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Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2008 10:08 pm | Updated: 8:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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PLAGIARISM

Sheriff sends wrong message

Tom Hammarstrom, executive director of Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, and Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez join an ever-growing sector of our society that cannot distinguish between right and wrong.

Let’s forget for the moment that plagiarism is stealing someone else’s intellectual property, and I mean stealing in the sense of prosecutable theft. Plagiarism at the very least is unethical — it breaks the rules of society — and shows a marked lack of personal integrity. Academia has revoked degrees, expelled students and fired professors for plagiarism. Yet those we have put in charge of enforcing our laws are also breaking those laws.

The example that Hammarstrom and Vasquez are setting is astounding.

On the surface, I want to shrug my shoulders and say, “Oh well, it’s just further proof of how far down our society has slipped.” In reality, I am furious. This is nothing short of betrayal of the worst kind by people put into positions of extreme trust. It tells our youth that lying, cheating and stealing are OK. It tells those who are skeptical of fair treatment in our legal system that every bad thing they have ever heard must be true. It encourages those who already have no boundaries to continue committing their crimes because this is proof to them that everybody is crooked.

If both Vasquez and Hammarstrom are not fired for this, then not only will the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department and the AZPOST lack credibility and certainly integrity, but the real message is that in Arizona, the police are becoming the bad guys and are no longer to be trusted.

TODD LONGFELLOW

PAYSON

TRANSIT

Give non-freeways a chance

Your editorial urging the TIME (Transportation and Infrastructure Moving AZ’s Economy) group to drop their initiative calling for a sales tax hike (April 29) is wise. With a freeway system in need of expansion after not much more than a decade of use, and a light rail system given only one short trial run, this state doesn’t know what it wants; perhaps we need to explore trains, planes, buses or border-to-border tarmac for all the cars we cannot leave behind or live without. Careful consideration and observation are called for.

Thank you for your call for caution.

ALISON STEEN MCGOWAN

SCOTTSDALE

AUTO STANDARDS

A heavier priority

The article by Sen. Chuck Gray (“Don’t give Calif. power over our economy,” May 5) missed the true point altogether. It’s not about those people who want their “light” trucks and SUVs. It’s about the quality of the air we breathe. If these vehicles are so important for some to drive, they need to conform to as strict emissions standards as the cars do and you need to pay the price. Get over yourselves and improve the quality of the air we breathe, now and for future generations.

PATRICIA ABRAHAM

MESA

Increasing competition

Sen. Chuck Gray stated that Gov. Janet Napolitano’s decision to issue an executive order directing the Department of Environment Quality to adopt and implement California’s low-emission vehicle program would bring negative effects to Arizona and put the state’s economy at risk.

The truth of the matter is that this plan is suitable for the state of Arizona, just as it is California, as they are two of the most polluted states in the United States.

This plan would not allow “California to dictate what cars Arizona consumers can buy.” There is no way to remove the freedom a consumer has to buy what he or she chooses. The low emission vehicle program will only increase the competition between industries and force major car industries to use clean cars for Arizona, which will ultimately be a greater goal for the environment.

In the long run, the increase of new vehicle costs will have a greater impact for the economy. First, the prices saved on gas will distinctly outweigh the cost of the vehicle, becoming a profitable solution for American families. Second, when the demand for new vehicles is great, the prices will decrease, as the industries will begin to make more of a profit and find more efficient ways to manufacture vehicles.

As a college-bound high school senior, I will soon consider the necessary conditions of vehicles to purchase for myself and my family, and I can faithfully say that I will place more importance on a vehicle that is environmentally friendly, knowing that it is more expensive, than buying a cheaper car and paying more for gas.

ADRIANNA AMATO

CHANDLER

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

No thanks to Napolitano

I guess you think we owe Gov. Janet Napolitano a “thank you” for her veto of the bill which would have allowed local police to enforce immigration laws.

Your editorial (Our View, May 4) failed to determine why the rank-and-file police officers who deal with these people every day want the ability to check the immigration status of those they suspect of being here illegally.

Taxpayers like myself most recently were required to pay an additional $40 million to teach illegals and others to speak English. This, of course, is in addition to continued cost of schooling these illegals, and having them use our emergency rooms as their primary care facilities while I, a legal taxpayer who will pay for service, waits for hours for urgent care as a cold or flu case is treated. How about the cost to us for the additional charges for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage on our auto policies, in addition to the cost to incarcerate illegals who do commit crimes?

Then again, the human cost of the police officers killed by illegals as well as the cost to the community of Chandler to apprehend the accused Chandler rapist (who was legally deported four times?).

You may think we owe her a vote of thanks, but I do not. Once again, she placed the rights of illegals before the needs of the taxpayer and it appears, so do you.

JAMES E. COPELAND JR.

CHANDLER

SEPT. 11

Feds can be bad, aren’t evil

With all due respect to our Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, I do not think she makes a compelling argument that 9/11 was an “inside job.” Our “pistol-packing’ mama” from Mesa has lost it, I fear. She has succumbed to a conspiracy kook theory.

Victims of conspiracy theories, when confronted with facts and truth, always come to believe more and more in the cleverness and skill of the conspirators. Nothing will change their minds.

First of all, I believe that it was Benjamin Franklin who said; “Three can keep a secret, if two are dead.” I really believe that. That is why I rarely subscribe to conspiracy theories. If 9/11 was an “inside job,” someone would have spilled something before this. It always happens. The deeper and darker the secret, the stronger the compulsion becomes to let it out.

Listen up. The government is not the enemy. The government may be the problem. It often is. We are loaded with onerous, unnecessary regulations, but someone thought they were a good idea, or we would not have them. There is no giant conspiracy to take away our freedoms. We seem to be able to accomplish that on our own.

VERN FULLER

MESA

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