Veterans tribute coming

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Courtesy photo The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will be in Clovis at the high School March 13-18 with an 80-percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a 9/11 memorial and other displays to honor lives lost for freedom. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer sharna_johnson@link.freedom Every year, students in Renie Smith�s advance placement […]

Letters to the Editor: Devil, child abuse not part of Wiccan religion

Regarding the Jan. 14 newspaper story about the Portales woman accused of killing her son because he had “the devil” in him: The story reported the suspect checked out books on Wicca from the library. This statement from District Attorney Matt Chandler flew in my face: “We believe the way some of the child abuse […]

Letters to the Editor: Those who serve deserve our thanks

A couple of days before Veterans Day this year, I received an e-mail from a fellow Vietnam veteran. The e-mail contained a music video titled, “A Pittance of Time.” This song was written by Terry Kelly from Nova Scotia. The song’s words and music intrigued me deeply so I looked up the history of the […]

Day of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksBen Donaldson of Boy Scout Pack 225 from Clovis takes part in Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade on Main Street. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The meaning of this day buzzes around — simply and poignantly — in the mind of 6-year-old Hailey Renfro. Veterans, the little girl said, “Go really […]

Essay celebrating independence still rings true

Freedom Newspapers Otto Whittaker wrote the following essay, “I Am the Nation,” in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway. According to “Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations,” the original version did not contain the phrase, “the steaming jungle of Vietnam.” On this Independence Day, we find its message suits […]

Haditha press’ new favorite condemnation

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist No one yet knows what happened in Haditha, Iraq, last November. There are accounts — unconfirmed — of a massacre perpetrated by a unit of enraged Marines against unarmed civilians. Unless I miss my guess, this is about to become the biggest story in the world. Consider that Abu Ghraib, […]

Compensation reviews cause more stress

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Ronald Nesler of Las Cruces, a Vietnam veteran rated 100-percent disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder, learned this month that his case, as decided in 1997 by the Department of Veterans Affairs, lacked documents to support the finding of service-connected PTSD. The VA regional office in Albuquerque advised Nesler in an […]

Healing difficult for Vietnam veteran

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Tony Romero was working toward becoming a boxing champion when the Vietnam War led to his enlistment in the Marines. He spent 11 months in the jungles of Vietnam before being diagnosed with a case of malaria. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The CNJ is publishing a monthly […]

Vietnam not fully attractive as trade partner

Freedom Newspapers The visit to the United States of Phan Van Khai, prime minister of Vietnam, who is scheduled to meet with President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday, has been controversial, and not without reason. But it could represent opportunity as well. To many Vietnamese-Americans, Khai, who began his revolutionary activism in […]

Hutchison, Johnnie

Johnnie Leonard Hutchison, 63, of Elma, Wash., died Friday, May 20, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 18, 1941, in Clovis, to Grant Harrison and Yadie Elnora Young Hutchison. He was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from high school there. In 1961 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served […]

Moment of quiet remembrance appropriate today

Freedom Newspapers As eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle reflect this Memorial Day upon the sacrifice made by those who died in the nation’s armed forces, finding a place in memory for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is in order. Just 10 days ago, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing […]

Veterans need spiritual assistance

By Clyde Davis, Local Columnist Richard was like the older brother to much of the neighborhood. Although he was actually Bobby’s older brother, he played that role in a lot of our lives, as some of us had no older brother of our own. When he was in high school, Richard acquired a ’55 Chevy, […]

Man dedicates life to finding lost soldiers

By Tom Philpott: Military Update HONOLULU — James Coyle, intelligence research director for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base here, has spent most of his professional life investigating the whereabouts of hundreds of Americans lost in service to nation. His commitment to that quest has not flagged in 18 years, he […]

‘Docugate:’ CBS can’t stonewall this time

Mona Charen Though some have dubbed the Dan Rather docugate story a distraction from the real issues of campaign 2004, I would argue that, in some ways, the episode illuminates those issues. For more than 30 years, John Kerry has been vaulting back and forth over the Vietnam fence — believing the war was his […]

Kerry has curdled self-image of U.S.

Mona Charen In their new bestseller, “Can America Survive?” Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth begin with a pointed contrast between the America of today and that of 1942. One starts the section with trepidation, since such comparisons are overdone and usually strained. But the authors handle it deftly. The result is a quite devastating insight […]

Kerry’s record is one of appeasement

By Mona Charen John F. Kerry is a dove in hawk’s clothing. Yes, he volunteered in Vietnam — and none can deny him the honor he deserves for having done his duty. But he now asks to be commander in chief largely on the strength of that four-month stint — which is like trying to […]

Kerry’s campaign fails to connect with audience

Freedom Editorial D emocratic presidential nominee John Kerry had more than 50 minutes to make his case to the public, and to show a more human side that even his supporters say is lacking, yet put in no better than a passable effort. In the beginning of his acceptance speech on Thursday, and at a […]

War veteran loved antiques

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Lt. Col. Gradon E. Mongar enjoyed a long career in the military, flying fighter jets and serving in World War II and Vietnam. But there was more to Mongar than fast planes and war experiences. Antiques also played a big role in his life. In fact, after retiring from the […]

Man anticipated risk in Vietnam

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Pfc. Jimmy Hohstead was approaching the end of his scheduled duty in Vietnam when he was killed in action on Oct. 9, 1967, according to his sister, Donna White. Hohstead’s death came as a blow to his sister. The two had just a few years before suffered the […]

Monument is a tribute to Clovis’ heroes lost in war

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Clovis veterans and their relatives come to today’s Memorial Day services scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, they won’t be hearing speeches by politicians or community leaders. Instead, they’ll hear family members of eight of the 171 war dead whose names are engraved on a new veterans’ […]