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Shame on every one of you

I have never before felt so disaffected and unrepresented as I do right now after having watched on the news, as our Democratic-controlled Congress gave a standing ovation and cheered as Felipe Calderon made his remarks about Arizona. Where does the President of Mexico, a country whose main exports to us are drugs and illegal immigrants, summon up the gall to criticize the state of Arizona for attempting to do something about the flood of illegal immigration across our border? Certainly, those same congressmen who applauded haven’t done anything to help with the problem. And Mr. Calderon hasn’t done anything either. I’m sure he’s quite content to see the U.S. take care of 12 million of his citizens. It costs him nothing. Our border is an open door of free-flowing drugs and illegal immigrants. Maybe his time would be better spent dealing with his own problems in Mexico.
I guess the discussion should begin with the question, “How do you feel about illegal immigration into our country? Do you think it’s a good thing, or a bad thing?” Well, I personally think it’s a bad thing. I think every country should have some sort of control over who enters their country. (Does anyone remember the 9/11 disaster?) If you want to come to the United States of America, then immigrate LEGALLY. Become a citizen, learn English, pay taxes. The economy in Arizona is in a shambles right now. Our school districts are overwhelmed, and so are our jail and detention facilities. Our indigent healthcare system is abused and stretched to the maximum, and yet the politicians who claim to represent us do nothing. Instead of rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty, they’re too busy using their hands to give Felipe Calderon standing ovations. Shame on every one of you who stood and applauded. Do your job and secure our border.

Roy Hunt | Carefree


Thank you for excellent coverage

Dear Sonoran News and Ms. Linda Bentley: I just wanted to say "thank you" to you and Sonoran News for such excellent coverage on the CIA Obama Columbia Trial.

Thus far, your paper has been the only one willing to cover the difficult issue Republicans will have to tackle to save our Constitution ... their own issue of Sen. John McCain effectively being a 'key' to Obama getting in and getting a 'pass' on the eligibiliy issue.

One of the very hardest things to do when you have made a mistake is to recover from it. When making a mistake the hardest thing to do is to make the decision to admit it, make up for the grievance where one or more have been hurt, and then resolve not to do it again.

While it is hard and will take some leadership and acceptance of responsibility, if Republicans all over the country do not see this as the right thing to do for our country, it is passive to not really caring for America, not standing up for their oaths of office, and unfortunately not holding the 'trust' The People gave them as charged in Washington, D.C. as representatives.

Our Constitution is very forgiving, and God Bless the American People for they are too. Within our Constitution is a host of forgiveness: Amendment V: Men shall not be twice put in jeopardy for life or limb a second time for the same offence. Amendment VIII: Excessive bail not required, nor excessive fines imposed nor cruel or unusual punishment. Amendment XV: No prior servitude shall be used against a person on account of race, color, or previous conditions of servitude.

These are all very forgiving qualities of our Republic's Constitution. What manner of men and women ought we to be? In America, our Constitution is designed to keep our Representatives honest and moral, and if Republicans ever want to take the lead in America again they have got to make this one up to America and there is only one way to do that.
They must stand up in the Senate and admit their mistake on Sen. John McCain's U.S. Senate Resolution 511 that had little or no review and that considered no legal argument. They must consider in the U.S. Senate the grievance even if it was 'non-binding' that this U.S. Sen. Resolution 511 had an effect on challenging their opponent’s eligibility. Then they must admit this to the American People and come out in an open Senate trial on Obama's eligibility, taking into account all the factual and documented evidence brought out by the CIA Obama Columbia Trial held in Harlem, New York, and packaged in a comprehensive and professional format as never seen before.

Thank you again for your courage, and patriotism in America.

Cody Robert Judy | U.S. Senate 2010 UT |


Letter to Mayor Villaraigosa

May 18, 2010
VIA Facsimile and U.S. Mail

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Office of the Mayor
200 North Spring Street, Room 303
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: Los Angeles’ boycott of Arizona

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,

I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona-based companies – a vote you strongly supported – to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).

You explained your support for the boycott as follows: “While we recognized that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Out intent is to use our dollars – or the withholding of our dollars – to send a message.” (emphasis added)

I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its conviction to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.
Commissioner Gary Pierce

Editor note: Although the cc list is far too long to publish here, Phoenix council members, the governor, members of the U.S. Senate and House representing Arizona and VIPs at SRP, APS, and Unisource Energy were copied.


The man and the office

I am amazed when I hear folks say they have no respect for Obama but, of course, they respect the office he holds.

To say the least, I disagree totally. This guy is the biggest boob to ever hold that office (which is saying a lot when you consider Jimmy Carter) that you have to accept that he and the office are one and the same.

Here is where I stand. I have zero respect for Obama and for the first time in my life, I have no respect for the office he holds.

Those of us who actually follow the activities of this man, his words, his actions, his decisions, his racist stances, his anti-Christianity stances, his pro Islam stances, his numerous broken election promises, his disregard for American principles, his disregard for OUR constitution, his displeasure with many of the amendments of the constitution, his socialization of the country, his insults to OUR flag, his payoffs to unions, his attacks on U.S. citizens who disagree with him, his lack of understanding of the AMERICAN people, his continued apologies to the world, his OUTRIGHT CONTINUOUS and ongoing lies and his downright STUPIDITY which he attempts to protect by the shield of "his" office.

Obama’s decision to have President Calderone of Mexico address Congress on May 20 and permitting him to attack the State of Arizona’s Immigration Law (which is a mirror of the Federal Law) was regrettable to say the least and the last straw as far as I'm concerned. I resent being treated as though I work for this jackass when in fact I AM HIS EMPLOYER and the office I hold is senior to his. I hold the office of United States Citizen which I am ready, willing, able and proud to prove to anyone who asks.

It's interesting that Obama can't say the same. The only way I will acknowledge the Liar-in Chief is with the middle finger of my right hand.

It's the truth and it's indisputable.

I'm proud to tell you my wife and I had a trip planned to Santa Barbara (we love it there) and due to the actions of the mayors of L.A., the “Cesspool by the Sea”(San Francisco) and other various California liberal dimwits and dipshits, we have cancelled that trip. Until there are changes made to their attitude none of our money will be spent in "Baja Norte" for the foreseeable future. How does that grab you Aaarnold?

A good start for California moving in the RIGHT direction would be for Arnold to extract his head and shoulders from Obama’s rectum.

California, the most screwed state in the union, making demands and acting high and mighty ... what a joke.

Tom Carbone | Phoenix


U.N. troops on border

Mexican president Felipe Calderon's demands on the United States Congress to restrict Second Amendment rights on U.S. Citizens and restrict States lawful powers to control illegal immigration is as absurd as if Emperor Hirohito and Adolf Hitler had made the same demands prior to World War II. More unbelievable is the fact the President of the United States stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the foreign leader while the demands were made. Why would the leader of an unstable foreign country riddled with crime and corruption want to disarm the citizens of a neighbor?

As U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon embrace one another on illegal immigration, Second Amendment rights and unregulated passage between the two nations, they may decide putting troops on the border could indeed further their ideology.

Don't be surprised when they call for U.N. troops.

Bill Crawford | Scottsdale


Spoof Space Column

I would like to express my appreciation of Mr. Coddington's quick wit and humor. His approach to politics and life is always amusing, entertaining, and well written. Whether you agree with Mr. Coddington's point of view or not, reading his column will put a smile on your face and provoke thought.

Rhonda Keaveney | E-mail


Well done

Hello Don. Just read your editorial in Sonoran News; loved it. I am so sick of the liberal left pointing fingers and crying racism every time something doesn't go their way. Ballsy move to mention MLK and Barkley. I couldn't agree more. It is time we all wake up and stop allowing the government to shame us into buying into this whole political correctness/diversity thing. I have had about all I can stand.

John Kelly | E-mail


Arizona passes law banning multilingual requirement for businesses

Arizona did it again! Fresh from signing a law that reinforces a federal law giving police the right to ask a person stopped by police for an unrelated matter to produce papers proving the right to be legally in the U.S., followed by a law banning schools from teaching minority/ethnic studies courses advocating separatism, group superiority and subversion of this country, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed legislation affirming that nothing in state law requires businesses to provide "trained and competent" interpreters when a customer comes in speaking a language other than English. Assistant Attorney General Michael Walker said that has probably always been the law.

If it was always the law, why the need for this law? Because of a lawsuit of course. A unilingual Spanish speaking woman in Arizona was treated by a unilingual English speaking optometrist in his Arizona office. The woman's underage 12 year old daughter offered to be the interpreter; fearing legal, insurance and medical problems if the child misunderstood the optometrist refused, asking the mother and child to return with an English speaker over 18 or alternatively, visit some Spanish speaking optometrists. Instead, the Spanish speaker, whether legally in this country or not, understood enough of this country to file a discrimination suit against the English speaking optometrist. Refusing to settle, the optometrist finally won after the Arizona Attorney General took a year to decide no laws had been broken.

But the lawsuit and the trouble it caused the optometrist, Dr. Schrolucke, pushed him to reach out to Sen. John Huppenthal, R-Chandler, who agreed to sponsor what he called "clarifying language" to the state's civil rights law.

"Nobody should be treated like this," Huppenthal said. "It's a nightmare to go through this. He was drug through the mud by us."

Learning other languages, studying other cultures can be valuable, can be interesting but should not be a legal requirement for a person's business. Learning the language, studying the culture of the country of residence for an immigrant should be legally required for such public activities as voting and obtaining such government documents as a driver's license.

If the immigrant cannot or will not adapt and prefers to live in an ethnic ghetto that is the immigrant's right. But imposing the alien culture onto this country, expecting the host culture – the U.S. – to adapt to the immigrant's culture by rule of law and suing to bring it about should be illegal.

Step by step Arizona is proving to be the little state that can!

Ethel C. Fenig |


Blatant attempt at deceit

In 2009 the GOB crowd, led by then Mayor Wayne Fulcher, vigorously opposed direct election of the mayor. They falsely claimed the proposition was illegally worded and could be reversed in court, costing the town money to defend the new ordinance. They falsely said the new ordinance would allow a resident to buy the mayor’s office and would “politicize” the election process. Former Mayor Fulcher went so far as to hold a town council circus meeting and refused to place direct election of the mayor on the ballot.

But over 400 Carefree registered voters signed an Initiative Petition for direct election of the mayor. Carefree Prop. 404 passed by an overwhelming 73.3 percent in the May 2009 election. Carefree voters were not fooled by GOB deceit. There was no litigation to challenge the new ordinance.

Carefree voters have spoken on the issue in a loud and unambiguous voice. They want direct election of Carefree’s mayor.

Former Mayor Fulcher is still stinging from his repudiation at the polls on Prop. 404 and his inability to get elected in the March 2009 primary election due to his opposition to direct election.

Without waiting for the first employment of direct election to occur, on April 12, 2010 former Vice Mayor Wayne Fischer, Chairman, and former Vice Mayor Donald Snyder, Treasurer, misnaming their organization “Committee for Direct Election of Mayor,” applied for an Initiative serial number to begin the process of unraveling direct election of the mayor.

Blatant attempt at deceit continues. The GOB crowd won’t rest until selection of the mayor is back in the hands of the town council. Don’t help turn back the clock!

Jim Peirce | Carefree


Prop. 100 – Déjà vu

Prop. 100 reminds me of 2000 when we were presented with Prop. 302 to raise taxes to fund a new stadium for the Arizona Cardinals who were then about as popular as Nancy Pelosi. Two words you NEVER HEARD in the run-up to the Prop. 302 vote were ‘Cardinals Stadium’ which, of course, was its primary purpose but all polls showed it would lose by a landslide. Therefore, the Cardinals and legislative spinmeisters, who may be misguided but not stupid, presented it as a youth sports, tourism, and Cactus League kind of deal, which ultimately passed by less than 2 percent. Similarly, this time around we were bombarded by the education community to support Prop. 100, suggesting that our education system would be dismantled top to bottom if Prop. 100 were not passed – and that argument alone probably carried the day and got it passed. Education was the stalking horse for this tax increase because history shows that most people don’t like to vote against education. Prop. 100 cash will now flow into the state general fund and be subject to the “legislative process” enabling our ridiculous and incompetent legislature to find every use in the book for that money with little or no regard for reason or sound judgment and even less incentive to rein in spending. Last time around we voted for youth sports we got a football stadium and little else. Who knows what we will get this time and I really wonder why ‘education’ is so confident they will receive the windfall they seem to be counting on. Come to think of it, it’s another good reason to send all incumbents packing.

Bob Williams | Cave Creek