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Liberal label just wrong
This letter is in response to Garin Groff’s Nov. 18 article entitled “Goldwater Institute takes case to court.” The reporter described the ACLU as an organization that “favors liberal
causes.” Nothing could be further from the truth. We’re neither conservative nor liberal. We protect American values and the only things we fight are attempts to take away or limit your civil liberties.
For 87 years, our mission has remained the same: realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for everyone — regardless of their political inclination. There is no other organization like the ACLU. We have challenged laws against segregation in schools, and defended the rights of Nazis to march in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. We’ve opposed the government’s efforts to crackdown on our rights after 9/11, and stepped up to defend Rush Limbaugh.
We’ve worked to prevent government from promoting religious activities, yet vigorously defended the right of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and other Americans to practice their religion. We’ve been there for everyone since 1920 and will continue to be there for every man, woman and child in this country for 87 more years.
ALESSANDRA SOLER MEETZE
ALCU OF ARIZONAe
Continues to miss votes
I am becoming increasingly disenchanted with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Every Sunday morning I turn to the bottom of the back page of the Tribune’s “Perspective” section to review how our congressional delegation voted on the various bills the previous week. And for the past several months for every Senate vote, McCain is listed as “not voting.”
Now, McCain has every right to run for the presidency. But we Arizonans elected him to represent us in the Senate as half of that delegation. He is clearly not doing his job. He needs to make a choice: Be our senator or resign the Senate position and run for president.
As it stands, I cannot support him as an absentee senator and will not support him for president.
Not same as anti-God
I think the media has played a dirty trick on the public in the way they do their “managed” reporting. My point is that they never show there is a difference between an atheist and somebody who is anti-God. Atheists are those who don’t believe in God. There is an entirely different breed of cat that is anti-God and they are the ones that are demanding God be taken out of all our daily lives. The ACLU has switched from being a watchdog for our freedoms to being an anti-God organization. Saying that all these activists are atheists is like saying all Christians are Catholic, or Methodist, or Evangelicals.
These anti-God people take refuge behind the term “atheist” thinking they have the right to believe what they like, but you and I are wrong and therefor not entitled to the same freedom.
What troubles me is that our Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an atheist and an anti-God activist.
MESA ELECTRIC UTILITY
I doubt if the local media nor the Mesa city government will ever share with the 15,700 customers of the Mesa Electric Utility the extent of their contribution to the city’s General Fund. I hope to do that with this letter and to point out to them what an economic shafting they are receiving from the city.
For fiscal year 2006-07 it made a net profit of $9.6 million dollars. Of that amount, $7.3 million was transferred to the General Fund. The balance of the profits from the utility was placed in a utility reserve fund rather than in a rate stabilization fund, as the Salt River Project does, to reduce the impact of higher fuel costs.
In past years the utility contributed approximately 20 percent of the total revenue collected from all of the utilities by the General Fund. This year’s contribution was only 9.7 percent. I learned about the 20 percent contribution in a letter dated July 19, 2001, from Mayor Keno Hawker in response to my first letter of complaint over my paying more for my electricity than those who draw theirs from SRP.
The total amount transferred from the enterprise account for fiscal year 2006-07 was $75.2 million; the $7.3 million Mesa electric contribution resulted in a per capita payment of $465 per customer.
There are a host of other inequities Mesa customers face in comparison to the services SRP customers receive. But my concern now is cost of power. I shared with the city manager and City Council a means of ending that inequity. In doing so, Mesa Electric Utility customers will still be paying more than SRP but the city will have to give up a part of the rich cream diet and settle for a skim-milk diet.
RAY E. BROWN
Save extra well for later
I hope Mesa doesn’t regret the approval of Waveyard. One of their ads stated that they would be using water from a well that hasn’t been needed for Mesa water usage. With a drought for two plus years, our water should be preserved for emergency only, that is coming in the future. We will be in the same situation as Georgia is in now, no water, but we will have Waveyard. Hooray!
Letter of the law
Chris Wagner (Letters, Nov. 8) spoke to the rule that said the flag should not be used “in any manner whatsoever” regarding advertising.
Ironic that in asking you to “join up” for military services, they do just that.