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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2007 7:32 pm | Updated: 7:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

What’s the chief’s job?

So now the Mesa police chief decides what laws will be enforced, and he doesn’t want the Mesa Police Department to ask immigration status questions, because it’s not important. I would remind George Gascón that after 9/11 the illegal immigrants in Arizona went underground due to increased ICE activity. During the few months that this happened crime, the type of crime the chief wants to address, went down approximately 35 percent. Coincidence? Only an imbecile would think so.

How many times do we see a person arrested for one of Gascón’s serious crimes that has had multiple contacts with the police? How many murders, rapes and robberies would have been prevented had the police assisted in enforcing immigration laws? How many police officers would still be alive?

Gascón’s vision of police work is shortsighted and foolish. Preventing crime is as important as solving crimes, and in this case far easier.

No one is asking the Mesa police officers to stop people who “look like illegals.” The racial profiling card is used by those with no other argument.

If a police office stops a person, any person, they can ask for ID. If the ID looks fake or is nonexistent, then that person should be held until it can be determined who they really are. This is not racial profiling, this is intelligent. Ask everyone.

Finally, the last I checked the chief of police is a public employee, and as such either does the job they were hired for or they should be dismissed.

So to the mayor and City Council of Mesa, please instruct this employee to enforce all of the laws. If this refusal continues, then it’s time for Gascón to go.

BRIAN KEARNEY

MESA

Not a nation of immigrants

What this nation needs is a nation of laws, not of men! Where did it come from that “we’re a nation of immigrants”? I was born in this country almost 85 years ago. My parents were born here and so were my grandparents. I am no immigrant, and neither were they. Once we became a nation, we were no longer immigrants, we were citizens. Robert Kistner (Opinion 2, Dec. 26) evidently doesn’t believe in a nation of laws, but of men. The law is, no one may pick or choose which law he or she may and may not obey.

WILLIAM H. FOSTER

MESA

WESTWORLD

Should be home for new Scottsdale arts center

WestWorld’s future is now and it’s time to start making clear, hard decisions so everyone can begin to make plans for the future. WestWorld is a western theme park and more. Here’s what the voters are telling me.

First, an outdoor amphitheater will be an outstanding, low-cost addition. So let’s engineer the polo field for lawn seating and provide utility hookups for a mobile stage and make it happen.

Second, let’s begin public hearings and plan to make it the future home for a new world-class Scottsdale Center for the Arts. It’s clear Scottsdale will need a new facility and members of the cultural council have explained to me how the existing center can be used as a small performance and teaching facility. WestWorld is an ideal location and would make for a unique venue for all.

As for the excess 80 acres: Skill and experience tell me that despite the high price, the city may be able to sell 60 of the 80 acres and recoup all of the $80 million cost, which could provide the initial funding for the future arts center. Once the land and the location is in place, private funding could commence including “naming rights” which could be viewed as appropriate and financially prudent.

Private sector planners should be employed to propose various multi-use plans for the entire 80 acres before sale. This will also create optimum value which would then allow us to hold our own auction.

JOEL BRAMOWETH

SCOTTSDALE

CLIMATE CHANGE

Arizona contributions to problem aren’t high

It is patently obvious that Al Gore and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens are playing on the emotions and fears of all of us to further their own agendas of “global warming.” First of all, per the latest census figures, Arizona has had a 68 percent increase in population since 1990. If we have had an increase of 58 percent in so-called greenhouse emissions, we are far ahead of the curve. It is their (and the U.N.’s) contention that all of us must suffer, except for poor and favored countries who have been exempted from the draconian measures which they intend to impose.

We may or may not be in the midst of a slight increase in world temperature, but no one can ascertain that humans have any part to play in it. Any criticism or any disagreement is dismissed as “extremist.” Instead of getting involved with “Mr. Internet,” we should endeavor to release our own technologies to solve our own energy and pollution problems. I do remember the “silicon” scare which caused one company to go into bankruptcy (Dow Corning), cost billions of dollars in damages and was later proven to be safe to use.

JOE BRENDEL

APACHE JUNCTION

FOOD

Veggie diet avoids cancer

This has indeed been the year of eating dangerously. Consumer Reports got things rolling by reporting that 83 percent of all raw chickens harbor campylobacter or salmonella, leading causes of food-borne disease. Spring and summer brought 20 recalls of 30 million pounds of ground beef contaminated with lethal E. coli.

All through the year, two dozen scientific reports, including a mammoth one by the World Cancer Research Fund, linked meat and dairy consumption with elevated risk of colon, stomach, pancreatic, prostate, breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

A dozen more reports linked meat and dairy with obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. A survey of 30,000 children by the National Center for Health Statistics indicated an alarming rise in high blood pressure, a precursor to heart attack and stroke.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour” reminded us that, according to the U.N., animal agriculture accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions — more than automobiles.

The national uproar over Michael Vick’s brutal dogfighting operation made us wonder why we tolerate the brutal treatment and slaughter of billions of cows, pigs, and other innocent, sentient animals for our dinner table.

The dawn of the new year is a great time to explore the rich variety of veggie burgers, dogs, deli slices, heat-and-eat dinners, and soy-based milk, cheese, and ice cream in our local supermarket, as well as the traditional vegetables, nuts, grains, and fruits. It’s the one New Year’s resolution that’s easy and fun to keep.

MANUEL LOWE

MESA

GOOD SAMARITAN

Last-minute aid

Our family would like to extend our thanks to Dave Haynes, a respiratory therapist for Respiratory Services Inc., for going out of his way to help my mother while she was visiting us from Yuma for Christmas. The company which supplies her oxygen neglected to supply the valve needed to turn the oxygen on.

Even though my mother is not a customer of Respiratory Services, Haynes was on-call and drove to her motel to get her oxygen going for her. My mother has inoperable lung cancer and could not have enjoyed Christmas with us without this wonderful act of kindness. It may have seemed a small thing to Haynes, but our family will never forget it. Thanks.

KELLY AND DEIDRA JOHNSON

MESA

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