Defense officials looking for rental relief for Gates

By Tom Philpott Robert M. Gates is the first secretary of defense to live in military housing, an old but spacious 19th century home in a secure Navy compound in the District of Columbia. Gates also could be the last defense chief to live there, practical as it is, unless Congress amends a law that […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Hero welcomed home

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols and waved neon signs that read “Welcome Home.” An hour passed as they waited for the bus that carried John Martinez from his […]

Service a family affair

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson cuts a dashing figure. Wilson, a former Clovis resident, has served in the U.S. Navy for almost 22 years. At 41, not only is he a dedicated sailor, but a husband, father […]

Recruiting moves away from schools and to summer leagues

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When Portales senior Morgan Hill received a letter from Navy in August, she didn’t think much of it. “You get a zillion letters (from colleges),” she said. Later on, a phone call let her know that it wasn’t just any letter. “After we talked a couple of times,” Hill said, […]

Hill to sign with Navy

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With the expectations on her and the Portales High basketball team she plays for, there is a good chance one month from now that basketball practice will be the hardest work Morgan Hill does all day as a Portales High senior. A year from now, basketball practice might be the […]

Sept. 4 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. World War II profiles are compiled by staff writer Sharna Johnson. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com […]

Veteran Profiles, Sept. 2

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Marshall Vinson Date of Birth: March 17, 1924 Dates of service: April 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Motley County, near Matador, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of service: Europe, Italy Branch: Army Rank: Pvt. 1st class Unit and specialty: 10th Mountain Division, Mule Packer After discharge: Motley County […]