Symptom of a greater problem: This article sheds some light on a huge underlying issue with immigration law and the effects of immigration on the immigrants.
It's unfortunate that these people attempt to cross, given the perils involved — harsh terrain, unbearable heat, dehydration, long voyage, smugglers, and lack of legal ability. But the protection of our nation's identity and workforce is necessary.
The illegals are a symptom of a greater problem: unenforceable labor laws.
Jonathan Willis, address unavailable
It's no way to treat people: Well, from what I can see, [illegal aliens] want better lives for themselves — nothing wrong with that. Plain and simple, it's everyone's right to have a better life. More than likely, they saved their hard-earned money so they could pay to [to get here and] have better lives. It isn't anyone's right to treat people [the way coyotes treat pollos]. And the sad thing is, many do not report it because they feel they will get into more problems for sneaking in illegally.
I will say that this isn't anything different from what each and every one of us would do. We would all pay whatever price for a good life for our families.
Kurt Tappe, address unavailable
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Pull your head out, Mr. Pela: Regarding Robrt Pela's article, I must wonder in what world does Mr. Pela live?
Perhaps if he took the effort to remove his head from the dark region that it apparently occupies, he would see the viability of mass transit to this area.
Is light rail perfect? No, of course not. But it is a vital first step on a long journey toward a true Valleywide mass transit system, perhaps even a statewide system. Due to voter apathy over 25 years ago regarding this issue, Phoenix has fallen behind in mass transit. However, that is certainly no reason to cast aspersions on what has been accomplished.
Mr. Pela writes about having to wait an extra two minutes due to scheduling cutbacks and about the lack of suits and ties among the passengers. What's the matter, Mr. Pela, don't those of us who use mass transit meet your standards of appropriate riders?
Instead of complaining about what we don't have, why don't you embrace what we do?
So take off your tie, roll up your sleeves, and join the real world, Mr. Pela. Get your butt out of that air-conditioned car and start using mass transit to get around. I do, and I save over $2,000 per year by doing so. I am retired and live within my means and totally enjoy life by taking advantage of wonderful downtown Phoenix, and by volunteering my time to worthy organizations.
Why not give that a try, Mr. Pela? Become a positive force instead of a negative one.
Join the "Rail World": Ride light rail, don't deride it!
Dennis D. McGarry, address unavailable
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Beep beep!: I get New Times now, since I work downtown, and will follow your writing escapades. Although I work downtown, I live in the West Valley, where we may see light rail before I die, but I'm not counting on it. It would certainly make sense to have a route from the East Valley to the West Valley (the old Christown area is no longer west), so sports fans could go see the Cardinals and Coyotes play. The parking problems would diminish, but would there be enough trains to serve them?
This area is so spoiled by people using their cars that trying to change their travel/commute habits is like trying to persuade a roadrunner to not cross the road. See, I can be sarcastic too!
Too hot for light rail: Spot-on article. So true. Phoenix heat is torture for normal folk who don't go outside. As someone who runs 10 miles a day in the heat, I'm used to it. But I feel bad for the non-crazies who stay inside all day. And the light rail and busses are an even bigger slap in the face for normal people. Hell, even I have to stay inside every now and then!
Michael Swann, address unavailable