Why not have IDs that show citizenship?
Re: Dave Safier, SB 1070 takes a bad situation and makes it worse.
Scenario 1: Put your faith into action. Explain the new law to the congregation. Every religion wants to increase membership and / or wants to help an individual using religion as a tool. That's good. I've got no problem with that.
The problem is thinking this righteous behavior supercedes law. If you want to help, start at step one - help them to become legal and don't break the law in the process.
Scenario 2: We adults have become accustomed to showing our ID when asked. The day has come for everyone who is old enough to be out on their own to carry ID. Got ID? No problem. Don't have ID? Why not? You choose to be a part of the problem instead of the solution.
Continue this thought to Scenario 3: I'll repeat, everyone needs to carry ID. Everyone. The officer is not going to release the Hispanic, Asian or whatever kids. The officer will ID everyone. The law also applies to Germans, Canadians and illegal Anglos.
The question remaining is — where do we go to get IDs showing citizenship status?
Charlene Crossan, Tucson
Maybe it's time for a new sheriff
Sheriff Dupnik of Pima County does not support the new illegal immigration bill now signed into law by the governor, and thus will not enforce it. His interviews left me embarrassed by his views on illegal immigration, calling the bill racist. When asked when in the bill did it indicate or imply racism, he refused to answer after repeated questions.
Sheriff Dupnik states that his department arrests illegal aliens already, but the fact of the matter is, all he does is detain them and call border patrol to pick them up.
He related that if he arrested illegals and booked them into the county jail, it would cause overcrowding and a large tax burden to the citizens of this county.
Apparently Sheriff Dupnik is not aware of the cost to this city, county and state of what the illegal aliens cost out economy and the health care system and welfare system already, not to mention the drug trade and violence it creates in this country.
Mr. Dupnik stated that in the bill it states "reasonable suspicion" and he did not understand what that means?
If an officer made a traffic stop for a vehicle violation and the driver had no identification, insurance, proof of the ownership of the vehicle, that would be reasonable suspicion that this person does not legally belong here.
Further investigation would determine that, I think.
The fact of the matter is that Sheriff Dupnik refuses to do his job or enforce the law he swore to uphold when elected.
His views are strictly political, and due to his attitude and in the best interest of the people of this country, (he) should step down or take an early retirement as sheriff of Pima County. What the citizens of this county need is a man who will enforce immigration laws set down by this state and this county. Mr. Dupnik feels that compassion of the Hispanic people in this county is more important than enforcement of the people who do not legally belong here.
J.W. Arnold, Marana
Immigration needs reason, not reaction
In his recent commentary, "With New Law, Dems Fear Loss of a Constituency," Mr. Cunnington makes some huge assumptions.
First, he asumes that Democrats harbor feelings of guilt as they relate to the immigration problem. Personally, as a Democrat I have no guilt about this issue.
I do, however, see a need for our elected officials to seriously address the issue of immigration recognizing that we need to sort our need for guest workers and how to best handle that issue from keeping drug runners crossing in and out of the United States. We do have jobs in this country that our citizens won't do and there is a work force out there that will do these jobs and we need some sort of guest worker program to fill that need.
The second assumption he makes is "…illegal aliens are reliable Democrat voters." Really? What are his statistics of how many illegal aliens are actually voting in our elections and what is the source of that information?
Reasonable heads, not reactionary heads, are needed to solve the immigration issue.
Anita Balthaser, Oro Valley
Prop 100 gives state 3 years to fix its funding
As a student I fought for Proposition 100. I went to the board meeting, comforted my teachers, got more kids involved, gave up my weekends to go door to door and walked nearly five miles with a few kids to meet three politicians on my Friday night.
I did all that, but only for a Band-Aid. Proposition 100 is not the fix-it-all solution; it isn't even close.
It's important for everyone to realize this issue isn't over, far from it. The voters have given the Arizona government three years to get this problem fixed. By then, I'll be able to vote, and honestly, I'm not sure I would vote to keep the sales tax.
The Arizona government cannot rely on this sales tax. They must fix the problem some other way. They've got three years to prove to me that education is as important to me as it is to them. I'll be waiting.
Christy McDevitt, Oro Valley
Proving the severity of cluelessness
Elected representatives are supposed to work for us – discussing options, passing or rejecting bills, and making laws that protect us from the criminals and crazies of this world. Part of their job is to keep constituents informed about what is happening in our district and the state.
Can anyone possibly explain why Vic Williams, state representative of LD26, on Arizona Illustrated (public television), in trying to explain why education dollars should go to the classroom, stated that of every budgeted dollar at their disposal, the Amphitheater School District spends 47 cents on administration? Forty-seven cents? That's almost half of every dollar.
Well, Williams was outrageously off target. According to Amphi School District, which directly answered Williams' claim, less than 8 cents of every dollar is spent on administration. Further, their administration costs are 1.3 percent lower than the state average.
Is it a coincidence that Vic Williams' allegation was made about a week before we overwhelmingly passed Prop 100? All that he's proved to voters is the severity of his cluelessness.
Now that Prop 100 has passed, some jobs and programs have been saved – but only temporarily. Education on all levels continues to deflate. Prop 100 was too little, too late; a Band-Aid where cauterization was called for.
Like the ill-conceived, shamefully inadequate remedies that BP has applied to the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, our legislature continues to squeeze life out of public education to the point where Arizona's brain drain is freely flowing.
Arizonans suffer on. By next election we may be ready to vote out the charlatans and vote in those who can see a link between nurturing education and economic prosperity.
Kathleen Pastryk, Oro Valley
Opposition to SB1070 a smokescreen
Dave Safier, in his column of May 19, gives us three arrest scenarios to show how bad SB1070, as amended, is.
Assuming he knows, he doesn't tell us that in each of the three, an officer of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service can right now do what the police officer does in the scenarios, arrest the people.
And, most important, the ICE officer needs no probable cause, such as a broken brake light, to stop somebody. He or she can stop anyone of us and ask for ID. This has been federal law since 1940.
Emil Franzi, in his March 19 column, points out the obvious; that the opponents of SB1070 do not want any immigration enforcement, local, state or federal. Opposition to SB1070, as amended, is a smoke screen.
David A. Neal, Oro Valley
Why remove a perfectly good surface?
This letter was addressed to Mayor Ed Honea – Ed.
This letter is intended for you and members of your town council.
I recently moved to Marana after retiring from municipal service as a city manager with over 39 years of public service. Over this period of time, I have worked with several outstanding elected officials, and in some cases a few not so good. But I can say without hesitation none that would have condoned the removal of a perfectly good street to replace the asphalt with new sound absorbing asphalt (Silverbell Road).
Come on now, how wasteful and foolish, especially considering what is going on with our economy and the difficult time Marana city government is having balancing its budget. The cry for more money to support government services is being heard all over this county, state and our country. I trust that someone other than the members of your town council is responsible for this horrible waste of taxpayers money.
I seriously believe that whoever sold you on this public works debacle should be held accountable for fleecing not only you and your council, but the citizens of Marana. Please be more aware of what you are buying into when some technocrat on your payroll tells you asphalt will reduce traffic noise.
The street was perfectly fine to drive upon, and to my knowledge the asphalt didn't make much noise even when it was removed.
And the last thing I would like to say on behalf of myself and my neighbors is thanks for the traffic mess and please be more aware of what you are buying on behalf of your citizens.
Bruce Williams, Marana
How can we blame Obama, Dems for spill?
Sadly, many conservatives seeking to politicize the oil crisis are blaming President Obama and Democrats.
Last winter, Louisiana Gov. Jindal went on national TV to criticize Obama's economic stimulus plan. He repeated the tired Republican mantra that government should not intervene in the free marketplace. Now Jindal is criticizing Obama for not intervening soon enough. Republicans like Sen. Demint even hope Obama's efforts fail so he will have his Katrina, Waterloo, Armageddon or whatever calamity they invoke for this event.
There is a lot of difference between an act of nature and a man made disaster which can be prevented. Republicans and their anti-government free market ideology share directly in this tragedy.
President Carter, after experiencing an oil embargo, wisely set the nation on a course to become less dependent on oil by using coal and nuclear power until other forms of renewable energy could be developed. When President Reagan came into office he declared that government was the problem and trashed Carter's alternate energy plans. He hired an ex-wildcat oil driller as his energy adviser and Big Unregulated Oil was back in business.
In 2001, one of the first things Vice President Cheney, an ex-oil company president, did was to conduct secret meetings with the CEOs of big energy companies. Any records of these meetings were not released. Certainly the Congressional bodies responsible for surveilling the energy industry never knew what the Cheney program was. Apparently Cheney empowered the energy companies to do as they pleased without fear of government restrictions. So much for President Reagan's "trust but verify" motto: the oil industry was "off limits."
Even where safety laws exist as in the coal mining industry, the courts repeatedly ignore the inspector's findings, resulting in miners' deaths. Is it any wonder experienced inspectors capitulate? It is ludicrous to think that Obama would have any expertise in deep water drilling when the inspectors were deliberately excluded from this technology. Republicans may claim a political victory, but all of nature is crying over their triumph.
Ben F. Love, Oro Valley
Illegals are not a Dem constituency
The premise of Mr. Cunnington's letter (5/19) is that Democrats are fearful of losing their constituency with SB 1070 enforcement … that "illegal aliens are reliable Democratic voters."
Seriously, you can't just make stuff up. Let's turn off Fox News for a minute and use some common sense. Illegal aliens are not voters; they are not citizens; they are not a Democratic constituency.
SB 1070 is a dubious and simplistic response to a much more complex problem. To be sure, both political parties have fallen short on comprehensive immigration reform. Before we start the racial profiling, though, we need to both secure our border (admittedly not an easy task) and acknowledge the demand for and contribution that cheap, undocumented labor brings to our economy. Businesses hiring / exploiting illegal immigrants need to be held accountable.
Please remember that we are talking about human beings seeking honest work, not criminals. Don't confuse this issue with the violence of the drug trade.
America is an aging society and the vast majority of Mexican immigrants are young and healthy. It just might be a wise idea to get these folks legalized and on the tax roles so they can help our grandchildren pay for our entitlements.
Dana Whitson, Oro Valley
Posturing from LA doesn't help 1070 discourse
This letter was addressed to Arizona Corporations Commissioner Gary Pierce. – Ed.
As a proud resident of Arizona, I'm writing to express my appreciation for using your platform on the ACC to bring attention to the absurdity that seems to dominate the debate over SB 1070.
I, for one, was getting very tired of hearing that my state should be punished for exercising our right to determine our own laws. The posturing from LA, and other municipalities, make no positive contribution to the discourse. In fact, this fervor only widens the chasm of resentment between both sides.
I truly hope that the Honorable Mr. Villaraigosa recognizes the message that you are trying to send, and he realizes that our connections will contribute more to our common prosperity than our differences. If he doesn't, then he and the city council of LA should be aware of, and willing to accept, the full consequences of their decision.
Again, I want to thank you for attempting to steer the conversation back towards sensible and for using your voice to speak up for the majority of Arizonans. Regardless of how we feel, as individuals, about SB 1070, the residents of Arizona deserve more consideration than we've been given.
I hope your letter to LA, at large, will begin to reclaim some of that respect that has been lost. I would like think that this message conveys the sentiments of many Arizonans who have grown weary of the constant condemnation from sanctimonious activists, politicians, and media figures.
Ryan L. Isaac, Tucson
Outrage over law nothing but a smokescreen
The "outrage" over SB1070 is nothing but a smoke screen from the open border folks who do not want immigration enforced under any circumstances.
If 99 percent of the illegal aliens in the state are Hispanic, who is Arizona supposed to pull over… the three Norwegians living here?
Norman Schwartz, Oro Valley