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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 10:10 pm | Updated: 1:44 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 comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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FALCON FIELD

Don’t change patterns for flight school

We heard Mesa and Falcon Field will “quietly change the flight noise pattern map” that airports are required by state statute to file with the Arizona Real Estate Department. The express purpose of that map is to let potential property buyers make informed decisions about the flight patterns and noise expectations from any nearby airport before purchasing property.

Falcon Field posted its map, the city zoned residential areas and people bought property here based on that information.

Now you want to post a new map showing beginner patterns going right over our homes and schools in order to accommodate a single commercial-flight school? How can this be legal? It certainly can’t be considered ethical! What happened to simply enforcing the flight noise patterns on the existing map filed with the Real Estate Department?

The city used the map to get approval for zoning changes south of the airport in order to build Barbara Bush Elementary School and the Wal-Mart strip mall, both entities with expected concentrations of people. The city stated there were and would be no flight patterns south of Falcon Field and no risk to our children and others. Now, and only since the arrival of CAE/Sabena, there are hundreds of flight patterns per day south of the airport, risking the safety and health of our children and the many people engaging in business there.

CAE/Sabena had the same responsibilities when looking at Falcon Field for a new “home” as we did before making major financial decisions in purchasing our homes here. If they didn’t complete their own due diligence in determining that flight patterns were not flown south of the airport, then they made a poor business decision. Why should the residents of Mesa have to pay for it with dramatically increased risks to our safety, health and well-being?

T.M. EISENHAUER

MESA

RELIGION

Celebrate our history

In response to Wade Schlosser’s June 26 letter, “Celebrate our diversity,” I believe he misses the point. We have the moniker “a Christian nation” because the majority of people in this country believe in the God of the Bible.

Our founding fathers believed in Judeo-Christian principles, and our founding documents reflect these values and morals. The God inscribed on our currency, national monuments and public buildings is the God of the Bible — Old Testament and New. I believe that is more than enough to accept the Christian nation moniker.

None of this detracts in any way from our religious diversity or any other kind of diversity. We are free to worship a frog if we want. These are the God-given freedoms we hold dear, but they don’t negate our history and the principles on which our nation was built. Please review our history. It saddens me that so many would deny and reject our Christian heritage in the name of political correctness, secular intolerance or any reason.

KATHY BESSLER

MESA

PATRIOTISM

Be true to America

During the Independence Day weekend, on television were some wonderful fireworks and people singing and enjoying patriotic songs.

I just wonder how many people, after they where done celebrating, drove home in a foreign car. To me this is not patriotic. We should start a new Independence Day and boycott foreign oil and cars. Our nation would be better off if we stop sending our money overseas and keep it here in America where it belongs.

Be a true American and buy American. Don’t buy a foreign car and put an American flag decal on it. That is like slapping America in the face.

LARRY LUMSDEN

GILBERT

CAP AND TRADE

We can’t afford the cost

What does the future look like with cap-and-trade limits on carbon emissions? What is the cost? As President Barack Obama said, “utility rates will necessarily skyrocket.” Scary.

One report I saw said the average family will see a $1,500-per-year increase in utility bills. And those of us in Arizona pay more than average. Then there is gasoline, going up 74 percent according to one report, or 28 to 68 cents, according to another. Costs go way up and are passed along to the consumer.

Our basic necessities will consume our entire budget. Our lifestyle will be gone. No longer can we take the family to the lake for a great weekend, or even afford to drive there, much less run the boat.

Businesses will have to close their doors; golf courses, airlines, theme parks, movie theaters and much more could be lost.

Entire industries, like general aviation, could be gone. The shift to so called “green jobs” will not be able to absorb the newly unemployed workers.

Don’t forget that there are those in the federal government who want to control the thermostats in our homes. And they will mandate the energy rating of your home. You won’t be able to sell your house if a federal agency doesn’t give you approval.

When we lose our personal property or give the government any control, we lose our freedom.

What does the future look like with cap-and-trade? What is the cost? Freedom!

BILL BULGIER

QUEEN CREEK

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