Bill Astle: Arizona inaccuracies


This letter is in response to Chuck McConnell’s letter to the editor “Arizona trip” in the Sept. 22 Steamboat Today. I am a resident of southern Arizona who is spending a month here in “The ’Boat.” I first visited in 1965 and have never felt I should speak out about matters that longtime residents know much more about than I do, but I now feel compelled to write.

McConnell’s letter was so full of inaccuracies that it’s hard to know where to begin.

The sign McConnell refers to, warning visitors to “Be Careful,” is nothing more than the equivalent of a warning about any other hazard. I guess the “Open Range” signs are expressing “a clear and present danger,” too.

The Arizona state law (S.B. 1070) McConnell refers to has been found unconstitutional by a federal judge. The law was judged to be infringing on the federal responsibility to control immigration, and it does not mirror federal law.

Crime is not rampant on the Arizona side of the border. In fact, according to FBI data, crime has decreased. Politicians such as Gov. Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, state Sen. Russell Pearce, U.S. Sen. John McCain and others have tried to create the impression that southern Arizona is being overrun by illegal immigrants who are hell bent on beheading Americans. It’s just plain not true.

Colorado state Rep. Randy Baumgardner may have spent six days in Arizona, but a tour with Pearce and 10 other Republican legislators is hardly a way to get an unbiased view. The Arizona Republican Party has been running the state for more than 40 years and has run it into near bankruptcy. Now that the bad news is about to sink the state, they are desperate to change the subject to immigration and to blame immigrants. Arizona’s real problems are caused by wrongheaded policies and practices foisted on its citizens by Republican lawmakers, not by undocumented migrants.

Colorado should beware.

Bill Astle

Marana, Ariz.


sledneck 6 years, 7 months ago

Apparently Astle does agree that there are signs and that there is a hazard. Further, he acknowledges the "federal responsibility to control immigration". A duty in which they have been derelict to say the least.

I would agree with him that the state has been pushed toward bankruptcy; what state has not? If the republicans are responsible lets throw 'em out. But if the idea is to replace them with people who are even worse at balancing budgets and enforcing laws then no thanks.

One need not live in Arizona to see the trouble illegal immigration has spawned. Does anyone actually believe that a thourough sweep of almost any town in the lower 48 would not produce a significant number of illegals?

His parting words are deceptive and incomplete, thus showing his attempt to excuse these people for being what they are according to the federal law he champions... Criminal Trespassers. Calling a pigs ear a silk purse dosn't make it so.


seeuski 6 years, 7 months ago

I too spend time in Marana and enjoy the golf at the Gallery and would like Mr. Astle to explain which "Republican" policies have nearly bankrupted Arizona.

It took me a minute to compose myself before responding to Mr. Astle as he has done what most left wingers do, make silly statements of falsity and insinuate that people they disagree with policy wise are lying or misleading. The issue of illegal immigration on the southern border is well documented and the costs to the taxpayers for public services rendered to those who pay no taxes is the main cause for the financial difficulties that the State of Arizona finds itself in. I guess Mr. Astle finds it politically expedient to ignore the actual crimes that are taking place in the southern portion of Arizona like the murder of Robert Krentz by an illegal and the rate of kidnappings in the Phoenix area. The terrible crimes that are occurring in the Mexican border towns and the recent murder of Journo's and Politicians by the drug Cartels should not be ignored by Mr. Astle. Neither should the fact that those same Cartels have stakeouts set up as far as 70 miles north of the border to aid the drug runners. Those warning signs are there for the protection of the people of the USA and a warning that our Federal Government is NOT exercising their Constitutional requirement to the American people to protect us from foreign invaders. Randy Baumgardner acted as a leader on behalf of the people of Colorado and I for one would want more activity of his sort rather than the yellow bellied chicken $$!t actions of the Liberals who are suing Arizonans and then running to the UN to tattle tale that they are being mean to the border jumpers. Yea, I think I'll trust that the polls show that the Liberals like Astle are in the extreme minority in Arizona and the rest of the USA. Thanks for the letter, it lets us know what we are voting for in November, true leadership.


seeuski 6 years, 7 months ago

For the blind and hearing impaired who need the facts and reality of the border issues.

A 2005 news story while Janet Napolitano was Governor,Gee isn't she a Democrat who now is playing in a new Government role? Yea, that's right she is the joker in charge of NO Homeland Security.

"I'm Mexican-American, and I just believe we are overstretched because of all the immigration," Montanez said. She added that "closing the border" might be the only solution to the problem.


pitpoodle 6 years, 6 months ago

Bill Astle your head is in the AZ sand. The federal government is paralized on this issue and many others. I can only hope you pay an appropriate amount of the tax base in AZ to pay for the illegals you advocate living there at mostly taxpayer expense. Personally, I hope Mr. Baumgardner joins the CO legislature as he seems to understand the need help to protect Coloradoans from the extreme costs of illegal immigrants.


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