Letters From the Issue of Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Candid camera: I loved your story in The Bird about Scottsdale's having to refund all the money from those screwed-up camera tickets. Serves the chiseling bastards right ("Ticket to Ride," December 29)!

Have you guys ever considered doing an exposé on those traffic cameras? I'm sure the subject is ripe for that. I've read that all the municipal claims that the cameras cause motorists to reduce speeds, and thereby save lives, are complete bullshit. I hear it's all about making rich cities like Scottsdale and Paradise Valley richer. You should check it out.

Now, Scottsdale wants to put those cameras on a major freeway. Outrageous! And what you said about the company RedFlex being able to afford losing all that money (I just wish it was Scottsdale losing it directly from city coffers!) was right on. "Fuck you very much!" indeed.
Tom Rose, Phoenix

Hurricane Andrew

Justice isn't served: What is this guy Andrew Thomas all about, anyway? Is he just about kicking the hell out of Latinos? If he's a fair man, then how can he continue to go after Louie Arriaga ("Unequal Justice," Michael Lacey, December 29)?

Arriaga, the facts show, was railroaded in the first place. He only swung at the police officer after a traffic stop because he felt his life was in jeopardy. Now he's spent years in prison for something that any affluent white person would've been let off the hook for, and Andy Thomas wants Louie to serve two and a half more years in prison?!
Telly Rodriguez, Phoenix

A future millionaire: Louie Arriaga should be released from prison, and the state should pay him compensation.

Can you believe that Andrew Thomas' office continues to throw the book at this innocent man? And do you know why the County Attorney's Office is doing this? Because the county lawyers know that Arriaga will hit them with a lawsuit the minute he gets out of prison.

And do you know what else? A jury will award Louie Arriaga millions of dollars in damages.
Antonio Rivera, via the Internet

Don't call him Andrés Tomás: It's hard to believe that County Attorney Andrew Thomas has Latinos in his family. He has done nothing but exhibit hatred for them since he first started running for office.

Why would somebody running for County Attorney run on an anti-immigration platform? That office has nothing to do with that issue. Then, he didn't prosecute that nut who drew down on those Mexican immigrants at the truck stop.

Now he's throwing the book at Louie Arriaga. If I were Thomas' family, I would disown him. He is a disgrace to them. I don't know how he sleeps at night.
Tony Enriquz, Phoenix

Worse than the criminals: All I can say regarding "Unequal Justice" is fuck the justice system in Maricopa County, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office along with it. They're worse than the criminals they prosecute.
Jim Cozzolino, Peoria

Bible Thumpers and Cousin Humpers

Deficient, indeed: I just finished reading your recent article regarding the FLDS communities in Arizona and Utah. I was absolutely appalled by the complete lack of concern these people display by continuing to marry close relatives after they are aware of the fumarase deficiency problem ("Forbidden Fruit," John Dougherty, December 29).

While it's apparently not possible to prevent them from continuing this practice, it should be possible to stop funding it. I hate to sound like money is the only issue -- obviously my tax dollars are not nearly as important as these poor children. But at the same time, the community has been educated about the problem and advised how to prevent it, but it remains unwilling to take any action.

This may be its right and choice, but why is the state of Arizona continuing to send funds or provide medical help, when the situation is occurring by informed choice?

These are not people who have been afflicted mysteriously through no fault of their own. They're aware that inbreeding is the problem, and they continue to do it.

I would prefer that state assistance, which is already limited, be allocated to those who haven't created their own burdens.
Diane Joralmon, via the Internet

Google dandy: I just wanted to comment on your article "Forbidden Fruit," which a friend of mine in Mesa sent to me. I found it very unsettling.

The fact that this has been going on so long and that the governor of Arizona is aiding this religious calamity -- instead of ending it -- is disturbing enough.

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