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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2008 9:53 pm | Updated: 11:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Not just July 4

In 1776, our God-fearing and dedicated founders signed the Declaration of Independence — independence from Great Britain. We became the United States of America, completely independent!

Today we are now completely “dependent” upon any and all countries for oil.

What happened to our independence? What happened to Congress?

Our politicians have completed sold us out. Our news media have completely ignored Independence Day and the meaning of these words.

To the politicians and the media it is the Fourth of July. I’ll bet you that 90 percent of our politicians will not be flying our American flag on Independence Day. Instead they will be out mixing with the citizens to get their votes on election day.

Not one of them should be elected or re-elected. Not one! There isn’t one of them, including John McCain and Barack Obama, that have put forth any ideas of independence from oil from other countries. So here we sit, bowing down to their continuance of destroying our country. Our independence is gone and the politicians don’t care.

When are Americans going to stand up and start fighting to get our independence back? Remember, it is Independence Day, not just the Fourth of July.

LEE TANNENBAUM

SCOTTSDALE

Freedom takes hard work

The Fourth of July is a chance to celebrate and honor our great nation and the many who have sacrificed and worked to secure our liberties. When I think of the Fourth of July, I remember acts of:

• Courage: The Founding Fathers risked everything to pursue their belief in a free nation, with a democratic government, and individual rights.

• Selfless sacrifice: The founders found a way to unite the individual colonies and to place the success of this new nation, and opportunities for future generations of Americans, above their comforts and instant gratification.

• Work: In the bleakest of circumstances, George Washington’s army and others of the Founding Fathers persisted and worked and refused to give up.

America has not failed us! The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution do not guarantee a life of convenience and ease, without any hardship. As Americans we need to have courage, be willing to sacrifice, and expect to work hard to achieve our individual goals, help each other, and keep America strong and free. Happy Fourth of July, America!

LORI WOOD

GILBERT

GOOD SAMARITANS

Pick up a rock

On June 27, we received a delivery of 10-ton of rock about 9 a.m. for our front yard project in northeast Mesa. My husband and I and a fellow we had hired were working in our front yard. Needless to say, the heat was almost unbearable and the load of rock looked very daunting. Why were had chosen to attempt this project in the summer is another issue.

About an hour into our work, a woman with 9 of her 10 children came walking up our sidewalk with a wheelbarrow and shovels. These are new neighbors whom we had not yet met. The mother introduced herself and her children and offered to help. We were hesitant to accept the offer, but she insisted that the older children (ages 11-19) were willing and capable.

Before we could discuss it further, the three of them had chipped right in. What a testimony to the value of neighbors helping neighbors! We feel blessed that we live in a city where neighborly values are still taught and practiced.

JULIA AND PAT KELLY

MESA

EMPIRE

Funds remodel crisis center

As I read the editorial regarding the long-standing relationship between the Mesa and Empire Southwest (“Annex deal is win-win for Mesa, large employer,” Our View, June 24), I thought of another relationship that has quietly existed for years and served Mesa in a different, extremely positive way.

It is the relationship that Empire has had with the Child Crisis Center among other nonprofits in Mesa. Through the company’s long-term financial operating support of CCC in particular, thousands of young children and their parents have been given the opportunity to deal with a crisis and start on a more positive path in life.

Recently, a new partnership has been formed between CCC and Empire via the Whiteman Foundation, one of Empire’s charitable arms.

Because of their generosity in the form of a large capital grant, our Mesa-based shelter is embarking on an “Extreme Home Makeover,” which it definitely needs.

Approximately 12,000 babies and young children have lived in the shelter during a period in their lives when they could not be safe in their own homes. Mesa has benefited from the kindness and success of Empire for years and this will continue for years to come based on their latest commitment to helping its youngest citizens, the children of Mesa.

CHRISTINE SCARPATI

MESA

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