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Full body searches not the real problem

The body searches at the airport are not our real problem. The real problem is that we, the people, allow our representatives to shirk their duties while we sit on our duffs. Consider this: our Constitution empowers only the Congress to declare war. Ask yourself how many wars we have fought during your lifetime. Now reflect on the fact that Congress has not declared war since WWII in 1941.

The Bill of Rights gives us the right to be free of “unreasonable” searches. Who determines what is “reasonable” and “unreasonable”? One would think it would be Congress or the Supreme Court. But it is not. It is just one man, a bureaucrat who is the head of the TSA.

He was never elected and most people would not recognize his name. And yet he alone has determined that body searches are “not unreasonable” because he says so.

Wake up America! Make Congress fulfill their constitutional responsibilities or vote them out of office.

Jack C. McVickers | Scottsdale


Power grab: Federal control of our food and water supply

While you were sleeping the Senate was preparing to pass a bill to give the federal government control over our whole food supply. S.510, “The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010,” is being titled and presented in the name of good, of course. The bill wouldn’t’ pas if it were titled truthfully, “The Government’s Frightening Power Grab to Control All Food.”

There’s another bill in the wings giving the federal government control over all the water in the United States. If these bills don’t frighten you, you must be brain dead.

Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, said, “This is not about food safety, it’s about federal control over the food supply.” said, “It would grant [Big Brother] the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer’s markets.

There’s a reason for all of government’s many, many power grabs. The reason is to overthrow freedom and replaced tit with total dictatorship.
Wake Up America!

Adren Druce | Camp Verde


Munificent teat

In November, Laveen resident Francisco Felix was denied a liver transplant donated by the husband of a dying woman. The Arizona People's Democratic Republic, the Valley's left-wing rag of record, immediately took up the cause of this "poor immigrant." The inevitable bleeding hearts and Gypsy lugubrious music players immediately piped up, blaming Governor Brewer for having condemned the Hepatitis-C patient to death. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.) was not allowed to provide the necessary surgery.

Invaders, usually referred-to as "undocumented workers" by the Republic and its fellow-travelers, cost Arizonans $1.3 billion (with a b) per year: birthing, aid to dependent children, emergency room care for Francisco's sniffles, schooling, school bus, supplies, subsidized housing, etc. are undeserved benefits funded by OUR tax dollars. This is for people who breed like rats (seven anchor babies per fecund female) don't know who (or what) the father is, refuse to become integrated into U.S. society, demand interpreters instead of trying to learn English, and choose to live in South Phoenix's, Maryvale's or Guadalupe's ghettoized barrios, expecting to suck from taxpayers' munificent teat to the end of their days.

May I suggest that Mr. Felix return to Mexico, where there is a daily plethora of fresh cadavers from which a liver could be harvested?

C.O. Jones | Phoenix


Complete idiots

Not only is AT&T/NewPath digging on our property potentially illegal (depending upon a definitive statement of easement distances), but they are also very dangerous.

My wife just went out for a run (9:30 a.m.) and discovered the very strong smell of gas, police blocking the westbound side of Cave Creek Road, the 'Carefree Fire Department' truck blocking our driveway, and a Southwest Gas truck nearby. The diggers broke a gas pipe.

Did any of these professionals think to advise us of the potential danger?  NO!

Where was the COINS notice of work in the area? Homeowners were not notified. I wonder if the HOA was notified – wait, I'm on the Board. Did I get a notice? I can't remember – there is a lot of that going around lately.

P.S. The water just went off while I was in the shower. Yup, they broke a water line. I hope the Newpath/AT&T service is worth the trouble it causes.

John Traynor | Carefree


We have abandoned common sense

The eternal quest to determine who among us is evil and capable of inflicting death and destruction is being played out by the TSA agents at our airports. The TSA is employing technology with the hope that x-rays and scanners will weed out the “bad” from the “good.”
The reality is that scanners cannot detect evil intentions any more than they can detect the latest explosive devices. The TSA admits scanners cannot detect all available explosive components.

Humans for eons have interacted, bonded and judged one another based on personal contact. Our technology and digitized culture has minimized person to person contact and we now have come to depend on electronic circuitry to communicate, shop, date and keep us safe. We Twitter, Facebook, chat, e-mail and avoid live personal human interaction.

We have abandoned common sense and slavishly extol the dogma of political correctness to our peril. We are of different and diverse cultures yet the human heart and its manifestations are universal. We express love, hate, frustration, anger in countless familiar ways: facial expressions, eye motions, muscle twitches, anxiety and erratic behavior. Israel’s airport security agents rely less on technology and more on human psychology, personal contact and interaction. Their success is a matter of record.

It is a commonly held belief that our eyes are the windows to our souls yet we learn most TSA agents are too busy examining our “junk” to look into our eyes.

Ed Konecnik | Flushing, New York


Fox News Reports, Muslim Hezbollah Terrorists Training Mexican Drug Cartels

WILL America be bringing well trained Terrorists into the USA with an Amnesty Immigration POLICY ???


Tony Newbill | Wickenburg


Arizona Prop 200

The recent election has led to a rogue court stating that Arizona’s Prop 200 is in violation of the US Constitution. I offer that the 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments to the Constitution all state that CITIZENS of these United States will be allowed to vote.

Article I section 4 states "The Times, Places and Manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time BY LAW make or alter such Regulations.

No where could I find a proclamation indicating that the Courts could arbitrarily change the Regulations prescribed by the State Legislature.

Therefore, the Court in question exceeded its authority and has no standing to conclude anything concerning Arizona’s Prop 200. It stands to reason that the States have the Constitutional authority to determine who is a citizen and who isn't.

An American for Sovereignty
Frank Middleton | Sanders


Liberal in centrist clothing

As an independent, and a centrist, I can say with probably a little more perspective than most of your readers that your publication perpetuates an extremely divisive, albeit sometimes entertaining approach to politics.  Unfortunately, your contributors emulate and encourage the lowest form of extremist right wing propaganda that runs rampant in today's discourse.  There was a time in this country when the word propaganda was usually associated with foreign entities. Your publication is not a newspaper that serves the public good with actual facts, but a shrill for extremists with myopic visions of fairness. 

There are plenty of bad politics and behavior on both sides, but if this country doesn't start moving equally towards the center, we are all toast.  On the up side, your publication is perfect for house training puppies and bird cages, and we thank you for that!

D. Devlin | Rio Verde