Letters From the Issue of Thursday, April 20, 2006

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But I'm getting away from the subject, which's that Mayor Gordon was singing a different tune at the conclusion of the second big march (the one that drew from 100,000 to 225,000 people); he was very welcoming of everybody and was taking credit for the city making the march turn out well. He was acting like he was in favor of Mexicans marching in the streets all along.

First of all, the city had nothing to do with the protest turning out well. It was us peaceful marchers who made sure it turned out well. We didn't kick any ass. We probably should have, but we didn't. What did the city have to do with anything? Does the fact that they were ready in case any violence happened mean that Mayor Gordon did anything right? That he expected that violence might happen shows what kind of racist he really is. And then to take credit?

Typical of this white man to ride on the brown man's back.
Raul S. Lopez, Phoenix

Let's Taser them instead: The Bird's way off on the illegal immigration issue. Granted, KFYI's Brian James could've made his point a little more tactfully. But I don't think there's anyone who's seriously advocating the shooting of illegals crossing the border.

Many, including me, don't want any illegals here; I don't want my taxes going to pay for their children in school or for their medical bills.

I'm all for a legal worker program; but I want the border closed to illegals. This lack of the "rule of law" has gone on far too long; it's now time to fix this mess and prevent any further encroachments on my country. The last I checked, the United States is a sovereign nation.

By the way, I don't hate Mexicans or Latinos. I just don't like foreigners who break my country's laws.
Dan Boshoven, Mesa

Don't give us your tired and your poor: There's a lot of information in the media about whether to give Mexicans amnesty, make them felons or any number of other possibilities. I know there are many hardworking men and women in the illegal immigrant community, but there are also many unsavory characters out there, too.

It's only smart for the United States to secure its borders. If it doesn't, it's actually inviting crime and terrorism into the country. Everyone must admit that this situation has gotten out of hand. The crime rate, the gangs, the community services that are no longer easy for those of us who pay for them to use because they are overrun by illegals.

The Mexican people haven't come here to help the United States, but for a better life. Well, meantime, they have made our lives worse. I consider myself a liberal and very un-prejudiced, but what is happening in this country is off the charts.

Everyone knows the problems in Mexico, and the people leaving there are bringing bad problems to the United States. I have nothing against legal immigration, but these people are breaking the law. I wouldn't have been hurt if, during the mass protests, the INS had rounded all of them up and deported them.

They don't have a right to protest here in our country (actual U.S. citizens do, but not illegals)!

I lived on the west side for 10 years and watched as other parts of the city enjoyed double-digit property-value increases. My property value stayed the same and even dipped at times. The reason is that the crime rate increased as four and five Mexican families started living in single houses in the neighborhood. There are now murders, prostitution, you name it, where once the streets were safe.

We're at a crossroads now. We can't let illegal aliens rule our streets. If we give them amnesty, this is what will happen.
Patrick Hoffman, Phoenix

King James: The Bird's just another pantywaist liberal. Somebody should shoot him down from the sky for what he's been writing lately. If you ask me, KFYI radio host Brian James is a hero.

James is the one who should run for governor, not The Bird, as that fool who wrote a letter to the editor suggested ("Governor Feathered Fiend," April 13).

I think James is right that we need to go down to the border and open fire on anybody who dares to come into our country illegally. That would be a real lesson.

Nothing Congress is proposing would do the job as well as a little frontier justice. It's sad that James is being persecuted for telling the truth.
Name withheld by request

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