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.

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 […]

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.