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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 9:00 pm | Updated: 9:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Iowa bonds are strong

I will pray for you, Iowa.

August will mark the 22nd year my parents have lived in Arizona. I imagine it was a hard decision for them to leave the slow-paced living, the hard-working Midwest attitude and the quaint setting of corn and soybean fields found across the state of Iowa. Six months after they started their new life in Arizona, I was born. While they were now 1,700 miles away from those traits of respect, hard work and genuine kindness, their hearts were still in Iowa. Consequently, my heart has followed their lead.

My dad got a job with the airlines and my parents used their flight benefits to fly back to Cedar Rapids nearly every weekend with me in tow. Cedar Rapids became like a surrogate mother to me, teaching me to appreciate slow-paced living, do-it-yourself attitudes and real, hard work. I didn’t grow up watching TV. I grew up playing cards on the deck at night, swinging on the porch swing, singing goofy songs with my grandma, catching lightening bugs, toughing it out through intense thunderstorms, riding grandpa’s tractor and picking fresh vegetables from the garden. What to many Arizonans would seem like a waste of time for a vacation became my paradise — Iowa and its ideals raised me.

I can only imagine the heart-wrenching pain of watching the water slowly creep up to the level of your house, slowly inch to the doorway, slowly creep inside the door, and finally, slowly and mercilessly flood your entire house. You are forced to evacuate and leave everything behind, not sure if it will be there upon your return — not sure if the house will even be safe enough to enter once the waters recede. Now, the most precious belongings you have are those traits Iowa has taught you: appreciation, a good attitude and the value of hard work.

Yes, Iowa, I will pray for you. We all will pray for you.




Drilling in AWNR won’t save us

President Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress have again called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is important to remember that we cannot drill our way out of this gas price crisis. If crude oil were discovered in the Arctic refuge, it would be 10 years before it would reach the gas pump.

What’s more, the federal government’s own Energy Information Administration estimates the amount of oil that might be available in the Arctic refuge would only reduce the cost of oil by 75 cents per barrel in 2025, or a few pennies per gallon. It is time to use America’s technological know-how to reduce dependence on oil and build a stronger economy by leading the world in the creation of new, clean energy.

Increased conservation and the use of alternative technologies in the past three years have cut the projected need for imported oil between now and 2050 by more than 100 billion barrels, based on recent EIA projections.

That’s 10 times more benefit than what we might be able to get a decade from now from the Arctic refuge.

The Arctic refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of the wildest, most pristine places in the United States. The coastal plain, the area proposed for oil exploration, is the most biologically productive part of the refuge and the heart of its wildlife activity. Home to more than 200 wildlife species, the coastal plain also is the critical birthplace and nursery area for the 130,000 member Porcupine caribou herd and the largest area of on-land denning sites for polar bears. Alaska Native people rely on this wildlife for basic sustenance and as a basis of their cultures.

We have a moral responsibility to save wild places like the Arctic refuge for future generations.



Free trade to reduce prices

For those frustrated motorists who want to do something about soaring gasoline prices, your ship has just arrived. Introduced by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, HR2415, the Affordable Gas Price Act, is a free-market approach to dealing with this national crisis.

The measure allows for offshore drilling in areas previously forbidden, eliminates federal obstacles to constructing refineries and provides incentives for investment in refineries, suspends federal fuel taxes when gasoline prices reach a benchmark amount, and promotes free trade with oil producing countries that outdated policies have prevented.

Of special note, the bill calls for the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve to report to the public on what effect the increase in our fiat money supply has had on the price of oil.

Ask your representative in Washington to sponsor and lend support to HR2415.




Hermes would back Pappas schools

In reading the article “Plan to save Pappas schools falls through,” by Dennis Welch (Tribune, June 3), I felt a strong urge to write in. This article highlights an important issue facing Maricopa County, shelter and education for children. I was disappointed to see that after much hard work, Sequoia Charter Schools is being held up by the county Board of Supervisors.

The board members are shirking their duties as elected officials and showing a shocking indifference towards the bigger issue at hand, educating Arizona’s children.

Ed Hermes, a candidate running for a seat on the board, stands against the board’s actions on the matter. As a supervisor, he would work to assure that the school could reopen in the fall for the sake of the children. Education always needs to take precedence over twisted political maneuvers. Thanks for printing such a compelling and important story. Maricopa County deserves better than the poor leadership exhibited by the Board of Supervisors.




Doing good in God’s name

In this age of apathy, violence, soaring gas and food cost (that could very well lead to another Great Depression), what a shear joy it was to read about the Rev. Julius Keller and his wife, Katherine, in the Tribune on June 7.

I realize that some people may scoff at the Kellers’ talk of a homey atmosphere for Gilbert. But the Kellers are doing God’s service in a town that could’ve easily been dubbed “Apathy, AZ.” The Kellers are “doers” of God’s word and instead of griping about all of Gilbert’s sins, they are affecting a positive change and building a sense of real togetherness via their church services, community outreaches or neighborhood cookouts.

My point is the Kellers are positive Christian people affecting a positively wonderful change in a growing urbanite town we call Gilbert. To the Rev. Keller and his wife, Katherine, I say God’s speed and keep on trucking. You are truly a blessing to the town of Gilbert.



Always look for ways to cut costs

I am disturbed at the logic attempted by former Councilman Kevin Osterman in his recent Opinion 2 column (“Lane’s views on finance just don’t add up,” June 14). Osterman is a great guy but I can only guess his views are slanted by years of feeding at the public trough. Please recall this is the same council member that fought for the Motor Mile “handout” of taxpayer money.

As I understand Jim Lane’s position, he is requesting the city evaluate the cost of operations before any increases are passed on to the citizens of Scottsdale. His position, basically, is an increase should not be automatic each year. Two words come to mind: Yea, Jim! Followed by: Thank You! Finally, someone is saying “check the books.”

Few, if any, successful businesses would ever balk at improving efficiency and cutting costs. Only a true, dyed-in-the-wool bureaucrat could equate not evaluating the efficiency of operations with loss of services.

Additionally, Osterman was involved in preventing a referendum initiative from reaching the ballot. He rants, at considerable length, about the possibility of losing federal funds if the citizens decided not to follow government guidelines. He paints a picture designed to scare the readers.

There is no evidence any of his predictions of failure will fall upon the citizens. He is arrogant in the assumption the electorate is incapable of making decisions.

The fact Scottsdale is a great address does not imply we should abandon all hope of an efficient government. The logic of Osterman’s arguments suggests and demands otherwise.



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