Warning: Keep pets in after dark

Dear Editor:

I want to warn people to keep their small dogs and cats in the house after dark in Ahwatukee Foothills.

My neighbors and I have run into coyotes in the neighborhood as early as 8:30 at night and down as far as 48th Street and Elliot Road, Western Star Park, and 46th Street and McNeil Road. They are traveling in groups of two and three and aren't shy at all.

One of my friends was followed by three of them when she was walking her dog. I cringe when I see signs for lost poodles and cats. People need to be reminded about this throughout the summer as they get more hungry and thirsty.

Ann H. Calano, President

Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue & Adoption, Inc.


Keep on evolving, Linda

Dear Editor:

Linda Turley-Hansen's column usually provides some comic relief for me for the week. Often, her general attitude strikes me as so outrageously (sometimes tragically) funny with its old, divisive, crusty rantings from another age and complete lack of current consciousness.

Very often, her words are not at all helpful in bringing parties together or helping our community meet each other on some common ground. I rarely agree with her except for some of her views on family and the community.

But, after I read, "One last thing about Hillary," (AFN, June 27) I really felt a surge of true "Hope" for "Change" when she quoted a very enlightened and influential soul, Marianne Williamson, author of The Healing of America.

If Linda Turley-Hansen, of all citizens, is reading this book and gleaning some real life conscious information from it, our political climate, our America, truly can heal and change. We could drop all labels rife with black and white thinking, allow people to live outside of our preconceived categories and realize the "gray" areas that truly do exist.

And, maybe Obama could be right that there will no longer be "red and blue states" and we could actually heal and move forward in a direction for positive change, building upon our commonalities and moving beyond old barriers.

Keep on evolving, Linda. I'm so pleased to read it! Dare I patiently hope for more?

Suzanne Whitaker


The great immigration debate

Dear Editor:

Regarding more on the June 20 open letter on a broken immigration system by Valley religious leaders, I think you should look where you put your deep concern.

In the first place, the immigration system in this nation is not broken. It is the same system that brought millions of people to our country legally. They came here and helped build a nation. They went to work and didn't ask anyone else to pay their way. What you call immigration reform is to give the law breakers the same rights as those who came here legally. Some of those people had to wait years to come here and when they got here, they didn't march in our streets with the flag from their country. They proudly put up the Star and Stripes and learned to speak the language of this land.

You say that there are public officials that are dividing our community. I tell you this: it is people like you who are dividing this community. You say the public officials are confusing enforcement procedures. Why? Because they are enforcing the laws of the land?

What do you do? You play the race card. We hear that so often it is a non issue except to people like you. Talk about dividing a community!

And I agree with you that we should love God. That is what our Christian religion teaches us to do. I also believe we should love our neighbor. In fact, that is what we want to do, send them back across the border so they will be our neighbor and we will love them like that.

Again, you call for elected officials to come up with answers, when the answers are already there. You can't seem to understand that we have laws to cover the problem. What you really mean is to let them stay here illegally and we will support them. You are willing to offer your time, energy and ideas. Why don't you offer that to help this country to come up with ways to enforce the laws we already have? You should know the lawful people already pay more of our money in higher taxes, higher medical and higher law enforcement, not just on our streets but for our jails and that is because of the illegals already here. We already pay enough!

Do you know what Teddy Roosevelt said in 1907? This was his idea on immigrants and being American:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birth place or origin. But this is predicated upon the person becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

You make me wonder where your loyalty lies!

Don Simmons

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