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Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 2:14 pm | Updated: 3:28 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Have any of you dealt with an addict? If you have you will recognize some striking similarities between their struggles and what is happening with our government today.

TAXES: Time to stop addictive spending

Have any of you dealt with an addict? If you have you will recognize some striking similarities between their struggles and what is happening with our government today. Addicts have a hard time realizing that they are ultimately responsible for their problem and its solution. They find it much easier to blame others for putting them in their situation. Addicts will ALWAYS need more of their drug to achieve their “high,” but will never quite get enough. An addict will tell you just enough of the truth to get your empathy, but will never disclose the complete truth for fear of you saying “No”. An addict will throw anyone under the bus to get a fix, including those closest to them.

It is always tempting, even as a professional, to let our compassion and empathy sway us from doing what is needed to help resolve the problem. It is easier to continue feeding the addiction instead of detoxing the patient, but that only worsens the problem. Detox is a hard and often painful process, but it accomplishes two important things. First, it allows the addict to regain control of his life and remove the ever present need for his drug. Second, it acts as an effective reminder that there is always a price to pay for dependence.

It is time for us to stop the addictive spending of our government. We have allowed them to play on our guilt and empathy and avoid the fact that they are not held to the same rules we are. Specifically, we can not continually spend more than we make. It is unsustainable and irresponsible, and in the end will destroy both the producer and the consumer alike. Those with minds clear of the fogging effects of addiction can see this logic. It’s time for some tough love.

Send politicians and bureaucrats straight to rehab! Vote no on Prop 100 and 406.

Dr. Russ Crawford, Gilbert

IMMIGRATION: We could all learn from Los Suns

I admire what Suns owner Robert Sarver did before Wednesday’s Spurs-Suns game by breaking out the “Los Suns” jerseys for Cinco de Mayo. Mr. Sarver took a vote with his team first and then showed chutzpah to give the country another look at what Arizona’s image is. The Suns, led by Steve Nash, play unselfish team ball where everyone contributes in their own way. They played loose with a killer instinct to win the game as teammates all sharing in the common goal to succeed. This country, as a whole, could learn from this team and organization.

I do believe we should have strict laws to enter this country, like most of our ancestors did. Work visas, like some major league baseball and basketball players have, should be acceptable. Can our state afford to be penalized losing conventions and all-star games like it did when our past governor and legislature banned Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday? I wonder what Jerry Colangelo’s stand would have been if he was still owner? I will say one thing about the Suns new owner, he isn’t afraid to be controversial, act and make a stand.

Dr. Jeff Eger, Mesa

IMMIGRATION: Read bill before making judgments

For all of you who protest and hate this bill, please read the illegal immigration laws for Mexico and other countries. Once you do that, then come back and tell me we have a bad bill or that we are racist, mean and... well you get the picture.

Mary Blackwell, Gilbert

IMMIGRATION: Law is poorly crafted

The Philip Moon commentary on Friday is fraught with critical thinking errors. Mr. Moon completely avoids the spirit of this law and instead focuses on the letter of the law. WWII Germany readily showcases the worst of facsist, authoritarian behavior. No one admits to being racist; does that mean it doesn’t exist? Hardly.

SB 1070 is a poorly crafted law as Bill Richardson documents for other reasons Friday. This inflammatory law leaves us at the mercy of the immature police officer and they do indeed exist, though Mr. Moon looks past this, too. I wonder why?

D.J. Diebold, Mesa

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