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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:18 pm | Updated: 1:15 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Why is it that our legislators just do not get it? Recently Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun as saying “Education does not create jobs.” I guess Biggs does not consider being a teacher a job. Nor does he consider he was educated by the created jobs of educators. Biggs is showing exactly what he is made of. He is willing to make cuts in education because it does not create jobs.

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State Budget

Educators contribute to economy

Why is it that our legislators just do not get it? Recently Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun as saying “Education does not create jobs.” I guess Biggs does not consider being a teacher a job. Nor does he consider he was educated by the created jobs of educators. Biggs is showing exactly what he is made of. He is willing to make cuts in education because it does not create jobs.

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How could District 22 keep voting for these type of legislators? It is a real shame that if people are not outraged by these type of statements from our elected officials they are not paying attention! We all need to pay attention. We also need to make sure Biggs and all others like him hear our voices next time all of them are up for re-election.

John Chiazza

GILBERT

Budget stance shows true colors

To all those purported experts who insist that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republican and Democratic parties, let’s take a look at one statistic — 96.2 percent of the Republican legislators voted to cut state investment in education.

One hundred percent of the Democratic lawmakers voted not to cut state investment in education. Those $250 million in cuts are a lot of dimes and shows a clear difference in priorities and values. While the Democrats continue to fight for educational opportunities, the GOP is living up to a new moniker — the Gutting Opportunities Party.

Michael Conway

MESA

Save money with English only

I grew up in sight of Ellis Island and many of my friends had difficulty with English. As soon as possible, with the little English they learned on the street, would teach their fathers first so they could get a job. I can always remember the ice man that we had; we would have to hold up our 10 fingers for ice. In a few months he could ask us how much we wanted.

With not a penny in government assistance, they broke up their concrete backyards and grew vegetables they later sold on homemade carts. On Staten Island, the farmers hired them to pick crops but only gave orders in English. If they wanted to make a living they had to understand what you were saying.

What has happened to this country with everyone making Spanish our second language? Our school budgets are overwhelmed with trying to cope with the problem of trying to teach English to students. As soon as these children get outside they go back to Spanish and go back home to parents who don’t want to learn English.

Nothing bothers me more than when I’m shopping to see young people speaking Spanish and not trying to practice English.

What do we have to do to make this a one language country? Schools, businesses, phone services and TV give you a choice of “Press one for English.” With our country in such a financial mess we should go to “English only” to lower the cost of operation of schools, business and other operations that would help the bottom line.

Justine Peterson

MESA

‘Temporary’ tax isn’t the answer

I have some swamp land in Iraq to sell you, and all it will cost is a temporary tax increase so I can pay my bills. Does anyone know of any “temporary” tax — state, city, or county — that went away after it was put into effect? Once politicians get their greedy little paws on money, they no longer have the “urge” to use money fiscally responsibly.

In their eyes, the problem has been fixed — they have money again.

Please contact your state representatives and senators to let them know that if we have to be financially responsible, so do they. Remember that old adage about stealing from Peter to pay Paul; it doesn’t work.

Mary Ann Ashe

PHOENIX

Income Taxes

We’re paying someone else’s mortgage

Yesterday was really a bummer. It was the day each year that confirms my social standing, smack in the middle of fairly well off and poor. It was the day that I did the paperwork necessary to return one half of my Social Security benefit to the government so they can give it to someone else. It was the day I filed my income tax return.

My wife is younger than full retirement age, so she rises at five o’clock in the morning five days a week to earn money that is shared with our government and will be used to help someone else pay their mortgage.

Have good responsible people who had no part in the mortgage crisis become the responsibility of those who did? Does it seem reasonable that they who struggle to pay their own mortgage be required to chip in to pay another’s? Does it seem reasonable that they who do not own a mortgage be required to help pay for one who does? Is this government headed in a direction that will cause the number of idlers to be greater than the number of the self-reliant?

There will be an election in 2010 that can start to reverse the direction we are headed if both parties field candidates whose philosophies represent a desire to reward the deserving.

Lowell Popham

Chandler

Republican Party

No longer on the GOP bandwagon

As a lifelong Republican who is fed up with Arizona’s two senators and their constant chirping about Obama’s attempts to help our dying economy, I’m getting off the GOP train. For crying out loud, give the new guy a break as he tries to fix the problems of the last administration’s eight years of being sound asleep at the wheel.

These two complainers are part of the system that brought us down and both want us to forget just who were major players in the fiasco of former President George W. Bush. We lost the White House because of McCain’s ineptness. We lost the House and Senate because voters can see that politics come first before what’s possibly good for the country. Senatorial judgment? Don’t ever forget who selected Sarah Palin and who endorsed the selection. These guys are part of the problem.

Tom Reid

GILBERT

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