Jail employees need supervisors’ support

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Feb. 20 CNJ article headlined “Jail guards arrested in assault:”

How is it that a jail inmate can complain he was not handled more delicately by Curry County Adult Detention Center officers and disrupt so many lives?

And when these allegations were made by inmate Walter Dixon on Feb. 15, where was the support from the warden and county manager for officers Bernie Woods and Jeff Aikman?

Detention officers should be aware that if an inmate makes allegations against them, there may be no support from superiors and no financial assistance.

Never mind if officers are just doing their job. They may still have to deal with consequences of any criminal who wants to suck money out of the county.

Who can afford to work at CCADC when employees are guilty until proven innocent?

As Bernie Woods’ spouse and a law-abiding citizen, I am amazed that an inmate — a criminal — can have this much power.

Stephanie Woods

Mother fears for family’s safety

I am the mother of Stephanie Woods. As a concerned mother and grandmother of Clovis residents, I sincerely want the city of Clovis to look into the Curry County Adult Detention Center situation.

We need our detention officers to be in control at the jail. If no one is given authority to control the criminals, we are no longer a civil society.

I don’t want my family living in Clovis when I begin to believe it is an unsafe environment where the criminals are more in charge of the jail than the detention officers.

Lilly Chrisman
Montgomery, Ala.

City should enforce all municipal codes

Regarding the Feb. 11 CNJ tidbit on the city’s warning about weed control:

There is also a city code for sidewalks, under code compliance on the city of Clovis’ Web site. I have written e-mail and showed up in person at the city office to complain about a very bad section of sidewalk between Main and Mitchell on the north side of 10th Street. It is very unsafe for anyone walking on it.

My son Randy was at the Christmas light parade on Dec. 3. While walking back to the parked vehicle, he tripped and fell at this location, breaking his left ankle. A couple of months later, he had to have knee surgery because of this fall.

I have driven back by this location recently and over a year later repairs have not been made.

The codes state that the property owner is responsible for weed control as well as sidewalk condition. My question is this: Why will the city give a citation for weed control and five days to comply and do absolutely nothing about an unsafe, bad and broken sidewalk?

Is there a double standard here?

Scott Gibson

Alcohol has no place at fairgrounds

I hope officials researching whether to serve liquor at the Curry County Fairgrounds do their homework. This serious matter needs to be thought out very carefully.

Statistics indicate that between 1998 and 2002, 40 percent of all vehicle crashes in Curry County resulting in death involved alcohol. Between 1998 and 2002, the number of alcohol-related crashes in Curry County resulting in permanent disabilities was 50. In 2001, Curry County’s economic cost for alcohol-related crashes was $10,570,000. My source is DWI Resource Center at dwiresourcecenter.org

These numbers are staggering.

County Manager Dick Smith stated that after every event at the fairgrounds, beer and liquor bottles are found strewn across the grounds. This indicates to me the enormity of the problem.

I have spent many hours at the fairgrounds during the fair, and the majority of the alcohol consumption is being done in the parking lot. These people are drinking illegally. What makes the county officials think that by selling alcohol, the problem will improve?

Smith only needs to walk across the street to his detention center to see how many alcohol-related offenses land people in jail.

I hope the citizens of Curry County send out a resounding no to the idea of selling alcohol at the fairgrounds.

Connie Belcher