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 […]