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JOHN MCCAIN: Copper mine land swap latest outrage
John McCain is our corporate Arizona senator. He is infamous when it comes to land swaps, but let’s just look at his last triumph, the Superior copper mine land swap. What did Arizona receive from this land swap? Arsenic in our water, more air pollution in the Valley and jobs being outsourced. What did the mining owners receive? Pristine public land and a fortune in copper.
BARBARA ANDERSON, MESA
AIRPORT SECURITY: What about small airports?
Since Sept. 11, 2001, I have submitted numerous letters to local opinion editors about the lack of physical security in this country. Within two days, two citizens have piloted two aircraft from local airports.
One decided to crash his plane into a building in Austin, Texas, housing the IRS. The other one took a private plane in California for a joy ride, and to add insult to injury, decided to land at another airstrip to refuel.
Who do we point fingers to regarding our security?
Start with President George W. Bush, on to President Barack Obama and all Democratic and Republican congressional members since Sept. 11? It appears government has no interest in local airport security measures.
RICK RIVARD, CHANDLER
D.A.R.E.: Don’t stop teaching it
Recently the Chandler Police Department is considering cutting the D.A.R.E. program out of schools due to budget shortfalls. If D.A.R.E. were to end it would be a devastation to the city.
I, like hundreds of other kids, will never forget the lessons D.A.R.E. has taught me, as “just say no” is permanently embedded in my mind. Having a D.A.R.E. program educates kids on the dangers of drugs and alcohol in a world filled with it. It bestows upon them the courage to say no and to stand up for what is right, as well as enables them to trust in police officers. It gives them the tools to make good friends and choices that will carry them through the rest of their lives.
As the previous Arizona D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board member, I can attest to the impact D.A.R.E. had on not only me, but my peers and those I taught as well. Taking the program away would be a crippling mistake. So I hope that parents, teachers, and community members of all ages stand up for D.A.R.E., as it is a prominent tool in the growth and betterment of the city.
Please let the City Council and the Chandler Police Department know that we want the D.A.R.E. program to continue in Chandler.
TEGAN HALBERG, CHANDLER BASHA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE 2009, NATIONAL D.A.R.E. SCHOLARSHIP WINNER 2009
D.A.R.E.: Fighting losing battle
I’m writing about Dave Parsons’ commentary on D.A.R.E. (Tribune, Feb. 14, 2010).
Common sense tells us that prohibiting a product should substantially reduce the use of the product that’s prohibited. Actually, prohibition tends to substantially increase the desire for the product that’s prohibited.
Before marijuana was criminalized in the U.S. in 1937, the vast majority of Americans had never heard of marijuana. Now everybody in the U.S. knows what marijuana is, and the U.S. government estimates that at least 100 million Americans have used it. About half of all high school students will use marijuana before they graduate.
People want what they are told they cannot have — especially children. The lure of the “forbidden fruit” is very powerful.
KIRK MUSE, MESA