Muleshoe Marine Bales would have been proud

By Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed […]

One option for Saddam: justice before new special tribunal

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. officials said they still haven’t decided what to do with Saddam Hussein now that he’s been captured, but one option is putting him before a special tribunal established just days ago. Iraq’s Governing Council said Saddam would face public trial in Iraq. Iraq’s interim government established a special […]

Beware: Return of draft could be real possibility

Given that next year is an election year, it is probably unlikely that a serious effort to reinstitute conscription — a military draft — will happen anytime soon. But a number of circumstances make it a possibility once the election is finished. Those who value freedom and an effective national defense should be aware of […]

Area veterans meet need for new memorial

Freedom Newspapers T he Clovis Joint Veterans Council announced last week it plans to build a monument to Curry County veterans who have been killed in war. This is great news. Curry County has a prominent war memorial: six stone tablets outside Clovis/Carver Public Library “Dedicated to Curry County veterans who served their country.” But […]

Remnants of Santa Fe project remain

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the Santa Fe Heights housing project that began in Clovis in the 1940s. Part one was published Dec. 3. “My brother and I,” said Cameron Mactavish, “had part-time work at the Santa Fe Heights project when out of school. Andrew was the […]

Prohibition failed; U.S. war on drugs on similar track

Freedom Newspapers Only America’s oldest citizens remember one of our nation’s great follies, alcohol Prohibition, which ended 70 years ago this month. The Noble Experiment, as it was called, was supposed to produce an increase in virtue and productivity as people shunned Demon Rum for work. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, as reflected […]

Memorial in works to honor area vets

By Darrell Todd Maurina Area veterans organizations learned last week they have raised enough money in cash and pledges to begin work on a veteran’s monument outside the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The memorial will honor 125 veterans from Curry County who died in war. Jim Cowman, representative of the retired Marine Corps organization on the […]

Iraq occupation not worth lives with no clear goal

Freedom Newspapers The news from last weekend that American soldiers killed 46 guerrilla fighters (the exact number is disputed) during several attacks in Samarra, a small town near Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, suggests the “postwar” in Iraq has moved to a different level, one that more closely resembles, as several military commanders have […]

Recruiters gain ground despite war

Tom Philpott Military recruiting is weathering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an improving economy, with surprising strength, said Dr. Curtis Gilroy, the Defense Department’s director of recruiting policy. The 2003 recruiting year did have some disappointments. The active Army again recruited fewer high school graduates than needed to meet a standard quality target. The […]

Energy bill should rest on the scrap heap

Freedom Newspapers When is the Bush administration going to stop violating Americans’ civil rights? According to The New York Times, the FBI has “collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of anti-war demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads.” The Times […]

FBI should stop spying on war protesters

Freedom Newspapers When is the Bush administration going to stop violating Americans’ civil rights? According to The New York Times, the FBI has “collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of anti-war demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads.” The Times […]

Lynch affair is symbolic of war’s lack of clarity

Freedom Newspapers When commentators first suggested the U.S. military’s depiction of Army Private Jessica Lynch’s “heroic” struggle against her Iraqi captors was overblown, U.S. officials were indignant. But the more the public learns about the event, the more clear it is that initial Pentagon descriptions of what happened were untrue. A new biography of Lynch, […]

Some are veterans because ‘it was the right thing to do’

Freedom Newspapers We will honor our nation’s military veterans with a holiday on Tuesday, for all the blood and anguish and separation they’ve endured in the name of freedom. Veterans Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs tells us (www.appc1.va.gov/vetsday) is set aside to thank and honor those who served honorably in the military. “Veterans Day […]

Homesickness abated by remembering

Thomas J. Lucente Jr. CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait — Another Veterans Day. Last year at this time, I was sitting comfortably at home in Ohio, going about my life, bowling a couple of nights a week, playing poker every Wednesday night, drinking my fair share of George Killian’s Irish Red and just basically living my life. […]

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 […]

Illegality of drugs causing more harm than drugs

Freedom Newspapers A couple of recent news stories point out some of the flaws with the government’s war on drugs. Rush Limbaugh’s admission of his addiction to prescription pain killers is instructive on several levels. At its most basic, Limbaugh’s case shows drug addicts come from all walks of life. Pop culture and drug warriors […]

How Bush could secure second term

Leon Hadar The prevailing view in Washington these days is that the Iraq war and its aftermath have placed huge obstacles on President Bush’s path to a second term. Bush, argue the pundits, had outlined a scenario for Americans — one involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda and […]

Navigator recalls old warbird

By Gary Mitchell World War II warbirds on static display Saturday and Sunday at Clovis Municipal Airport brought back memories for one Clovis man who trained with a B-29 Super-fortress bomber. Both a B-29 and “Diamond Lil,” the world’s oldest B-24 Liberator bomber, were displayed, courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force — formerly the Confederate […]

City airport hosts ‘flying…museum’

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Tony Mulhare, holding their 15-month-old son, along with his wife Alicia, points as they look into the bomb bay of the B-29 Superfortress the “FiFi” Saturday as it is on display at the Clovis Municipal Airport. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Autumn Saldana, 6, said she felt comfortable behind the controls of […]

Democrats have late doubts about war

Steve Chapman The costs of occupying Iraq are growing more obvious and more imposing every day, and Democrats bridle at forcing Americans to bear them. During a recent presidential debate, one candidate after another assailed President Bush for his $87 billion request, which includes $20 billion for rebuilding the country. Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri […]