Air Force flexes its muscle

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Garison Bohler, 2, and his dad Matt Bohler, of Muleshoe, Texas, watch a performance during the 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. An A-10 Warthog is in the background. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Chilly temperatures and intermittent rain showers at Saturday’s 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air […]

Air Force showing its wings

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly through the skies over Clovis during the 2002 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s Air Power Expo will open Saturday with a peaceful glider flight across the sky to the tune of the national anthem. Then […]

Sept. 11 focus should shift to justice

Freedom Newspapers It has been said that time heals all wounds. Some wounds, however, are so deep and so severe that life will never be the same. Clearly, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fit into that category, having changed our world drastically. Eastern New Mexico joined the rest of America this weekend in commemorating […]

Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]

Terrorist attack on oil facility shows reprisal problems

An attack over the weekend on offices of oil facilities in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, left 22 people dead, mostly foreign workers. It might have been part of an al-Qaida effort to disrupt world oil supplies and perhaps even to affect the U.S. economy adversely. Or it might have been an attack designed more to weaken […]

Citizens, officials have hard time deciding what is credible

By Michael J. Sniffen: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In recent years, the government has told Americans it has credible evidence of impending terror attacks, of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and of collaboration between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. But “credible” doesn’t mean the same thing to every government official and even credible information […]

Letter writers note appreciation for efforts

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will periodically publish thank-you letters of public interest. Letters should be less than 300 words and the writer must be identified. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior […]

Rice and Clarke 9/11 testimony not too different

Freedom Newspapers National security adviser Condoleezza Rice was everything most people expected her to be — confident, on-message, in full command of a wide array of facts, self-assured and on balance reassuring. Unfortunately, in part because of the limited mission of the Sept. 11 commission to which she offered her testimony, her appearance offered little […]

Missile strike on Hamas leader puts U.S. in peril

Freedom Newspapers Beyond the loss of life, beyond the near-certainty that the killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin will prompt further bombings in or against Israel, the action places the United States in a delicate position. Unfortunately, this is the result of years of mostly well-intentioned insistence on being intimately involved with what U.S. […]

Explosion rocks U.N. headquarters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A suicide truck bomb ripped through the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, who was trapped in the rubble, U.N. officials said. A U.N. worker in Baghdad, Tharer al-Tikriti, said that […]

Limbaugh trying to rationalize a war

By Tibor Machan Every time I drive to school, I listen to Rush Limbaugh for about five minutes. It is cultural anthropology for me more than an interest in his latest ridicule of Daschle & Co., although I sympathize with that. Last time I tuned in, Limbaugh was trying hard to explain away the fact […]