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Defund NASCAR

Editor:

“Defund NASCAR” is a slogan to draw attention to an apparent loss of freedom of speech in America.

Symbols do not mean you are in favor of any previous negative messages related to a particular cause; it simply means we are trying to say: Free speech is free speech! 

We don’t want NASCAR to go out of business and we don’t want teens wearing the word expletives on shirts, but as a proud veteran of the Vietnam era, I, as organizer, would die for our rights to speak freely; that includes freedom of expression by way of symbols such as bumper stickers, T-shirts, flags, statues and actual public speeches.  

Cohen v. California was about someone who wore a jacket into the Los Angeles courthouse with the phrase “(expletive) the draft” emblazoned on it. He was prosecuted but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it.

We will plan a peaceful protest at the next NASCAR race in Avondale, while raining funds to go to other NASCAR tracks for peaceful protests. But we will also raise awareness about protecting American symbols like the U.S. flag and patriotic statues, which are being desecrated. 

Given the report from insider.com, one would think there is sentiment to send a message to many states’ residents.

William E (Bill) Williams

Prescott

Your future 911 calls explained

Editor:

Once the defunding of police departments takes place, here are just a few samples of what to expect.

Mrs. Smith dials 911 to report her garage was broken into and her husband scared off the crook. The 911 operator says, “I’m sorry, Mrs. Smith, but we are very short on police cars right now, because we lost 35 of them in the riots and it takes time for the city to approve funds. Unfortunately, all of our funds have been defunded by protesters who want our city to be like the Wild West. My suggestion is to rush to Walmart and buy a gun, or we can send one of our officers over to check things out on a bicycle, but it may take him a while to pedal 15 miles to your house to take a report.”

Mr. Simpleton dials 911 to report somebody just got bit by the neighbor’s pit bull, two other neighbors have had enough of this pit bull running loose biting people, they are taking up arms to settle things themselves and it’s getting ugly. The 911 operator explains things are not so simple right now because people demanded the police department be defunded.

“We just don’t have money for gas for our police cruisers since the riots. My suggestion to you is to get to Walmart and buy a gun and shoot the pit bull that is biting, because we are not financially able to get an officer on scene. If you don’t have money for a gun, call animal control and they maybe can help you.”

Innocent bystander calls 911 to report a shooting at the intersection of McDowell and 75th Avenue over road rage that started on the I-10. The 911 operator says, “I’d like to send officers, but we had so many walk off the job during the last riots that we are very short handed, and several officers are out on sick leave with COVID-19. But wait a minute, it gets worse: Our police department was defunded by protesters, we have not had money to fuel all of our police cars for three weeks and it looks like we won’t have an officer available until October.”

This all boils down to two things: Do we listen to protesters or to common sense? Do you want civility as life has been, or do you prefer anarchy led by uneducated fools? Yes, Arizona is part of the Wild West history of this once-proud country. Do we go back to that era, or do we support our protectors so we can keep our guns at home? The people of the Old West paid a sheriff to protect their towns. Towns grew into big cities, and so did the protection that we all pay for. There is no new sheriff in town, only lawless fools who want to commit anarchy and destruction. Support law enforcement.

James Logan

Buckeye

McSally doesn’t have it

Editor:

Martha McSally’s senatorial campaign must be well financed, judging by the frequency of her ads attacking Mark Kelly or boosting her own image. Being curious, I researched some of her reported claims. 

McSally’s website says she passed seven bills into law, a high number for any senator. However, congress.gov reports only one bill became law and parts of six others, some identical to House bills, were folded into other legislation. She claims to support protection for preexisting health conditions but has voted five times to strip them away. She speaks about bringing jobs back to the U.S. but also supports Republican tax measures that give incentives to employers to offshore jobs. She says she “will hold China accountable” for their misleading COVID reports but doesn’t say how. Kelly supports economic and diplomatic sanctions against China. Kelly also criticized President Trump for praising Xi and China from January to early March, but McSally has remained silent on Trump’s comments.

The attack ads against Kelly by McSally are more than a stretch. For example, “Kelly has ties to China” is misleading. Reports say Kelly’s company, World View, has many investors, including Tencent, a company from China that owns 5%. World View was vetted by our Department of Defense, which has no security concerns and contracts with World View. NASA also contracts with them. 

Another report says Kelly received $4,000 from World View last year, not the ominous “undisclosed amount” from an “arm of the Communist Party” as her ad says. Yes, Kelly had investments in mutual funds that included some Chinese companies, but so did McSally. Note: Both candidates have reportedly since sold those investments.

Kelly was a spokesman for Shaklee nutritional products a few years ago. On one occasion he spoke at a company function in China, entering the arena on a motorcycle with small American and Chinese flags on it. That was a promotional stunt, not a political statement. Her ads cite a local newspaper saying “Kelly got rich” and “lined his pockets” from China and that World View posed “a global security threat,” but those were quotes from McSally’s staff, not from the reporter’s research.

Yes, most political campaigns stretch the truth, but McSally is using dishonest claims, as she did against Sinema two years ago. Politifact scores her statements as 16% false and 66% mostly false, while Kelly scores 66% true and 34% half-true. Integrity is an essential quality for our senators.

Judging by their TV ads, Mark Kelly has it; Martha McSally does not.

John Flynn

Goodyear