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Letters to the editor: May 21

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:30 pm | Updated: 11:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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GUNS

Our duty to bear arms

The Second Amendment states “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This guarantees us the right to own and carry weapons.

Who is the militia? During the Revolutionary War the militia was composed of private citizens. Because they provided their own weapons, a formidable fighting force could be organized in a short amount of time. In Title 10 Section 31 of the U.S. Code it states, “The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and under 45 years of age…” This means over 70 million men are part of the militia.

The right to bear arms is a barrier against tyranny. Throughout history when political leaders wanted to take away a people’s freedom and property, they began by seizing their weapons. They didn’t do this quickly, but in small steps so they wouldn’t alert the people.

Today our government is infringing upon our right to keep and bear arms by requiring firearms to be registered, denying permits to carry firearms, and in some places completely banning guns.

As part of the militia and citizens of this nation, we have a duty to defend our country. We must stop laws banning guns — if guns are banned, the only people who would have them would be criminals and crime rates would soar. To preserve our country and our way of life, we should all become armed so we may defend our nation and ourselves.

JESSE NELSON

GILBERT

GOV. NAPOLITANO

Careful who you lie to

Gov. Janet Napolitano, in her attempt to make Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio look bad, lied to we (the voters) who helped get her elected — Didn’t you, Janet?

You said you weren’t taking sides, but you did! Even though it may be legal you did it in the sneakiest of ways.

I shall remember this deceit, as I hope other voters will as well.

BILL FRANKENBERG

MESA

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Takes jobs here, there

More and more American farmers have been moving to Mexico where they rent farm land in Mexico and get work forces for lower wages. Whirlpool, Maytag appliances manufacturing, A.O. Smith Water Heaters and Electronic products are among many top U.S. companies that have moved their manufacturing to Mexico.

There are over 160,000 companies in the maquiladora industry in Mexico.

Today, about 3,100 plants (foreign-owned factories in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export) are operating in Mexico. A larger percentage of these maquilas are still located in border areas employing millions of workers in the Baja California peninsula and throughout Mexico.

Why are Americans so angry about illegal immigration? Illegal immigrants are foreign-born residents who came here illegally by law, and who have not been naturalized and are still citizens of another foreign country. We breathed a sigh of relief the day the Senate defeated the amnesty bill, but the U.S.A. is still being invaded by illegal immigrants!

Over the years, despite that there are more U.S. farms, assembly manufactures, and aerospace products companies that have moved to Mexico to hire workers at lower pay, more illegal immigrants come across the border into the U.S. illegally each day. This system is continually taking jobs from the working people in America.

JACK SALLEY

MESA

STATE BUDGET

Shore up strained safety net

It is hard to find out exactly what the majority in the Legislature is proposing for the 2009 budget cuts, but it is imperative that they not cut critical safety net and human services programs for children and adults when the demand continues to grow.

Some community agencies are experiencing increases of 40 percent to 60 percent in requests for essentials in these difficult times. Flat budgets will already be a cut because costs for transportation, health care, and food have already increased.

Open budget discussions, with more transparency and public input, should have been the operational pattern for the Legislature. It is not too late.

RUTH WOOTTEN

TEMPE

PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Be ready to be surprised

To everyone who keeps trying to call the Democratic primary race over;

According to what I am reading and hearing, if I am elderly, middle-class, a union member, and a long-standing Democrat, I must be voting for Hillary Clinton. But I am also a college-educated, Internet-using, NPR-listening liberal, so I obviously gravitate to Barack Obama. But I am also a mainline Protestant Christian who attends church weekly and lives in a “red” state, so I must be secretly planning to vote for John McCain!

What you all keep overlooking is that I also belong to the biggest demographic of all. I am female, and now I am getting angry because you keep trying to call this race over. Keep it up, guys! You are really doing my gal a favor giving her the underdog status! When it’s all over, and you’re trying to figure out how you called it so wrong, just remember I told you so.

SUSAN SHAW HARRIS

MESA

REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT

Misplaced applause

In the Tribune of May 10, Richard Baehr of Gold Canyon claimed the press corps at the National Press Club applauded the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s statements proving a leftist bias in the media. In fact, the applause came from public attendees. The members of the Press Club, the working press, did not applaud.

The 100-year-old National Press Club has been inviting guest speakers since 1932, the only criteria being that the individual is currently in the news. The sessions are open to the general public and the bulk of the audience is made up of non-media attendees who purchase tickets to attend. In the case of the Wright speech, the applause came from people who purchased tickets, not members of the club.

TOM KENNEY

GILBERT

GAS TAX

It’s only fair

I assume that the governor of the people, Janet Napolitano, insisted in this secret meeting with the rich developers that they also put in the initiative that they suspend the state gas tax for 30 years.

RONALD LIDDELL

MESA

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