Tuesday morning briefing: Video game of the week and runners wanted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie: Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic Genre: Massively-multiplayer online role-playing game System: PC What is it? An online game from Bioware set in the Star Wars universe. ESRB Rating: Teen […]

Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

Middle East wars can’t end soon enough

Freedom Newspapers It’s a start. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. He promised, “(We) will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge” of troop levels he began in 2009. About 67,000 troops then would remain […]

There are other ways to thwart funeral protests

Freedom New Mexico Many Americans oppose U.S. military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan; some have taken to the streets in open protest. But do such protests cross a line when they interfere with the solemn funeral of a fallen soldier? The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the matter. New Mexico residents fall […]

No winners in foreign trade wars

Freedom New Mexico Remember back in September, when the United States — about the same time President Barack Obama was lecturing the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh about not resorting to protectionism — slapped a hefty 35 percent tariff on certain low-cost automobile tires made in China? It may not have seemed like a big deal, […]

Tattoos don’t hinder airmen from serving

Freedom New Mexico At a time when our nation is fighting wars on two fronts, the U.S. Air Force recently — and quietly — expanded its policy to ban all forearm tattoos, thus keeping some recruits who had signed up under the old guidelines from heading out to basic training. Thankfully, the move was rescinded […]

Civilian court appropriate for 9/11 trials

Freedom New Mexico The decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed he was the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four others in a civilian federal court in New York City, has provoked an emotional and, in some instances, quite partisan response. Just because objections are emotional or partisan, however, does not […]

God leads way during troubled times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist At this Thanksgiving time, our nation faces situations and uncertain times like never before. Difficult financial times have left people jobless and homeless. Rumors of wars and a horrendous act by a gunman even in the heart of Texas dominate the news. During this Thanksgiving season, remember we have sure […]

Veterans deserve thanks, praise

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Armistice Day. Veterans’ Day. November 11th, so designated to coincide with the signing of the agreement to end the First World War, the war to end all wars. This we knew, growing up in the 60′s and 70′s as we did, and I presume before that. It was always a […]

Stamp trooper

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nick Csakan of Clovis was enlisted to help draw attention to Friday’s release of the new Star Wars stamps at the Clovis Post Office on Gidding Street. In the past, postal works have dressed as muppets and presidents for a stamp release, according to Postmaster John Yeast.

Report’s depiction of Iran unrealistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Recommendation 16 of the Iraq Study Group’s report calls upon Syria to agree to a peace deal with Israel in return for the Golan Heights. It further suggests that Syria be persuaded to end its interference in Lebanon, cease aiding Hezbollah, convince Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and […]

Draft idea goes against ideals of free country

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea into American […]

John A. Shuflat

John A. Shuflat, 66, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born May 6, 1939, in Malden, Mass., to Frank and Nettie Shuflat. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion in Clovis. He joined the U.S. Air Force in […]

Don’t forget: Journalists have dangerous jobs

Freedom Newspapers Journalists have been criticized a lot lately, sometimes justly, as in Dan Rather’s infamous 2004 “Memogate” report that used a falsified document on President Bush’s military service. But journalists still are the men and women on the front lines of wars, riots and disasters, bringing the news to us. Sometimes journalists are hurt […]

U.S., Mexico need to rethink drug war strategy

CNJ staff The killing continues in Matamoros, Mexico, within bullet range of the Rio Grande. Two people, at least one of them an American missionary, were found dead Friday in Matamoros. Details are sketchy. Two other Americans, Carlos Santiago Ramirez and Yolanda Zamora Rivera, were found shot dead Wednesday morning at their Matamoros home. Police […]

U.S. needs to stay and finish job in Iraq

By Mona Charen The bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad drives home the point that terrorism is the modern face of evil. What purpose, other than sowing misery, is furthered by murdering those who are trying to run hospitals, distribute food and provide school supplies? One does hope that the apologists — those who […]

U.S. has history of fighting others’ wars

By Tibor Machan Since early in its history America has been a world power and has been called upon increasingly by other nations to fight on their behalf. World War I, for example, would not have turned out as it did without the United States’ role in it, and many in Europe wouldn’t have it […]