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Letters to the editor: Dec. 27

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Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008 5:42 pm | Updated: 11:32 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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SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Uniforms limit freedom of expression

I am against uniforms for Taylor Junior High School, because when you have uniforms you can’t show what kind of stuff you like and you also don’t have the choice of freedom of clothes you like.

Also if someone can’t afford the uniform, then you might also have to provide a free one to everybody. Finally, not too many people like wearing the same thing every day, and the same thing other people are wearing. That’s why I’m against wearing uniforms.

STEPHEN HENDRICKSON

MESA

THE ECONOMY

Countrywide pay out would add up quickly

Hey, math teachers, have your students determine how much each of the 150 million voters would get if they divided the $700 billion bailout dollars equally. The writer of the letter 'We deserve a million’ (Tribune, Dec. 14) gave each voter a million dollars with $550 billion left over for a variety of worthwhile projects. I guess he can be forgiven for the error; the figures outrun the places on the calculator.

If the students want to see how deficit spending impacts the overall picture, have them look up the U.S. National Debt Clock on the computer. The USA’s debt on Dec. 14 was more than $10.6 trillion. As one of 305 million citizens, each student’s share of the debt is more than $34,000. Tell your students to get on the stick and start studying, or they will end up working for the Asians, who have overtaken the American students in math. And, sadly, they are from countries that hold a large part of the U.S. debt.

DONNA FRANQUEMONT

PHOENIX

TORTURE

We should be as 'inhumane’ as the terrorists

In reference to “Panel points out torture’s failings,” (Tribune, Dec. 17):

Let’s take the phrase “extreme temperatures” that these prisoners were subjected to. How extreme do you think the temperatures were in those airliners that hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001?

What would you say if it had been your wife or child who for an instant felt the searing heat as their bodies were being literally blown apart and disintegrated just for that moment when they realized what was happening? Thousands more lost their lives that day.

How inhumane was that, I ask you? Don’t forget those Americans held prisoner who were decapitated in front of the whole world on the Internet.

For the animals who are responsible for these kinds of atrocities, there is no torture that is good enough. Terrorism is war and war is hell. The problem with this country is we are more concerned about being inhumane than we are at stopping this evil that threatens us.

We in this country had better start getting serious about stopping the evil in the world, no matter what it takes.

Thanks President George W. Bush for having the “guts” to stand up against this evil we call terrorism.

SAMUEL O. BUCKNER

CHANDLER

STATE SCHOOL TAXES

Don’t repeal state equalization tax rate

How can we continue to fail our children? As a high school teacher, my students are fully aware that we underfund their education every day.

State Sen. Jim Waring, R-Phoenix, is at it again. He is proposing a repeal of the state school equalization tax rate, which will take away $250 million of revenue that otherwise could be invested in our public schools.

In 2006 when the legislators suspended the collection of this school tax, there was a budget surplus of $1.2 billion. The Arizona Legislature used that surplus to replace the funds that the tax provides to local school districts.

Wisely, that Legislature anticipated that this revenue may be needed in the future if the economy did not continue to expand. Today, Arizona faces a multi-billion budget deficit.

Rather than repeal a tax that collects only $4 to $7 per month in property tax from the average Arizona homeowner, invest this revenue in our schools to keep teachers in the classroom, prevent increases in class size, and prevent harmful cuts to public schools.

Most homeowners would be happy to invest this small monthly amount if they know the Legislature was ensuring it was going to our public schools.

Repealing this revenue source would be irresponsible in a state that is so far behind in its commitment to public school funding and unable to balance its own state budget. How can Waring consider this bill and at the same time consider budget options that reduces K-12 education funding by hundreds of millions of dollars to balance the budget?

JENNIFER COLE

AVONDALE

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