How stupid is it not to pass a bill saying a driver's license should be suspended after jail time, not during? (You can't drive while in jail.) Sen. Jim Waring also proposed a bill to not return licenses until offenders have completed their community restitution. Both of these are common-sense bills. Waring has never turned his back on victims of these senseless crimes, and he is helping to save lives in this state by introducing these bills.
The drunk driver who killed my only child, Brenda, and her best friend, Tracy, on Interstate 10 here in Tucson had four prior DUIs and a valid Arizona driver's license--and kept it after killing them. That means he had five DUIs and had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, and STILL had a valid driver's license.
Thanks again for keeping drunk-driving awareness in the public's eyes.
The TGLBTC believes this amendment is both unwise and ill-timed. It would enshrine into our Constitution a negative and potentially discriminatory, even hateful, message that a certain class of people is not welcome in Arizona. As a part of our Constitution, it could potentially conflict with evolving national policy, causing undue expense and legal wrangling--all of which could be avoided by simply leaving the current statute intact.
As importantly, we believe that this action, during a time of budget crises and other higher priorities, is simply an ill-advised distraction. Worse, by positioning Arizona as unfriendly to the GLBT community during an economic slowdown, we make our state less competitive vis-à-vis neighboring states and discourage inward movement by individuals, educators and corporations. Thus, the proposed amendment is anti-business and discourages economic development.
The Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce encourages all business organizations and leaders to communicate with colleagues and legislators to oppose this initiative and re-focus our lawmakers' legislative efforts around what is really important to businesses large and small--economic growth and development.
There was no need for the two activists to "rac(e) three delirious immigrants to a Tucson clinic." If humanitarian aid were their real aim, a taxpayer-funded, all-expense-paid flight to a proper trauma center was only a phone call away. The only possible reason for putting them in their own car and taking them to their church clinic was to assist them in evading the Border Patrol. They knowingly violated the law; that's why they were arrested and prosecuted. That the charges were eventually dropped testifies to the stranglehold the open-borders lobby has over this county.
Far from a return to the "bad old days," this latest controversy sounds like business as usual: The illegals will keep coming, and their enablers will continue to get off scot-free.
Michael A. Crimmins
Assistant Professor/Climate Science Extension Specialist,
UA Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science