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Letters to the editor: Dec. 18

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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:39 pm | Updated: 2:38 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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EDUCATION

Stop medicating students for control

I was a sixth-grade schoolteacher in 1969-71 in western Ohio, and we had less than about 2 percent of students in our special education classes. In those days, I never heard of ADD or ADHD but was aware of dyslexia, slow learners and low intelligence. I have seen children do well with lower IQ scores because of parental and teaching guidance and desire from the student to excel. In those days very few took psychiatric medication. I saw many of my students’ grades go up after their vision skills were examined and enhanced. Could it be that the labels given to student nonperformers are so rampant today it gives children and parents a feel-better excuse for underachieving?

Most medications for ADHD act like speed, but in reverse on younger patients. Some of these medications let the student act out their impulses of anger or frustration. There were a number of school shootings where these young killers were on mind-altering medications.

Our children are our future. We must catch up to the Far East to be competitive in the new global economy. Education teaches our children how to succeed with the right fundamentals in the work force. Higher education gives our kids a better chance at a better and higher-paying job. Atlantic Richfield Gas had a slogan when I was a kid, ”It’s performance that counts!”

JEFF EGER

MESA

THE ECONOMY

Struggling to find new place to live

I am a 58-year-old mom of a 24-year-old disabled son. I am also disabled, waiting for Supplemental Security Income. We live in a home that is unhealthy, and our landlord wants us to move out of the home. Our problem is we have no resources to help us. We live on my son’s check from SSI. I have made calls, and there is no help out there for deposits and such. We can only afford around $400; that includes electricity, gas, etc. I have many medical problems that would only get worse if we had to live in the streets. So during this holiday season I hope that there is a Santa Claus that can help us get through the new year. We have to be out by Jan. 15, 2010. Thank you for your time.

ANN HENDERSON

APACHE JUNCTION

IRAQ

Uncover real reason for going to war

How many things out in the world that we want to know about have we made no effort whatsoever to find about? How many things in our country that we have a right to know has our government kept from us? The list goes on and on. I for one have a right to know just why George W. Bush and his gang made war with Iraq. We were told that it was because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. This was proven false. Bush must stand alone in the command to attack Iraq.

Because of actions taken by Bush, the United States lost more than 4,000 young men and women fighting a war in Iraq, for what? Nothing!

Our new president, Barack Obama, made it clear early in his presidency that he would not get engaged in an investigation into the things that happened leading up to George W. Bush’s attack upon Iraq. I must in all honesty disagree with Obama because of our right to know what really happened.

Once the truth has come to light, the loved ones of 4,000 people have a right of closure by court actions against those of guilt should there have been actions taken that were illegal. Even if those guilty were George W. Bush and/or Dick Cheney. Those mothers and fathers, wives and children have a right to that closure.

DONALD G. MARTIN

MESA

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