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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2008 8:39 pm | Updated: 11:17 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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HABEAS CORPUS

Rights for citizens only

After reading your editorial “Habeas ruling defends all Americans” (Our View, June 16), I am now wondering if the editorial staff has fallen off the cliff. You believe that enemy combatants should be given the same rights as U.S. citizens. I am under the distinct impression that the vast majority, if not all, of the detainees are not U.S. citizens, and therefore have no rights under our Constitution.

If any of those detained are U.S. citizens, then, yes, perhaps they should have the right to habeas corpus, but there is absolutely no rationale for non-citizens to enjoy those rights, particularly when their only purpose in life is to kill as many of us as possible and cut off our heads in the process.

EMERSON EILER

SCOTTSDALE

APACHE JUNCTION YARDS

No reason for ticket on fence

I was issued a citation by Pinal County Planning and Zoning department for having my front yard fence too close to my own driveway. Our house sets in the center of several acres with no designated front yard. This homeowner association mentality is a sweetheart deal for the upscale people but it is rough on the rest of us.

These restrictions and narrowing definitions of our yards and our civil rights is part of a much larger sell-out.

There is a big difference in the people who live in Apache Junction to raise families and prosper and those who are here to speculate, invest and crowd us even closer together for more profit. These people defining space requirements for our front yards are not doing it out of concern for our families, our property and our rights. This definition is for banks, taxes, investors, speculators and over-developers. These gangs of bureaucrats are making it impossible for common people to live in peace and prosper.

We are suffering unprecedented economic disasters — the devastating effects of global warming and our community is flooded with desperate foreigners and uncontrollable crime. Discussing the definition of a front yard during times like these says it all for these individuals.

ARLIN TROUTT

APACHE JUNCTION

OIL

Turn to nuclear, coal

In the June 11 Opinion section, Bob Hisserich (“It’s past time for Congress to act”) and Glenn Hamer (“U.S. should look to ANWR, Mexico for oil”) present their solutions to the current gasoline price problem. It’s more of the same old same old. The enormous scale of the problem will gobble up their solutions, critical reserves, enormous amounts of money, and irreplaceable time and leave us worse off than we already are. And much the same thing can be said about the various politically correct “green” solutions.

There is, however, a more comprehensive and immediate solution. Replace coal-fired electrical power with nuclear power and use the coal to synthesize gasoline and other liquid fuels. The Chinese are already committing to this, using existing technologies.

A particularly ingeneous solution to the global warming/energy supply problem is at www.nuclearcoal.com, which advocates replacing the coal-fired boilers of existing steam generating plants with modular pebble-bed nuclear reactors. Make no mistake; any effective solution is going to cost as much as the war in Iraq, but will have real paybacks.

HUGH HIXON

SCOTTSDALE

IMMIGRATION

County shouldn’t pay sheriff’s legal fees

In response to “Tempe church letter protests Arpaio sweeps,” (Tribune, June 13), I agree with the members of the Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church in its recent criticism of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s wasteful mismanagement of the taxpayer’s money.

The county’s taxpayers should not being paying for the sheriff’s legal troubles due to his lack of restraint.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has consistently failed to provide budget oversight for the sheriff and have instead decided to write him a blank check that he cashes on the back of the taxpayers.

Additionally, we the taxpayers are picking up the check for the sheriff’s very questionable Honduras program that is located on a scuba resort island.

As a taxpaying citizen of Maricopa County, I expect fiscal responsibility from my elected officials and that is why I will be supporting Ed Hermes for the county Board of Supervisors this Nov. 4 and not the current board members who spend tax dollars without any thought.

MATTHEW LUCKY

TEMPE

RELIGION

Christians can be tolerant

This is a response to Matthew Houston’s “Dangerous Thinking” (Letters, June 10). Houston certainly has a point about those who deny the biological basis of homosexuality which, to me, underpins the strong majority of all people who claim to be homosexuals. He also decries the intolerance of many churchgoers. Where he runs into trouble is with the statement that “the Bible and human progress are not mutually compatible.”

A good reading of the four New Testament Gospels will indicate a clear path to human progress. The problem is there are not enough Christians who fully buy into the principles set down in these Gospels. It is relatively easy to apply Christianity to an individual who can discipline himself or herself. It is far harder for Christians to get together and act as a progressive, problem-solving community because of what Houston says about intolerance and their unwillingness to sacrifice a bit of individuality for the common good.

There is plenty of intolerance around; however, there are many authentic, thinking, religious people who are totally opposed to the abuse of homosexuals. My own take on the problem of homosexuality is more Bible-based such that: Although God originally decreed and created a completely heterosexual universe, we humans have frustrated this plan through our violent abuse of humanity and the environment. This has caused undue genetic mutations to occur, some of which, I believe, have led to the occurrence of homosexuality.

JOSEPH SCACCI

MESA

PUBLIC SAFETY

Thanks for the hospitality

The National League of Cities’ mission is to work on issues of national importance that directly affect local units of government.

One of the most important responsibilities of local government is provision of public safety.

The committee of the NLC which addresses public safety policy is the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee.

The governance body, the steering committee, was hosted in the beautiful city of Scottsdale by Scottsdale City Councilman Jim Lane, who, in addition to his work on behalf of the citizens of Scottsdale directly, represents the city in working to improve public safety nationally.

The agenda of this meeting included topics of national concern such as upcoming changes in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and their interactions with local units of government, planning for medical response in disasters, and ways to reduce youth violence.

The group of elected officials also heard about cutting edge “best practices” currently in use in the Valley of the Sun, such as the regional cooperation and dispatch centralization to reduce response times and planning for large events and efforts in reducing methamphetamine use and its associated crime.

The residents of Scottsdale and surrounding communities should feel safer and be proud of these programs supported by Councilman Lane and your city government.

Overall, this event was a productive learning and sharing meeting, and Scottsdale was certainly a great host city.

The hospitality shown to the attendees by Mr. Lane, the City Council and staff, Taser International, and other supporters made for a very enjoyable event.

Thank you for opening your doors and sharing your beautiful community with us.

COUNCILMAN KEN MASSEY

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH.

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