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Huffin’ & Puffin’ In Arizona;Election Is  Slow In Excitement; Mariachi Fest

WHAT’S ALL THE SHOUTING ABOUT IN ARIZONA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY? Seems Arizona wants the local cops to track down illegals and give them the heave ho from their state.
That’s brought howls of protest from the bulldogs, oops, I mean watchdogs, of justice! All duly self-righteous people must rise to the the cause of unfairness to illegal aliens.
Since when do we have to be fair to people who are here illegally?
Who are the police supposed to stop if they are checking on immigration status? Blonde haired, blue eyed northern Europeans?
And since when do people not have to carry identification anymore?
And where are all the protesters out marching about illegal Canadians in the country? If they show up in Arizona will they be checked for “papers?”
Checking people’s I.D. is nothing new. It happens a couple of billion times a day.
If you live in the Southwest, then you’re used to seeing Border Patrol Agents checking for green cards among field workers.
Everybody has to have some form of I.D. Social Security numbers are a form of I.D. even  though the government would like you to believe they aren’t.
Arizona wants to protect its borders. They’re encroaching on the Federal turf and the Feds don’t like it. We suppose the illegals don’t like it either.
But, somebody has to get a handle on the situation and the feds aren’t doing that. Making it harder for those who aren’t supposed to be here to stay here shouldn’t be attracting all the huffing and puffing it does.
Making state workers and local police do the work of the Federal government  is contrary to the spirit of the country. If the State wants illegal immigration controlled, then appeal to the feds.
A few years ago, the feds wanted teachers to screen students for having proper I.D. to prove they were here legally. They refused, saying they were teachers not policemen.
Hassling legitimate citizens and those who are in the country legally should be a major cause for concern, though.
When you start hassling citizens, then you’re going against everything the U.S. has stood for. Find a happy ground and it will benefit everyone. The Fed needs to step in now and quit all its petty partisan politics.
THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN THIS SPRING has been a real dull time. One would have expected more from the candidates with so many running, especially for the the County Supervisor seats. But other than a couple of forums where each recited the generic “love me, elect me” rhetoric, there hasn’t been much.
Congressman Bob Filner and Juan Vargas continued their running feud, though. Vargas is running against Mary Salas for the State Senate seat from the 40th District and is backed by Filner. Vargas is running against her.
We got word from the Salas headquarters about a Vargas volunteer starting a fight at a press conference attended by Finer and Salas last week.  We were reminded that a press conference we attended in 2006 when Filner was running against Vargas got disrupted when a campaign volunteer for Vargas stopped everything and insisted the press corps listen to what she had to say.
A little while later a  Filner campaign worker had obscenities sprayed his car. This must be a tactic Vargas likes to use, since he has continued with it if the reports are correct.
Vargas needs to straighten up his act. Too much violence and nastiness surrounds his campaign. I think I would prefer voting for someone who has much more level head than this.
The candidates have been out in force, though, making the scene at the local events. Filner, Manny Perez and several candidates for other offices attended Dr. Stephen Roeder’s retirement party last Friday. The atmosphere was festive and fun.
Dr. Roeder has helped SDSU with programs that can provide a four year education in the Valley and has helped improve the facilities on the Calexico Campus.
He helped the city renovate the Carnegie Library and provide a center for public use too.
We’re glad he had an impact and we hope his retirement bodes well for him and his family.
THE MARIACHI FESTIVAL IS ALMOST HERE. Preliminary events start next week with the concert set for the following weekend. Hildy Carrillo and the Calexico Chamber of Commerce have turned this into a major event for the Valley.

Recall of Certain OTC Infants’ and Children’s Products

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain OTC Infants’ and Children’s Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fort Washington, PA. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling all lots that have not yet expired of certain over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products manufactured in the United States and distributed in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Dubai (UAE), Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Kuwait. (SEE RECALLED PRODUCT LIST BELOW).


CALEXICO – Ten of the 12 Calexico Unified School District schools affected by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the area on April 4 will reopen on Wednesday, CUSD Superintendent Dr. Christina Luna announced today. “Work to ensure the safety of students and staff has been completed at all schools in the district except Calexico High School and Jefferson Elementary,” said Dr. Luna. “Because high winds have slowed the efforts of crews to abate the asbestos hazard the earthquake created at Calexico High and Jefferson Elementary, we are unable to open those schools at this time.
“We understand the frustration of students, parents and teachers over the length of time it has taken to resume classes,” Dr. Luna added. “Since the earthquake, the safety of students and staff and getting students back into the classroom have been our top priorities.”
Weather-permitting abatement crews will be working extended hours to remove any remaining hazards so that contractors can make repairs and students can resume classes.
“We hope to resume classes at Calexico High on May 10 and to finalize plans for Jefferson Elementary later this week,” said Dr. Luna.
The earthquake damaged all 12 schools in the district as well as the CUSD administration building. Additional repairs, including work on the pool and vocational classrooms at
Calexico High and the replacement of damaged soffits at Calexico High, De Anza Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and Mains Elementary, will be conducted this summer.
Dr. Luna also announced that food service will be provided for Calexico High School and Jefferson Elementary students at Calexico Community Center beginning Tuesday, May 4, and continuing there until school resumes for those students. She also said that Tuesday will
be the final day food service will be offered to the community and available only at the community center.
Information is available by calling 760-768-3897.

Imperial Valley Victims Earthquake Relief – Valley-wide Fundraiser

The Kiwanis Club of El Centro is organizing an event to raise money for families in Imperial County affected by the April 4th earthquake – the Imperial Valley Earthquake Relief- Valley-Wide Fundraiser.  This fundraiser will consist of a benefit barbecue for $10.00 a plate and will take place on Sunday May 16th, 2010 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at two different locations in Imperial County.  The goal is to raise $100,000 to provide assistance to valley residents affected by the earthquake and in particular to those who have suffered damages to their homes.

Border Patrol Agents Capture Three Sex Offenders in One Day

Calexico, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector apprehended three illegal aliens Wednesday who are convicted sex offenders.

One of the men was apprehended in the morning by agents from the El Centro station. Record checks revealed the man had previously been convicted of assault to commit rape and sex with a minor.