In Other Words

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.
Peace.

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  1. To care about “illegals” is to be human. Foreign nationals are also people. Caring about the fate of foreign nationals who may be within U.S. borders illegally should be normal ethical and emphathic in those who have firm moral standing and are righteous individuals.

    These people do the work that many whites refuse to do such as care for those neglected children for whom you have no time; cleaning and maintaining your sumptuous gardens; harvesting your produce to maintain it at cheap prices at the supermarket lest you complain. Additionally, these people contribute to the economy and because they do they should also have access to education, medical attention and all social services.

    Take an ethics class Mr. Larson and perhaps you can learn to be righteous and have empathy for others less fortunate than yourself. And by the way have you forgotten that you live in an area with a predominantly Latino population. Illegals can mean more than Mexicans and other Latinos. There are many who are European who overstay there visas – shouldn’t they also be on a list of illegals, Mr. Larson? To deem Latinos illegal is racist and myopic.

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