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Letters to the editor: Oct. 22

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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:18 pm | Updated: 11:57 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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Here’s a suggestion, Gov

The governor just announced her Web site is requesting suggestions from us on how to cut costs to help balance the budget. I followed her up on her Web offer and suggested that she find out what our unit costs are so she would know what and where she can make cuts.

Neither the governor nor the Legislature know or can find out the complete unit costs for any state goods and services not provided by private enterprise. I served for six years on a citizen’s legislative committee that oversaw unfair competition by the state with free enterprise. Not one state agency knew its complete unit costs for any service it provided.

The state requires unit cost accounting by businesses bidding on state contracts. It requires this because unit cost accounting enables agencies to hold business accountable for costs. That’s how we find out about the $75 hammer and the $240 toilet seat. Unfortunately, the state does not require this same accounting method of our state agencies so we can hold them accountable. Under our “budget” process, all we know is how much money was spent by each agency — all of it! There’s no transparency in government cost accounting.

If the state adopts the same type of unit cost accounting system, the state requires of private enterprise, the decision makers will have the necessary information to determine where costs can be cut and save taxpayers money. We need a transparent unit cost accounting system.




Avoid crowds — vote early

Because voting is the right through which all other rights are accessed, the process should be as simple, convenient, and fair as possible. In 2006, thousands of registered voters in Arizona were wrongly turned away from the polls. I was among them, an Arizona State University regent’s professor, who had turned up to vote armed with a driver’s license and voter registration card.

Because the address on my driver’s license differed from the address at which I was registered, I was unable to vote.

Nov. 4 will be the first presidential election in which Arizona voters are subject to stricter identification requirements. More stringent rules coupled with expected record turnout this year means that wise voters should consider voting at an early voting site or voting by mail. That’s what I intend to do. In 2006, had I asked for a ballot to be sent to my new address and voted by mail, voting would have been an easier process and my voice would have been heard.

Voting early or by mail allows you to vote at your own convenience, taking as much time as you need to consider each choice. Modern life can be hectic — you never know what might come up during any given day. By voting early or by mail, you eliminate the risk that something will keep you from getting to the polls on Election Day.

To find out your nearest early voting site, or to request an early ballot, you will need to contact your county recorder. The deadline for requesting an early ballot is Thursday. Completed ballots must be received by your county recorder or dropped off at any polling place by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Find your county recorder’s contact information at www.azsos.gov/election/County.htm.




Candidates must address climate change

As I work in a local bike shop, am an environmentalist and lover of nature, I have been disappointed about how silent Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., and Republican challenger David Schweikert have been on the problem of global warming.

With an overwhelming scientific consensus, there is no doubt that climate change is happening, humans are to blame and we must act to stop it now or our children will pay for our generation’s failure. That is a future that none of us want. Yet, while Mitchell and Schweikert have discussed ideas such as offshore drilling and nuclear power, these are not solutions to the biggest environmental crisis of our time.

There are other solutions that would help and have a more far-reaching, sustainable impact, such as second-generation biofuels and renewable energy solutions like wind and solar technologies. While some of these ideas have been mentioned, sadly they are not being actualized.

Moreover, if we make investments in these types of real energy solutions, we would be well on our way to energy independence, and a new generation of “green collar” jobs would greatly help the current economic crisis.

While I do my part every day to help fight global warming, I am not hearing or seeing enough from Mitchell and Schweikert on how they intend to protect the health of our community and families — and I know that I am not alone.




Don’t ignore Ayers connection

I believe what the McCain/Palin ticket is doing in regards to bring out the despicable relationship that Sen. Barack Obama has with the unrepentent domestic terrorist William Ayers is the correct move.

As commander-in-chief, you are sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. How can someone do this if they have worked with Ayers?



McCain misfired with attacks

I will be so glad when this election is over. This election has brought out the worst in Sen. John McCain and I look forward to him going back to the man he is, the honorable Arizona senator. He has looked angry throughout the debates, he is listening to his advisors and is attacking Sen. Barack Obama.

Let me explain something; negativity does not work. The unemployed aerospace worker didn’t care about Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers anymore than someone cares that Obama brushed shoulders with ACORN years ago when he obviously didn’t know that voter fraud was going on because it just took place weeks ago.

I, along with hundreds of others, lost my job recently. I want answers and solutions, not attacks. Please Sen. McCain, go back to what you are and who you are — a man of honor. Fire your staff because your anger and arrogance do not translate as toughness and solutions to the American voter.



McCain cared plenty in Navy

I just read Robert Davis’ letter about John McCain’s “careless attitude in the Navy.” I was a plane captain in the Navy at the time McCain was shot down. We, as the crew, were responsible for making sure the aircraft was ready and safe to fly.

Pilots did a walk around and “kicked the tires” and also looked for obvious leaks or problems with the plane. The aircraft did not go out unless it was airworthy and safe and the pilots knew that and trusted their crews. We were all professionals, even in a war zone. So next time you read something that some idiot made up on a Web site, then check around before you shoot your uninformed mouth off.



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