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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:10 am | Updated: 12:04 am, Sat Oct 8, 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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GOVERNMENT

Failure all around

What our founding fathers warned us about and created all those checks and balances for is here. The Constitution means nothing to the crooks in Congress and most Americans.

What government program is working for us? The war on drugs is just a money-making program for the law enforcement cartel. Test scores have gone down every year the Department of Education has been in existence. Social Security is the greatest ponzi scheme in history. Housing gives us Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. With our foreign policy we get undeclared wars — like the crooks didn’t know only Congress can declare war.

We have got to quit asking the government to do something. The government is like the mafia: They will help you out but they need something, too. With apologies to George Wallace, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties this year.

To close in Biblical terms, I hope Ron Paul is the prophet and the next candidate will be the messiah. Otherwise, this great country will soon spiral out of control into the dust of history.

RICHARD BAEHR

GOLD CANYON

OIL

Buyers control the market

The recent decline in gas prices below $4 a gallon did not happen because big oil companies’ CEOs wanted to assist us. They did it to protect their bottom line.

Because of the inflated prices, fewer miles are being driven and that means less gas is being sold at the pumps. Because of the inflated price, we travel out of necessity. The price for a gallon was reduced by pennies to stimulate gas consumption. It was done to correct big oil company’s supply problems, period.

What can I do? There is one power greater than a monopoly, government, big oil company or any business. That is you, me and the rest of us buyers. We determine what company is unsuccessful or fails by our patronage.

Continue to use your car out of necessity. Refrain for a minimum two months, and watch these giants squirm without cash flow and fixed obligations to satisfy.

RICHARD BOURGEOIS

CHANDLER

SIDEWALKS

Problems for walkers

The Sam’s Club near Ray Road in Chandler is walker unfriendly and unsafe. The large sidewalks are always blocked by hundreds of grocery carts.

Often the carts are lined three-deep in the street adjacent to the sidewalk. Because of the carts, it is impossible to walk on the sidewalk in front of the store. Large pillars block vision of the street where you are forced to walk because of the blocked sidewalks.

All across the United States, steps are being taken to increase the “walkability” of our cities.

An article in this paper (“Group gives low marks to Mesa for walkability,” July 18) illustrates how the East Valley is not walker-friendly. The walk score for Chandler, from the same group that ranked Mesa, was 66 out of 100. It is sad that we have so few sidewalks in the Valley. It is even sadder when we cannot use the sidewalks that we have.

As a former professor in the area of health, fitness and safety, I encourage a change in policy. Sam’s Club could do much to increase “walkability” of the area by keeping at least one-third of the sidewalk open. I have complained to the manager, as have many others. I have written the city of Chandler to encourage change. The city’s response: There is nothing we can do! Apparently Sam’s Club and the city care more about the safety and health of grocery carts than they care about their customers and citizens.

CHARLES B. CORBIN

PHOENIX

JOHN F. KENNEDY

More to blame than Ike

Brian Manahan (Letters, Aug. 3) chastised Jim Mooney for his description of President Kennedy’s involvement in the Bay of Pigs and in Vietnam. Unfortunately, neither is completely accurate.

A plan for invading Cuba was drawn up during the Dwight Eisenhower administration. Kennedy made several significant changes to the original plan to include landing at two sites, the Bay of Pigs and the Zapata swamps, instead of a single landing site at Trinidad, and withdrawing critically needed air support. These changes assured the invasion’s failure.

President Harry Truman sent the first U.S. military advisors to Vietnam 1950, mostly to assist the French. When the French withdrew from Vietnam in 1954, President Eisenhower expanded the advisory assistance to the South Vietnamese. Kennedy oversaw an even greater expansion of the advisory effort. Johnson committed combat troops.

It is better to be historically accurate than politically correct.

W. G. PETERS

SUN LAKES

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