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An admirer of Mayor Phil's: I've been reading The Bird lately, and I see that he seems to have some sort of sympathy for the illegal Mexican idiots who've been marching in Phoenix ("Single-File, Please!", April 6. Also see "Go On, Just Shoot 'Em").
I was at the first stupid display, and I saw firsthand the disrespect these wetback bastards have for the country they claim they so much want to be a part of. They were waving the Mexican flag while displaying our flag upside down. They were carrying signs that downgrade legal citizens by calling them racists. They were generally acting in a way that won't exactly endear them to the people they are trying to get their message to.
Let's face it, they have shot themselves in the foot, too, by lying to us about the number of people expected at this sorry soiree -- which prevented anyone from being able to get anywhere in this city for hours!
Mayor Phil Gordon was right to call the thing "shameful." I would've used much worse language, as I will now demonstrate: I think we should do a mass deportation of every one of these dumb spics. That is, tell them to get the fuck out of our country if they can't even respect the flag that millions of legal men and women fought and died for!
Jon Krieger, Phoenix
Take your best shot, Oswald: If The Bird keeps it up, if he keeps backing foreigners and not his own people, somebody may just blow his feathered ass out of his tree!
I think Mayor Phil Gordon should have the Phoenix Police Department Mace those fucking illegal aliens for daring to cause chaos in our city. If that doesn't work, then open fire on them! Something has got to be done to stop these people from stealing our country.
When I lived in Phoenix, I considered Gordon a pantywaist liberal. I'm glad to see that he has come around, finally. I'm glad to see that he wants to put a stop to the biggest problem that is facing our nation nowadays.
Bill Mathis, Laughlin, Nevada
George Wallace imitators: Ha, I wish The Bird wouldn't hold back on what he thinks! Seriously, it's about time somebody in Phoenix tells the truth about the illegal-immigration situation. The anti-immigration hypocrites simply don't understand what's going on. It's pathetic that they get the respect they get; it just goes to show you how stupid the voting public is in this state and in this country.
Mayor Phil Gordon should be ashamed of himself! He used to be a guy I respected. Now he's no better than our George Wallace-imitating County Attorney Andy Thomas. These demonstrations by undocumented workers have really made a difference in the immigration debate; for the first time, those in power are listening to their arguments.
I fear that there will be more violence now, but maybe that's the only way for anything positive to happen from this debate. It's sad, but blacks would still be in the back of the bus if violence hadn't happened.
Natasha Sims, via the Internet
Resentment and chaos: Hey, a big, cheerful "fuck you" to The Bird for his rant about Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and the immigrants!
I've worked since I was 16 years old, and most of the jobs have been without health insurance. A friend of mine (an illegal) has three kids whom she takes to the doctor every time one of them breathes wrong or stumbles. You dare tell me that I don't help pay for each and every one of these visits with my taxes!
Meanwhile, I had the flu last year, and was ready to die in bed before I took myself to a doctor I couldn't afford or an emergency room that would have cost me a couple of grand.
I have had jobs no one wanted. I have been a maid, a caregiver, a buser, and still I couldn't get health insurance through AHCCCS [the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or Medicaid] because I was one woman by herself, with no kids, and the state said I always made just enough money to push me past the eligibility limit.
Everyone keeps pitying the poor immigrants, but they miss the forest for the trees. If you really wanted to do better for yourself and your family, you would take legal, socially responsible steps to do so.
How is breaking the law beneficial for your family in the end? How does that constitute good parenting? I'm sure things are hard for people in Mexico. Things are hard for people everywhere. Allowing illegals to remain is not an answer. In the end, all this brings to the table is resentment and chaos.
Name withheld by request
Governor Feathered Fiend: The Bird should run for governor. He'd be better than the mush-mouthed Janet Napolitano, who's now jumped on the Mexican-hating bandwagon along with Andrew Thomas and now Phil Gordon.
With the hillbilly voting public in this state, The Bird would have no chance of winning, but it sure would be fun to see him debating all the fools who hate Mexicans in Arizona. I think a lot of us would pay money to see that. Keep dropping turds on the trailer-trash anti-immigration crowd, Mr. Bird!
A.T. Bundy, Tucson
Let's settle it in the casinos: There are two obvious ways to solve the problem with illegal aliens coming over from Mexico:
Steal Mexico from Mexico the same way we stole California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada from Mexico in the early 1800s under the "Manifest Destiny" policy.
Or, allow illegals to come in and reoccupy the territory we previously stole from Mexico. Then, Native Americans could win the territory from the illegals in the casinos, and it would be back where it started.
Donna Anderson, Phoenix
Unequal justice: Your stories over the last couple of issues on Amaré Stoudemire's mother ("Amaré's Burden," March 30, and "Yo Mama," April 6, both by John Dougherty) are appalling. This is the worst case of unequal justice that I've seen in a long time. In the last story, it says she left her latest rehab center to get her nails done, after being ordered by a judge and a Pre-Trial Services officer to stay put, or else.
Or else, what?!
Nothing, apparently. I guess if your son is a multimillionaire professional basketball player, you will get off easier than anybody else. Come on, can you imagine anybody but a celebrity or his family getting the breaks this crack addict and current extreme drunken driver has gotten?
That she has the audacity to throw her considerable weight around is incredible. Where are Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and all the other law-and-order morons when you need them? I guess, if you can afford to hire rich lawyers like the Larrys (Kazan and Debus), who have pretty much defended all the big-time drunken-driver scum in Maricopa County, you can get out of anything.
At least she is looking at serious jail time, and I hope they throw the book at her rich, pampered, fat ass! I have a friend who got one extreme DUI and is now serving serious time behind bars. He, of course, was too poor to hire the Larrys.
Terry Jacobs, Phoenix
Family matters: At least Amaré Stoudemire's knees will one day heal, and he will be back next season playing basketball for the Phoenix Suns [Stoudemire had a second surgery, this one on his right knee, and is out for the rest of the season]. He will never be able to heal from the wounds his mother must have left. I agree with reader Antonio Marquez ("Mother of a Problem," Letters, April 6) that Amaré will be better off when his mom is put behind bars -- that is, forced to stay away from him -- for several years.
At least we didn't say "Mammy": What do you mean by the headline "Yo Mama"? Are you attempting to use slang because your article is in reference to a black man and his family? Why not title it "Mommie Dearest"? I'm sure Amaré's mother is dear to his heart -- even with her shortcomings.
Name withheld by request