Retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson lives in the East Valley and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I think ASU students and dropouts do make for higher crime in the Tempe area. Reports from friends in Tempe are that renters in neighborhoods aren't good neighbors and break the law routinely with late night, loud partying. They couldn't say if they knew of any loud party ever broken up by a routine patrol. The "party" atmosphere draws all kinds of creeps and criminals. If Tempe had more police on the street and fewer police commanders and above in the office then maybe their visibility and their arrests would go up...and maybe crime would go down.
If you keep doing what you always did, you'll keep getting what you always got!
When I read your columns, I put your face to Glinda, the Good Witch, in her descent to the stage with her glittering magic wand and her singsong voice.
Do they still make barf bags for airlines? I think I need one.
When I want a reality check, I read your column. Your reality makes me laugh. Every single time. My reality as a married parent has never been yours. I'm proud of that! My reality has achieved marketable, successful offspring in a global economy where they make a difference every single day. All while working outside of the home, as well as inside of the home.
What's exactly is your point? I can never figure it out--in any reality-based way. It's like being able to read fingernails scratching a chalkboard. I cringe.
That was a presumptuous statement. Untrue and mean. You have taken the meaning of what was written and skewered it into a political statement. May God help you find happiness in the world. Maybe it's liberal thinking, or Democratic thinking, or the just the meaning behind what Easter truly is, but peace begins with an open heart and an open mind. Obviously, it wasn't your children who were taught to treat others as you would want others to treat you. Hopefully, they find someone who they can learn to be compassionate from. Love is nurtured.
Bill, Your are beating a dead horse. We all know that Tempe has a crime problem and we all know that is because of ASU. Not that ASU is bad but because the largest university in AZ attracts a large liberal/progressive group of young people wanting to party. This attracts the criminals elements that prey on and provide the drugs used by these youngsters. I think Tempe's crime rate would be equal with other cities that host a university of the this size. Let's face it, since the 1960s, the universities have become much more liberal and progressive when it comes to drug use by the students. I wonder if Tucson's crime rate is elevated because of the UofA? I don't see any purpose in your continued chiding and rage against the Tempe police. It seems you are on a personal vendetta against the Tempe police department or it's leadership.
chatmandu--- it has been more than obvious for a long long time that the author has been on a vendetta against both Sheriff Joe and the Tempe police department.
The intriguing question is why the EVT continues to give him a pulpit with which to pursue his vendetta.
This guy writes like Joe Friday, chewing on a sprig of hay...
Another great article. Thanks for this update.
It is highly offensive that you tie murders and thugs with fraternities. Having parties on weekends should not be in the same paragraph as cold blooded murder. ASU has forced fraternities off campus so that they now live in apartment complexes. Fraternities are going to have parties, that's never going to end. Tempe police make way to much money off writing underage drinking tickets, so the majority of their time and money is going to be spent on these college parties. As for the "gang style fight", that was an isolated incidents between a few member of two fraternities and in no way can that incident be generalized to the entire Greek life at ASU.
"Has the time come for Tempe residents to ask Sheriff Joe Arpaio to send in his deputies for crime suppression sweeps to get a handle on crime?"
As soon as the crowds in downtown and the fraternity hoodlums and other assorted crums are identified as illegal aliens, then YES. Until then, lets keep Arpaio's jack-booted mexican-hating badge-carrying hoodlums away, shall we?[beam]
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