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Letters to the editor: Jan. 9

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Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2009 7:00 pm | Updated: 2:31 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 In response to the Tribune’s light rail articles of Dec. 28, as a government spending “naysayer,” I have to say the idea that the interstate highway system is the basis for 90 percent of American economic output over the past 50 years (as asserted by economics professor Tim James) is so absurd it’s something only a college professor would believe, presumably because that’s what he’s been teaching uncritically throughout his career.

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INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

Not as good as everyone believes

In response to the Tribune’s light rail articles of Dec. 28, as a government spending “naysayer,” I have to say the idea that the interstate highway system is the basis for 90 percent of American economic output over the past 50 years (as asserted by economics professor Tim James) is so absurd it’s something only a college professor would believe, presumably because that’s what he’s been teaching uncritically throughout his career.

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When economists make such statements, it’s from the assumption that nothing else could have assumed the function of their pet technology.

Their underlying calculations never consider what might have occurred had the capital and energy expended on highways and the commodities and products distributed on them been reallocated by the free market to more efficient transportation methods like improved mass rail or something completely unanticipated instead of to the confiscatory, scarring, divisive and deracinating technology of limited access highways that originated in the 1930s and lobbied for by the U.S. auto industry following World War II. That highway lobbying legacy continues today in our local freeways’ constant state of design correction to provide workfare for construction companies.

Since even light rail proponents admit that it will not pay for itself in user fees, it will therefore be paid for largely by those who will not be using it, who will instead be paid back by the reassurances of “experts” that this obvious injustice merits no real complaint. And people are amazed when some conclude the government is at war with its own people.

RICHARD D. WELLING

MESA

MIKELLE BIGGS

Bring back the missing posters

After reading the Jan. 2 article about Mikelle Biggs, I decided to re-post the picture of her on my car window. Losing a child due to death is horrible. But not knowing what happened to your child is a nightmare that never ends. I remember when her disappearance occurred and the sympathy that I felt for her family and still feel now.

By hanging the picture of Mikelle on my car again, maybe someone will see her beautiful face and remember something that will bring closure and peace to Mikelle and her family. I urge other people to post her picture on their car in hope.

PATRICIA A. ROSATI

GILBERT

GOOD SAMARITAN

A Christmas good deed

This is a story of a true gentleman and a very kind deed. My parents are 84 and 85 years old and live in Sun Lakes. My wife and I live in northern California and came to visit them over the Thanksgiving holiday. One day while helping my Dad outside, he mentioned that their large gas grill (gifted to them by dear friends) was just to big for the two of them and a little impractical for making an occasional hamburger or hot dog.

I thought, perfect, Christmas is right around the corner. I used the Internet to find the perfect grill and a charcoal starter to be delivered to them. But when I hit the order button, a screen popped up telling me that the grill could not be delivered by UPS because the box was too big.

I wrote to the Ace Hardware store in Sun Lakes to ask if they had the grill and if they had any sort of delivery options. The manager of the store, Greg Christy, wrote back and said they had the grill and starter and then, to my astonishment, asked me if my parents were Warren and Dot Robeson. He wrote they were customers that he thought were nice people and that he would occasionally help them with handy-man projects.

Then, he offered to deliver the grill, the starter and a bag of charcoal and set it up for the evening of Dec. 23. Unbelievable!

Well, the deed is done. Now I want to give a public thank you to Greg Christy and his family, who let me and my family borrow him for a couple of hours just before Christmas. Thank you, Greg, may God bless you and may you and your family have a happy, healthy and peaceful 2009.

RICH ROBESON

SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.

CRIME

Don’t presume guilt

Does the Tribune have any journalistic integrity? You’ve already tried and convicted John Chester Stuart of murder before he even goes on trial. A recent story said “Stuart initially was released on a $46,000 cash bond just hours after the murder… (“Man accused in road rage death is out of jail,” Tribune Dec. 5). Ever hear of innocent until proven guilty? The article should have referenced a shooting but not murder. Just report the facts, OK?

FORREST WOODWICK

PHOENIX

LAWYERS’ TV ADS

Can’t they be a little more handsome?

Perhaps I’ve watched too many lawyer shows on TV, or maybe I’m just cynical (which is a distinct and very real probability), but it seems to me that the lawyers who do the TV ads for their firms are really funny looking.

Yes, I realize that all lawyers aren’t going to look like Mark Valley, or James Spader, or James Woods, or Harry Hamlin (remember him “L.A. Law”?), but the ads here give the impression that Phoenix lawyers look like Barney Fife or Percy Nerdbucket!

Please, law firms, give us some eye-candy in your ads.

RUTH YURICH

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