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MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Time for Glasper to go
I’m responding to the Nov. 18 story headlined “The shrinking giant, MCCCD’s enrollment down; district leaders seek reasons why.”
Let’s explore challenges at Maricopa County community colleges and why students gravitate away from this institution. Let’s have everyone understand that Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the United States or the second fastest growing county and enrollment, by all accounts, should be rising.
Could it be that the corruption in management has anything to do with the students’ distrust of it? Could it be students understand what a large percentage of the public believes — that chancellor Rufus Glasper is incompetent? Those same students and their parents have seen case after case of Glasper pointing the finger of blame at everyone but the real culprit. He has fired several key administrators and the Maricopa County Community College District board lacks the leadership to do what is in the best interest of the county.
The trouble with any institution lies within its management and the top dog at MCCCD is the problem. Glasper is not the man for the highest post and the fact is he should be removed from his post.
He’s wasting everyone’s time
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is so amazing it’s disgusting! I said more than a year ago he shouldn’t waste his time and money running for president if he is going to support the phoney Bush-Cheney agenda in the Middle East. I said at that time, why not do something constructive and help old ladies cross the street instead of following those losers? When we reach the election a year from now, he will be nothing more than a pimple on a wall-sized U.S. map!
I am 67 years old and a Republican all my life. But a few months ago I changed to independent. I believe George Bush is by far the worst president this country has ever had and I believe if I now feel like this, the whole Republican Party is in deep trouble.
Checkpoints not effective
In the fight to get drunken drivers off the roads, Arizona law enforcement agencies would likely make far more arrests if they spent their available time roaming the streets looking for drunken drivers, rather than standing at roadblocks waiting for these drivers to come to them (“State launches holiday DUI crackdown,” Nov. 21).
Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too easily avoided by the chronic alcohol-abusers who compose the core of today’s drunken-driving problem.
Conversely, the number of DUI arrests made by roving patrol programs is nearly 10 times the average number of DUI arrests made by checkpoint programs, according to testimony by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official.
Arizona residents and taxpayers would benefit from employing the most effective tactics to catch drunken drivers: roving police patrols.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE
APACHE JUNCTION POLICE
A competent chief
On Oct. 27, the city government of Apache Junction came to visit our resort and informed us about the working of the city government. The mayor and some other officials asked us to get involved, because they are working for us and they need to know what we wanted. They told us that we needed to attend the meetings and express our feelings.
All the city officials and some volunteers were introduced by name except the police chief. He was introduced last after other officials spoke first. He was asked if he had anything to say. My wife and I felt that it was unusual that he was not introduced with the rest of the officials and volunteers. The chief did a good job in his presentation and also took questions. He also asked us to get involved.
I recently read in the paper that the mayor said the city was not going to renew the police chief’s contract, and that the group of people who were going to the Nov. 6 meeting were wasting their time with a petition to renew the chief’s contract. They had more than 250 signatures in support of the police chief. No evidence was given to support the decision not to renew the contract except that some long-term employees quit during the police chief’s tenure.
At the meeting in our resort we were asked to get involved, well, some people are and the mayor is shutting the door in their face. Does the mayor only want people who agree with him to get involved? The people have spoken to a person who will not listen, his mind is made up.
I support Noel Benoist and James Stephens in their drive to work toward removing any council person who votes against not renewing the chief’s contract.
ROBERT F. WOJTKOWSKI
Loves its lawsuits
In response to the the American Civil Liberties Union claiming to be the saviors of freedom, and neither liberal nor conservation (Letters, Friday), they will take any cause at all to the courts — especially class action suits — whether it makes sense to do so or not because we taxpayers are stuck with paying their exorbitant fees, however ridiculous the suit.