Letters to the editor: Oct. 11 - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Letters to the editor: Oct. 11

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2009 5:40 pm | Updated: 3:12 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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.

Submit your letter to the editor

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.

Submit your letter to the editor

DAY CARE

License fees hikes too expensive

This morning I saw a sign on the door of my child’s preschool. Their licensing fee is anticipated to go from $150 every three years to $4,578 effective Jan. 1.

This amounts to a moderate-sized preschool facing a 300 percent increase in fees required to operate their business. Such an increase will surely drive many licensed preschools and child cares in the state out of business. This in turn would lead to parents struggling to find affordable quality day care, and could easily lead to even more job losses.

All of these factors combined will do nothing at all to help Arizona’s economy, and will serve only to prolong the state’s recession. Increasing licensing fees so drastically helps no one. Increases of this magnitude are completely unreasonable. I hope the state comes to its senses before passing such ill-advised licensing fee increases.

LYNN SHUMWAY

TEMPE

Driving providers out of business

We have been serving the Valley for 25 years in the child care business. These proposed increases of 9,000 percent will be too much of a burden on both us and my low-income families.

The state Department of Economic Security has already cut 5 percent, plus they have instilled a so-called waiting list of 8,100-plus children. How are we to survive? They are taking away and charging us more! There is no doubt that we would have to close our doors, leaving children without day care and 75 jobs would be gone. Who supervises the state Department of Health Services?

RACHEL AND LARRY KATZ

SCOTTSDALE

OPINION PAGES

Temple cartoon makes too many mistakes

I am not sure if the artist meant for Friday’s opinion cartoon (“Mark Ruwart’s Eye on the East Valley”) to be offensive or not, but it offended me.

First of all, it’s Mormon, not “Morman.” Is Ruwart insinuating Mormons needed to ask God’s approval before the temple in Gilbert is to be built? It shows a pointy spire poking and knocking a God figure off balance. What, do Mormons throw God off kilter? Are they butting into a heaven they don’t belong in?

With such a blatant spelling error — and in such a heavily populated area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — I’m surprised it was even allowed into the paper.

JEANETTE HENDRICKS

SAN TAN VALLEY

PINAL COUNTY

Don’t fight adding supervisors

Pinal County, with its population of 350,000 as estimated today, is entitled to have fair and equitable representation by increasing from three to five supervisors under Arizona law.

This has clearly bothered the Democrats, who have had historic majority control since the year 1911. And it will continue with the Aug. 12 action taken by Supervisors Pete Rios and David Snider to hire a Maryland attorney, a former member of the U.S. Justice Department, at a $14,500 retainer and $300 an hour indefinitely to block efforts to acquire the two additional supervisors! The only Republican supervisor, Bryan Martyn, was wise enough to vote to defeat this deception.

More supervision should bring more accountability. Do Rios and Snider really want to oppose this when their former county manager was found guilty of a felony, having embezzled public funds over years without anyone noticing, and then given jail time?

What is clear is Rios and Snider propose to hold on to their turf and freeze out any equitable representation of Pinal residents until well into 2012.

PHILIP GEOHRING

SADDLEBROOKE

AFGHANISTAN

Gen. McChrystal not war leader country needs

If you give a good general a hundred men, he will march them through the gates of Hell. If you give a bad general a thousand men, he will surprise you with how many more he will ask for. That is what is happening now in Afghanistan.

NEIL THEX

MESA

JON KYL

Senator ignores female voters

This is a reminder to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., that he is in Congress not to advocate for himself, but to represent his constituents, which means women. It seems Kyl is not taking the issue of health care seriously with his remarks.

His past voting record on women’s issues is poor. Shame on him. He also voted against Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A question for Kyl: Does he believe that women are equal to men? To the women of Arizona, a vote for Kyl is against our best interest.

VICKI VENHUIZEN

MESA

IMMIGRATION

Scaling back Arpaio’s power is bad idea

President Barack Obama’s head of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, calls for revising the policy of allowing local law enforcement with proper training to enforce federal law in regards to illegal immigration. It must be the fact that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is rounding up too many illegal immigrants for deportation to suit her!

She claims the current policy allows for racial profiling, because people are being arrested for such things as a busted-out taillight. No, they are being stopped while driving for a number of infractions and being arrested when found to be in this country illegally. They broke the law coming here and they are breaking it by being here. Napolitano should do her job or resign.

J.C. PALMER

HURON, S.D.

  • Discuss

[Sponsored] Terri's Consignment: Divorce the sofa

Facebook

EastValleyTribune.com on Facebook

Twitter

EastValleyTribune.com on Twitter

Google+

EastValleyTribune.com on Google+

RSS

Subscribe to EastValleyTribune.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px
Your Az Jobs