Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Petraeus: Afghan war gains enable U.S. troop cuts

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Amid signs of deepening war weariness among Americans, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he will soon recommend a plan for beginning troop reductions, while embracing President Barack Obama’s goal of pursuing a long-term military partnership with the Afghan government. In a four-hour Senate hearing that was his […]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama […]

Portales past: Jan. 19, 1942

Jan. 19, 1942: Portales Daily News: Only $750 more was needed to put Roosevelt County’s Red Cross war fund over the $2,500 mark, according to Paul Bryant, county chairman.

Portales past: Dec. 17, 1941

Dec. 17, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Another group of Portales citizens who know how the beaches of the Philippines and Hawaii look over the sights of a rifle are the United States War Veterans, who officially declared war, not only on the Japanese, but also on Italy and Germany.

Portales past: Nov. 23, 1942

Nov. 23, 1942: The Portales Daily News: An effort was being made to collect all of the scrap in the county (for the war effort) by the first of the year, according to Frank Craddock, county chairman.

My turn: Politics hinder war success

In an afterward to David Halberstam’s “The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War,” Russell Baker wrote that Halberstam was “constantly trying to understand why a nation with such high aspirations, led by the most excellent people, so often ended up in one quagmire or another.” Halberstam, best known for “The Best and the Brightest” […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]

Portales past: Sept. 25, 1945

Portales Daily News: Staff Sgt. Lloyd D. Wharton, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Wharton; Charles Parks, son of Mrs. Burma Parks; and Sgt. Winfred Grider, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Grider of Floyd, were on furlough from military duty in the European theater of the war.

Vet profile: Reservist enlisted during Cold War

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Courtesy photo Dennis Darrow works on his Army Jeep in Keflavik, Iceland, in 1957. Name: Dennis Darrow Age: 74 Hometown: Shamrock, Texas Branch: Army Reserve Date enlisted: Sept. 4, 1956 Date discharged: April 30, 1962 Served during: Cold War

GOP turning against war in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico The tipping point in public support for America’s war in Afghanistan may end up being a statement earlier this month by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He blurted out that the war in Afghanistan was “a war of Obama’s choosing” and “not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted […]

Better ways to combat terrorism than war

Freedom Newspapers Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow […]

Meet the original Martha Stewart

By Jodi Stewart Guest columnist Martha Stewart represents home and hearth. She served her country in World War II as a commissioned Naval officer as part of the Nursing Corp. She’s famous for making lefse, a round Norwegian flatbread with a potato-based dough, baked on a griddle. Perhaps someone caught sight of her roller-skating on […]

Marine recalls time served during Korean War

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Cannon AFB leadership class 06-D, honored Robert E. Simmons, by placing him on their “Wall of Heroes” in April of 2006 and presented him with a shadow box that displays his awards and decorations from the course of his 20-year career in the Marines. Clarence Plank Robert Simmons, 81, of […]

Porous border fears ripe fodder for alarmists

Freedom newspapers Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters armed […]

Agent Orange aid hits possible roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

Local veterans recall Korean War

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Families remember loved ones

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. Carol Nash of Clovis carries the legacy of an uncle who died in World War II at Okinawa, Japan. Nash, her mother and other family members have collected all the letters that Roy Melvin Johnston […]

Veterans reflect on meaning of Memorial Day

David Ash By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Official urges Gulf War vets to seek VA care

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study stating Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder, a senior military health system official said. If Gulf War veterans seek care through […]