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Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 8:20 pm | Updated: 3:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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GILBERT TOWN COUNCIL

Manipulating the agenda

As usual, the Gilbert Town Council waited until ll:30 p.m. and almost everyone had gone home before bringing up the agenda item of allowing “non-traditional” businesses to open.

That means “tattoo parlors,” “hooka lounges” and so forth ...

Most of the trash that we have been able to keep out of Gilbert for these many years. If they are proud of their efforts, then why don’t they put it on the early agenda where most citizens will be there for the discussion, instead of sneaking it in the back door.

Another Steven Berman, Joan Krueger, Linda Abbott and Don Skousen manipulation of Gilbert citizens.

ROBERT EVANS

GILBERT

GILBERT ELECTION

Lewis would build better community

Why I’m voting for John Lewis as mayor of Gilbert? John Lewis is a builder. Not a builder of homes, but of people. I have been associated with John for more than 16 years and have worked with him on many tasks and responsibilities.

I coached youth sports with John for years and have seen how he builds: building up the youth on our team in practices and games, building up the parents and families as he brings them together, even building up opposing players and fans, helping all involved realize that one of the purposes of playing is to bring the community together.

That is what I want for Gilbert, someone who has a vision for what our community can be as we all work together. This is the kind of leadership that we need in Gilbert right now. Imagine watching Gilbert being built into a community of friends working together, instead individuals living near each other.

John Lewis has the leadership skills and style that can do just that — bring Gilbert together and build for the future.

STEVE ANDERSON

GILBERT

Business alliance announces endorsements

The Gilbert Small Business Alliance is an advocacy organization that represents small business interests in Gilbert, gives small businesses resources and the voice to promote their growth and sustainability.

Our alliance endorses John Lewis for mayor for several key reasons. Lewis has demonstrated through his history leadership and citizen unyielding integrity, which is essential for the role of mayor. Lewis has the ability and passion to open and foster the lines of communication between small businesses and town leadership. Lewis represents unparalleled vision for our town; and has the energy see that vision through.

For the two open Town Council seats, the Small Business Alliance has endorsed John Sentz and Lonnie Stradling. Both men are outstanding ambassadors of our town and bring different expertise and skills to the council. John Sentz has extensive experience in corporate America, military leadership, and small business; which they will share when making decisions for the betterment of Gilbert. Both of these candidates champion the small businesses that contribute to vibrancy of Gilbert.

For these reasons, the Gilbert Small Business Alliance supports John Lewis for mayor, and John Sentz and Lonnie Stradling for Gilbert Town Council.

LISA RIGLER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GILBERT SMALL BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Krueger’s commitment shines through

Joan Krueger is committed to Gilbert families, neighborhoods and businesses. She has continued to work hard in preserving the quality of life that drew many of us here.

Not only does she have the personal and professional experience to help us through these difficult times, but she has the passion that keeps her in the trenches when times are hard. I have worked with Joan in solving neighborhood issues. I have worked with her in the support of Gilbert businesses.

She is well respected in economic development circles and continues to help Gilbert create a stable tax base and become a community where you can work and raise a family. Please join me in voting to re-elect Joan Krueger to the Gilbert Town Council on March 10. Do it for your family, neighborhood and the businesses in Gilbert.

CYNTHIA DUNHAM

FORMER MAYOR, GILBERT

Sentz dedicated to town

I have known John Sentz for more than 10 years, and I have worked with him on the Veterans Day Committee for Gilbert and Gilbert Leadership. He is now an advisor to the committee refurbishing the Military Room in the Gilbert Museum, and he serves the town as a member of the planning Commission.

These are just some of the things he does for our community. I know him best for his willingness to help all worthy causes and the big heart he shows to all who have been blessed by his acquaintance. John is a real person who has boundless energy and dedication for the good of Gilbert. These are some of the reasons I urge all Gilbert voters to vote as I am — for a great man to help guide our community over the next several years.

DALE C. HALLOCK

FORMER GILBERT MAYOR

MESA ELECTION

Future work force needs Gaylord project

Today I’m a high school student, but in a few short years I will be entering the workforce and we will need the jobs that the Gaylord hotel and convention center and GM Mesa Proving Grounds will bring.

It’s the responsibility of every voter and every parent to consider what kind of future they are building for their teens. The decisions that you make today — at the voting booth — will have a real impact on the job choices and lifestyle that my family will have some day.

The convention center is just the start of that. Gaylord will create thousands of jobs, and it has the potential to bring other companies to Mesa, too. The Mesa Proving Grounds and the Gaylord convention center will bring to Mesa new opportunities for my generation to work, play and shop.

And this measure doesn’t use any sales tax or General Fund dollars. That’s good for our city now and in the future.

When I think about the future of Mesa, I know that today’s leaders are planning for us to succeed. I’m not old enough to vote in this election, so I am relying on you to vote yes: for me and for my classmates. You can ensure that we will have opportunities in Mesa in the years to come. Thank you!

DEANNA N. BECKER

MESA

Gaylord not a solution to economic woes

Proposition 300 is in my opinion a “no” vote. We have several hotels in Mesa that are suffering from the present economy and I do not see the city coming to help them with a tax handout. So why should Gaylord Entertainment’s resort have a tax handout?

Most who live year round in Mesa know that the hotel business is very seasonal with few people employed year round and, as most of the jobs are low wage, will not boost the economic base in Mesa.

Mesa does need business and I applaud the idea of trying to lure business to the area. But we need non-service jobs, not more empty hotel rooms and dry golf clubs. Manufacturing, light industrial, aerospace and other industries similar to what has left the area need to be brought back. Please vote, but vote “no” on Prop. 300.

CHARLES M. DUECY

MESA

FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

Would throttle free speech

The “Fairness Doctrine” is not fair at all, but an attempt to strangle such anti-liberal talk radio hosts as well as TV Christian broadcasts.

The unfair “Fairness Doctrine” would force conservative radio or TV programs to give free air time to such left-wing radicals as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. We need to petition the new Congress to not re-impose the unfair “Fairness Doctrine,” killed by President Ronald Reagan more than 20 years ago.

JOANNA COURTNEY

MESA

IRAN

Nuclear program has many hurdles to clear

The recent coverage of the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has been sensational, and has not provided a realistic assessment of the Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

While we must take nuclear proliferation concerns seriously, the IAEA officials rightly point out that there are a number of hurdles Iran must overcome before they would have the ability to make a nuclear bomb, and the United States own intelligence agencies have concluded that Iran is not pursuing a weapons program.

President Barack Obama has the right idea in pursuing direct diplomacy with Iran, and he must not fall prey to advocates of a hawkish approach to Iran who raise fears about a supposed imminent threat. The only way to resolve tensions with Iran, and meet U.S. security interests, is direct negotiations. There is plenty of time to pursue such a strategy, regardless of the results of this report.

MICHAEL SMITH

MESA

FEDERAL TAXES

Cigarettes are carrying unfair burden

Almost everyone has a bad habit that affects their health in some way. How much fast food do you eat? Do you drink alcohol? Do you exercise regularly? Are you overweight?

No, there isn’t really going to be a tax on hamburgers, but President Barack Obama signed a bill recently which increased the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes by 62 cents, to $1.01 a pack — and that doesn’t include state taxes, which are equally absurd.

So, my question to you is this — If this really were a $1.01 tax on hamburgers, would you be in favor of it?

DAVID ROSS

CHANDLER

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