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Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2009 6:41 pm | Updated: 12:49 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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THE ECONOMY

Let’s help each other in starting new small businesses

One of the best ways to create jobs in this economy at a low cost would be a social capital stimulus plan. “Joe the plumber” can fix a toilet by himself; however, many Americans need partners to carry out their business dreams. If we can put people with complementary skills and resources together at the local level, underemployment will drop. Networking on the Internet has limits because computers cannot think like a matchmaker, and networking events have unnecessary food costs and distractions such as speakers.

Churches and other non-profit groups might consider simple mixer ideas to get people who tend to not mix socially, such as single people and married empty nesters, talking to each other. Partnering people who have lost their jobs in manufacturing with local inventors might work better than trying to lure outside companies with tax breaks. Arizona has many talented people.

Universities would benefit in the long run with alumni donations if they could team up students and/or alumni from various majors. Universities spend a significant effort on diversity in recruitment; but, they could do more to encourage team building. Let’s find new ways to work together.

BARRY ZORMAN

SCOTTSDALE

Fed chairman grabs for power

Of course the Federal Reserve chairman supports spending the rest of the $350 billion dollar bailout. The American taxpayer is on the hook to pay back the loan. Of course the Fed wants us to put money into the banks. The banks are members of the Fed. This is bailout is not about the economy, it’s about political power. We are a nation of fools!

DENNIS JACKSON

MESA

TRAFFIC

Pay attention to what some drivers missed in kindergarten

Everything you need to know about driving in the left-hand lane on the freeway, you should have learned in kindergarten. Most drivers paid attention in class. This is for those of you that were (and still are) daydreaming…

“Don’t hold up the lunchroom line.” This is called courtesy. Actually look in your rearview mirror more than what you need to back out of your driveway. If you are in the left-hand lane on the freeway, there are one or more cars backed up behind you, no car in front, and you are not actively passing another car, you should move over and let traffic flow more freely. When a driver flashes their headlights, that is not road rage; it is the international drivers’ signal that they wish to pass you.

“Don’t stand in the middle of the hallway when the big kids change class,” This is called safety. When other drivers have no recourse, they are forced to change lanes around you. There is no excuse for the bonehead that tailgates or almost takes off your front bumper when they pull back in front of you. But you also contributed to the problem in the first place.

“Follow the rules, even though others don’t.” This is called the law. Every state has a law stating that slower traffic must yield to the right. True, those drivers wanting to pass you are technically speeding, but let the police take care of that. If you are going to follow the speed limit law, do it with all traffic laws and please move over when appropriate.

Following these basic guidelines will help make the highway safer and more user friendly for all. For more information, please go to www.lanecourtesy.org.

ZEIGH OWENSBY

CHANDLER

CHANDLER MAYOR

Drop all of the office perks

Whatever happen to using your own vehicle? Doesn’t Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn make enough money in his full-time private sector job? In these lean times, city leadership needs to lead by example and be frugal.

I respect Dunn, but I think the council and mayor (with the strong exception of Jeff Weninger) have been little reckless lately with taxpayers dollars. Public service means “service”!

Clothing allowances and car allowances are not acceptable at all. Use your own car. On top of this they spend taxpayer money on useless things: $100,000 on a tumbleweed sculpture; $59,000 for a useless parking study. How many widows’ homes would that paint in the old part of Chandler?

Shun the car allowances and the wasteful spending. This is not your money. It belongs to the people of Chandler. Let’s be a little more of the fiscal conservatives we should be.

SCOTT TAYLOR

CHANDLER

HEROES

Honor bravery and sacrifice

I am responding to Jesse Chanley Jr.’s letter on Dec. 2, “Mourn not celebrate.” Fortunately we do have heroes who are willing to put their needs and safety behind their noble service to others. Our military, police and firefighters to name a few.

Chanley feels their sacrifice is to be mourned not honored, I disagree. We should mourn their loss and honor their bravery and service.

As long as there are villains willing to take away our liberties and our lives, and impose upon us their form of government or religion, we will need the best and bravest among us to defend our way of life. History is replete with the despots who want to conquer us and bury us. It is also replete with people like the writer who would appease bad behavior by others to our detriment.

It is truly sad Chanley does not see these sacrifices on his behalf as noble.

JAMES E. COPELAND JR.

CHANDLER

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