Education digest: Spelling bee guidelines change

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Suggested guidelines for local spelling bees from the Scripps National Spelling Bee have been modified, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools memorandum. Suggested rules include age limits and other guidelines for spellers. A copy of the guidelines has been sent to Clovis Schools principals, according to the memo. The […]

Students send Christmas cheer to troops deployed overseas

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Forty-two kindergarten students are sending Christmas wishes to troops in Iraq. Barry Elementary School’s littlest students have collected games and non-perishable goodies to send to Cannon Air Force Base security forces deployed in Iraq. This Friday, the items — along with cards and letters from the students — […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Tyranny never lasting form of government

By Freedom Newspapers On Oct. 23, 1956, what began as a student demonstration against Soviet control of Hungary attracted thousands of people as the crowd marched through central Budapest to the country’s parliament building. When a student delegation entered the radio building to broadcast the demands of the demonstrators, it was detained. When the crowd […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Iraqi PM glossed over potential Middle East problems

Freedom Newspapers “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history […]

Violence makes Iraq milestones tough

A small hopeful sign emerged in Iraq last week. While it came amid increasing violence in the capital city of Baghdad, it is still worth noting. The still-emerging Iraqi government on Thursday was given full control of Muthanna, in the southern portion of the country, one of Iraq’s 18 recognized provinces. Iraqi prime minister Nouri […]

Locals join cyber support movement

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Normally she’s all about cancer prevention and fund-raising, but a local woman has decided to join in a national show of support for American troops. Dorothy Nelson, American Cancer Society representative for eastern New Mexico, said beginning today she will don a red shirt on Fridays. “I think the […]

Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Lack of strategy in commitment to war unwise

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]