VaLeta Mae Brown, age 81, long time resident of Wellington died at her home Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017.VaLeta Mae (McMillen) Brown was born August 2, 1936 in Osborne, KS to Robert Lee McMillen and Alice Belle (Minor) McMillen.She married Edwin G. Brown on July 25, 1954 in Osborne, KS. He preceded her in death in 1998.She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; and son, Eddie.Survivors include her children, Jacob Brown and his wife Vicki, Steven Brown and his wife Linda, Rachel Barnes and her husband Merlin, and Martha Larsen all of Wellington; brother, Richard Mcillen; 19 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.Private family services will be held at a later date.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.The family has requested that memorials be give to the donor’s choice.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
FACT CHECK Early Thursday, the most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed by a bomb planted near his home. The killing of a chief Anbar ally hours before Bush spoke showed the tenuous and changeable nature of success in Anbar and Iraq at large. Although Sunni sheiks have defied al-Qaida and largely allied with U.S. forces in Anbar, the province remains violent and al-Qaida remains a threat. BUSH SAID WASHINGTON – Political realignment in Iraq’s volatile Anbar province was Exhibit A for President George W. Bush’s argument Thursday that Iraq is a fight that the United States is winning. A look at some of Bush’s assertions. BUSH SAID “Anbar province is a good example of how our strategy is working,” Bush said, noting that just last year U.S. intelligence analysts had written off the Sunni area as “lost to al-Qaida.” Progress in Iraq, including improvement in the performance of the Iraqi army, led to Petraeus’ recommendation that “we have now reached the point where we can maintain our security gains with fewer American forces.” Bush said there is still work to be done to improve the Iraqi national police. FACT CHECK A new White House report on Iraq shows slim progress, moving just one more political and security goal into the satisfactory column. Efforts to let former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party rejoin the political process earned the upgrade, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The report largely tracks a comparable poor assessment in July on 18 benchmarks. The earlier White House report said the Iraqi government had made satisfactory gains toward eight benchmarks, unsatisfactory marks on eight and mixed results on two. Although the benchmark list is the rubric that the White House and the Iraqi government proposed earlier this year, the Bush administration has recently said it offers a skewed or incomplete view of progress in Iraq. BUSH SAID Bush noted that the government has not met its own legislative benchmarks, but he pointed to limited political progress among Iraq’s national leaders. He said Iraq has passed a budget and is sharing oil wealth. FACT CHECK The Government Accountability Office reported last month that Iraq has only partially met a test involving reformation of its budget process, although the State Department, Pentagon and White House disputed the finding. Some proceeds from Iraq’s vast oil and gas resources are being shared among regions, but the country lacks a national framework agreement for the distribution of oil revenues. BUSH SAID “We thank the 36 nations who have troops on the ground in Iraq and the many others who are helping that young democracy.” FACT CHECK There may well be 36 nations contributing to the cause, but the overwhelming majority of troops come from the United States. For example, Albania has 120 soldiers there and Bulgaria has 150 noncombat troops in Iraq. Bush visited both nations this summer as a thank you. The United States has 168,000 troops in Iraq. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!