Coinciding with Gannett’s offer of an early retirement package to “veteran” employees is one of the more bizarre columns ever written by editorial writer Linda Valdez — who has never been known for thoughtful prose. Gannett, the parent company of the struggling Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) will finalize acceptances after a 45-day consideration period has closed — today, October 12, 2015.
Valdez has been in perpetual whirling dervish mode since the introduction of SB 1070, Arizona’s landmark case addressing illegal immigration. Although parts of the law have been gutted by the courts, last month U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton dismissed the last of seven challenges to the law, allowing police, during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest,” to investigate the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. In her opinion, Judge Bolton — a Bill Clinton appointee — wrote opponents have “not produced any evidence that state law enforcement officials will enforce SB 1070 differently for Latinos than a similarly situated person of another race or ethnicity.” The statute’s provisions mirror federal law.
Valdez, who appears to be on the brink of either madness or retirement, refers to the law as a “zombie” that “needs to be killed for our children.” She says the judge’s ruling, “Keeps the monster alive.’
Linda Valdez’ well established hatred of Republicans is evident as she opines, “Election season is when Republican politicians appeal to people’s worst fears instead of their better nature. The nativists are already shaking their pitchforks in the general direction of the Mexican border.”
“Nativists,“ for the uninitiated, is an invented term crafted by leftist open border proponents, intended to denigrate Americans who resent having our country invaded by illegal foreign hordes.
Witnessing a breakdown is disturbing, but in this case there is unintended levity as Valdez cites an editorial she probably wrote for the newspaper that pays her salary, to verify her radical views. She says SB 1070 was “considered so odious when it passed in 2010 that it was decried in a rare front page editorial in the Arizona Republic, the state’s biggest newspaper.”
Finally, she swings into insult mode as she refuses to take into consideration the word ‘illegal.” Within the restricted framework of her convoluted reasoning, Valdez claims the Senate Bill remains “a symbol of how easily Arizona was duped into denying its Mexican heritage. It’s testimony to how easily Arizona dismissed the concerns of long-time Latino residents who suddenly became second-class citizens in a state their ancestors helped build.” In her convoluted world there are no American citizens of Mexican heritage.
In what sounds like a swan song tinged with Halloween-like, apocalyptic overtures, Valdez states, “this soul-stealing zombie has to be brought down. Once and for all.”
Most of us believe a border wall needs to be erected. Once and for all. Zombies have nothing to do with it.