While I can appreciate the difficult challenge for the editor to fact check letters submitted to the Roundup, I wish to address some major inaccuracies in the letter from Raymond Spatti published on Oct. 22.
Mr. Spatti’s letter contained two substantial allegations that need to be corrected.
First, he claimed that Representative Brenda Barton was a member the Arizona state Legislature and participated in the development and passage of SB 1070. The governor signed the bill into law on April 21, 2010. Representative Barton was sworn into office the following year in January 2011.
Mr. Spatti further states; “Adding insult to injury, Ms. Barton does not even live in Gila County.” Representative Barton has been a legal resident of Gila County since 2011 and currently lives in Payson.
Like many caught in today’s economy, the Bartons have been unable to sell their property in another county.
I rightfully respect first amendment rights of free speech of all persons submitting letters to the editor. However, I would ask writers to be sure of their facts to ensure credibility to what they speak.
Gary Morris, chairman, Gila County Republican Party