Many thanks to Sheriff Joe

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his ant-Mexican campaign. I recently had the opportunity to stay in a nearby five-star resort. Much to my surprise it was noticeable that there were very few Mexican housekeepers, landscapers or those pesky street vendors in the surrounding streets. Only one problem Joe, this was in Mexico. You and your misguided anti-Mexican campaign have effectively helped to destroy the local economies on nearby Mexican vacation destinations. I read that this year spring break occupancy was at 50 percent in Puerto Penasco. Many local businesses have failed, the condos sit empty. Who do you think used to work in these places and where do you think they are now going to have to go look for work? Now you launch your most recent egotistical campaign to scare people from traveling to those destinations due to "unconfirmed" reports that you probably created yourself as revenge for the Sonora Tourism agency mocking you and your crusade.

Nice job Joe, keep up the great work. Perhaps this is how you insure your job security by maintaining a steady supply of immigrants.

Brian Talburt


Calif. resident’s 1st-hand experience with SB 1070

Dear Editor:

The other day I was driving through Arizona and I stopped for gas in Kingman. As I was getting out of the car and going in to pay, I noticed a police car parked by the building. My heart fluttered, I realized that I could be asked for my papers. I was not sure if my driver’s license was good enough. I didn’t panic, I walked into the store, straight to the clerk and handed her $40. I didn’t see the police so I felt maybe I would be OK.

I went back out and pumped gas, but the car only held $28. I calmly went back inside to get my change and hightail it out of there. This time the officer was standing about 2 feet from the register. I just remember thinking: Be cool, don’t show fear. I got my change and walked out. I was in the clear.

I continued down Interstate 40, but I did not feel safe. I still had 300 miles to get to the New Mexico border. Sure enough as I was driving through Flagstaff, the speed limit changed from 75 to 65. This was an obvious speed trap where I could easily be profiled. It did not take long before I was passing a police car parked in the median. I made sure the cruise control was locked on 65. I thought for sure I was going to be pulled over, but nothing happened. I didn’t understand. I’ve been hearing terrible things about this new draconian law.

Well, I had to stop in Winslow for gas. My worst fears were realized. There were two police cars parked there. Again, I kept my cool and walked into the store. There were two officers talking. As I began to pay I could not help but look over at them. The officer facing me nodded, as if saying, I’ve got your number. What could I do? I nodded back.

As I began to walk back to the pumps another cruiser pulled up. This time it wasn’t a police car though, it was border patrol. My first thought was the police inside the store called them. I felt for sure this time I was nailed.

The agent stepped out of his car and looked right at me. My heart stopped for a second, I thought he had just asked to see my papers. It seemed like forever for me to process my thoughts. It turned out he said, “Hello.” I looked him square in the eyes and said, “Hello.” What else could I say?

Well, I finally made it to the border of New Mexico. I was a little surprised. There wasn’t a road block, not even a check point.

I could relax. The ordeal was over. It made me think about the day before, though.

For you see, one day earlier I had flown from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. I had to take the Metro Train from the airport to Pasadena. The first thing I noticed is that you could walk onto the platform without passing through a gate. How great was this? The Metro has open borders. It did not take long for the euphoria to wear off. As I was transferring from one train to another there was a group of Los Angeles County Sheriffs stopping people and asking to see their tickets.

Ironically, they were wearing brown shirts.

I was never asked for mine, but a young black man was. He did not have a ticket and the officer asked to see his ID.

Two thoughts went through my mind. Was this racial profiling? Why is it OK for an officer in Los Angeles to ask for ID but an officer in Arizona is not?

It is clear to me that Los Angeles is more interested in harassing people on their way to work or school, while at the same time ignoring federal law.

As far as who has the police state, my mind is made up. That is why I have decided to boycott Los Angeles.

Chris McLafferty

Victorville, Calif.


Turning around Arizona’s economic situation

Dear Editor:

I would like to respond to the thought-provoking commentary “Arizona Depression” authored by John Talton (May 21, AFN). My first reaction to the commentary was why is an “outsider” writing about Arizona's economic situation? But I do respect the fact that the great majority of us, regardless of how many years we have resided in Arizona, are not native Arizonans. Perhaps, it would be beneficial for someone not living here to give us a frank assessment of our present economic situation.

I do have a strong negative reaction when Mr. Talton condescends to those of us living here as not able to understand “how the state can turn itself around.” After all, this is Arizona, not the remote regions of the Appalachians. I dispute the assumption that outside of Phoenix and Tucson, that Arizona is viewed as “the Third World.” Most Arizonans respect and admire the opinions of all areas of the state, outside of our two metropolitan cities!

Talton further references the “Jim Crow Anti-Immigration Law,” a reference to Senate Bill 1070, and quotes the New York Times reference to the Tea Party as “Economically Distressed Whites.” Our new immigration law, if read and understood by its antagonists is an enhanced enforcement of existing and long established federal statutes regarding immigration law. If the feds won't enforce their own laws, it must be an option of the state to save itself economically from the burdens of such a porous, unregulated border. The McCain/Kyl Ten Point Proposal, endorsed by the five Congressional candidates in our Congressional District (CD 5), will address a meaningful federal response to the illegal (or if your prefer) undocumented immigrant issue. Where is Harry Mitchell? The Tea Party movement is a genuine effort by grass-roots, middle class Americans of all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs to re-establish a priority of fundamental values that are unique to our country. We have been and continue to be a nation of compassionate people, coupled by the rule of law.

In summary, the “epitome of localization” within the boundaries of the state of Arizona is alive and well. The personal freedoms that we have lived by are slowly being eroded by the Washington “transparent” administration and the party in control of the Congress. When we see a reversal of the enhanced power structure of the federal government, it is my opinion that we will see both Arizona and the United States “turn itself around.”

Ray E. Bjorklund


Kudos to Turley-Hansen

Dear Editor:

Thank you for printing the article in the June 4 edition of the AFN from Linda Turley-Hansen. I was beginning to think I was the only person in Ahwatukee who felt as she does regarding the current fear in America. I agree with her that President Obama is committing acts of treason when he sides with Mexico’s president in condemning Arizona for wanting to protect its citizens. Again, as she quoted from an FBI report: “Sheikh Abdullah al-Nasifi, a known al-Qaeda recruiter in Kuwait, told al Jazeera television in February that the ideal infiltration point for terrorists seeking to attack America is Mexico's border.”(

Why does no other media outlet have the courage to allow freedom of speech such as this article? Could it be they still believe in hope and change and continue to blindly believe it is a good thing?

Again, kudos to you for letting the “other side” be heard.

Kathy Enzweiler


Taking responsibility for our politicians in office

Dear Editor:

Hear! Hear! Bravo to Parag Modi for his commentary (“Time to hold politicians accountable for budget mess,” June 2, AFN) for his focusing heat on the bottoms of the feet of those who purport to govern in the name and interests of the citizenry. For our American system to work as intended, the rest of us must also carry out our responsibility to be informed voters. Alas, we're not as good at that as we want the politicians to be at their jobs.

Oddly, we should be more likely to hold accountable those candidates for whom we voted and who actually got into office. All too often, however, we relax once our candidate gets in, believing he/she will do as they promised during the campaign, and we all too willingly overlook or rationalize their failures. Instead, we turn our attention to the politicians from the other side of the aisle and focus not just heat but howitzers on their feet and any other parts of their persons we think are exposed. 

Thanks to the Internet, access to politicians is far easier these days. And at the local level I find they are more likely to respond. That's not so likely once they get to that rarefied air in Washington. And that's as good a reason as any I know to take the opportunity to bring them back home to reality by voting them out, even (no, especially) if we're responsible for putting them there in the first place.

William M. Diekmann


YOPAS is great

Dear Editor:

Having totaled my vehicle, I soon became acquainted with the services provided by YOPAS. I had previously recommended their group to a friend never dreaming I would one day need.

Being without a vehicle in Ahwatukee and not living next door to a grocery store or medical facility, I soon became fast friends with this volunteer agency. I had numerous medical appointments: Chandler and Banner facilities and my primary physician’s office were all scheduled.

At first, I was totally paranoid to get into a car, let alone drive. It took four months for me to sit behind the wheel.

Having supportive family, now I have a replacement car and appreciate all that they provided.

Mr. Pascarelli was one of the many who came to my aid. He was knowledgeable about where I needed to be seen and waited patiently (as did others) while the tests were run.

Thank you to YOPAS I survived this period. May God bless you and the others who support this organization.

Peggy Askew


Thanks to AFN, entire community

Dear Editor:

We can't thank Ahwatukee Foothills News enough for helping us with our quest to earn money to help our neighbor, 15-year-old neighbor Jacob Valencia, fight osteosarcoma. After you ran the story in the April 2 paper (“4-year-old collects cans, raises money for neighbor”) things just took off from there. Thanks to all that contributed with cans, money donations and gifts for Madison and Jacob. Madison, 4, collected more than 600 pounds of aluminum cans, giving just over $400 to Jacob. And that doesn't even begin to include the additional cash donations we received.

We would also like to thank Ahwatukee Preschool for allowing the cans to be dropped off at the school. Jacob has since had knee surgery and continues with chemo. Everyday things look brighter and the end of this experience can only make Jacob stronger.

The community can continue to monitor Jacob's progress on (Jacob Valencia). We are very proud of Madison and what she has done for Jacob, and what she has learned from this experience. We believe this is only the beginning of what our daughter will do in the future. Thanks again, our family, as well as the Valencia family, feel very blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

Craig, Amy and Madison Short

Mike, Rebecca and Jacob Valencia


Unhappy with Samsung TV

Dear Editor:

About two years ago we went to the store to buy a TV, they recommended a Samsung. So, we went home and researched this brand and everything seemed OK. Last weekend our 50-inch TV just stopped working without any warning of any sort. The screen was black and it was like the TV was turning itself on and off continually.

I called Samsung and after giving them the model number, they put me on hold for about 10 seconds, then came back on the phone and quickly said they would send someone out. I started to get a weird feeling and thought our model number must be on some sort of list. They said our warranty wouldn't cover it and they would send someone to come out and fix it at our expense. She could not give me a cost for anything (yet told me it was my light tunnel), so I declined them for that moment.

I went online and found out there are many people like me, and also that a lawsuit has been filed against Samsung.

I called Samsung again and asked if there was a recall and they said no and then referred me to their law department.

After reading so many complaints about problems with Samsung and how much money people had to pay to correct the problem (and many people had to pay several times because the TV kept breaking), I am so upset. I will be having my TV fixed by any other person/company other than Samsung. My question is this: With so many people having this many problems why isn't this in the news?

Cathy Neukam




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