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Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
Conditions at TDC Polunsky Unit
I agree with Mr. Ramsey "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." Texas needs the chain gang !!! Other states still have it. When Polunsky first opened they had massive gardens growing corn and okra and other things to eat, Ohhhhhh but wait these prisoners have rights. What about the rights of the people they killed or raped they don’t have rights?? Put them to work in the fields cutting hay, growing things to eat, cutting grass along our highways, not sitting watching TV all day. Make them get off their ass and be productive. Have a nice Day
Twila J.C. Ramsey
Maybe they need to reopen the pea-farms. Then inmates could enjoy the great outdoors laboring in the Texas sun....just like millions of law-abiding citizens do. Construction workers, farm labor, loggers, landscape and maintenance workers, linemen, livestock workers, and I can go on and on, face the elements every day, hot or cold. There are no air conditioned firefighting suits. Then there's the military, it's hot in Syria, Iraq, Afghaniistan, Africa, etc now and cold in the winter. Texas needs to get this into the appeals court right away. Liberal judges need to spend a few days on a fire truck, a drilling platform, asphalting a highway, welding pipe in the sun or picking up trash in Death Valley. Remember, the corrections officers spend time in the same prisons as the inmates. As far as our whinning inmates, the old advice still stands: "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."
G.A. Hunter, Former Polunsky Warden (retired)
Each summer complaints of excessive heat surface around inmates in Texas prisons. Death row usually garners a lot of attention simply because it's "death row". Here are some facts:
1. Every section has huge fans that circulate air Inmates are offered ice water at certain times of the day 2. There is an air chiller system for the entire building ( not ac ) that substantially reduces the air temps. 3. Inmates are able to purchase soft drinks, bottled water and ice cream several times monthly. 4. Each DR offender has a sink, towel and bar soap all supplied by tax dollars. They can in cell shower if they chose.
Finally, supplying these killers with AC would cost the tax payers millions of tax dollars for retrofit and in additional energy consumption.
It's always been hot in Texas prisons. If the families of these criminals want AC, let the family or the federal judge that just ordered the heat plan pay for it. It will be cooler in OCTOBER.
James people in the free world don't have air conditioning. They work for it and some work still have no AC work to eat or support their kids. Everyone who works feeds your cousin.... As for doors and vents how about you buy them and have them shipped to the facility. You expect a reply and results... We expect all people to obey the law and then we would not need these prisons. I know I am dreaming although I could expect results!!!!!!
Dear James, I wonder if you think about our soldiers in areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan? They face temperatures up to 110 degrees in the shade, they are carrying loads up to 80 pounds, eating food that is Unconstitutional to feed to prisoners, the water in their canteens is hot enough to make coffee, and weeks without a shower. These men and women are not on death row, but face death every day, and things far worse than death. These men and women put their life's on the line to protect you and others from the evils in the world, yet people on death row have more comforts than those soldiers do. You want to talk about inhumane treatment of prisoners, I suggest you go visit the VA on any weekday around noon before you respond, then tell me what is inhumane.
While conditions may seem unfair at the Polunsky Unit, prisons are not meant to be hotels. Also, you have to take into account that there is a reason each and every one of those men being there, and it isn't for being an outstanding citizen. Sorry, but those are facts. I grew up in Texas, without air conditioning. We were outside in the heat. Ice water? That wasn't something we had. We lived with it because we were poor and had no choice. Each and every person in prison made choices that put them there. There are too many elderly and poor people across Texas who can't afford air conditioning. If I had to choose between spending money on them or prisoners, I would choose them. Sorry, but the cold hard facts are that had the prisoners not made the choices they made, they would be out in society and able to work to pay for the comforts and conveniences that life has to offer. They knew there were consequences to their decisions, and they made their choice. Hopefully, they will dislike prison so much that they will make better choices upon release. Why, if conditions are so bad, do we have so many repeat offenders? When I don't like conditions somewhere I don't go back. It seems simple to me.
For more than several months, the conditions of the showers on Texas Death Row in Polunsky have been deteriorating to a point of being deplorable. The problem is the non-working vents, which will not allow the steam to escape and this has resulted in mold and the doors rotting. In some pods the doors have been completely removed, resulting in these showers being taken out of commission. This, in turn, creates problems for the men because showers cannot be given in a timely manner. Some of the doors have been left on, with the "bean-slot" rotting and the results of this is that some men have cut their wrists on the jagged edges. On the showers that the doors are left on, the heat is getting to a point of being unbearable. Incase you are not familiar with the "rules" of the showers, men are taken to the shower in cuffs, the door is locked, men stick their wrists out of the "bean-slot" to be uncuffed and, then are able to take a shower. There should be a time limit, but, at times, guards leave the men in there up to an hour. And these guards know of the conditions and will leave inmates (like my cousin), in there for upto an hour as a form of non-sanctioned punishment. Some men have trouble breathing with the steam and dry heat while locked in the shower. There is no relief from the steam, given their are only a few holes that have been drilled out at the top of the door. Men are left sweating in there to a point of some nearly passing out. I-60's and grievances have been written by quite a few men and all get the same answer basically: "The parts have been ordered." You well know how humid and hot it can be in Texas, especially this time of the year. However, we in the free world have air conditioning--the men in Polunsky DO NOT. Add the heat index of easily 105 outside, and upto or beyond 120* inside, add that to the steam bath from the locked showers and this is more than cruel and unusual punishment. I have received countless legitimate complaints.TDC has told the men about the parts being ordered (supposedly in April 2017). There has been adequate time to receive the parts (both the vents and the new doors) and install them. WHY HAS THIS NOT BEEN DONE? I not only expect a reply, I expect results. I ask you to go outside in the heat, stand on concrete for at least two hours, go back into the house (with no a/c) and take a warm shower. No ice water to drink outside or on the way. This might give you a small perspective of what the men are experiencing.
Let me just clarify a little bit, if I may. I don't understand why some people get so offended when another person says "white" "black" "Hispanic" "Asian"! As a former dispatcher for different agencies, when and Officer would call in a drivers license # our correct response would be "that DL comes back to a so and so, white male from wherever, Black female from wherever, Asian female from wherever! And so on... it's how to IDENTIFY! If I'm calling back a black male and they are looking at a white female well hello, something is definitely NOT right. It's on your government issued Drivers License!!! Get over it! Or better yet, just be offended. Grow up people because there are much more legitimate things that you can be offended by.
Just thought it was odd that you were compelled to specify that the young man is "Hispanic". I'm looking at a handful of other stories on the site and didn't notice any mention of their ethnicity even though there were no pictures of the subject. It doesn't seem to hold any relevance.
Well, yes, there is some relevance. No, I can't mention his name publicly since he's a minor, but there's many Hispanic people in Polk County who are generally in touch with the other Hispanic people in the county. Since Holiday Lake Estates is almost all white people, then the few Hispanic people that do live there are likely known by other Hispanic people elsewhere in the county. Perhaps, this will help them to know. - Editor
Crime Stoppers Updated Photo of Two Youths
They look like a couple of THUG-STA`S to me. Are they in custody getting their daily Big mac and ice cream?
The best memory I have from Ike, is a little Dachshund named Samantha. She was 8 weeks old the day Ike hit and her humans had abandoned her, luckily a neighbor of theirs know I liked dachshunds and brought her to me. Today she a healthy 9 year old spoiled rotten fur baby, (I have No idea how she got spoiled).
The media, like the education system, arts and entertainment, has been infiltrated over he past century by the socialist ideologues.
January, 2017, New York Magazine interviewed CNN CEO, Jeff Zucker. Hidden down in the middle of the interview, Zucker revealed his true colors and agenda. This paragraph shows he intends to wreck Trump's image worldwide and use the full resources to do so.
"Acosta didn’t get to ask a question at last week’s press conference. The first question went to Fox News, and Breitbart got to ask a question. Are you concerned about getting access to Trump?
I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over. It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months. I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever. One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus — and that’s CNN. The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.
Steve, I am sorry for misunderstanding your comment. Thank you for helping to up hold our constitutional rights.
Paul, I believe that you misread my comment. I know exactly what a person goes through to obtain a LTC. I have one and always carry. My comment below still stands. I don't mind a 30.07 sign on a business (I carry concealed) but, if they add the 30.06 signage which essentially means no one in this establishment has a weapon and no way of protecting themselves...come on in and rob us...I will not do business with them. Thank you.
Steve, do you know the process a person goes through to obtain a LTC? The background check is almost the same as what is conducted to join the military, both state and federal criminal checks, financial checks, and mental health check. Something as simple as a disorderly conduct can prevent a person from gaining a LTC. You must prove your proficiency with a weapon (most of those that fail the course fail because of lack of proficiency), you must have a basic understanding of the laws involved with the use of a weapon, along with moral and ethical issues. I agree with the fact it is your choice weather or not to carry a weapon, but please reframe from making snide comments about those of us that choose to carry and the businesses that allow us to carry in their facility.
I don't mind the 30.07 sign as much as the 30.06. When a business displays the 30.06 (COME IN AND ROB US) sign -- I stay away!
Although I'm very thankful for the outcome and nobody was injured during this robbery I find it ironic and kind of humorous that the bad guy ignored their 30.06 and 30.07 weapons signs .. imagine that
People Dumping Pets in Polk County
The main answer to the problem is spay and neuter your animals, There are several low cost spay neuter clinics offered in Polk county There was even a free clinic a month or so ago another one coming in September I have heard. There are to many “good old boys” in this county who don’t want to “ruin” their animals. If you really want to get your animal fixed you will find a way. Or better yet just don’t have one that your not going to take care of.
Willie, Why are there so many people, that are so cruel, that they take their cats and dogs and just drop them off on some country road? We have had so many through the years that have come to our house and we have fed and watered them, had them fixed, and gave them away or kept some of them that we couldn't afford to feed but did. Just this morning there were two cute puppies, on the dirt road, and they looked at us like "did you come to get us?" Totally heart breaking!!!!! What can be done?
I'm as baffled as you are about this. It is indeed heartbreaking to see dogs (and cats) that are just thrown out in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for themsleves. The mentality of people who do this is probably just as sad as the situation that these helpless pets find themselves in. I don't know what the answer is. - Editor
Schwab City You mentioned using 'neosproin' with peroxide. Just clarifying, are you talking about the vaseline-like topical used to treat skin infections? Just haven't heard of that. You sure you didn't mistake that for something else? You seem like an intelligent individual, so I doubt you mistook it for another. If so, I need to look into something like that. If it works, it works. Bottom line. That's strangely awesome though.
What I would do is gargle and rinse my mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide (for about a minute). Then I'd rinse my mouth with water, THEN apply Neosporin (click here for Neosporin). - Editor
Dear Editor, I wish to give you and your readers a better view of what the driver of the Lexus encountered. Unless authorities did retrieve a mattress cover or other supporting evidence of such, the only thing in the road were orange bags filled with the white material. Traveling out of Corrigan, I was the lead vehicle of three automobiles separated by maybe an eighth on a mile. As we approached the location I was in the right hand lane, with one car behind me in the right lane, and one in the left lane a little farther back. Approaching the obstruction, what came into view were two orange bags and scattered white debris. One bag was definitely broken open yet still sitting about a foot tall on the center stripe of the lanes. And the other was still mostly in tact standing about 2- 2.5 foot tall in the middle of the left lane. I swerve slightly to avoid the mess as did the car directly behind me. Unfortunately the car in the left lane stood no chance to safely manage to do so. As I watched in the rear view mirror I saw, the first vehicle maneuver part way on to the shoulder, then the second vehicle swerve abruptly to the right, then back to the left headed towards the median and again to the right. It appeared this happened several times and then I could see the headlights in a rolling motion. Reflecting back to the time before I approached the site of debris, I recall there were two vehicles traveling approximately 1/2 to 3/4 mile ahead of me, I never saw any indication from them of a sign of a road hazard ahead, thus indicated by them tapping brakes or maneuvering out of a straight line to avoid the debris. When I drive I utilize an app that alerts me of road conditions as reported by other drivers, no reports of the objects were noted. This makes me wonder if the bags fell from one of the vehicles that I saw ahead or a vehicle just minutes ahead of them. I hope this information might help law enforcement locate the driver who lost the bags.
Well, there's different sizes of mattresses, some have springs, some just have foam, some cotton, some feathers. So is a bag of foam that someone lays on a mattress? I'd say yes. At any rate, thank your for the eyewitness account. I hope they do find the owner of the mattress(es). - Editor
Good afternoon my name is Heather Perez my daughter Jacalyn Jones 19 of Pasadena Tx and her boyfriend Christian Cruz 20 of Pasadena Tx were in the two victims of the deadly accident caused by the mattress in the Hwy. Jacalyn was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe and in ICU. Her boyfriend Christian Cruz was flown to Herman Memorial in Houston Texas. Both were on there way home from Steven F Austin College for the weekend. Cruz is currently on life support and has extensive brain injury. He suffered tremendous blood loss and has severe brain swelling as well as multiple cuts requiring stitches. Jones has a collapsed lung and several broken bones. We are asking for the name of the victim who lost his life while trying to render aid to this you couple. Can you please share our story and contact me with any information. We want to send our condolences out to the family of the victim as he now is my daughter's and Christian guardian angel. Payers still in need as Christian is critical. Thank you!!! Please share our story.
Heather, thank you for writing. The Good Samaritan's name has not yet been released. As soon is it is, I'll be sure to let you know. - Editor
Well Willie. ...there you go again . you are rite on this subject again. But you do know that most folks can't see the real truth . this world is in bad shape. Leaders from several years ago let it get this way. Now we paying for it. Lets just hope for the best.
You're right, there's a lot of people falling for this cause they don't know the real truth. All I can do is my column and hope it opens some eyes. - Editor
Dear Mr. Openshaw I really enjoyed reading your soapbox article, the national media and many of our institutions are in a bad place, currently. It is refreshing to see that there are still people out there who haven't succumbed to the darkness. I just left the University of Houston because it became impossible to continue to study in an environment so filled with hatred and political propaganda agenda. I quit watching television because it appears the whole country has gone mad. After serving over six years fighting our two current wars on the ground, losing several of my soldiers, and being wounded myself, I am ashamed and extremely concerned about the future and stability of our own nation. At the university, I was the ultimate outsider: not only a heterosexual white male, and a Christian, but also for being a patriot and one who had served in wartime and confronted our enemies face to face and hand to hand. At the rate the left is pushing, it won't be long before there is a shooting war on our very own streets and we will all be reminded how precious it is to love one another, and appreciate the gifts of life and liberty. I pray every day that we might see the light and realize that our way of life is such a luxury. I pray that God protect all of the sons and daughters who are fighting this very day and night, sent where their Uncle Sam needed them. I pray for God's limitless and undying love to overcome the division and hatred created by people. And, I pray that God may keep America free for many years to come.
Sincerely and with a heavy heart,
Thank you for your service, Kenneth. Yes, or universities have gone from being institutions if higher learning to socialist, leftist indoctrination institutions. If it doesn't change (fast) then we're doomed to 3rd world status. - Editor
Can somebody please show some proof that the Russians rigged the elections so Trump could win? Please provide documented evidence of all the American citizens who have lost their constitutional rights because of President Trump. (Illegal aliens are not American citizens)
trump has asked for most of the media hype because of his tweets, contradictions and lies. I would like to find out the extent of trumps administrations involvement with Russia. But more than that I would like congress to find a way to safe guard our elections from electing authoritarians like we just did to save our democratic way of life. Without Russia's help trump would be selling real-estate right now our starting up scamming University's. The Trump administration scandal is going to make Nixon's Watergate look like a cake walk.
Obama using the government to spy on the Trump Campaign is the big scandal here that of course the propaganda media ignores. Sorry Ron, but you just don't have a clue. - Editor
Michael Schmidt Thank you for your soapboxing. If 1 thing is for sure there is not enough politics on the net or tv. Plz keep us up tow date with everything.
LOL! Okay :) - Editor ------------------------------------------------ Paul Tuttle
I stopped watching TV almost two years ago, and from that alone my stress level has gone down close to zero. I get my news from news sites online, I look at 3 to 4 different sites (conservative and liberal), to get both sides of the story. Because I am looking for the truth I have come to realize that the liberal sites just want to paint the facts in a way that looks like anybody that questions it is anti everything.
Best example is the AntiFas is using the old Communist and Nazi flags as their banners. My father and uncles fought the Nazis and I fought the communist, those are two regimes that had no concern for human life or equality.
I am sick and tired of these liberals telling me I am wrong, a racist, phobia something or the other, and even a baby killer (because of military service) for the way I believe, and my 1st and 2nd amendment rights should be stripped also because of my beliefs. Most of the time I just laugh them off, but it is becoming harder to do so, but the first time some snowflake puts their hands on me, they will find out what a old guy with a DD-214 can do.
Thank you Willie.
Thank you for your military service and thank you for writing. - Editor
Dion G. Davis
I agree that the national news networks are working overtime in an attempt to destroy President Trump while sweeping under the carpet the sins of previous administrations. It can only be assumed that because President Trump won't "bow and scrape" to these news organizations and all other political adversaries, and won't be verbally intimidated into doing things "their way", that he must be dealt with accordingly. We finally have a president with a backbone.
I think other presidents would've caved in by now, but today's media have never dealt with a president like Donald Trump. I have a feeling that maybe Teddy Roosevelt would've also held up (defiantly). - Editor
Sir, You nailed it. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for writing. - Editor
How do you believe Obama abused his powers while in office, Uncle Brad?
Hall of Soda, Texas
Less than an hour before reading the article, I was driving the work van and I heard a news segment broadcasted on 92.3 about how "the so-called majority" feels as though Trump is totally abusing his power . All I could think while I was hearing this was "what in the world do these same people actually believe Bath-house Barry (Obama) did for 8 years ?" . I have nothing else to ad, because the article hit the nail on the head, as they usually do . Rock On !!
Good job Josh! I know, at least to me it seems, you've had a run of close calls and bad luck. An apparent rough go at it as of late as it pertains to the always dangerous and ever changing unknown in an ever-changing world we live in. The last few major incidents, from what is given by the press, it appears not only have you been able to maintain composure and quick thinking under imminent danger! From being shot at under a hail of gunfire to being punched in the face stopping a drunk driver it would appear you have led with what comes by good training and have set a good example in all situations. Good job Josh and we are all glad your ok and thank you for risking your life for that of others! I hope someday the percentage of residents in the county that don't know just exactly what these unknown calls are like realize the person/ deputy fielding the call could never go home again. Not for yourself, but for the public as a whole! Thanks again for what you and all LEOs do.
After reading the article in it's entirety, I feel like LISD is simply saying "I know we broke the law, but they broke the law and you didn't punish them!" Without citing and naming official sources, or giving legal documentation this story is a "he said, she said" situation. I also can't help but feel like there may be a little nepotism involved, considering the author of this article is the son of the Vice President of LISD's School Board. I'm intrigued to see how this unfolds.
Exactly…I saw where there’s a warning sign that Txdot has on the interstate. That’s insane, why do they allow this? We all know 59 (IH69) gets busier every day, especially with heavy truck traffic. Why would they allow risking the lives of motorist and school children like this? I can only assume that this danger will be addressed after a catastrophic accident that takes multiple lives. Sad to say that is not a matter of “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen. The Pride Services Co. Inc.: This electronic transmission and any attached documents or other writings are intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify sender by return e-mail and destroy the communication. Any disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action concerning the contents of this communication or any attachments by anyone other than the named recipient is strictly prohibited.
I have a question.....does this school bus stop in a lane of this major interstate highway to load and unload children?
I don't know. I do know this, picking up kids for school directly off the shoulder of US-59 isn't safe. I think that only neighborhood roads should be used. - Editor
Couple Cited for Smoking Fake Weed
Smoking marijuana may be safer than smoking fake bake, but it is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Before anybody starts to argue about that, know this. Burning any organic material be it wood, paper, rubber, tobacco, marijuana, and even plastic releases 3 of the same chemicals, CO, CO2, and tar. Those chemicals are what causes COPD, and lung cancer. The THC oils are beneficial for treating many disorders, and are non-harmful, kind of like OTC mineral supplements, your body will use what it needs and dispose of the rest. One more thing to think about, if a doctor told you to start smoking cigarettes you would think they are crazy, (in the 40's & 50s doctors did tell people to smoke cigarettes). If that same doctor were to tell you to start smoking marijuana what would you think about that doctor?
Darrell Wright Shreveport, Louisiana
Why do people mess with that junk? Fake Bake has created Mental & Health Problems for many users. I watched a young person nearly die in the Emergency Room from that garbage. If you have to smoke pot, smoke the real thing. It is much safer, and legal in many states. If you want it legal in Texas, get off your butt and voice your opinion. We already know we are not able to stop users anyways. Daily Arrest Reports prove this. And although I no longer live in Livingston, I know their ideals. The Arrest Reports are a Yearbook to the felon. They do not care if they are arrested. Many claim the state has to feed, clothes, & shelter them while in jail. Some claim Jail is better than their home life. Why? No Jobs. Real Criminals are snitches for the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Nobody (unless hated by Police or Churches) actually goes to prison. That is just how Livingston is, has been, and always will be. (Grew up there, came back during Obama administration, moved to Louisiana during Trump for Medical Marijuana Treatment)
Stupid, just plain stupid how some people are willing to throw their lives away so they can smoke potpourri. The chemicals used to manufacture that stuff changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, and from time to time. There is no regulations on the production of that stuff, therefore they can put whatever they want in it, and these sheeple will smoke it. If they are that dispirit to smoke stuff, my dogs make a lot of stuff ever day, all natural, no exotic chemicals, legal, and free.