<b>To the Editor:</b>

U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi has told us in his election materials that he is for tax breaks, especially when applied to businesses.

Yet his vote recently for the so-called “American Jobs Creation Act” (recently passed 280-141 in the U.S. House) shows how hypocritical that claim is. One of the items in that bill was a REPEAL of a domestic tax break.

Why would the Republican-controlled House vote to repeal a tax break? Because the World Trade Organization ruled it an “illegal export subsidy.”

I thought the Republican were against allowing an international body tell us what to do.

Evaline Auerbach


To the Editor:

Judge Dale Nielson and his family live in our neighborhood. They are an asset to the community, school system, church, state and nation. Judge Nielson has been the Judge of the Superior Court at the Navajo County Complex in Holbrook for the past four years. He is a lifelong resident of this area and understands the demographics of this area.

We encourage people to re-elect Judge Nielson so he can continue the excellent work that he does. Judge Nielson is well-educated, knowing the law and human nature. He knows the difference between justice and mercy. He is fair, firm and deliberate - listening carefully to all evidence before making any judgement.

All people in Navajo County will benefit by re-electing Judge Dale Nielson on November 2, 2004, Election Day. We encourage people to get out and vote.

Kenneth and Eva Whitt


To the Editor:

Democrats in a race for a state House seat in District 82, are circulating a flyer that shows a retarded child with President Bush’s face running in a track race.

The headline says: “Voting for Bush Is Like Running In The Special Olympics: Even If You Win, You’re Still Retarded.”

The flyer is being distributed by Democrat Craig Fitzhugh. His opponent, Dave Dahl has issued a call to Fitzhugh to stop distributing the flyer.

According to Dahl, “Hard-ball politics is one thing and everyone expects tough battles, but using those who are born with mental disabilities for political fodder is disgusting.”

Dahl says the flyers have been distributed for at least two weeks from Fitzhugh’s campaign office in Ripley, Tennessee. It also serves as the Kerry-Edwards headquarters.

This most recent attack on Republicans as mentally handicapped is not new.

On October 28, 1994, while in Virginia, then-Vice President Al Gore attacked Oliver North’s Senate bid supporters as “the extreme right wing, the extra chromosome right wing.”

Advocates for those with Down’s Syndrome, caused by an extra chromosome, were outraged. Every American should be outraged by this.

It’s just despicable.

John Espino


To the Editor:

It is beyond my comprehension why any Arizona citizen would be opposed to Proposition 200. There has been a great deal of hype spread concerning this proposition, but quite simply it would do three things.

1. Require proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

2. Require proof of identity when voting.

3. Require proof of eligibility for non-federally mandated public benefits.

That’s it.

There is no discrimination, no profiling, no inequity. The requirements would be the same regardless of gender, denomination, or race.

The opponents of this proposition continually use the word “immigrant” for anyone who can sneak across our borders. To them a bank robber would simply be a customer without an account.

They decry that it would be “bothersome” to require proof of citizenship. Have we really become so lazy as Americans that providing simple proof of citizenship is too great a burden?

They also complain that this measure will do nothing to control illegal immigration, which may be true. It will, however prevent we who are law abiding citizens from being required to subsidize the illegal action. The free access to federally mandated benefits by illegal aliens is destined to empty our state coffers, and yet because of political correctness many prefer to do the Ostrich thing.

The cry that we need the Illegal Immigrants for “cheap labor,” has been totally debunked. This cheap labor is about to bankrupt the state. The immense drain on social services and law enforcement brought on by this flood of illegal immigration is far more costly than the money saved by their labor.

Perhaps no better reason could be given for your support of Proposition 200 than the fact that the dynamic democratic duo of McCain and Napalitano oppose it! (I know McCain is a Republican, but…). What part of the word ILLEGAL do they not understand? These two are so blinded by National aspirations and by the fawning adoration of the “beautiful people” that they have forgotten what is best for Arizona. Besides, could Ms. Napalitano hope to maintain her office if only legal citizens were allowed to vote?

Remember, a nation which fails to preserve the security of its borders will cease to be a nation of free people. If the federal government will not secure the borders, at least the state of Arizona can stop rewarding the illicit behavior.

A YES vote on proposition 200 is a vote for honesty and legality.

A NO vote is a vote for a continuation of subsidizing illegality.

Paul D. Hatch

Joseph City


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