha Beach.” On that beachhead and others like […]

Nader looking like presidential opponent

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The good news for opponents of the war in Iraq is that President Bush’s challenger has finally called for a rapid American withdrawal. “Every day the U.S. military remains in Iraq,” he said, “we imperil U.S. security, drain our economy, ignore our nation’s domestic needs and prevent democratic self-rule from developing […]

New draft would lower military, subvert liberty

Freedom Newspapers Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently said the government is ruling out a military draft “at the present time,” and went on to say, “I don’t know anyone in the executive branch of the government who believes that it would be appropriate or necessary to reinstitute the draft.” The statement is somewhat reassuring, aside […]

Yates turns over command to Posner

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Lt. Gen. Randall M. “Mark” Schmidt, left, commander of the 12th Air Force, gives command of the 27th Fighter Wing to Col. John D. Posner, center, during Friday’s change of command ceremony. Col. Robert Yates is at right. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leaving offers bittersweet moment for the man in charge. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE […]

God can identify his children

By Curtis Shelburne GOD CAN IDENTIFY HIS CHILDREN During one of the more famous battles ever fought, the World War II “Battle of the Bulge,” the Germans made use of a battalion of men under the command of Major Otto Skorzeny, “the most daring commando in the German army.” According to author Stephen Ambrose in […]

Readers voice opinions on capture of Saddam

Sunday’s question posed to Project: Reader Reaction participants asked for opinions on the capture of Saddam Hussein. Some responses: “This is wonderful news! Let us pray that the suicide bombings and ambushes will stop now that they don’t have their leader to push them. Iraq should be able to grow now without the threat of […]

Saddam chronology

The Associated Press A glance at the life of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein: April 28, 1937 – Born in village near desert town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad. 1957 – Joins underground Baath Socialist Party. 1958 – Arrested for killing his brother-in-law, a Communist, spends six months in prison. Oct. 7, 1959 – On […]

More planning needed for future military actions

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad on Thanksgiving no doubt boosted morale in the 1st Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne, and perhaps throughout Iraq — as well as in the White House itself. But it did not change the reality there, which includes the fact that more than 60 U.S. troops were […]

Occupation can’t work with today’s U.S.

Steve Chapman Faced with escalating turmoil in Iraq, George W. Bush spurns any talk of pulling out. “America will never run,” he vows. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, disagrees: “This disastrous mission must be ended before any more lives are lost. It is time to bring our troops home.” Given […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]