You can feel safe
I read Linda Turley-Hansen's piece in the Aug. 6 Ahwatukee Foothills News ("There's plenty you can do to fight for Arizona"). I wanted to put her mind at ease and give her hope that she is safe. My wife and I live just north of Pecos Road on 48th Street, and our kids and grandkids live up the street, and have for nearly 10 years.
I was alarmed with her "chillingly vulnerable" statement. My only thought was that the beheaded bodies Jan Brewer speaks of were found in Turley-Hansen's cul-de-sac; for that I share her concern. It must have been awful having to watch a deputy sheriff pick those things up.
I am a Vietnam combat veteran, having been wounded while serving with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in 1967. Our base camp was in Tay Ninh, which abutted the Cambodian border. I mention this to let you know that I am experienced with hostile borders, albeit heavier with eye sight that has gone a bit south (no pun intended). Given Turley-Hansen's frightening letter about being the first line of defense against those head hunters invading our neighborhoods (I thought those were my neighbors walking their puppies), I want to assure you that I have taken up the cause. I will personally patrol Pecos Road in the 48th Street area and make sure none of the hostiles cross into our Foothills - I can say "halt" in three languages. Also, be assured that I can distinguish Gila River Nation folks coming across Pecos Road from the drug-runners, and will not offend those neighbors.
By the way, so that you or yours don't mistake me for a hostile you should know that I am Hispanic, U.S. born, with an advanced degree and CEO of a local company that does do business in Mexico. I speak Spanish very well, or at least can say "halt" very well. I have experienced some grilling by my professional colleagues in Mexico about our state, and they do not associate "invite them to return" or "welcome" with Arizona - shortsighted; go figure.
A bit more about my pedigree so you and yours are comfortable with a Latino standing guard over Pecos: I have uncles who served in World War II and Korea. One was a German prisoner of war; another was wounded and awarded the Silver Star for his service in Korea. My brother was a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict, who went on to receive a Ph.D and was a teacher of the year. We all are sons of undocumented parents, now long passed. I grew up with men and neighbors like these and they were not the exception - they were the rule. The beheadings are not new to us but like proud American citizens, we don't let them deter us.
You can feel safe. This guard dog has border experience, served his country proudly and is not corrupt.