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Letters to the editor: April 18

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2008 2:17 am | Updated: 11:33 pm, Fri Oct 7, 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 first coming

What a moment when Pope Benedict XVI landed on American soil … as his plane got closer to where the president of the United States waited his arrival (first time ever done by a president at Andrews Air Force Base).

A swirl of excited anticipation was interrupted, when the pope stepped into view. His smiling face and arms waving to the crowd, I jumped off my chair in our home in Coronado — tears of all kinds rolling down my face — I waved furiously … for a long time my tears would not stop — an elevated moment I am still dizzy from.

At this moment, on this particular day, it seemed to me clearer than ever: To believe — what a gift!

The Holy Father will hear those children’s voices that greeted him by singing “Happy Birthday” long after his return to Rome … the voices of the future!




What standard do we set?

Upon reading the letter submitted by Paul Ingle (“Right to choose a pastor,” April 10) I was in disbelief.

Has Ingle heard the accusatory rantings of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Has he seen the video of the congregation of that church standing and screaming their appreciation of the Wright’s words? Did he not hear Sen. Barack Obama equate his love and admiration of Wright to that of his loving grandmother?

I cannot comment on the oratory of Ingle’s pastor but let me assure you that I would not listen to a sermon that offended me and I would indeed change churches if that happened.

Ingle seemingly would have us believe that a background story of this magnitude on a presidential candidate should not be reported or commented on by news media. I cannot speak for others but I to can formulate my own opinion.




McCain offers more of same

Sen. John McCain, probable Republican presidential nominee, wears the label of maverick with pride, however, close analysis of the McCain story suggests he is more myth than magic. He has been applauded, exalted and placed upon a pedestal from which he flies on the wings of self-aggrandizement and cleverly plays the sympathy card with great success.

But what kind of person continually exploits for political gain their valor and sacrifice? Such shameless self-promotion seems somewhat insincere, even contemptible. There are thousands of unsung war heroes around the world and many more whom are dead. McCain’s military service may be commendable, but his congressional service not so much.

President Bush and McCain have much in common; both have lunch-bucket appeal, both are lacking in oratorical and vocabulary skills, both like budget deficits, both employ fear-mongering and scare tactics, exaggeration and dishonesty in political campaigns, and of course they both like a good war. Bush likes to watch from the safety of the White House and McCain lives vicariously through the military men and women who are sacrificed as referees in Islamic blood sports.

If you look under the halo, McCain the man is just another run-of-the-mill politician, nothing special and not superior in any way, but his embrace, support and pandering to the worst administration in recent memory calls into question his wisdom, judgment and integrity.

A McCain presidency will most definitely be a continuation and an extension of the Bush administration. His perverse and unhealthy obsession with war is such that he will willingly inherit and wear the mantle of warmonger in-chief.




Threatening the foundation

The United States of America has had for the past two centuries developed a reputation of being a great nation, a nation that beckoned to the downtrodden and the outcast is certainly core of the message portrayed by our wonderful Statue of Liberty. But it is not those individuals who have of themselves made this a great nation. It is the laws that protected them and provided for them a safe haven from the tyranny and the oppression from which so many were fleeing. It is the upholding of a legal system founded by the greatest constitution ever created that has given these new citizens the new life they so desired. This land it great because its laws are great.

Many opportunistic employers and businesses would have the sovereignty of our nation placed in jeopardy to benefit their economic greed. This nation will only be great and free as long as its citizens honor and obey the law. Consider, how do these refugees from the southern border feel about the Constitution?

Those who sneak into this country and never intend to adopt our home as their home come with a flawed attitude and motive. How will they ever have a fair chance to embrace their new home and to learn to trust the law and law enforcement. These two factors are our only hedge against anarchy and chaos.

This republic is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast. Not every one of us agrees with every one of those laws. There are people who disagree strongly, who think they can disobey the law whenever it suits their purpose. Illegal immigrants need to be legal in the same method everyone else becomes legal, for our own safety and the safety of this and the next generation.




Terminology is important

The use of the term “disability” instead of “handicap” and the term “individual with a disability” instead of “individual with handicaps” represents an effort by Congress to make use of up-to-date, currently accepted terminology. The terminology applied to individuals with disabilities is a very significant and sensitive issue.

As with racial and ethnic terms, the choice of words to describe a person with a disability is overlaid with stereotypes, patronizing attitudes, and other emotional connections. Many individuals with disabilities, and organizations representing such individuals, object to the use of such terms a “handicapped person” or “the handicapped” in other recent legislation,

Congress also recognized this shift in terminology, e.g., by changing the name of the National Council on the Handicapped to the National Council on Disability.

In enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act, Congress concluded that it was important for the current legislation to use terminology most in line with the sensibilities of most Americans with disabilities. No change in definition or substance is intended nor should be attributed to this change in phraseology.




Height of irresponsibility

People who adopt dogs or cats or purchase a puppy from a breeder never cease to amaze me. They buy puppies from a breeder that they claim they want. Then they turn them in to the shelters for one frivolous reason after another. Then people blame the breeders for breeding them. Talk about passing the buck for their irresponsibility.



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