Flag returns to Hurlburt

CNJ Staff The 1st Special Operations Wing flag returns to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Thursday during a redesignation ceremony of the 16th SOW, according to a 16th SOW Public Affairs press release. It will be the first time the 1st SOW flag has flown at Hurlburt Field since Oct. 1, 1993, when Air Force officials redesignated […]

Letters to the editor 7/9

Celebration success to those who heard it The “Kept Cannon” celebration held July 1 was a complete success. Here are some brief comments: Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos’ extensive decorating and preparations of the Civic Center was highly commendable. Mayor David Lansford’s leadership and persistence to build a Clovis Civic Center provided […]

Allowing flag burning honors our forefathers

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday took a step toward limiting the First Amendment by sending to the Senate floor a constitutional amendment that allows Congress to ban flag desecration. Conservatives have been trying to get the amendment through Congress since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down flag protection laws in 1989. […]

June can never come too soon

Bob Huber : Local Columnist I love June. With each passing year, I love it even more. That’s because it contains Flag Day, D-Day, Father’s Day, my birthday and National Eat More Prunes Day. It’s a month-long feast of gala celebrations, if you get my drift. If Congress had a lick of sense, they’d set […]

Vietnam veteran flies flag daily to salute American servicemen

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Zak Casarez, left, and his grandfather, Dale Fite of Clovis, fold up the flag at the end of the day Wednesday. Fite said he is teaching his grandson the importance of paying respect to the flag with the daily ceremony. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When storms rise over Clovis […]

Conservatives in danger of giving up values

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is they are forgetting essential precepts of their own philosophy. Their current eagerness to amend the U.S. Constitution, not […]

Immigration solution will take compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Residents demonstrate for immigrant rights

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A boy rides on a marcher’s shoulders waving an American flag as hundreds of participants in a rally walk north on Mitchell Street Monday morning. The marchers walked in a show of support for immigration reform. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The honking car horns could be heard for blocks, […]

4/19 Letters to the editor

Legality, not race, main immigration issue Why is it that someone can come into our country illegally and demand that they be made citizens? First off, I am in no way a racist. I have nothing against Mexicans or any other race of people. But I do have a problem with the illegals coming over […]

Multiculturalism only sparking divisions

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Concerned that the raging immigration debate would spark violence, officials in at least two schools in Colorado have banned students from bringing flags to school, the AP reports. Predictably, this news and associated rumors have lit up the phone lines at call-in shows around the nation. Conservatives are right to […]

McNaughton family honors police

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Matt Chandler, left, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District Court, accepted a flag from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Scofield Monday at the District Attorney’s office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement members were recognized Monday by the family of Laura McNaughton, the 30-year-old Clovis woman found […]

Flag amendment not Congress’ most pressing concern

Freedom Newspapers With an ongoing war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden still in hiding, massive federal budget deficits and necessary Social Security and Medicare reform on the table, one would think that Congress would have a full plate of serious issues to tackle. Instead, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 286-130 to push forward […]

6/5 Letters to the editor

What’s a drink of water worth? Eldred Noble Clovis Clovis should remember to fly flag in June Annually, Americans coast to coast stop for a moment at 5 p.m. (MDT) on June 14 to say simultaneously the 31 words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Please take the time to join your fellow Americans in this […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Readers divided on flag amendment

A recent Project: Reader Reaction asked residents how they felt about a constitutional amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., that would allow Congress to protect the American flag from acts of desecration. “I’M A 25-YEAR veteran and served in both Southeast Asia and Korea. I’m a patriot and believe that the symbol of our […]

A patriotic song

Reporter’s Notebook Lisa Moore, a Clovis housewife and part-time nurse, offered these holiday comments in a recent e-mail: “Oh say, can you see by the dawn’s early light — the spent firecracker casings lying all over the place? “All you patriotic folks who were overcome by the urge to celebrate the Fourth with the rockets’ […]

Reagan laid to rest in his beloved California

Security Forces (Left to Right) Staff Sgt. Raul Cisneros, Tech. Sgt. Brian Smith, and Senior Airman Raymond Cota raise the flag during Friday’s ceremony honoring the late President Ronald Reagan at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Steve Chawkins: The Los Angles Times LOS ANGELES — As thousands of mourners lined […]

U.S. Postal Service should display flag

Letters to the editor Our United States Postal Service (USPS) in Clovis has a serious problem understanding the importance of flying our flag at the appropriate times. Memorial Day provided an excellent example. The flag was not flying freely as it should have been. Many businesses and private homeowners across Clovis proudly displayed the American […]

Military families want flags for veterans’ graves

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Leon Morris wants to hear from local relatives of United States military veterans. Two local veterans’ groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 3280 and 3015, coordinate the annual Memorial Day placement of American flags on the graves of Curry County veterans. However, Morris said members of local veterans’ […]

Clovis, crime, halftime on readers’ minds

Project: Reader Reaction Members of Project: Reader Reaction were recently asked for comments on any issue they had on their minds. Some responses: “I moved here in 1989 because it was a small community in which my husband and I would finish raising our kids. The Army gave us the choice of New York City […]

Patriotism growing with house

By Clyde Davis The house is the one the left on the way to Lubbock. I cannot remember if it is east of Sudan, or just west of the small Texas town, but it’s somewhere in that stretch after Muleshoe and before Littlefield. I never noticed it before the Sept. 11, 2001, events, but since […]