Resident Opinion: Media Coverage of Arpaio Visit Irresponsible

Yorkville resident compliments the Arizona sheriff for his warm behavior and willingness to talk with demonstrators during a Republican family picnic here.

Yorkville resident and conservative Republican Jesus Alaniz criticized media coverage of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's visit to the Kendall County Republican's annual family picnic last month. His comments came Tuesday evening as he provided a "citizen's report" of the event at a Yorkville City Council meeting.

Alaniz said Arpaio was warm to him after Alaniz told him he was an American citizen of Mexican descent. (Critics sometimes claim Arpaio is racist). He said Arpaio frequently checked to make sure Alaniz got the photograph he was seeking and twice handed Alaniz his cellular phone when he was too busy to talk with his staff.

Alaniz also criticized media reports of the event, claiming that the media unfairly gave Yorkville a black eye.

The two media outlets Alaniz mentioned by name were not local media, but I quickly skimmed Patch's coverage of the event. I didn't attend the family picnic, but overall the article seems to provide a balanced picture with multiple viewpoints.

In the weeks leading up to the event, we posted an article about local reaction to this national figure coming to town, a link to a Huffington Post article about Chicago unions' and immigration advocates' reaction to the visit, and a — a Yorkville resident and local union leader. Today, we posted a Letter to the Editor from Yorkville area resident Todd Milliron.

So, perhaps Alaniz' comments, reflected in the video attached to this post, can provide a contrasting viewpoint to .

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JAlaniz September 25, 2011 at 01:36 AM
I will be there Mr Gryder. Ms Gryder I was a Democrat up until Carter became President and then I switched parties. The first government issue I remember was the Cuban Missile Crisis, follwed by the Berlin Crisis followed by the assasination of John F Kennedy, I also remember the Civil Rights movement. Though I am Hispanic, my Great-Great Grandmother was a runaway slave, yes, I am also part Black. And yes, you do have to be thick skinned and more now than ever. For over two and a half years I have been to Tea Parties which began when I was told they were racists. I went looking for racists and found none. Now talk about thick skinned, I not only wrote about not finding any but found myself becoming a Tea Party Patriot. Now, imagine being an Hispanic and reporting and documenting that there are no racists and then joining the Tea Party?
JAlaniz September 27, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Part I - Ok Ms Gryder, now that I have learned that you are not a member of the press trying to force and Ideal down my throat, you now deserve answers to your questions which are going to take some time. Again I apologize for the misunderstanding. Now let let us begin. First of all, the current government that we practice is a "Democracy" regardless of party affiliation. In a Democracy, an individual or party wins by a majority. That majority then taxes and spends accordingly to its wishes. This then is the failures of a Democracy.
JAlaniz September 27, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Part II - The dangers of a Democracy, it is said and subject as to the exact author, that Alexandet Titler wrote the following observation of a Democracy, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. This should now be evident as we are seeing an economic collapse due to wreckless spending on both sides. Now there is one word that the Patch left out in describing me. I did say that I am a Conservative Republican but I also that I am a Constitutionalist Republican as well. Bear with me.
JAlaniz September 27, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Part III - "We Hold Those Truths to be Self Evident" is an error written by Our Founding Father's. Both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are known to be "Imperfect Documents". Our Fouding Fathers believed that they documented everytthing so well that they would live as "epics" forever and that mean would understand what they meant. They were wrong. Nothing is self evident! It is for this reason that I chose the City Council as my venue for my complaints against the press because the press limits the number of words that can be printed at one time thus one must try to condense an arguement into 250 words. Now imagine the United States Supreme Court issuing a ruling in 250 words? It's impossible, thus I chose the City Council as an a venue. It was said in my early days that it was the press that kept government honest, but they forgot one more question. Who keeps the press hnest and whose responsibility is it? I will stop here this evening and let you try and absorb this three comments. I will ask one favor. I know you will have more questions but please, let me make my arguement and then ask your questions. I know this is not fair but please bear with me.
JAlaniz September 28, 2011 at 02:38 AM
The United States Constitution Article IV - Section. 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence. When Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of Government they had left the American People, Franklin replied "A Republic if you can keep it." This then is the type of Republican that I am trying to be, a Constitutional Republican which was left out of the story. That's it for this evening.


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