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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:17 pm | Updated: 8:59 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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SALT RIVER PROJECT

New rate hike is too much

I read that SRP is raising its rates again! I have nothing left to turn off but my air conditioner or swamp cooler, the TV, or the computer. My hot water tank is turned off. I do most of my cooking outdoors, I have been using solar lights inside at night and have not used a dryer in almost four months and my electric still climbs over $200 a month, and SRP wants to raise it again?

Something is wrong with this picture. Can’t the government put a ceiling on the prices they charge? We are senior citizens and live on fixed incomes. This has to stop somewhere!

BEVERLY ALLEY

MESA

CLIMATE CHANGE

Must address it now

Recently, a series of climate-related stories emerged from different parts of North America. First, the International Arctic Research Center showed that sea ice off northwest Alaska has reached its second lowest level since records have been kept because of global warming. With weeks still to go in the melt season, the ice may reach its lowest level ever sometime in September.

Second, a federal Minerals Management Service helicopter spotted nine polar bears in icy Alaskan waters searching for the sea ice they need to hunt and survive. If the melting trends aren’t reversed, it is estimated that the loss of sea ice will cause the extinction of polar bears by 2050.

Third, a massive piece of the Petermann glacier, the Northern Hemisphere’s longest-floating glacier, broke away. Farther south, Hurricane Fay dumped record rain across parts of Florida. Meanwhile, President Bush and Congress are pushing to open our coasts to drilling, which will only deepen our addiction to oil and exacerbate the global warming crisis. The planet can’t afford eight more years heading down the wrong energy path. Let’s hope Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., has a better plan to handle the climate crisis.

ANNIE LIEN

SCOTTSDALE

PRESIDENTS

Political experts should know their history

Recently on the Jay Leno show during the Republican National Convention, a Tonight Show roving correspondent asked Matthew Dowd, chief strategist of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, to name in order the first 10 presidents. He named George Washington, John Adams and James Monroe. He skipped over Thomas Jefferson (No. 3), the author of the Declaration of Independence, and James Madison (No. 4) who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That pretty well summarizes the last eight years. Why am I not surprised?

AL BOLDING

GILBERT

MARICOPA COUNTY COURTS

Littering citation justified

This is a response to the Sept. 6 letter, “Wasting everyone’s time.” The author sarcastically wanted everyone to know that “our tax dollars were hard at work” because he had received a littering citation for “throwing out sunflower seeds,” presumably while driving. I am also upset that this issue wastes so many people’s time. The judge’s time to hear such a ridiculous case of poor conduct, the city worker’s time to clean up after the littering, and my time in having to dodge such trash in traffic.

The time that is not wasted is the time I surely hope was mandated in community service for the offender. What justice that would be if the punishment was cleaning trash off the streets!

If the police are actually issuing citations for littering, then I am overjoyed, because I see people throwing trash from their cars every single day I drive. There is no reason to litter from a moving vehicle and it shows blatant disrespect for your community, not to mention a direct reflection on your character.

While sunflower seeds are just a nuisance, the usual items of roadside littering are a safety hazard. A can or bottle can damage a vehicle, then be kicked up by that vehicle and strike a pedestrian. Lit cigarettes are even more of a hazard, as it is the direct cause of many roadside fires (remember, this is the desert where things burn very easily).

As a firefighter of 22 years, I have seen property damage and personal injury due to such littering many times.

Please, just use a little common decency and think of the other people that have to use the roads that we all pay for. If you want to litter, I am sure your backyard is the perfect place.

ZEIGH OWENSBY

CHANDLER

READERS SPEAK OUT ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Columnist should run — away

In reference to Tom Purcell’s Sept. 5 commentary (“If Obama can run, so can I,” Opinion 2):

Yes, Sen. Barack Obama went to Harvard. Imagine the future of the U.S. guided by someone educated, brilliant, caring, inspiring and honest. I’ll grant you it would be quite a change!

Purcell mentions that he is hacking out a living, paying onerous taxes that people such as Obama have imposed. Obama has said corporations pay way too few taxes, but somehow I think Purcell knows that. And as far as spending his money, Purcell knows how many billions of dollars this war has cost all of us, a war that has the dubious distinction of being contrived and unwarranted.

As a journalist, Purcell should be speaking about the ultimate cost, human life and suffering, and be outraged that this administration and Sen. John McCain voted against veterans benefits and the new GI Bill. We have a debit card in our name and our children will be paying back China, Saudi Arabia and others for generations.

Loss of lives, homes, health care, pensions — enough! We are a debtor nation without security and with a government void of integrity and we need desperately to go in a different direction.

With new leadership, inspiration and American ingenuity, there is no limit to what we can accomplish for our security, new energies, our environment, new jobs, diplomacy, education and health care, especially for our children.

Yes, Purcell can run, but it is apparent that he is unqualified to lead because, unlike Obama and Sen. Joe Biden, Purcell does not get the enornmity of the unconscionable situation the Republican Party has put us in. Purcell whines, instead of inspiring, and he mocks instead of rolling up his sleeves.

BARBARA BURGOS

GILBERT

Obama wrongly implies racism

You know the mainstream media is biased for Barack Obama when they join in sympathy with him with regard to his whining about his experience as a “community organizer,” which the media has let Obama turn into a race card.

Nobody is saying that Obama’s work as a community organizer wasn’t good or didn’t help anybody. But Obama is framing the issue that way, and in doing so is implying that John McCain and Sarah Palin don’t care about the travails of inner city blacks.

What Republicans are saying is that if you are going to insult Palin’s qualifications for vice president by belittling her work as mayor of a small town in Alaska, with two years as governor, then you shouldn’t be claiming that your own experience as “community organizer” qualified you to be president of the United States!

Obama has proven that beyond his little minority district and Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church, he can’t compare to the big boys when playing to the whole country and not just to the choir who hates those establishment Republicans. He belongs in some 1960s protest, not in the White House. He’s like Bill Clinton in his radical attorney general days, or perhaps like Elliot Spitzer, as some spoiled brat who thought he was invincible until he met with the real world outside the Web and Democratic Party pep rallies.

For all of John McCain’s faults, at least he looks and sounds like a president.

ROBERT C. BARBER JR.

PHOENIX

A time to negotiate with terrorists

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated to be the Republican vice presidential candidate. In one speech, she emphatically made the point that she would not approve of negotiations with terrorists. It’s probably good that she didn’t advise President George Washington.

While Washington was president, large numbers of pirates operated off the Mediterranean coast near Tripoli. They disrupted shipping and Washington sent the Navy and Marines in 1797 to the Mediterranean to help solve the problem.

Washington began negotiating a treaty with the Islamic nation of Tripoli, but Washington left office before the negotiations were settled. President John Adams continued the negotiations, a treaty was drafted, and it was ratified unanimously by the Senate. Not one senator voted against it, and Adams signed it. The ugly face of religious war was raised during negotiations, but it was calmed by a clause in the treaty:

“As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion and as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen (sic) … it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

TOM MANN

MESA

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