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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2008 8:35 pm | Updated: 10:41 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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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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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Presidential race

Who paid Obama’s tuition?

I have been reading many articles about Sen. Barack Obama (formerly Barry Obama), and all of the other candidates for president, including those that had to drop out of the race.  I receive e-mails from the Obama, Clinton and McCain campaigns, but there is one issue I have not seen addressed.

We know that Obama is bright. He left Hawaii and attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years, when we assume he could have gone to college in Hawaii. After two years he moved to New York City where he attended Columbia University. Then he attended Harvard Law School.

He is to be commended on his fine education, but so far, I have not seen anything on who funded his education? I have seen no mention of him earning or being awarded scholarships. I believe this is something we should know.  He talks about being raised by a single mother and grandparents that were not wealthy, so who paid for his education?

I am a 70-year-old news and political “junkie” who always votes.  I have never voted a straight ticket but vote for the person I believe will do the better job in that position.

Susan L. Anderson

Tempe

Be yourself, Obama, and win

The Democratic Party is going to lose the election in November again if they don’t wake up, start campaigning as very liberal Democrats and explain clearly to the public that liberal Democrats really care about all Americans and that they are not like those conservative Republicans that only care about putting more money into the pockets of the very wealthy. The Democratic tax-and-spend policy won’t bankrupt our country the way that the Republican borrow-and-spend policy has been doing.

 Barack Obama needs to quit trying to convince the voters that he is just as conservative as the Republican candidate. That isn’t what we want.

Carl L. Merchant

Mesa

Military

Wall of misinformation

Seldom does one encounter so much concentrated misinformation as was contained in Robert J. Coles’ letter of April 5 entitled “Military neither left nor right.”

He objected to an earlier letter, which had asserted that “America and its allies indiscriminately bombed Germany and Japan” and countered that said bombing had been limited to military targets.  

Every informed person knows that civilians were in fact targeted.

They also know that such bombing was initiated by the Allies and not by Germany or Japan. Berlin was bombed by the RAF no fewer than six times before the German Luftwaffe retaliated with similar bombing of London.

Certainly the most egregious example of such bombing was the attack on Dresden which occurred in mid-February 1945 when the war was all but over and German forces were in full retreat on all fronts.

Dresden was mainly a cultural center and contained nothing of military value.  Dresden’s only conceivable military target — its railroad yards — was ignored by Allied bombers. They were too busy concentrating on helpless old men, women and children.

According to the most credible estimates for Dresden, a quarter of a million civilians, almost entirely women and children, were deliberately burnt alive with incendiary bombs (more than the combined total of those killed in the infamous atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

Crowds of victims attempting to flee were strafed with machine-gun fire by American fighter planes.  

The bombing campaign against Germany stopped only after there were no more cities left for the Allies  to destroy...

Space limitation precludes adequately addressing Coles’ numerous other errors here, but it should be stated that it is categorically untrue that the Pearl Harbor attack was unprovoked — or a surprise — or that the atomic bomb ended the war any sooner.

Jack Martin

Scottsdale

Guns

Assaulting intelligence

Please help protect our Second Amendment by not continuing to spread lies about assault weapons. A true assault weapon is a fully automatic gun, a machine gun. There are legal machine guns sold in this country but they are very highly regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The percentage of gun crimes committed by legally owned guns is staggeringly low.

The AK-47 is not a high-powered rifle, in fact is less powerful than the most common hunting rifle, the 30-30. Let’s focus our collective energies on stopping crime and criminals, not continuing to erode our constitutional right.

Toby Edwards

Peoria

Light bulbs

CFLs’ big drawbacks

Regarding the March 15 article “Shedding light on frugal CFL bulbs:”

I have seen many articles like this recently touting the benefits of fluorescent light bulbs, especially the compact ones made for table lamps, but ignoring the problems with CFL bulbs. In the fourth paragraph of the article under “fluorescent bulbs” the fourth sentence states, “The (mercury) gas gives off ultraviolet light.” This is a problem. Not all of the ultraviolet light is converted to visible light. A significant portion of the light emitted by fluorescent lights stays in the ultraviolet range. Why is this a concern? Ultraviolet is very active and causes severe fading in many items, including photographs, paintings and water-based inks.  A good rule of thumb is that the older an item is, the more sensitive it will be to ultraviolet light.

 For the long, tubular fluorescent lights, you can buy ultraviolet filters at most specialty light stores. I have not been able to find ultraviolet filters for compact fluorescent lights anywhere. I have visited the Web sites of several manufacturers who make CFLs and can not find any information as to how much ultraviolet they emit. This issue must be addressed before an ignorant government creates another grand fiasco!

 The other two major problems are:

 • Cost — fluorescent lights are expensive now and will only go up in price as the use of mercury goes up. Mercury is not a common element and is dangerous to mine, it is very poisonous.

 • Safety — Mercury is very poisonous and I believe the coating on the inside of the bulbs is poisonous. I certainly would not recommend that fluorescent lights be used in any household with small children.

 Incidentally I am a chemical engineer, now retired, and spent 25 years of my career working with ultraviolet light.

Larry Hallock

Tempe

Princess Diana crash

Jury reached right verdict

Finally, a jury that can get it right! A coroner’s jury placed blame directly where it belonged in the Diana-Dodi Fayed crash. They blamed the driver for drinking and reckless speed, and the photographers who chased them. They also said that Diana and Fayed should have worn their seat belts. What a concept — blame the people responsible. Maybe, we can get the trial for O.J. Simpson moved over there.

Patrick O’Connell

Gilbert

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