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Letters to the editor: April 9

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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 11:03 pm | Updated: 9:27 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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Prosperity isn’t free

Free trade proponents continually clamor to eliminate trade and worker restrictions, claiming Americans would greatly benefit from lowered costs. Imagine life in America without any such restrictions. Low-cost illegal immigrants and H1-B, etc., visa-holders would provide all services within U.S. borders (except those performed in India or other nations, or via the Internet), while all manufacturing would take place in low-cost sites in Mexico, China, and so on.

The result? Costs would sink to unimagined low levels. However, Americans could not afford anything. We’d all be unemployed.

Not the idyllic situation portrayed by free traders.




Wasting our time

I am a 12-year-old kid and I think that video games are a waste of time. Video games also are addictive and they make kids more violent. Some video games such as Halo, Gears of War, Fear, Doom, and others also teach kids to shoot people. Even though there are some video games that meet the educational concept, the majority of the video game world is consisted of blood, gore, violence and so forth. Sometimes even adults are addicted to video games and play them and are lazy and never get a job and they ruin their life.

I think that instead of playing video games people should do something that should benefit people, such as planning what you want to be when you grow up, read a book, or throw a football with your parents. There are too many addictions that trouble people in this world and we don’t need video game addiction to add to the list.




McCain gives mine carte blanche

Sen. John McCain recently co-sponsored land swap legislation giving away 1,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Superior to a British/Australian copper mining consortium. McCain’s legislation intentionally exempts the mine from our nation’s most important environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act.

No public oversight will occur on how the ore is smelted, or how much groundwater and Central Arizona Project water is needed. Lacking is NEPA oversight of the mine’s impact upon American Indian historic and sacred sites, an endangered cactus, and a priceless, adjacent riparian ecosystem.

Superior’s former mine shaft must first be dewatered of billions of gallons of polluted water. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, just downstream, says they don’t want that pollution flowing through their sanctuary. The mine now claims it will pipe that pollution into Pinal County and dilute it tenfold with CAP water to “purify” it. Since McCain’s bill destroys NEPA public oversight, citizens won’t know how much scarce Colorado River CAP water this mine will use for its mining, smelting and purification.

McCain’s legislation is an unconscionable abuse of Arizona’s resources and its cultural and environmental heritage.




A ray of hope

Thank you for alerting East Valley voters of their options in the 2008 District 22 races (March 30). For too long, the East Valley has not been truly represented in the state Legislature. The trio of Andy Biggs, Eddie Farnsworth and Thayer Verschoor represent a rather narrow point of view and do not fully understand all the needs of Gilbert, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Mesa. We worry about health care, public education, transportation and the economy. I believe Glenn Ray understands the needs of all the voters and will listen to and truly represent those who vote for him and those who may not. I voted for Glenn Ray in 2006 and will vote for him again in 2008.





Don’t sell, consolidate

Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club and her unproductive associates, now and again, want to emotionally persuade Arizona citizens how to preserve state land. This is a serious problem here but it requires objective and functional solutions, not emotional rhetoric from the irresponsible. No one wants to deal with this problem for a productive solution because of the special interest groups that have dominated Arizona government ever since I came here 50 years ago and probably longer.

The solution? First we must stop the sale of any state land. Then design a program to consolidate state, BLM and private holdings for easy management. Watershed areas must be preserved as well, to protect the wildlife and vegetation for posterity. Drain areas must be preserved to conserve all possible water runoff. Low-security inmates could be used for this work as well as some unemployed. The exchange of land to consolidate must be done on an acre-to-acre basis, not the fraudulent exchanges that have occurred in the past. Lands to be set aside for civic use such as parks, schools and other community projects should not be sold at an additional cost to taxpayers.

You must understand that the State Land Department is incompetent. Recently I had to speak with land department officials to acquire a road access to land without legal access. These brilliant officials said it would take a year and a half to do this. In the private sector, this can be done within two weeks.

Either the Legislature must act or an initiative enacted for the voters to preserve the future of Arizona. This needs to be done now and the contents of this letter must be the backbone of the constitutional amendment.




Need is clearly there

I live in Washington state, but my father is a resident of Apache Junction. He brought to my attention an article that your paper picked up from the Washington Post that we were both dismayed to read. It was about “inflated” numbers on the U.S. Transplant Waiting List that is administered by the United Network for Organ Sharing (March 23).

Some critics quoted in the article said that because the number of folks reported as waiting for a transplant also includes those who are currently listed as “inactive” it is therefore misleading and used as a marketing ploy to drum up the need for more donors.

I am a kidney transplant recipient who has enjoyed eight years of good health, free from a dialysis machine and all the complications that go along with it. It saddens me to think of the damage that was done by this article. It particularly disturbs me that while your paper picked up the original article, it is unlikely that you will print any follow up in regards to this matter.

This negative, one-sided attention to organ donation has the potential to harm many people who wait for a transplant to save their life this very moment. In fact, as I write this, there are more than 1,500 people in Arizona waiting for a second chance at life.

Therefore, I would like to bring your attention to the response from Dr. Timothy Pruett, the president of UNOS, to the article, which said in part: “Physicians treating transplant candidates may list them as inactive for a variety of legitimate reasons, but the fact remains that they have been medically evaluated and listed because they are in need of a life-saving organ transplant.”



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