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 […]