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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2008 4:56 pm | Updated: 11:50 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Raw deal for residents

I am writing this response to the Jan. 18 Tribune article about the possibility of Rural/Metro withdrawing from refunding subscriptions that are now taken over by the town of Queen Creek. I was completely surprised by this article, as every other discussion assured us of a refund. Talk about a “raw deal. ”

I am one of the subscribers who dutifully paid Rural/Metro since moving to Queen Creek. I paid my fair share of their services for everyone in Queen Creek and now I may get stiffed for doing the “right thing.” But, I don’t blame Rural Metro as much as I blame the town. If Rural/Metro does not refund the money, which it should, then Queen Creek should.

It is the town’s actions that put us in this position. If they did this transition without ensuring that we would be reimbursed, then they are at fault. Thank you for printing the article. I would appreciate a continuation of this topic in future issues to help homeowners get a fair deal.




Clinton has substance

It is rather difficult for me to understand the minds of many in the Democratic party — and the minds of many women as well. Hillary Clinton has years of political experience as well as a substantial foreign and domestic affairs background. She, as most other women, have been subject to continual gender discrimination throughout their lives. Having her as president may help bring about more gender equity in business and opportunity, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Barack Obama is an excellent speaker, and seems quite personable, but has only three years of being senator. Before that he was simply an Illinois legislator. He speaks of change, but I never hear of what and how. Clinton’s husband affected positive domestic changes in spite of a strong Republican Congress. Both Clinton and Obama want positive change, but I believe Clinton has the political know-how of actually achieving it.

Our governor backs Obama, with the tacit, but transparently obvious, deal of a position in his cabinet if elected. We’ve had ultra-inspirational political leaders in this world before, and I would have hoped we had learned that much more is required of our leaders. We live in dangerous times, and experience is necessary.



Obama can lead positive change

Many of Linda Turley-Hansen’s points in her Jan. 20 commentary “Fear Factor” are correct but she’s missed the most important factors — vision and hope.

She is right in saying “we want happy change,” “change generally hurts,” and “change is the most difficult thing a person does.” She concludes that politicians use the fear factor to get us to vote for them and nothing really is going to change. This has been true on several occasions and particularly present in the ’04 presidential elections.

Although fear motivates people to react, it rarely creates long-term change. It is the combination of vision and hope that creates change. This year, we Americans are given a different choice. We can change if we have a leader who will motivate us with vision and hope. Barack Obama offers this opportunity to Americans.

Change is hard but look at our ancestors and what they endured in coming to America and creating our great nation. They were not motivated by fear. They were willing to sacrifice because they had vision and hope. We have inherited their great spirit and we can do the same.

It’s not about whose experience and platform offers us the best opportunity, it is about who can motivate us to make the changes necessary, bring us together and keep us the most powerful nation in the world. It is about us, not the president; the president is only the motivator for vision and hope. If America is ready for unity, healing, and growth, we’ll elect Barack Obama.




How much proof needed?

In his Jan. 10 Opinion 2 commentary, Austin Hill appears to regard the recent rainstorms which were not forecasted as proof that global climate change is a figment of someone’s fevered imagination.

I have been doing a bit of research since reading his article and came up with the following from the Stern Review of 2006:

• Between 1850 and 2005 there has been an increase in average global temperatures of 0.78 degrees Celsius.

• Global greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 70 percent between 1970 and 2004.

• Global temperatures are expected to increase by 1.8 – 4.0 degrees Celsius this century.

• Ignoring climate change will cost as much as $7.5 trillion by 2050, equivalent to 20 percent of the global economy. These costs are based on warming air and ocean temperatures which, in turn, will cause a rise in ocean levels due to polar ice melt, which will displace millions of people who live near sea level.

There is a great deal more information available at TakingITGlobal.org for anyone interested.




Figure out what went wrong

From what I’ve read, and seen pictures of, the light-rail breaks appear to be brittle cleavage fracture.

While I am not an expert in the field of metallurgy, I think that something is wrong with the continuing process to install the last eight miles of track without knowing the full analytical details of why the rails are fracturing.

Temperature changes over the last several months may be a factor, but there may be more serious issues:

• Possible improper installation for accommodating expansion of the rails over a range of Phoenix temperatures,

• Poor quality of steel alloy,

• Lack of inspection and other processes to insure that a quality steel product is being procured and tested prior to installation.

• Safety of Phoenix’s light rail system should be paramount over meeting operational schedules.

Possible cures involve a stop work order on any further rail installation until an independent metallurgical analyses of random samples of rail is made, and procurement and testing procedures are evaluated.

Last of all, the “Get out of Dodge” mentality of project management must be reined in!




Biblical basis

As a Colorado Christian, I voted to allow sick citizens to use and grow cannabis and it works (“Initiative would make marijuana legal for ill,” Jan. 11), because state laws now allow them to possess the relatively safe God-given plant. One reason to allow sick citizens to use cannabis that doesn’t get mentioned is because it’s biblically correct, since Christ God Our Father, the Ecologician, indicates he created all the seed-bearing plants, saying they are all good, on literally the very first page.

Further, cannabis is believed to be the tree of life and the very last page of the Bible tells us the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.



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