Veterans deserve our respect

Anita Doberman Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, he decided […]

Heroes should always be remembered

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the […]

Church hosts program honoring veterans

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer “Honoring God, Country and Veterans” was the focus of an early Veterans Day program on Saturday morning that was hosted by Southside Church of Christ. For the sixth year, the program paid tribute to those who have served in the military. Guest speaker for the morning was David McVey, […]

Volunteers fight to keep history alive

Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, who was […]

Military plot twists show bureaucracy’s problems

Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly disturbing. […]

Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the […]

Hold soldiers accountable

Editorial It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed this crime, […]

Church to protest at Clovis funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as fuel to push their message all the more. Church members announced last week they plan to picket Monday’s funeral […]

Church protesters should be ignored by community

Editorial Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro Baptist Church […]

WWII infantryman inducted into Wall of Heroes

James Brazell receives a shadow box of his decorations earned during combat in World War II during his induction into the Wall of Heroes May 25 at the Airman Leadership School. Janet Taylor Birkey Perhaps one of the hallmarks of an infantryman who has seen battle, is his easy willingness to admit the fear he […]

Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

Letters to the editor: 3-26

Mayor applauds drama students On March 18, I attended a theater performance of “Oliver” at the Portales High School Auditorium. The packed-house performance was the third of four held that weekend. The cast consisted of Portales students of all grades. The music was performed by the high school band. Equally important were the sets, props […]

Portales men cross paths in Iraq

By Marc Schoder Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are now serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to believe that it is a small world after all. Lt. Darren Hooker is one of those believers. Hooker leads the 32-member, 126th Military Police company […]

Rekindle D-Day atmosphere for soldiers in harm’s way

Freedom Newspapers A savage enemy, a dark time of war, a need for hopes and prayers and a fight for liberty and security. While these were the feelings of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II, we could apply some of that atmosphere to modern times, with our soldiers in peril overseas. June 6, […]

Students sending packages to former classmates in Iraq

By Tony Parra Portales High School students are devoting their time and efforts to provide food and hygiene supplies to United States soldiers in Iraq. Approximately 35 PHS students are helping soldiers, who are former PHS graduates, by sending toothpaste, chips, granola bars, wipes and other non-perishable food items in boxes. Students sent out their […]

Cannon firefighter talks with students

By David Irvin CLOVIS — When roughly 150 young students Monday asked what it was like to be in war, Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. David Sanchez answered with an illustration: The Air Force firefighter asked the after school students at James Bickley Elementary to close their eyes and imagine themselves sitting on a […]

Buffalo soldiers honored at historic hill

1088313727-6-27-b-soldier-hill-web.jpg

By Kevin Wilson LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just a few seconds to realize he’d come to the right place. The mile marker is in southern Roosevelt County, about 18 miles west of Morton, Texas, and parallel to a […]

Saddam Captured

By Mariam Fam and Aleksandar Vasovic Associated Press Writers ADWAR, Iraq — When darkness fell, the Americans moved into position, 600 of them, from infantrymen to elite special forces. Their target: two houses in this rural village of orange, lemon and palm groves. Someone big was inside, they were told. But when they struck, they […]

Brothers follow in father’s military footsteps

Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, he paid close attention to world events. After 30 years traveling the world with the United States Army — including two tours of combat duty in Vietnam and postings to Japan and Europe — the New Mexico […]