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Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008 6:15 pm | Updated: 10:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Whether the new team of President-elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden can be successful in their “change you can believe in” is open to conjecture, mostly based upon which side of the political aisle you reside.

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PRESIDENT BUSH

Let views leave with him

Whether the new team of President-elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden can be successful in their “change you can believe in” is open to conjecture, mostly based upon which side of the political aisle you reside.

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However, many Americans will be exceedingly glad to bid farewell to the team of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Not since the tag team of Dick Nixon and Spiro Agnew had we seen such polarization from our national leaders.

Jan. 20 will bring us new leaders and let’s hope they understand that the divisiveness and myopia of the past eight years should be replaced by inclusion and vision.

RICHARD K. MESZAR

LIBERALS

Now unlike founders

One of your recent letter writers quoted the American Heritage Dictionary definition of the word liberal. That definition may be correct when applied to individuals such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Patrick Henry. Unfortunately, when applied to today’s liberals, the word means just the opposite of the American Heritage definition.

Today’s liberals want to take away your freedom of speech under the guise of the Fairness Doctrine. They want to take away your right to defend yourself, by eliminating the right to bear arms. They want to eliminate your property rights, in order to “level the playing field.” As a first step in ending free elections, today’s liberals want to eliminate secret balloting in union elections.

Today’s so-called liberals differ from socialists, national socialists, fascists, and communists not in direction but rather in distance traveled.

GEORGE R. REECE

CLIMATE CHANGE

Change in power

I would like to send my congratulations to Rep. Harry Mitchell on winning his seat back. Now that he is done campaigning, I am expecting him to fight for Arizona values in the House. Mitchell should be proud and commended for showing initiative and leadership in developing solar power and green jobs in Arizona. I am confident that we will see him take real action on global warming in the upcoming lame-duck session in Congress and in the next session.

In order to stop global warming, we must listen to what the science is saying. We need to reduce our pollution levels now. I am expecting Mitchell — as well as our new president — to implement these reductions. I also hope to see them invest in renewable energies, such as wind and solar, while avoiding dangerous distractions like coal and nuclear.

This was a legendary election and now it’s time for some legendary changes in our country. Let’s revamp our economy by investing in green technologies, which will create well-paying green jobs. The solutions are there. Let’s solve global warming and help the economy at the same time!

AMY BOBEL

TEMPE

THE ECONOMY

New airport tax outrageous

History books tell us that 200 years ago Americans were very angry about a lousy 1.75 percent tax that the English placed on tea. That lousy 1.75 percent tax caused the Americans to overthrow the British government. I am amazed at how docile the Americans have become over the last 200 years. Phoenix just raised the tax rate on rental cars at Sky Harbor International Airport to more than 22 percent. If George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were alive today, they may have stormed city hall to tar and feather the tyrants that placed these taxes on us.

MIKE ROSS

TEMPE

Cycles depend on resources

About 15 years ago, I remember reading a study of long-term economic conditions.

What they found was a set of regular, recurring cycles that was a good predictor over a 500-year period of history. They extended their graph of these cycles into the near future and it showed around the beginning of the 21st century, an economic downturn that would turn around about 2010 and take a few years to complete. Many of the cycles they tracked related to weather, climate and crops. In spite of our technology, the basis of our civilization is still agriculture.

The truth is we don’t know enough to have any truly good economic theories. So I wouldn’t bet the farm on any purely theoretical approach to our problems. Alan Greenspan admitted much of our present situation defies his economic model. I would rely on empirical experience, wisdom and character. Prayer wouldn’t hurt.

JAMES R. SCHER

CHANDLER

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