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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:25 pm | Updated: 1:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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GROWTH

Stop new development

In the Phoenix metro area, there are between 45,000 and 90,000 homes in foreclosure or limbo. Down McKellips Road between Ellsworth and Power roads is the Mountain Bridge Bladford subdivision, where preparation is under way for constructing a new housing development in this prime Sonoran desert location (which we all treasure except, of course, developers). The BLOB (batter land of beauty) is back and appears ready to consume this area at all costs.

I have family members who rely on construction for their livelihoods and avocation. I feel their grief, caused by the rising unemployment due to lack of building. But on the other hand, I see a possible reprieve for the land and its creatures from the continual gobbling up of real estate over the last three decades in this region.

The desert is at the mercy of a stable economy because it is the main fuel that feeds the engine (construction), that runs the machine (economy). We should be somewhat cautious and leery at such antics and filter out the vacant, overabundant houses ready for immediate occupancy in the Phoenix metro area.

LYLE ANDERSON

APACHE JUNCTION

SARAH PALIN

Victim of unfair attacks

If our home-grown enemies would yell at the top of their lungs, “We hate America’s Constitution and Christian morality,” many people would not believe them. The only thing most people knew about Sarah Palin in the 24 hours following the announcement of her vice presidential candidacy was she was governor of Alaska and she was a Christian who took her faith seriously. Beyond that, none of the major networks reported any additional information about her political career or an in-depth report on her personal life.

However, the faith aspect was all her haters had to know. Palin could be a serious threat to their agenda to dumb down America. The unfair attacks started 12 hours after the announced candidacy and have become more vicious ever since.

The only thing I resent more than the relentless attacks on this ordinary American citizen is the reasoning the media give for these assaults. To this day, commentators and politicians, both Republican and Democrat, continue to spew “informed” rationalizations that make the propaganda less hateful than it really is.

If young people would research the cultural changes effected by events and related propaganda over the past 50 years that have distorted the meaning of right and wrong, an understanding of our nation’s present sad situation would certainly unfold. An insight into a campaign to alter attitudes and destroy character is needed to protect their own future.

ROBERT BLAZIER

MESA

STATE BUDGET

Bipartisan cooperation a must

Usually politicians love to brag about all of their bipartisan accomplishments. Usually Arizona has a budget by July 1 of each year. Neither of those are true this year. It’s time for our lawmakers to reach across the aisle and create a budget in a bipartisan process. The leaders in power at the Legislature have tried to create a budget with only Republican support. It has not worked.

It’s time for the state House and Senate to listen to Gov. Jan Brewer and, “Do not eat the seed corn.” They must develop a budget that invests in education and human services to build our economy on a strong foundation. They must open the doors to Democrats and moderate Republicans who have been elected to represent the people of Arizona.

The members of APPLE, the Arizona Parents for Public Education, invite all Arizonans to join us in signing a letter to our legislators and Brewer to use a bipartisan budget process. See this link: www.tinyurl.com/kmu5rm.

MITZI EPSTEIN

TEMPE

GASCÓN

Don't feel bad for Chief Gascón

There is no question that Mesa police Chief George Gascón had a beneficial impact on crime rates in Mesa. That said, no police chief should be able to decide which laws should be enforced and which should not. At some point, not enforcing laws that also impact illegal immigration unduly affects the rights of legal citizens. One only need flip back to Pruitt's furniture store in Phoenix to see how.

In a Tribune article last week, Gascón declared Mesa's leadership was "overtly influenced by a vocal minority." Mesa leadership has responded that it was not trying to force him out. True or not, look only at any number of successful propositions and polls to find out how Arizona feels about illegal immigration.

Also, an immigration activist group originally sought to pay for Gascón's trip to Washington, an overt indication of the police chief's views. My sense is that San Francisco and Gascón is a match made in heaven.

ED GLANCY

MESA

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