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Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2009 5:06 pm | Updated: 3:05 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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HEALTH CARE

Must stop Democratic plan

Do you want the government to decide who lives or dies? If this health care reform bill passes, they will! This past year, there has been a rising tide of resistance to government takeovers in banking, automakers and now the health care industry. The majority of Americans are opposed to government-run industries.

The current administration is out of touch with the people! I believe the American people know what they want, and it is not more government control.

It is important that we hold onto sound constitutional principles as a Judeo/Christian nation, where we can unite, because our country is at stake! The speed in which this political agenda is going will subvert and destroy our complete way of life. I am confident we can stop this administration’s road to government takeovers. If we stand up and make a difference now.

HEATHER SANDSTROM

MESA

TRANSIT

McCain, Kyl should support

People are voting with their feet by driving less and taking more public transportation. Here in Arizona, transit usage grew by a record 12 percent last year, fourth best in the nation.

Transportation is responsible for more than two-thirds of America’s dependence on oil, and about one-third of our carbon dioxide pollution. In 2008, public transportation in Arizona saved nearly 34 million gallons of gasoline, the equivalent to what 58,700 cars use in one year.

Right now, Congress is moving forward with legislation (CLEAN TEA — S.575) that could dedicate 10 percent of the current climate bill’s investments to public transportation. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., should heed the growth of transit in Arizona and invest more in transportation choices, such as the light-rail and bus systems, which will increase our energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and get us out of traffic.

BRET FANSHAW

ASSOCIATE, ENVIRONMENT ARIZONA

PHOENIX

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Feds need to intervene

President Barack Obama, please help us here in metro Phoenix. We are being held hostage by a man, Joseph Arpaio, who is sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio has created a culture of fear by using his office to harass those who oppose him.

This has created a McCarthyesque environment where many who oppose him fear voicing their thoughts regarding Arpaio’s behavior. This is creating a generation of police officers and deputies who might tend to emulate Arpaio’s unfortunate behavior, and a generation of citizenry who may not truly respect the police.

Apparently, Arpaio is being investigated at the federal level. He embraces his misdeeds in a “of course I’m doing what I’m doing” manner and has been somewhat like Teflon so far.

Arpaio’s behavior has significant collateral impact.

The Mesa police chief finally gave up after a characteristic battle with Arpaio and has moved up to be the San Francisco’s police chief. The Phoenix mayor and Arizona attorney general, who are certainly not allies of Arpaio, waste precious time dealing with his self-serving antics.

Some good has come of this weird Sheriff Joe chapter. I can proudly point to two of our local newspaper reporters who wrote a series on Arpaio, earning them the Pulitzer Prize this year: www.eastvalleytribune.com/page/reasonable_doubt.

Arpaio challenges “authorities” to investigate him and find wrongdoing. Arpaio uses investigations as a tool to stifle dissent. I think it is time the tables turn. It is time for the federal authorities to get a move on and help us be rid of this sad and narcissistic man. He has caused far too much heartache already.

ROBERT SCHULTE

SCOTTSDALE

TRIBUNE

Reader wants to keep paper

Someone, please save the Tribune! I moved here in June and have come to love and depend on this little paper, especially the honest and comprehensive local and national reporting.

Puzzles are challenging and fun. I have used many of the advertisers. The paper is an enjoyable morning read. Won’t somebody step forward and rescue the Trib?

GARY WEBBER

GILBERT

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