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Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 10:32 pm | Updated: 1:39 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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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Campaign frustration grows daily

My frustration with Dave Peterson’s campaign for mayor of Gilbert grows more every day. Recently while at work, I got a second robo-call from him on my cellular phone. I don’t give out my cell number so the only way his campaign could have obtained my number was through less than ethical means.

When his campaign calls me, the ID shows it’s a local number, so I take the call. Then I listen to the first five seconds of the spiel before hanging up. That call costs me money, both in work time and cell bills.

He’s trying to run a “Politics 2.0” campaign, using the Internet and YouTube to spread his message. Fine, but he’s doing it wrong. He’s disabled comments on his YouTube videos, so voters cannot leave messages or voice their opinions on the video’s content.

When you visit his Web site, the contact link gives you three choices: You may ask for an “Elect Dave” sign, offer an endorsement, or get an election day reminder. Voters cannot leave a personal message for him, they cannot write an opinion, they can’t communicate with him at all.

Finally, another thing that really upsets me is the content of one of his YouTube videos. He calls himself “Mayor Dave” which I find hilarious since he’s not actually the mayor of anything yet. I suppose that makes me President Dan.

Unwanted robo-calls, a poorly run on-line campaign, putting on-airs, is this someone we want to lead us?



Fix Rodeo Park

I would think Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman would have been embarrassed to put his campaign sign at our Rodeo Park that’s a disgrace to our community.

The park should have landscaping to reflect the beauty of Gilbert. In addition, the interior graded to get rid of the potholes.




Team ends season with class

I have never been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but I have always respected them. On the podium Sunday, while accepting the Vince Lombardi trophy, neither owner Dan Rooney, nor quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, nor head coach Mike Tomlin nor wide receiver Santonio Holmes made any mention of the Cardinals.

I was looking for anything like “they played a good game” or the usual tribute a winning team gives to a losing team.

It was like they blew out the Cardinals 50-0. I realize the Steelers are a great team and now have won more Super Bowls than any other team? But how about a little humility or at least sportsmanship.

Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt, quarter Kurt Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald all congratulated the Steelers. They made no mention of the fact that the referees called more than 100 ticky-tacky penalty yards on the Cards or that they did not even review the last play of the game.

In my opinion, Warner’s arm was clearly going forward and it should have been ruled an incomplete pass; not a fumble.

I do not want to come across as a sore loser. I always believe the game is decided on the field and the Steelers won. The point is the Steelers owner, coaches, and players should give the Cardinals at least a little credit on a well-fought game (and season). The best word I can come up with is classless. They just have no class. My respect for the Steelers organization has fallen greatly.




Time is now to adopt

I’m glad you printed the editorial about Mesa’s proposed domestic partner registry (“Unmarried couples don’t need Mesa’s approval,” Our View, Jan. 9). It motivated me to write this letter.

The reasons given to not enact this registry are the weak excuses of politically divisive, unnecessary and costing the city funds. The case is easily made to the contrary and it’s the perfect time to raise the issue, especially just after the so-called “pro-marriage” amendments. Cheers to Mesa City Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh for stepping to the plate.

Every major issue the country faces is divisive. Should we not tackle any of these? No time like the present. Second, this is necessary because it affords some basic rights to committed partners. Not everyone can afford a lawyer to draw up documents. The city could offer this easily, as a system is in place that’s similar. What’s one more form and hanging folder in city offices?

It would also make it clearer for companies who would be affected. Hospitals, medical, home and car insurance companies, etc., could easily qualify and extend the same “marriage” benefits to registered partners. I agree this would cost the city more, but it would be such a small amount of filings compared to marriages that there would be no real costs.

To achieve a cost-savings, I propose and challenge the “pro-marriage” lobbyists to walk their talk and propose an amendment that would eliminate divorce and truly build strong families.




Protect yourself from falling

Preventing falls is easier than one might think. Falling is a cause in 70 percent of accidental deaths among people 75 years of age and higher. Falling causes $70 billion in medical costs each year.

These are numbers that should and can be lowered. We believe in preventing falls so much that we train every caregiver how to assess a home for fall prevention. We go into homes and do free assessments just so we know our society is being taken care of. We treat the elderly as we do our very own family. Falling is something that can be prevented, and why not take action now.

I submitted this letter because we feel that fall prevention is something that more people need to be aware of. So many people don’t realize how easy it is to prevent many falls from occurring. We find it very important to help the elderly people of this community, and it’s our duty to do everything we can to protect the society in which we live.





Gaylord resort proposal gets preferential treatment

Mesa’s plan to commit $141 million in tax breaks to help Gaylord Entertainment build a new resort and conference Center in east Mesa is a shameful display of preferential treatment. The city is desperately trying to attract new businesses to Mesa. Good.

The city believes new businesses will attract other new businesses, thereby stimulating economic development in Mesa. Understandable.

Mesa’s plan, however, is problematic. The projected $51 million the development will generate from the “bed tax” is going back to Gaylord for advertising, rather than going to the city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, a government entity other hotels are forced to fund. If Gaylord and other Mesa businesses can advertise themselves better than the city can, why does Mesa spend any taxpayer money on the bureau?

In addition to the bed tax refund, Mesa also plans to abate an additional $90 million in property taxes for Gaylord. But why should one business get a special property tax cut over others? Cities all across Arizona, including Mesa, say they need tax incentives to bring new businesses to town. Why? Because taxes are too high. There is a fair way to attract businesses of all kinds: cut taxes for all businesses. From the local mechanic to a major corporation, the Arizona constitution requires that all businesses get the same treatment.




No map, no vote

This week I received in the mail the sample ballot. It included a lot of verbiage supporting Proposition 300. It left me with one question. Where is the Mesa Proving Grounds?

There was no map anywhere in the booklet. I am really annoyed that these bureaucrats cannot even communicate basic information. For that reason, I am voting against Prop. 300.




Police should arrest illegals

Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn, please tell the tax-paying residents of Chandler why Chandler is a sanctuary city.

I as a resident of Chandler am embarrassed to take a visitor to downtown Chandler due to all the vagrants and illegal immigrants loitering on virtually every street corner and having to walk around them just to get to the public bathroom. Please rescind the sanctuary city and apply the rule of law to this nation.



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