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Letters to the editor: Oct. 19

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Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2008 9:27 pm | Updated: 10:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Thief caught on camera

To the thief who stole my American flag from my front yard in Tempe, you were caught on camera. Bring the flag back and you go free; don’t bring my flag back and you will go to jail. You have been identified. Make a choice — now.




Education needs support

In its Oct. 13 editorial, the Tribune may have “wanted to cheer,” that Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and Sen. Robert Burns, R-Peoria, blocked a proposed $1 billion construction package for buildings at the state’s three public universities and “refused to act on plans to borrow money for additional classrooms for full-day kindergarten programs,” as reported by Capitol Media Services. However, I would like to point out that these legislators have consistently failed to support public education at any level even when money has been available.

Graduates of public schools at every level are our strongest resources. Their skills attract good employers with high-paying jobs. Income from those jobs will create more jobs and generate additional tax revenue for the state. Education should not be about “legislative shenanigans”; it should be about Arizona’s future.

The best leadership for Arizona is one that will be pro-active, not reactive; will invest in our future, not use our current economic predicament as an excuse to shortchange educational growth.

Vote for a strong Arizona this November.




Ousting of sheriff overdue

Just when one thinks that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s gross mismanagement and upside-down priorities have been demonstrated in every possible aspect of failed responsibility, up comes yet another proof.

Thanks to the Tribune’s continuing coverage, we now learn that the National Commission on Correctional Health Care has withdrawn accreditation for the jail’s clinics “for failure to maintain compliance and national standards and providing false information about such compliance.”

Interestingly, the defender of the jail’s Correctional Health Services operation is none other than Dennis Wilenchik, the former boss and contractual largesse beneficiary of the incumbent county attorney, Andrew Thomas. We remember Wilenchik as the authority abuser who went overboard with malicious prosecutions, and whom Thomas therefore had to fire in order not to be dragged down along with him.

On top of Arpaio’s budget excesses, managerial arrogance and failures which have cost taxpayers and county insurers almost $50 million in judgments and settlements, his own private foreign-aid program to Honduras, a publicity staff which costs taxpayers a half-million dollars a year plus overpaying an excessive two dozen crony “chiefs” while rank-and-file positions remain unfilled, a preference for immigration roundups rather than focusing on the 40,000 unserved felony warrants or keeping patrol districts fully staffed to protect and respond in unincorporated areas, now we have this newest documentation of Arpaio’s failure to perform.

Well, no, actually he “performs” every day for the camera — but not in fulfilling his responsibility to the taxpayers.

Voters need to retire this self-created media personality on Nov. 4. He should celebrate his 80th birthday with his family, not still carrying a badge and gun as would be the case if we continue to wink at the fabricated celebrity we’ve bought him while ignoring his dysfunctional behavior for yet another term. And Thomas, on his way back to a private practice, can drive him home.




Illegals contributed to woes

Back in March 2007, members of United for a Sovereign America demonstrated in front of several Bank of America branches, sounding the alarm of this present economic crisis. We were demanding accountability for the acceptance of the Mexican matricular consular card that was determined to be totally useless by the FBI, yet accepted by banks as valid identification. These cards are used almost exclusively by illegal immigrants.

We warned of the upcoming cost to taxpayers when these illegals and unscrupulous business practices collapsed and left honest citizens holding the bag. We warned of the dangers of issuing credit to unidentified and often criminal entities simply for the sake of a buck. Greed was to blame for this financial crisis, not the average citizen.

The average citizen lived within their means. We did not borrow 150 percent against a mortgage that we couldn’t afford to begin with. We did not assume we were entitled to unlimited credit balances. We paid our bills and supported our families to the best of our abilities without depending on “big brother” to bail us out.

Those who are responsible for this financial crisis must be held responsible! The CEOs and executives along with the corresponding elected and appointed officials not only allowed this to happen, in most cases they facilitated the process under the guise of helping minorities who could not afford to purchase a home.

Boo-hoo! There are plenty of legal American citizens who cannot afford to buy a home, regardless of their ethnicity. There are also many members of minorities that have better credit ratings than most reading this letter.




Obama’s past ties matter

Independent voters should be concerned about Barack Obama’s associations and what they tell us. Obama has had close associations with William Ayers, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the writings of Saul Alinsky.

These people have shown little respect for America and its institutions. They have advocated and/or committed law breaking in pursuit of their political goals. Their agendas are clearly radical.

Obama worked closely with Ayers (an admitted, unrepentant domestic terrorist) and used Ayers’ home to launch his political career. Obama dispensed $50 million dollars of grant money for an education project that Ayers organized. They served on the same board but Obama said he didn’t really “know” Ayers. Obama managed $50 million dollars for a guy he didn’t “know”? That makes me nervous.

His association with the Rev. Wright lasted 20-plus years but we are told by Obama he never heard the radical diatribes. And no one in the church shared Wright’s ideas with Obama? Obama says he didn’t know Wright was a radical. Over 20 years, how could he miss it? Only after public criticism did he disassociate himself from his admitted radical mentor. That really concerns me.

So who is the real Obama? Moderate Democrat or “closet” radical? What should we trust; the clues from his past or his latest speech? Obama wrote that Alinsky (author of “Rules for Radicals”) was a key factor in his political development. Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” says its just fine to lie to further one’s political goals. That scares me and I think it should concern all voters.



Summary of the campaign

Here is the short version of the 2008 presidential election.

Barack Obama: “McCain’s economic policies will be no different that the Bush policies that got us into this mess.”

John McCain: “Obama knows Bill Ayers!”

Obama: “McCain wants us to continue the war in Iraq indefinitely, no matter how many people die, how much it damages our standing in the world and our economy.”

McCain: “Obama’s middle name is Hussein!”

Obama: “McCain says he supports the troops but has voted against every major improvement in veteran’s health care, education, etc. — except for when he skipped the vote entirely.”

McCain: “Obama hates America!”

Obama: “McCain has voted against equal pay for women, children’s health coverage, and environmental protection legislation.”

McCain: “Obama pals around with bad guys!”

Obama: “Charles Keating?”

McCain: “No fair! He’s going negative!”



Coppersmith’s better case

It’s obvious to Tribune readers which Perspective writer is your best. It’s Sam Coppersmith. Sam’s column on Oct. 5 dwelled on the issues of Sen. Barack Obama’s candidacy, whereas Linda Turley-Hansen’s column was just rhetoric on how she feels personally about Sen. John McCain.

Personally, I do not care how she feels.




Breaking up a morning ritual

Why do newspapers now want us to read their news online? I prefer to read my newspaper laying on the table or counter when I am having coffee or breakfast, which I have seven days a week. I feel you are making a mistake (“Tribune announces 4-day paper, cutbacks,” Tribune Business, Oct. 7). I have felt the same the past six or seven changes you have made.

Of course, I do not see your bottom line, but I feel these changes have definitely affected it. You state other papers are similarly losing readers as they retrench and are reading online. That may be, but some of today’s readers may not be able to retrench enough to buy a computer to read online. I guess that is a gamble you have to take.

As stated in the article, the paper will now reposition itself with a more community focus. That’s good if you have enough reporters to gather the news. The article states you want to remain a part of the East Valley.

Then, let’s use some local folks to report on local news. The last two Banner Hospital articles I read appeared a day after I read basically the same story the day before in the “other paper.”

Not only will we able to read your paper only four days a week, but it will be in only two sections? Local news in one section and one for sports, entertainment, and late-breaking news? Why not deliver four consecutive days? The Wednesday readers will change to Thursday if there is no Wednesday paper. As previously stated, I am disappointed.



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