War no excuse for taking action against civilians

By Freedom Newspapers The trials, plea bargains and conviction of U.S. Marines involved in war crimes in Iraq have — like everything else involving the Iraq war — divided Americans. Many Americans are shocked at the brutal nature of the crimes these Marines have committed or are accused of committing, including an execution-style killing of […]

Lettes to the Editor: True traffic problems need addressed

After reading Dan Duran’s Sunday letter regarding programming the lights on Thornton, I would like to add the following: —Why not add a light on Ross and 21st streets? —Install a no-crossover barrier like the one across from Sonic on 21st to stop the idiots from cutting into Walgreen’s from the eastbound lanes. —Close the […]

Small Iraq funding bill works for now

Freedom Newspapers As expected, President Bush vetoed a $124 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that included a timetable that could have required the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq no later than October. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure,” the president said. Whether Congress […]

April 26, 1955

Area scouts were preparing for a “Mulligan Stew” feed at Hillcrest Park. Troops from Melrose, Rosedale, Bovina and Clovis were expected to participate. … B&D Fruit Market at First and Sheldon was preparing for its opening Friday with the “freshest produce in town.” … Carmelita Gonzalez was starring in “Las Locuras de Tin Tan” at […]

Letters to the Editor: If flight services aren’t broken, don’t fix them

Regarding the “Fight for flight” article in Friday’s CNJ: We support Mayor David Lansford in his leaning toward re-selection of Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service to Clovis. The Great Lakes aircraft serving Clovis is a Beechcraft 1900D, 19-seat turbo prop with a maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet and speeds up to 325 […]

Security troop surge may provide not worth costs

Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years — 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional […]

New Iraq strategy banks on influence we may not have

By Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” […]

War response sets precedence for future events

Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats are almost unanimously opposed to President Bush’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops actively engaged in Iraq. They are less united when it comes to explaining what they would do instead, and even less so on what they will do — given that they now control both houses of […]

Wilson visits Iraq on fact-finding trip

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Congresswoman Heather Wilson, wrapping up a fact-finding trip to Iraq, said Saturday the United States needs to change its strategy to protect its interests in the region. She also passed along encouraging messages from Cannon Air Force Base troops stationed there. “The situation in Iraq is dangerous and is not […]

Deployed troops request donations for Iraqi children

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Troops deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq have begun a campaign for donations of goodies troops in the field can give to Iraqi children. The items will be distributed by military personnel as they conduct missions to disarm explosive devices in the Iraqi countryside. The goal of the […]

Education digest: Spelling bee guidelines change

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Suggested guidelines for local spelling bees from the Scripps National Spelling Bee have been modified, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools memorandum. Suggested rules include age limits and other guidelines for spellers. A copy of the guidelines has been sent to Clovis Schools principals, according to the memo. The […]

Students send Christmas cheer to troops deployed overseas

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Forty-two kindergarten students are sending Christmas wishes to troops in Iraq. Barry Elementary School’s littlest students have collected games and non-perishable goodies to send to Cannon Air Force Base security forces deployed in Iraq. This Friday, the items — along with cards and letters from the students — […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Tyranny never lasting form of government

By Freedom Newspapers On Oct. 23, 1956, what began as a student demonstration against Soviet control of Hungary attracted thousands of people as the crowd marched through central Budapest to the country’s parliament building. When a student delegation entered the radio building to broadcast the demands of the demonstrators, it was detained. When the crowd […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Iraqi PM glossed over potential Middle East problems

Freedom Newspapers “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history […]

Violence makes Iraq milestones tough

A small hopeful sign emerged in Iraq last week. While it came amid increasing violence in the capital city of Baghdad, it is still worth noting. The still-emerging Iraqi government on Thursday was given full control of Muthanna, in the southern portion of the country, one of Iraq’s 18 recognized provinces. Iraqi prime minister Nouri […]

Locals join cyber support movement

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Normally she’s all about cancer prevention and fund-raising, but a local woman has decided to join in a national show of support for American troops. Dorothy Nelson, American Cancer Society representative for eastern New Mexico, said beginning today she will don a red shirt on Fridays. “I think the […]

Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Lack of strategy in commitment to war unwise

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]