Reagan’s funeral brought America together Friday

Whatever anyone may feel about the Reagan presidency, we came together as a nation Friday to say our final good-byes to America’s 40th president in a ceremony that celebrated his life, his patriotism, his tenderness and forcefulness, his home-spun humor and his achievements as a national and world leader. Television once again delivered to us […]

Nation says goodbye to Ronald Reagan

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Former first lady Nancy Reagan leans over to kiss the casket of her husband former President Ronald Reagan, shortly before his body was removed from the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington today. (AP photo/Stephan Sovoia) By Calvin Woodward: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a final hail to the chief beneath marble […]

Reagan gave inspiration to free people

When the talking heads with microphones and cameras show up, most of those in the long lines to honor Ronald Reagan say little more than, “It’s a piece of history,” or “You have to respect somebody who rose from nothing to become president.” But their very presence suggests the bond goes deeper than mere affection […]

Clovis grad draws guard duty for escorting of Reagan’s body.

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER A Clovis High School graduate and U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard member stood guard as former President Ronald Reagan’s flag-draped casket was escorted from California to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Brian Wanzor guarded the Boeing 747 used to transport Reagan’s body from Point Mugu, Calif., for national memorial services to […]

Businesses close for day to remember Reagan

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Federal, state and city offices will be closed Friday to observe a day of remembrance for the life of President Ronald Reagan. A funeral service for Reagan will be held Friday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Reagan’s body will then be flown to California, where it will […]

Portales banker remembers Reagan as sincere during train layover in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For Ronald Reagan, it was an early-morning layover at a small train station in Clovis. For a 20-something ticket agent, the Cold War-era words they exchanged are still memorable 42 years later. “We just talked about a lot of things,” said Dennis Edwards, now the president of Wells-Fargo Bank in […]

Now Reagan belongs to the ages

I had been working in the White House East Wing for several weeks before I ever saw Ronald Reagan in the flesh. One day, as I walked alone from the East Wing to the West — a path that took me through the Rose Garden and past the Oval Office — I suddenly heard a […]

Reagan took his leader role seriously

Those who love liberty lost one of their premier leaders when Ronald Reagan died Saturday. One need not consider all of Reagan’s policies excellent to realize he was the only president in the 20th century who understood what America meant to all the world, why it was dubbed “the leader of the free world,” despite […]

Reagan established platform that set GOP on current course

By Calvin Woodward: AP analysis WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan told Americans that government was the problem. They haven’t been quite the same since. Lionized by his party, mimicked by opponents when not mocked by them, he spoke the verities of a new age of conservatism that remains the strongest thread in American politics. A gift […]

Reagan ideas inspirational

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ Staff Writer Cheryl Gist was inspired by Ronald Reagan as far back as 1976. A Muleshoe High School teacher in her early 30s, she was so inspired she organized a group of about 10 students she called the “Young Republicans.” Reagan lost the Republican Primary to Gerald Ford that year, but […]

Area citizens react to loss of Ronald Reagan

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mary Lewis said she never missed a Ronald Reagan movie. The 77-year-old Texico resident praised the former president. “I just loved him, he was just so handsome and such a good actor,” she said. “He was a wonderful president and a loving husband.” Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, died […]

Even to critics, Reagan was larger than life

By Thomas M. DeFrank: New York Daily News WASHINGTON — Camp Liberty Bell, South Korea, 1983. Ronald Reagan is saddling up after a quick visit to the demilitarized zone, where he has just stared through goggles across the barren border between the two Koreas at a Potemkin village to the north and dismissed it as […]

Reagan gave the world hope

Few men in modern times have changed American politics as significantly as did President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In some ways his death at age 93 was a relief. There was something inordinately sad about seeing a man with such a sharp wit, and with such glorious […]

Ronald Reagan dies at age 93

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Nancy Reagan cradles the Reagans’ pet, a King Charles spaniel named Rex, as she and President Ronald Reagan stroll along the White House South lawn in this December 1986 file photo. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook) Jeff Wilson and Terence Hunt: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to […]

Republican’s lack of frugal behavior a boon to Kerry

Freedom Newspapers That Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry last week tried to sell himself to the American people as a fiscally responsible moderate isn’t surprising. The same pose paid impressive political dividends for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who not only appeared to break the tax and spend mold of most Democrats but even pledged […]

Reagan’s legacy should be recalled with fondness

Freedom Newspapers In some quiet bedroom in suburban Los Angeles, former president Ronald Reagan turns 93 today. Whatever celebrating there is will be muted, given the ravages Alzheimer’s disease has reportedly taken on the man most of us remember as robust, smiling, optimistic and every inch what people seem to want in a president. But […]

Republicans off track on how to honor Reagan

Freedom Newspapers W e, too, are big fans of former President Ronald Reagan. We, too, believe he is deserving of all the honors befitting an outstanding president, and that his claim to greatness will only grow with the passage of time. But we’ve frankly grown weary of some of the half-baked efforts to “honor” the […]

Hinkley: Least dangerous man on earth

Steve Chapman Forty years later, there are still unanswered questions about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But one is unanswered only because it has never been asked: If Lee Harvey Oswald were alive today, would we let him walk the streets a free man? The question hasn’t been considered because it seems preposterous to […]

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 […]

Altering 22nd amendment could haunt

By Steve Chapman On political issues, it’s been said, where you stand depends on where you sit. Bill Clinton can vouch for that. He finds that some things look different to a sitting president once he’s an ex-president, who in this case is not sitting but pacing. Clinton recently expressed a desire to alter the […]