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Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2008 6:52 pm | Updated: 9:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 I am watching with sadness the protesters who are “upset” with the same-sex marriage votes in four states. They are saying that lies were the basis for the propositions going against the allowance of same-sex marriage. Things we heard were that if same sex marriage were allowed, we would have a hard time protecting our children from being taught about it in schools. Can we imagine the furor that would arise from these same people if it had gone into effect and we fought to keep it out of the classrooms?

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MARRIAGE

Stand up for democratic decision

I am watching with sadness the protesters who are “upset” with the same-sex marriage votes in four states. They are saying that lies were the basis for the propositions going against the allowance of same-sex marriage. Things we heard were that if same sex marriage were allowed, we would have a hard time protecting our children from being taught about it in schools. Can we imagine the furor that would arise from these same people if it had gone into effect and we fought to keep it out of the classrooms?

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Funny, isn’t it, or maybe not, how they call that a lie, but we are having to even now defend our rights to democracy from those who are angrily protesting even now the defeat of the propositions. Where is the protection, where is the outrage, that freedom to vote the way we want to vote is being slammed into the dirt by these people? Why can they get away with their angry protests, but let a little elderly lady carry a cross in their midst and they try to beat her up, and it gets on the news that “there is a lot of anger on both sides?”

Can the media see where the anger is coming from? Do they know that those carrying “h8” signs are hateful? They are a bunch of thugs looking for a fight, and it will be nice to see someone stand up for protecting the citizens who voted on the other side who are just trying to live peaceably in a country that is supposed to grant us that freedom.

SHARI OBERTON

CHANDLER

THE ECONOMY

Liberals didn’t create current problems

I cannot remember when Tom Patterson was right in his view of events. He is always ready to blame the liberals and his column on Nov. 9, “Why the economic house of cards fell,” is a prime example. The housing bubble did not occur until the private lenders were deregulated in 2002. We then saw no down-payments and interest-only mortgages. Government agencies were not involved. You had to qualify for a Veterans Affairs or FHA loan. Five months after the leadership of Congress changed in 2006, private lenders were reined in and the bubble deflated, but the country was already on a downward slide.

Housing affected a limited sector. The principal cause of the current economic slump was the price paid at the gas pump by everybody. Not even the military escaped. The Bush/Cheney administration ignored the profits of oil-rich countries, and investors were slowly bleeding the discretionary funds away from small and large American businesses. This is the cause of the current store-closing epidemic. Our auto manufacturers, trucking, and airlines were directly affected. It is not a surprise that the cash-strapped public turned to Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, who are among the few that showed a profit in the past quarter.

I hope that we can enlist the cooperation of all Americans to join in creating a profitable economy that will enable the United States to stop being the world’s biggest debtor nation. Let us get back to a reasonable “tax-and-spend” policy.

RICHARD T. TRACY SR.

MESA

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA

Historic moment to celebrate

Once again I am swelling with pride to be an American citizen because we’ve elected our first African-American president in Barack Obama. Like Jesse Jackson, my eyes swelled with tears as President-elect Obama claimed the torch of victory and in turn (hopefully) struck a mortal blow to the poisonous snake of discrimination and prejudice. I remember ever so vividly the civil rights movement and what I saw on my TV screen in the 1960s as vicious police dogs were released on African-American citizens in Montgomery, Ala., plus the images of fire hoses being opened and American blacks being doused violently at the orders of hate-filled Southern leaders.

Now that Obama has attained the highest of plateaus in American politics, let us all hope and pray that the newly elected Congress will work with Obama to achieve the “change” Obama harped on throughout his campaign. For without congressional approval, change is a word with no meaning.

WADE SCHLOSSER

CHANDLER

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