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Letters from the issue of Thursday, June 12, 2008

NAME-CALLING COWARDS

What do you have against Kentucky?: This is to the reader who withheld his name. That is, the name-calling coward. The redneck bigot who's afraid to identify himself ("Filth, vermin, death wishes," Letters, May 22).

My ancestors have lived in this area for many more years than the rednecks who've come out of the woodwork just to spread their hatred. These rednecks are from places like Kentucky, where I'll bet the majority doesn't even have a high school education.

These are idiots who barely speak English (or at least proper English) and let fear rule their lives. I would bet that these same people would say that they're devout Christians.

Actually, they're cowards who hide behind "name withheld."

I'm a fourth-generation "vermin Mexican," and I'm also a Vietnam veteran. I fought for this great country to allow these white-trash bigots to say whatever they need to say to elevate themselves to vermin-Mexican status.

If you [rednecks] need someone to read this to you, just holler.
Art Flores, Glendale

NO PLACE FOR DRINKERS

What comes around goes around: I just finished reading your article "Driving While Sober" (Sarah Fenske, May 29), and a couple of thoughts come to mind: Officer Bond Gonzalez sounds as though he may have some deep-seated power issues. Bad things do indeed happen to good people.

Which brings me to my other point: Jason Squires knowingly, in his capacity as an officer of the court, took a client who, judging from the tone of your article, was most likely guilty of extreme DUI. I have a hard time believing that Jason Squires didn't also know his client was probably guilty.

This is where my sympathy for the Squireses ends. He put a man back on the streets who will probably get drunk off his butt again and, perhaps next time, kill someone. In my book, that makes Jason Squires just as guilty as if he were driving drunk.

I know, I know. Everyone has a right to counsel, but that right has been abused [to the point that] criminals now have more rights and advantages than law-abiding citizens. Because of our skewed legal system, we now live in a country that awards millions to a woman who puts a hot cup of coffee between her legs, not having the foresight — or intelligence — to consider the consequences. We have a legal system that lets the O.J.s of the world get away with bloody murder — literally.

This is just another case of what goes around comes around. My advice to Jason Squires: Start taking cases on their merits and not on how much money you're going to make or how much of a thrill it will be to set a guilty guy free. Then maybe the next time you run afoul of a not-so-nice cop, he won't have a score to settle with you — or with someone you care about.
Penny Butera, Avondale

This man was in the car: I'm the friend of Jason Squires whom Sarah Fenske's article mentions, and I was present during these events. Heather never refused to take a Breathalyzer test; she was never given the option to take the test.

I have nothing but hatred for irresponsible drunks who've harmed others. Heather is an innocent victim. She did not deserve any of the trouble she encountered that night.

What happened to Heather can only make it more difficult to prevent crime. The arrest of innocent people and the fabrication of evidence isn't a practice that the public should find acceptable. This should lead to public outcry for increased supervision of police.

Jason, as a lawyer, advised Heather to not take the field-sobriety test. That isn't the equivalent of refusal to cooperate.

Besides this incident being unconstitutional, it suggests that the police are incapable of performing their duties. Sarah Fenske's article suggests that Gonzalez lied in his police report with regard to Heather's appearance. Gonzalez did, in fact, do just that. Heather didn't have bloodshot, watery eyes, a flushed face, or a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath. She wasn't drinking. Don't take our word for it. Believe the blood-alcohol results: 0.00.

Jason and I drank with dinner. Neither of us was heavily intoxicated. We were just not capable of safely driving. Heather abstained from drinking so that she could safely drive us home. Then she was falsely charged with a crime, arrested, and evidence was fabricated to use against her.

This should alarm you.
Kris Carlson, Tucson

It could happen to you: This article highlights an important issue that has concerned me for years: the concept that harsher and harsher DUI laws will solve the "problem" of driving under the influence.

Our legislatures keep passing stricter laws to get credit for "doing something" about the problem. This is safe because there is virtually no constituency for "drunk drivers."

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