Letters to the editor: Jail treatment cover-up abominable

Jail treatment cover-up abominable Those responsible for the evil, merciless, cruel, outrageous, uncivilized actions toward Orlando Salas in the Curry County juvenile detention center should be ashamed. Although the Nazis were the most evil and cruel people in the history of this world, they did not allow prisoners to urinate on other prisoners. I should […]

We should strive to be prisoners of hope

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have never studied the life of Desmond Tutu but I read an interesting article about him just last week. Desmond Tuto grew up in Johannesburg. When he was grown, he did not appreciate the South African system of educating black students because it was a very inferior system compared to […]

11-18-07 Letters to the editor

Torturing enemy endangers our troops Does torturing enemy prisoners make you feel good? If so, consider this: We are a God-fearing nation believing “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Our belief in that Golden Rule gives terrorists permission to inflict tortures on captured American troops identical to tortures we inflict […]

Prisoners deserve to be humanely treated as well

Editorial The Bush administration has come to an agreement with three dissident Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — on a bill to outline the way foreigners detained in the “war on terror” will be handled. While the compromise does seem to limit some […]

Talks with China useful if only to open dialogue

Freedom Newspapers Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or […]

County grants sheriff purchase of van to transport prisoners

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is eyeing a new van for transporting prisoners. The van would be purchased in part with about $10,500 from drug assets seized during a joint-drug operation in November that included the sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Another $17,000 in funds previously allocated […]

Terrorist prisons violate American code of fairness

Freedom Newspapers Even if it is the troubled United Nations Human Rights Commission making the request, it is time to consider closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. At the very least all the prisoners held there should be charged and given a fair trial or released. As the prison is operated […]

Curry County hires jail manager away from Eddy County

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a jail administrator who can work with prisoners on behavior modification and decrease the number of repeat offenders is over. County Manager Dick Smith and the jail search committee say they’ve found the person for the job in Leslie Johnson, who has run the Eddy County […]

Ethelva Byous

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. Ethelva Byous Date of birth: April 30, 1918 Dates of Service: July 1941 to May 1942 Hometown: Fort Klamath, Ore. Lives in: Clovis Theater […]

World War II veteran keeps camera, photos as mementos of service

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Barely larger than the palm of his hand, Ivan Strickler’s spoil of war is a black Zeiss Ikon camera. The World War II veteran, his legs stricken useless by a bout with polio, several knee surgeries and two hip replacements, stared at the 60-year-old […]

Western Union messenger learned morals from prisoners

By Don McAlavy Paul Crume was a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He came from Farwell, yet wrote many columns saying he grew up at Lariat, a skip and a hop east of Farwell. Crume’s daily morning column, “Big D” received front-page space. He was born in 1912 and died in 1975. Here’s one […]

Italian POWs dug escape tunnel in Hereford

by Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist This story began early in 1942 when the Army began making plans to pepper the United States with internment camps for prisoners of war. The Army decided to make a camp near Hereford for the purpose of housing captured Italian soldiers. Most of the Italians were captured in North Africa […]

Trial proof U.S. holds abusers accountable

Freedom Newspapers Let’s get one issue out of the way at the outset. The conviction and sentencing of Army Spc. Charles Graner to 10 years in prison as punishment for his part in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison stands on its own. The fact that Saddam Hussein’s minions did much worse […]

Attorney general’s record impressive,

Freedom Editorial We urge the U.S. Senate to carefully scrutinize the record of Alberto Gonzales, whom President Bush has nominated to succeed John Ashcroft as attorney general. Gonzales has an impressive background, serving in Texas on the state Supreme Court and as secretary of state. He most recently has been counsel to Bush and held […]

Troubled boy may have been found in Arkansas

Don McAlavy Cletis Ball of Texico, following a sentence by Judge Carl A. Hatch, was given 18 months to two years to be served in the state reformatory. This was on May 6, 1929. Cletis Ball was 11 years old. On a previous occasion, after Cletis had been released from jail, a jailer named Clark […]

County adding isolated jail cells as part of annex

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Curry County maintenance supervisor Lee Delk demonstrates how to open the food slot on an isolation cell. The county will receive 27 cells to be installed at the new jail annex. CNJ photo by Eric Klut By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER The 27 steel isolation cells intended for use at the county’s new adult […]

Reports of prisoner abuse getting old

I really hope no bleeding-heart liberals are close by if I have to hear one more thing about the so-called “abuses” of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, because I will throw up! So, maybe they were humiliated … boo hoo! As one subscriber to “Free Republic” so amply stated recently, “At least all our prisoners […]

County facing budget crisis

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER County Manager Geneva Cooper told county commissioners Tuesday a preliminary county budget does not include raises for county employees. “When we get the final budget, if we have enough money, we can look at that,” she said. Commissioners approved a preliminary budget at the meeting that shows county expenditures […]

Abu Ghraib blame game must stop, access must open

Editorial President Bush’s speech Monday at the Pentagon was another attempt by him and his administration to still the bad publicity swirling around the photographs and reports of inhumane treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Of embattled Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the president said, “You are a strong secretary of defense […]

Prison abuse pales compared to torture

Walter Williams It’s the end of the semester at George Mason University, and for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been too busy preparing final exam harassment for my students to pay much attention to all the news stories about how U.S. soldiers were torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Now that my spring […]