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’ […]

Education Briefs 4/15

CCC holding Cinco de Mayo party Clovis Community College is holding its second annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at 6 p.m. on April 24. The event will be held at American Legion Post 25 at 2400 W. Seventh. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, and are on sale at […]

Kerry’s war comments tend to contradict

Mona Charen There he was, the 27-year-old John Kerry, hair spilling down over his eyes, Kennedyesque a’s (as in “cahn’t imagine”) rolling off his tongue, and lanky legs seeking room on the cramped talk show set. C-SPAN was rebroadcasting an episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1971. Opposing Kerry was a hard-charging, highly intelligent […]

Family unit

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Glenice Jones of Clovis stands outside her house Friday in Clovis. Jones’ husband Walter and their son David are in the Army and their other son, Brian, is in the Army National Guard. By Darrell Todd Maurina Master Sgt. Walter Jones learned Friday he will become a grandfather the same way he’s learned about other […]

Some John Kerry moves are hipocritical

Mona Charen Someday, when brain science has evolved further, specialists may be able to understand how someone like George Bush — a man of wit and intelligence in private — can be so unbelievably inarticulate in public. For now, it remains a mystery. Those who dislike his policies have made a cottage industry of calling […]

Candidate can’t stay ‘Mr. Both Ways’

Mona Charen Sen. John Kerry announced his run for the presidency surrounded by no fewer than eight American flags and eight veterans of the Vietnam War. The strains of “Anchors Aweigh” (which The New York Times story rendered as ‘Anchors Away’) welcomed the candidate to the podium. Kerry’s Web site likewise emphasizes the senator’s military […]

Nation loses ‘great citizen’ in Hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Hope, ski jump-nosed master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of servicemen and presidents alike, has died, just two months after turning 100. Hope died late Sunday of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, with his family at his bedside, longtime publicist Ward Grant said Monday. The nation’s most-honored […]

Curry County needs memorial to honor fallen

Ruben Rubio was killed in Vietnam on July 6, 1971. He was 21 years old. His sister, Jane Garcia, still lives in Clovis. She called the newspaper a few weeks ago to make sure Ruben’s name would appear among Curry County’s Memorial Day list of war heroes. That list is on Page 1 of today’s […]