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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2008 10:35 pm | Updated: 9:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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IMMIGRATION

Spanish ballots point to lawbreaking

The right to vote is limited to citizens of the United States by law. In order to be a naturalized citizen of the United States, the applicant is required to be able to read and write basic English. A 21-year-old citizen born here has gone through all grades of school here, and can speak fluent English. Who is the government letting vote that can only speak Spanish?

According to all known logic, all citizens eligible to vote can speak English.

So why is our government printing polling material and ballots in English and Spanish? Who are they letting vote that they shouldn’t be? Are they that lax at making sure all voters are citizens? Something is rotten in Denmark here that is wasting the taxpayers’ money, as well as abusing a major privilege restricted to citizens only. It is time our governments stopped printing any materials whatsoever in Spanish.

I understand other government agencies, such as the welfare department, social services, food stamps, etc., also print material in Spanish to assist Spanish-speaking individuals to get benefits. This again points out that government agencies are breaking the law themselves! Only U.S. citizens are entitled to those kind of benefits. Even an individual with a valid green card is subject to deportation should they lose their job and need to rely on the “public trough.” These benefits are designed for citizens only, according to the immigration laws.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, any help you can provide that would get our federal, state, county and local municipalities to start enforcing the laws of the land would be greatly appreciated. God Bless America!

BRIAN HINDLE

SCOTTSDALE

CHINA

Not made in heaven

We purchased a walnut slide-in sofa table from a catalog outlet called Taylor Gifts. The box arrived in perfect condition with a large-printed “Made In China.” It was missing two critical parts. Shipping had been 50 percent of the value of the table. So I called Taylor Gifts, they said they did not ship replacement parts but would send us another table. It arrived a few weeks later in a beat-up box that clearly had been sent back by a previously unsatisfied customer, and sure enough it was missing the same two critical parts.

Last year China poisoned our dogs. Now they have taken advantage of Taylor Gifts, who is trying to lay its losses off on the unsuspecting public.

From now on we will not accept any merchandise that says “Made in China.” If ordering off the Internet, I will ask the country of origin before placing the order. At a retail store, I will read the label for country of origin.

If several million people would adopt this policy. American manufacturers would use American labor and quit outsourcing — at least to China.

A.J. SILK

QUEEN CREEK

FLAGS

Half-staff has guidelines

Recently, all three flags flying at Gilbert Fire Department, Station One, were lowered to half-staff. I inquired with Gilbert Fire Department as to the reason for this, and I was told by Donna Campbell, who represents the Department, “that we have lowered the flags in honor of a Mesa firefighter who died in the line of duty” on Tuesday. I sent an immediate reply to her stating that this was a violation of United States Code, since a “half-staffing” order was not given by the president or by our governor.

Three days after acknowledging this information and being told my concern has been “passed on to our Department staff,” the flags are all still flying at half-mast. Surely an order to correct this error could have been made before the weekend.

The flag of the United States of America is a symbol which represents our entire country. We lower it in honor of those who serve on a national level. The flag is to fly at half-staff on Memorial Day until noon, at which time it is raised to full staff again. On May 15, Sept. 11, and Dec. 7, the flag is to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Any other times should be only on the direct order of the president or our governor.

My prayers go out to the family of the recently fallen Mesa firefighter. I think it would be a wonderful tribute by all local fire departments to lower their city and/or department flags to half-staff in honor of this hero. At the same time, adhering to U.S. Code with respect to the flag of the United States of America will continue to honor our country. An excellent source of information on proper flag etiquette can be found at www.ushistory.org.

GREG BASYE

GILBERT

DECADES THEME PARK

Weather or not, a good idea

While I wouldn’t normally endorse a project which is mainly funded by tax dollars, Decades is a project that gets my vote. Unlike Chase Field (Diamondbacks) and the University of Phoenix Stadium (Cardinals), at least this project will be paid back by the actual users of the facility.

Additionally, Arizona has long needed a decent amusement park and every project in the past has fallen through, probably due to lack of funding.

Ever since I moved here in 1993, there hasn’t been an amusement park here (Castles and Coasters isn’t an amusement park). Eloy is a great location for it since it’s not the west side, not the east side, and it’s still close to Tucson as well. For the doubters who complain about heat during the summer, who goes to Six Flags Great America outside of Chicago from November through February? Besides that, if you can’t take a little heat, get out of the kitchen!

BYRON RIECKMANN

MESA

MESA FINANCE

You broke it, you fix it

Mistrust for the City Council started over 10 years ago and we have few reasons to change. They voted “no” for a new major store to be built at Fiesta Mall because of adjacent street traffic congestion problems.

They started our first round with eminent domain by trying to force a family to sell their property on the west side of our cemetery. Then they did it again on Bailey’s Brake Shop. Couldn’t learn or just slow learners? This got national news after Bailey’s Brake was seen on a national program for all America to see.

Then one of the council members wouldn’t stand when their meetings started with Pledge of Allegiance. And we are to look up to our City Council?

Then the big one, not letting the people vote for the $20 million decision to extend the light rail into Mesa about one and a half miles. This decision broke the city budget once and for all. We haven’t recovered yet. The City Council voted to spend $20 million on the mass transit system and not let the people vote and then tell us that the budget is broken.

The real problem is we are forced to respond to their ill-fated actions. They cut the library hours and the museums to make us think this is the only way out. Not so. Just place the 3.4 percent reduction across the entire city system like responsible businesses have done.

They got together and came up with this method and it is wrong. Sorry, council, some of us have your number and it is not a winner. But you made it that way. Why, then, do you want us to get you out of it?

KENDALL BENNETT

MESA

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