March 25, 2009
Cpl. Samantha D. Cross has just returned from a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq where she served with convoy security. Her photo has been added the Veterans window at Nicholasville Baptist Church. She is a member of the church and routinely brings nine to 14 children and youth to Sunday morning services.
May 2, 2006
Dear Editor, I saw the latest AP wire. It said there was another terrorist video. In that video, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's No. 2 man, claims that, with all the homicide bombings, Al Qaeda has "broken the back" of the United States military in Iraq! Hmmm... Oh, you mean the Al Qaeda that has absolutely no connection with Iraq? Wow... Those guys are really talented to have no connection and yet still do all that damage. Melissa Thompson Liberty
May 19, 2004
The Bush administration is being understandably quiet about the explosion of a nerve gas-filled artillery shell over the weekend in Iraq. The administration is right to be cautious because the favorite cause of Iraq war critics has been the allegation that President Bush lied about Saddam Hussein's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Right now, U.S. officials are more concerned about the threat the sarin-laden bomb presents to our soldiers in Iraq than making a point against critics of the war. Since the artillery shell was not labeled as containing nerve gas, it raises the question of whether thousands of others might also have been mislabeled to fool United Nations weapons inspectors.
August 3, 2003
Dear Editor: To start off, I would like to say "Hi" to all the people in my hometown of Danville. I would like to say thank you to all of the people who showed support for all of us troops in Iraq. We have been here for a while and hopefully we will be coming home soon. I would like to say thank you to my mother, Doris Provence, and my father, Pat Provence, and also to my brothers, John Watts, Chris Watts and James Shearer, and my wife, Rebecca Watts, and two daughters, Brittany Watts and Kristin Newby, and my family for being there for me showing support.
March 29, 2007
Pvt. Christopher S. Carl, of the United States Army, has been deployed to an undisclosed location in Iraq. Carl, an infantryman in the 3rd ID of Ft. Stewart, Ga. will be serving as part of a special troops battalion. He has served in the Army since June 2006. He is the son of Gerald and Barbie Abney, the husband of Elizabeth Carl, the brother of Elisha Newmyer, Angela and Matthew Abney and his second family, Casey and Melanie Miester and their children Karl, Jess and Trish.
April 14, 2008
WASHINGTON - The problem with the debate over our future course in Iraq is that the two sides are not even talking about the same things. For supporters of the war, the primary issue is Iraq itself and what happens if we leave. For the war's opponents, the focus is on how the conflict in Iraq is sapping our energies, weakening our military, and diverting our attention from our other interests in the world. The bottom line of the testimony this week from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker is that even after the surge, what gains have been made in Iraq are, as Petraeus put it, "fragile and reversible.
June 29, 2007
WASHINGTON - Quietly, the real debate over Iraq is beginning. It's not about whether the United States should pull out troops. That is now inevitable. The real challenge is to figure out the right timetable for withdrawal, whether a residual force should be left there, and which American objectives can still be salvaged. This is not the debate President Bush wants to have come September, when a slew of reports will be issued assessing the results of the troop surge. Already, the administration is preparing the ground for kicking the real choices into next year.
July 18, 2007
Dear Editor, No one that I know likes war, but it sometimes becomes necessary to engage in it. The war in Iraq is a different kind of war, one that we've never fought before. We are not fighting an enemy that is defined by any geographical boundaries or any national sovereignty. We can't bomb the cities and strategic infrastructures that would lead to negotiations and eventual conflict resolution, as has been done in previous wars. In short, we have very little on which to benchmark any actual progress.
September 10, 2008
Spc. Derick S. Hudson of the U.S. Army will be deploying on or around Oct. 8, from Fort Riley, Kan. In the past year, Derick's specialty has been field Artillery Tactical Data System. Derick will be home Sept. 13 through 20 on deployment leave. A farewell get-together and picnic in honor of Derick will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the City County Park Shelter. All friends and relatives are invited to this event. Derick is the husband of Aubrie Hudson and the son of Ron and Debbie Hudson of Nicholasville.
August 7, 2007
Dear Editor, Maybe it's just me. They are talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys. It worked for us for over 200 years and we are not using it anymore. Frank Durham Danville