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Fewer illegal immigrants
mean less crime
In the first half of 2009, Phoenix saw a 25 percent decline in the number of crimes compared with the same time period in 2007. Violent crime was down 12 percent.
The Mesa Police Department reported a 19 percent decrease in total crimes for the first half of 2009 versus the first half of 2007, including a 10 percent drop in violent crime.
Tempe has seen a 25 percent drop in crime.
At the same time, Arizona’s illegal immigrant population decreased by one-third from 579,000 in 2007 to 388,000 in 2009 thanks to a combination of the down U.S. economy; tougher enforcement polices by the federal government and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office; as well as the state’s employer sanctions law, which goes after businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Yet we recently witnessed the streets of Phoenix filled with people protesting U.S. immigration requirements. Many of the protesters were wearing yellow shirts with an embroidered flag of Mexico. In this politically correct era it appears that our media doesn’t want to connect the dots. The relationship between the number of illegal immigrants and crime in Arizona is all too apparent. It’s time to stop the flow, not yield to protesters who want us to open the floodgates.
Traffic tickets through
A reader recently complained that the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles failed to send a reminder about renewing her registration. After being stopped for an expired plate, she investigated. It appears that no letter is “required to be sent or delivered” but “usually” is. Now the Arizona Supreme Court is being petitioned by Redflex Traffic Systems to allow violation notices to be considered legally served when sent by first-class mail. Redflex is using frontman John Wintersteen, who as former Paradise Valley chief of police enjoyed a close relationship with and enhanced city profits through Redflex.
The state already recognizes the fallibility of mailed notifications for vehicle registrations but might consider automated traffic citations sent by a benefitting private company reliable. This government hypocrisy and greed is why a growing number of drivers have lost their respect for the program and are signing a different petition to ban such photo traffic enforcement.
Every type of speed-enforcement hardware used today is tested and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and International Association of Chiefs of Police. However, no red-light or speed camera has ever been similarly tested or certified. Can anyone say that this equipment or the U.S. Postal Service is 100 percent reliable?
disrespectful to women
I am saddened by the election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. It’s OK with him to deny emergency contraception to rape victims. His nude pose in the centerfold of Cosmopolitan magazine adds to the sleaze. Massachusetts may seem a long ways away from Arizona. But Arizona’s two senators relatively recently voted against equal pay for women (it would create too many lawsuits) and also voted against guaranteeing women the right to bring lawsuits against co-workers in cases of sexual assault (bad for business), both of which were passed by a Democratic Congress.
Disease is overlooked
by doctors, public
Systemic lupus is far more prevalent than multiple sclerosis. Yet far less is known about what it means to those who suffer from it and their families, as well as throughout our medical community.
Many fine physicians either miss or overlook valuable information that could help lupus sufferers find a diagnosis much faster than the existing seven-year average. Thousands suffer waiting for answers that are not easily found, and symptoms are even suggested sometimes to just be in a patient’s head. What little treatment available now offers help that includes bad side effects.
As an advocate and former nurse who faces this disease, I find myself making my way through this vast medical maze that cries out for us to pull together in an attempt to better understand this disease and work toward a common aspiration to try to make a difference in the lives of these wonderful people who pass away so mysteriously in greater numbers every year.
City Council should
rethink traffic plans
Thank you for your recent article in the Chandler Tribune entitled “Council approves downtown plans” (Jan. 17).
I have some concerns regarding the City Council’s plans. Although the plan is to “widen sidewalks and enhance the corridor’s landscape,” I believe they are leaving out a very important consideration. By narrowing Arizona Avenue from the current six lanes to the proposed four lanes, the traffic congestion is going to be insurmountable. And when traffic is known to be really bad in an area — what do people do? They avoid those areas and find alternate routes. Thus, the need for wider sidewalks is eliminated.
My daughter attends Chandler High School and battles the traffic each day. I think it is shortsighted on the council’s part to think that widening sidewalks is going to bring more people to the downtown area — when, in reality, they will avoid the area because they can’t get through the streets. There will be more congestion and probably more accidents caused by the congestion.
Has the council sought the opinions of the store owners downtown? I can’t imagine, as a store owner, wanting to have cars farther away from my storefront instead of closer. In almost all areas of Chandler and other growing cities, roads are being widened to accommodate the people who live, shop and work there, not the other way around.
In my opinion, and several others that I have spoken with agree, this will end up being the death of downtown Chandler.