Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, January 13, 2010

PEARCE'S PROBLEM

Classic AZ double-standard: At first blush, I thought that your story on Russell Pearce's son's problems was dirty pool. But after considering the ending of your piece — where you note that he has condemned children of illegal aliens because of the transgressions of their parents — I think you only dished to Pearce what he dishes to others ("Pearce's Son," The Bird, Stephen Lemons, January 6).

It seems to be true of a lot of politicians around here — Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, state Senate President Pearce — that the rule of law applies to everybody except them. As soon as they or theirs get nailed, they start talking about how their detractors are all part of a political conspiracy.
Robert Warren, Phoenix

Epitome of yellow journalism: Using the son to get to the father is the epitome of yellow journalism. No charges were filed, no evidence of undue influence, yet New Times can't resist using the allegation against the son to taint the father.

I don't like Pearce, but given the complete lack of professionalism displayed by New Times I can no longer trust it to report honestly on either his activities or his policies.
Kit Carson, Phoenix

Pearce's guilty by association: Pearce deserves [criticism] for the reasons stated. He has no trouble with guilt by association when it comes to others — as Lemons points out.
Tom Tornado, Phoenix

Is Russ a wake-and-baker, too?: You wrote: "Pearce's eyes were bloodshot, and his speech was slurred."

Have you heard [Joshua Pearce's] dad try to string together a coherent sentence? Wake and bake!
Chad Snow, Peoria

Does anyone think he's a deep thinker?: I don't think of [Russell] Pearce as a deep thinker.

From what I can tell, he [has] a decent memory and spews forth mush that has been fed to him, and he spins and twists that mush to fit his needs of the moment.

That said, it appears any thoughts he might have indicate a very shallow mind.

Spew on, Mr. Senate President. The longer you spew, the more people will run away to keep from being sprayed by your spittle.
Tommy Collins, Phoenix

A dangerous redneck/Mormon: Some say there is nothing more dangerous than a man with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other. Russell Pearce is the classic AZ redneck/Mormon. The only words that come to my mind are: Ay dios mio!
Charlie Oscar, city unavailable

GOP's "family values" are laughable, aren't they?: The crazies of Arizona have taken control and put people in office people who cannot even raise a good family. We have a governor who has her own family failures and now [Russell Pearce].

If the Republican Party wants to take us back to "family values," it should look at whom they select as their leaders.
Name withheld

Pearce destroyed? If only . . . : Pearce has zero tolerance for others. Now it's his turn to be treated the same.

Parents get destroyed when their children get thrown into the criminal-justice system in Arizona, with its draconian mandatory-minimum sentencing — that Pearce doesn't want to address or reform — so it's only fitting that his son is subjected to the draconian laws.
Name withheld

BLAME GAME

Problem may never be corrected: First, enforce the laws that are on the books. No entry into the United States without legal status. Arrest company presidents that hire illegal immigrants. Stop services to illegal immigrants except in life-and-death cases ("Return to Sender," Jim Schutze, December 23).

The argument that this is a country of immigrants is stretched beyond reason.

All the early immigrants who came to this country learned the language and wanted to be part of this country.

If we really want to cure our illegal-immigrant problem, we must police our borders and put large sums of money [into pressuring] Mexico to give its citizens reasons to stay home.
Ann Berry, Dallas

 
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Karen Drensky
Karen Drensky

Even if Jared Lee Loughner voluntarily entered the mental health system, there is no guarantee that he would receive adequate care. Jan Brewer is trying to remove at least 230,000 more people off the AHCCCS roles which is what happened to many last year. When this happens, those who are seriously mentally ill will be eligible for only minimal case management services, the very services that keep them connected to the system. Yes, they still will be eligible to receive medication but it is the case management that connects them to services and increases medication adherence.. However, even if qualified for AHCCCS, the case manager he or she is assigned to will have a case-load of at least 35 people.

It is true that it is easier to have someone hospitalized in Arizona than other states but keeping the consumer tied to services after being released will be even more difficult for many of our friends, neighbors and relatives.

Tom
Tom

I just had finished reading "The Need For Speed" by Niki D'Andrea (New Times, January 13 - 19, Volume 42, Number 2, page 20) about the emergence of bath salts as a recreational drug. I found it to be a well-written and very interesting article. I mean, it did not slam Sheriff Joe, or espouse open borders/La Raza, total gun control, or any such other liberal crap that is the norm for NT writers.

The article included powerful quotes like; "People will do anything for a dollar, and its sick" by Herb 'N' Legend owner Tim Martin.

Imagine my surprise when TWO PAGES (page 24) later, I see an advertisement for Smokers Alley...featuring a burst in the corner touting the availability of...BATH SALTS.

Anything for a dollar indeed.

Tom UpshawPhoenix, Az

Tom
Tom

I just had finished reading "The Need For Speed" by Niki D'Andrea (New Times, January 13 - 19, Volume 42, Number 2, page 20) about the emergence of bath salts as a recreational drug. I found it to be a well-written and very interesting article. I mean, it did not slam Sheriff Joe, or espouse open borders/La Raza, total gun control, or any such other liberal crap that is the norm for NT writers.

The article included powerful quotes like; "People will do anything for a dollar, and its sick" by Herb 'N' Legend owner Tim Martin.

Imagine my surprise when TWO PAGES (page 24) later, I see an advertisement for Smokers Alley...featuring a burst in the corner touting the availability of...BATH SALTS.

Anything for a dollar indeed.

Tom UpshawPhoenix, Az

Majkumajku
Majkumajku

@ann berry,what about the canadian border?or is that one ok because you have the idea that only white people come from there?well guess what;there are arabs,asians,africans as well as south and central americans coming through there.but i guess as long as they're not "mexican",as you call any spanish speaking,brown skinned person,it's ok.and to say they don't learn the language,well sorry,but they probably just don't want to talk to you.

 
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