Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, September 24, 2009

AUTISM BARRIER

Help them at all costs: It was a heartbreaking story about the Latino kids with autism. I can guess what the reaction to this story from redneck Arizonans will be, though: These kids are sub-human and don't deserve any help from us.

They will say that if there is a language problem, these families don't deserve benefits because they are here illegally, have undeserved green cards, or should've learned fluent English. The racist message is that anybody with brown skin doesn't deserve to be here and reap the benefits of our society.

There is no humanity in this line of thinking. (I use the word thinking loosely.) These are children, and all God-fearing people should want to help them at all costs. My heart goes out to these poor souls.
Jessica Moran, address withheld

System should shun them: While I sympathize with these children, I have no sympathy for the parents, who came here illegally and, thus, subjected their kids to a system that should shun them.

We have our own problems with autistic Americans. We simply can't afford to care for the whole world! Have you folks at New Times noticed that we're in a recession, that most of us are struggling to pay our bills? We don't need higher taxes because we have to take care of Mexico's autistic kids, too.

Please stop trying to force us to care about the plights of citizens from another country. They should go back to their own country and apply for benefits.
John Bolland, Mesa

Write stories about Americans: Cry, cry, cry! Who cares about these kids? We've got our own disabled and retarded children to care for in the United States. Please start writing stories about the problems of Americans!
Tim Summers, Mesa

Release records to Mexico: Autism is a horrible disorder, and I empathize with the victims and families. That's why I propose that illegals be given an opportunity to sign a release-of-medical-records form before they are promptly deported, thus facilitating continuity of care.

The healthcare provider listed on the form can then fax those records to health officials in Mexico. This is an appropriate level of care for anything less than a life-threatening emergency.
Name withheld

Spanish translators available: If kids are here and legal, almost all doctors' offices have a Spanish-speaking person to translate. You will get help and, yes, it sometimes takes time.

As for undocumented and illegal immigrants, you come here expecting the world handed to you and get surprised when you actually have to ask for it in English?
Name withheld

Seek help in below the border: Again we must cater to illegals? I understand their predicament, and autism is a terrible thing. But we have children here in our own country who are American citizens and can't get help.

Let the illegals go back where they came from and seek the help from their government.
Name withheld

TOMBSTONE MENTALITY

Beyond the buffoonery: I commend Sarah Fenske for sticking with the SCA story. I live in an area where there are many Latinos, immigrant and native-born, and we have very good relations with all of them.

So it's not impossible to live in harmony.

I wanted to understand just what this illegal-campaign-contribution story of yours was all about, so I [read] your previous coverage. I was appalled that it's been going on for [so long] with no indictments or arrests.

The conflicts of interest [are] appalling. All the national news coverage about Arpaio is Tent City and the pink clothing he makes his inmates wear. [Also] the slightly humorous aspects of the sheriff mostly get covered. He's thought of as a buffoon, not a criminal. This has got to end.

The people of Arizona have become notorious for their hatred of Latinos, [for being] yahoos patrolling the border and probably killing undocumented immigrants, for making it illegal for anyone to place essential water in the desert under the ridiculous idea that it's trash and pollution, and for [citizens] legally packing guns on the streets.

I guess lawmakers there still think they're living in Tombstone in the 1800s.

I know there are many educated and sophisticated people in Arizona. Why are the criminal authorities getting away with [illegal activity]?

Please keep going and get to the bottom of all this corruption. God bless you and keep you safe.
Martha Hisington, Hemet, California

Stupid like a Fox: So MCSO Captain Joel Fox has come out and admitted that SCA stands for Sheriff's Command Association. Finally. Now, for what other purpose could these contributions have been except to get Joe Arpaio re-elected?!

Fox is a forked-tongued devil who fits in perfectly with Arpaio and [Chief Deputy] David Hendershott. But he's stupid to think his bosses will stand by him when the going gets tough. They will throw him to the dogs.
Antonio Ruiz, Phoenix

A HAPPY TAIL

Phoenix equals Soulville: I loved seeing Sarah Fenske's column on her dog, Buckley, and their long walks through Phoenix. It was a welcome departure from all the bad news — however important it may be — that permeates New Times.

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Karen J Hine
Karen J Hine

Yes, Stephanie Lake is all about making quick money. She is a money grabber. Her staff does the work and she just struts around being the head BITCH. She claims to support Democracy. She is fooling herself with denial and grandious thoughts and grandious ideas. She is no advocate of anyone other than herself. I was exposed to the evil side of Stephanie Lake. In my opinion, she uses cruel psychological tactics while she escorts you to your hearing to beat you down so that you will agree to whatever the judge awards... if you can even manage to answer the judge's questions after that. There is no feminity. Her feminity, photo, advertizement and last name are as phony as a wet 3 dollar bill. She gets the same dollar amount no matter the amount of her clients award. She isn't representing her client. She is representing herself and woring for our SS Admin only. She doen't give a hoot about her clients. She moves clients in and out like an assembly line some days and most likely when out of ear shot of anyone, she stomps all over them as she did me. I immediately had the presence of mind to discuss all with my husband. I immediately made notes. I have reviewed many times and I will never forget no forgive for how badly she treated me. This wrech needs to move back to Michigan. We do not need money grabbers making imposters of themselves here in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona. And yes, I can testify under oath. AND... I AM ONLY EXCERSIZING "MY fREEDOM OF SPEECH". Karen J. Hine

Karen J Hine
Karen J Hine

PSI worked for a major corporation for 35 years. I never took a "test" for a promotion with out last minute review. The SSD hearing before Judge Dickenson was the most important "test" of my like. I flunked that "test" because Ms Lake incorrectly judged me; She insulted and upset me moments before entering the court room.Ms Lake is hard; brash and rude to her clients at no provocation. When I realized that I may lose, I began to blurt out some of my disabilities to Judge Dickenson dispite Ms Lake's harsh warning to me. I AM INARTICULTE. WHEN THE HEARING ENDED IS STRONGLY SUSPECT SHE REALIZED, BUT THEN PERHAPS NOT. I'M JUST ONE CLIENT OUT OF SEVERAL SHE STOMPS ON BEFORE COURT EVERY WEEK DAY. Ms Lake incorrectly wrote me off "as a hopelelless retarded nut case. " P. C. " is behind her name. Ms Lake used the documentation intended for Judge Dickenson against me. She is prejdice and bias against the mentally disabled. If I refute her, I may be written off as just "another nut case" and it's a lose-lose for me. So I am using "My Freedom of Speach". Ms S Lake is NOT an advocate for the disabled or the mentally disabled. It's greed in her eyes. She gets paid by the SS Admin so she works for the SS Admin. I pray that she is disbarred before she does more harm to the disabled and the mentally disabled. DO NOT USE MS LAKE'S FIRM. DON'T BE A CHUMP.

Karen J Hine
Karen J Hine

PSI worked for a major corporation for 35 years. I never took a "test" for a promotion with out last minute review. The SSD hearing before Judge Dickenson was the most important "test" of my like. I flunked that "test" because Ms Lake incorrectly judged me; She insulted and upset me moments before entering the court room.Ms Lake is hard; brash and rude to her clients at no provocation. When I realized that I may lose, I began to blurt out some of my disabilities to Judge Dickenson dispite Ms Lake's harsh warning to me. I AM INARTICULTE. WHEN THE HEARING ENDED IS STRONGLY SUSPECT SHE REALIZED, BUT THEN PERHAPS NOT. I'M JUST ONE CLIENT OUT OF SEVERAL SHE STOMPS ON BEFORE COURT EVERY WEEK DAY. Ms Lake incorrectly wrote me off "as a hopelelless retarded nut case. " P. C. " is behind her name. Ms Lake used the documentation intended for Judge Dickenson against me. She is prejdice and bias against the mentally disabled. If I refute her, I may be written off as just "another nut case" and it's a lose-lose for me. So I am using "My Freedom of Speach". Ms S Lake is NOT an advocate for the disabled or the mentally disabled. It's greed in her eyes. She gets paid by the SS Admin so she works for the SS Admin. I pray that she is disbarred before she does more harm to the disabled and the mentally disabled. DO NOT USE MS LAKE'S FIRM. DON'T BE A CHUMP.

Karen  J Hine
Karen J Hine

I retained Ms S Lake & applied for SSD in 2005 or 2006. My hearing was before Judge Dickenson on 9/22/09. The court had an incorrect address and showed that I filed 7/9/07 an incorrect date. Ms Lake was very brash & rude on the phone during a very short interview 1 week prior to my hearing with no previous provacation.I was scheduled my 30 minute pre-hearing meeting for review @ 12:30 pm. I arrived @ 12 N. Ms Lake kept me waiting 50 minutes alone & then escorted me upstairs to the court. I attempted to tell her about my frequent inartulation problem; my TBI & my short term & long term memory issues. She refused to let me speak. She said very distastefully "You see, I know you". She said "My problem with you is that you talk to much". I had no memory to refute her insulting lie. I went into shock & got stage fright. My throat tightened up.She conditioned me to accept whatever Judge Dickenson was to award me. She "Tampered with a witness by escentally telling them to keep their big mouth shut & offer no additional info. How could I pobbibly "Tell the whole truth and noting but the truth" when I was first intimidated and then had little or no memory of my conditions and had to be prompted and have my scetchy memory jogged by Judge Dickenson. I NEEDED THAT REVIEW THAT I WAS DENIED BY MS LAKE !!! I was diagnosed Bi-polar in 1988.I submitted OVER WHELMING EVIDENCE FOR THE JUDGE. Ms Lake used that evidence against me. She Made an incorrect assumption about me and treated me deplorably. Ms Lake is NO advocate for the disabled nor the mentally disabled. She only cares about her "30 pieces of silver". She gets paid the same amount from the SS Admin no mater the amount of the award. Ms Lake cost me thousands of dollars in back pay. It's a wonder that I got an award at all, NO THANKS TO MS LAKE !!!

Mike Watkiss
Mike Watkiss

Thank you New Times. I am grateful for the recognition and touched by the sentiment.Mike WatkissSenior Reporter3TV("Might mite...SOB")

 

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