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Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 12:26 am | Updated: 1:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

“My wife and I just found out we owe a large amount of taxes. At first we weren’t going to pay them because I’ve been thinking about running for Congress. But I’ve been honest all my life and why turn crooked now? So we paid our taxes.”

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“My wife and I just found out we owe a large amount of taxes. At first we weren’t going to pay them because I’ve been thinking about running for Congress. But I’ve been honest all my life and why turn crooked now? So we paid our taxes.”

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“Mesa police chief Gascón admitted his trip to D.C. to bad-mouth Sheriff Joe was paid for by 'A group of nonprofit organizations seeking immigration reform.’ When it was suggested he was 'dancing with who brang him,’ he bristled he doesn’t dance with anyone. Sorry, George, your dance card was punched when you accepted the free trip.”

“After accepting his travel and expenses to Washington, D.C., from groups who advocate that law enforcement officers not be allowed to enforce the laws of the United States … Chief George Gascón should be removed from his position as a paid employee of the city. Had one of his officers accepted a bribe or expensive gift — travel, accommodations, lodging and meals — from anyone with the direct purpose of influencing their decision-making in favor of a cause, they would be suspended at the least.”

“I am an alcoholic and speeder. If (Sheriff) Joe cannot go after illegals, I do not think the state can go after me either. Take down the cameras and stop all the alcohol checkpoints, especially on holidays when I am off work and love to get drunk and speed around town.”

“Is Sheriff Joe the only law enforcement agency that can serve arrest warrants in Maricopa County? I don’t read of any other law enforcement agency serving any. When Good Ole Joe does serve them he is accused of 'racial profiling.’ ”

“A perfect solution to Arizona’s budget problem: Arizona taxpayers should have the Big Three each put up 1,000 (of) $20,000 cars. That will total 3,000 cars. Taxpayers will pay $1,000 on each car. This will cost under $3 million in tax money, but when the cars are sold, this will generate $60 million in Arizona. Or does this sound too much like professional sports?”

“Congratulations to the governor! She stood up to the power, and money hungry, unions that want to control the way every city and state does its business! The government wants to blame our problems on Wall Street — they need to take a look at the unions!”

“Hate the sin and not the sinner? To the human garbage that stole my son’s new bike today at Emerson, I am having a really hard time with this philosophy. … I work to buy something for my child and you steal it? How ’bout Monday morning you return the bike?”

“As a Mesa teacher I find it absurd that Michael Cowan is getting a $26,000 raise (Tribune, Friday). If I’m lucky, my salary will be frozen; incentive pay and benefits will be reduced. More of my take-home money will be used to buy supplies for the classroom. Maybe Cowan should be treated like the AIG bigwigs; give the money back!”

“Friday’s Tribune bemoans the lack of city-financed Dial-A-Ride in east Mesa, as if the government owes transportation to 'lonely people.’ Mesa has always had dial-a-ride service — it’s called the taxicab. It comes right to your door, is available 24/7 and pays taxes. Hire one today.”

“Do you think someone can tell our president that Pakistan is pronounced 'Packy-Stan,’ not 'Pockey-Stahn’?”

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