Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Arizona

May
27th

ARIZONA: Some how-to’s for Tacoma council

Setting aside the outcome, Tacoma City Council discussions about immigration suggest rules of engagement for the future.

• Don’t imply that a local citizen who sits for three hours to talk for three minutes is more influential than some guy in Kansas who sent an e-mail. People in Kansas have feelings, too.

• Avoid saying “children are our future”; it can make people burst into song.

• Don’t sing. Not even a little.

• Try not to tell a room full of activists to do something useful for the community instead of wasting your time. Activists are easily confused, and

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May
27th

IMMIGRATION: Stay out of Arizona’s business

On Wednesday, a News Tribune article was headlined: “City rebukes Arizona.” Next to it was another headline: “Obama will send 1,200 troops to help on the U.S.-Mexican border.”

I am convinced that the 1,200 troops never would have happened if Arizona had not raised the issue.

I live in Federal Way. I hope that our City Council keeps its nose out of Arizona.

May
27th

ARIZONA: Do oaths still have meaning?

On Dec. 19, 1942, my grandfather proudly took the following oath, which begins as follows:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States …”

The Tacoma City Council members should have read this oath before scolding Arizona (TNT, 5-26). If they had, the first paragraph would have told them that as Americans we owe nothing to illegals

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May
27th

ARIZONA: Not all favor state’s new law

Re: “Seattle’s boycott backlash” (letter, 5-27).

The writer espouses the typical reaction we’ve seen in so many letter lately. While I realize immigration is a problem and ignites the passions of many citizens, I remind readers that much of these passions are the result of that ever present ideological puppet master, politics.

Interesting how it so inflames so many people. I think our Founders were very prescient in setting up the Electoral College. Politics is conflict: over who will govern, who will make the rules, who will call the shots. And I’ve noticed that after the last election, there are

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May
26th

ARIZONA: Tacoma City Council sits in judgment

With respect to the recent action of the Tacoma City Council sitting in judgment of the Arizona state legislature, I offer the following thought:

Racism and bigotry are repugnant. They do not, however, present any present danger to the survival of the Republic. No, the clearest present danger to the Republic is the moral smugness exhibited by those who, by their own appointment, have assumed the mantle of judgment of those of the rest of us who are impaired by inferior morality.

Thanks, Tacoma City Council, for paraphrasing the old saying, “Being the judges of others’ morality is a

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May
26th

ARIZONA: Is City Council missing a bet?

Back in 2003, the Tacoma City Council passed a resolution calling on President Bush not to invade Iraq. The News Tribune editorial board commented along the line that city councils are never more ridiculous than when they deal with matters beyond their scope. That editorial applies here, too.

If the City Council is so powerful that its resolution actually influences Arizona, it should immediately move on and vote to block leaking oil rigs and nasty carbon emissions.

May
26th

IMMIGRATION: Perfect timing, Tacoma City Council

Is the Tacoma City Council nuts? Let me rephrase that, the Tacoma City Council IS nuts! This “who needs secure borders” bunch needs to look up the road to our big sister city, Seattle for a dose of reality.

An illegal immigrant who has been deported nine times was recently arrested for rape. Nine times Tacoma City Council. Nine illegal border crossing. Nine times he took jobs from Americans. Nine times he was potentially the freeloading guest of our public services and hospitals. And who knows what else he did nine times.

This is just one criminal from

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May
26th

ARIZONA: Illegality is at the heart of the matter

Re: “Arizona’s law reminiscent of past anti-immigrant legislation” (TNT, 5-26).

Winifred Chin attempts to compare Arizona’s new immigration law to the plight of the Chinese during the first half of the 20th century and earlier in the United States. There was discrimination against the Chinese in that era, but the difference is that they were here legally.

Chin makes many good points but not once does she mention the word ‘illegal’ in reference to the Arizona situation.

Illegality is the issue, and Arizona’s legislation is widely supported by a majority of that state’s residents. These folks know the illegals are

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