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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2008 8:04 pm | Updated: 10:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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ECONOMY

Free trade has big costs

The article in Perspective (“What leaders can, cannot do about the economy,” Aug. 10) is somewhat misleading. It’s the various trade agreements our government has negotiated that are killing the American worker. As reported in the July 30 article “Study: Trade with China hits Ariz. workers hard,” Arizonans have lost 18,000 jobs alone over the past six years, 40 percent of these in the electronics sector alone. At the national level from 1994 to 2007, net manufacturing employment has declined by 3.65 million jobs.

When America signed the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization agreements, all of these large international companies started to earn a lot of money from that cheap Chinese labor.

The Dow Jones Industrial average advanced from 1,000 points to near 14,000 points at its peak. Yes, we may have cheaper goods, but we also have toxic toys and products, contaminated food, and contaminated medical products and drugs. What’s your health and safety worth?

But, when you let in all these third-world countries, where the wages are 1/40th of the wages paid to American workers, you got big trouble if you’re an American worker. Here is why this can never work: The very first time one of these large international companies closes one American factory and moves the manufacturing operations to China, every one of the other American manufacturing companies must also do the exact same thing to compete.

America will end up losing everything if this trend is not changed. I believe in free trade agreements, but only with countries that have a comparable wage scale as America. We need to let all our politicians know we know our root economic problem is: “It’s our trade agreement, stupid.”

JOHN W. STAFFORD

PHOENIX

AIMS

Disabled at disadvantage during test

I would like to thank Brent Gray for his letter (“Test is unfair for students with disabilities,” Aug. 3), and congratulate him on his achievements. I would also like to thank him for giving me the motivation to write a letter regarding the AIMS testing.

First, I want to support Brent on his feelings about the testing. My wife is a special needs teacher and she has to deal with the anxiety and stress that her students go through with the testing each year. Aside from reading the testing directions, she is prohibited from assisting her students while they are taking the AIMS test. Some of her students can’t take tests without assistance. This all leads to behavioral problems and the cost of additional classroom assistants during the testing period. Plus, the testing deprives these students of instructional time that would be more beneficial.

But Brent should not feel that he is the only one who suffers. Due to the emphasis on the AIMS test, teachers are forced to teach it, meaning that sometimes there isn’t enough time to teach the background information some students need to comprehend what is being taught. Without that comprehension, they cannot do as well as they could have.

On the flip side, I have known students who passed the AIMS test during their sophomore year. It would seem to me that once you have passed, you should be done with AIMS. If you pass the exam to get a drivers license at 16, do you have to take it again each year until you turn 18? But the schools want the students to continue to take the exam each year, because it raises the overall score of the school.

For Brent, I would suggest that he get his parents to allow him to stay home and spend time doing something he enjoys.

LARRY HILLARD

PHOENIX

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF

In our house, our rules

I think Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does a wonderful job of protecting our community. I am so very tired of certain people putting him down. He has every right to do neighborhood sweeps as part of his job.

Arpaio is protecting us against those who turn their nose up at our laws. He is not racial profiling when he arrests illegal immigrants, for they are law breakers.

It is time the American people take a stand and back our sheriff. The United States of America is our home and we love it, so if you want to be welcome in our home, obey our laws.

LINDA DEUSER

GILBERT

CLIMATE CHANGE

Warming cycles ignored

In response to Rep. Ed Ableser’s article (“Governor’s climate change work ignored,” Opinion 2, Aug. 5) I would suggest Ableser abstain from “flawed thinking” and join the real world.

The goal of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to have the United Nations be the arbiter of energy allotment to countries and their citizens. The fact that the IPCC is a political and not a scientific organization should arouse suspicion. They have routinely used fraudulent and erroneous data and misrepresentation in their reports.

There is ever-increasing evidence that anthropogenic climate forcing (manmade global warming) is simply not true. That climate sensitivity has been greatly exaggerated. Ice cores, stalactites and ocean sediments show that Earth has been warming and cooling in 1,500-year cycles going back at least a million years. For the past 70 years, solar activity is the higher than it has been at almost any time in the last 11,400 years. Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon and Pluto have been warming at the same rate as the Earth.

So how are limiting energy use, mandating more expensive energy like wind and solar, and thus decreasing our standard of living overall going to “address climate change”? They won’t.

What you’re not being told anywhere in the “mainstream” media is that there are dozens of private companies worldwide working frantically on alternative technologies right now. The payoff, whoever makes the breakthrough, will make Bill Gates look like a pauper.

People who understand these things are not ideologues. That description applies to those who refuse to change their minds even when confronted with evidence that does not agree with their beliefs.

DENNIS MITICH

MESA

MOVIES

'Tropic Thunder’ creates roar

The new movie “Tropic Thunder” premiered amid a slew of protests from groups such as the Special Olympics and the American Association of People with Disabilities. The protests have generated a great amount of exposure for both the movie and the advocacy groups.

In an odd way, DreamWorks unfortunately is getting exactly what they want, which is plenty of national attention for their movie, thus aiding its box-office success. Fortunately, the advocacy groups are getting what they want, too! That is, sending a message that the use of negative, derogatory and stereotypical words such as “retard” is offensive and hurtful and will not be tolerated without reply.

The movie’s producers will argue that the word “retard,” when put into the comedic context of the movie, should be acceptable and is no big deal. The self-advocates however, most of whom are people with intellectual disabilities, feel differently and are offended and hurt by such labeling.

PHIL PANGRAZIO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ARIZONA BRIDGE TO INDEPENDENT LIVING

PHOENIX

IN APPRECIATION

Thanks to emergency crews

After being injured with a power takeoff drive belt/pulley, I went to Queen Creek Urgent Care. They stopped the arterial bleeding and prepared me for medical evacuation. The sheriff’s office responded immediately, closing Power Road for the helicopter. The Gilbert Fire Department emergency medical technicians were Johnny-on-the-spot.

The Class 1 Trauma Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital was fully staffed and ready for any required treatment.

Some in our community often want to bash the sheriff, the fire department and the medical facilities. My thanks goes out to all of them for a timely, expedient and comprehensive response to what could have been a dire situation. One could never ask for a more professional and competent assemblage of talented people who knew their job well and did it. Thank you all, again.

MARTIN KIRKHUFF

QUEEN CREEK

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