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Letters to the editor: May 14

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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 10:55 pm | Updated: 8:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Columnist backs oversized bailouts

I was shocked that Sam Coppersmith (Opinion 2, April 27) is opposed to a proposal that would allow Arizonans who want to keep their homes to do so. He criticizes Rep. John Shadegg’s bill, the Homeowner Empowerment Act, which would allow Arizonans to use money from their retirement accounts, tax- and penalty-free, to save their own home, or a child’s home, or even a longtime friend’s home who may be having difficulty paying their mortgage.

Coppersmith believes people should be forced to walk away from the American dream of homeownership. Instead of the free-market approach proposed by Shadegg, Coppersmith wants every Arizona taxpayer to be responsible for bailing out every lender and speculator out there. I don’t want my hard-earned tax dollars bailing out a speculator who tried to flip half a dozen houses at the same time.

Shadegg’s bill would provide a vital option for homeowners to keep their home. Coppersmith wants a big-government bailout that every taxpayer must pay for.

Coppersmith must have learned how to get off track and filibuster in his single term in Congress, and his criticism of Shadegg’s solution for those wishing to keep their homes is proof.




Pull out there, elsewhere

The time for the U.S. to get out of a corrupt and fractured Iraq is not in one, two or five years, but now. The doomsayers claim that all kinds of terrible things would happen if we do. They said that about Vietnam but their predictions did not come true, nor will they now. Let’s leave Iraq before we get kicked out of Baghdad like we did Saigon.

Withdrawal from Iraq should be part of a larger draw-down of U.S. forces from other parts of the world, too. Why should we have 50,000 troops stationed permanently in Germany, 10,000 in Italy, 30,000 in Japan, 27,000 in South Korea, etc.? Why should we have a military presence in 63 countries worldwide? They are needed to protect U.S. interests, some say. But is it U.S. interests or the investments of overseas corporations that are being protected? Obviously, it is the latter.

The point is that, if U.S. corporations want to invest overseas, let them do so; but when their investments are in danger, the U.S. government is not obligated to send troops to secure them. The function of the U.S. military is to protect the U.S. homeland and the American people, not the overseas investments of private corporations. Our soldiers may be rightly called upon to shed their blood for the soil of America but not for the profits of overseas entrepreneurs.

Get out of Iraq now. The Iraqis can solve their problems by themselves. Reduce our military. Cut military expenditures and reduce the national debt. Use our tax dollars to rebuild America. Stop trying to be the latest imperial power, forcing our ways on the rest of the world.




Obama, others out of touch

Donald G. Martin (Letters, May 1) has some things right but for the most part is dead wrong in the assessment of small town America’s bitterness. I believe that “bitter” is far too strong a word to describe the concern American people have for their personal economic condition.

To take his letter literally, we would have to believe that no one in America is employed. While it is true that many jobs have been outsourced, the unemployment rate is still below 7 percent, which by economic standards is considered full employment and I challenge Martin to find an illegal immigrant who will work for less than minimum wage. Day workers demand at least $10 per hour and seldom will take a job that requires less than five hours.

In describing life in the 1930s and ’40s, Martin states that we needed guns to put meat on the table and religion to lighten the load of the Depression years. Yes, we used our guns to hunt and eat game. We also trapped and fished and used our guns for sport. Our religion provided for an inner need and inspiration totally unrelated to the Depression. I suspect that “small-town America” keeps their guns and religion for much the same reasons today.

It is sad to think that some people’s lives are so dismal they are ready to buy into Obama’s so out-of-touch assessment of the lives of small-town Americans.




Curb the madness

My son-in-law was riding his bicycle to work recently. He was in the bike path on Adobe Street, which is about the width of a car, and he was between Poston Junior High and Hale Elementary schools, when a truck pulled into the bike lane and hit him, sending him over the hood of the truck. The man apparently apologized. but he also apparently was not watching where he was going. Fortunately my son-in-law suffered no serious injuries, but no thanks to the driver of the truck, who displayed negligence in a school zone.

I pass through four school zones every morning and see all kinds of lunacy; school bus drivers not observing the speed limit in school zones, as well as many other drivers. At Madison Elementary School, I see parents parking on the street south of the school and letting their children out of their vehicles on the traffic side of the vehicle.

Something needs to be done in this city to make school zones safer. I have talked to school personnel and they have tried to talk to parents, but usually get screamed at. There are a couple of weeks of school left. I hope there will be no more accidents before the school year ends.




Giving drug too much power

I am writing in response to Bill Richardson’s “What about all the other drugs?” column (April 18).

I agree with Richardson’s stand. The politicians supporting the meth campaign are using scare tactics to make us believe that the whole world is crashing down around us, and it’s because of meth.

Yes, I will admit that meth is a dangerous drug but, like Richardson stated, “speed kills, and so do a lot of other drugs.” We can’t be using all of our resources to combat only one drug that affects a small percentage of the population. We still need to fight it, but we don’t need to focus on it. Another way the politicians are trying to make us fight meth only, is by creating a false dilemma by saying “can a drug really destroy a nation? This one can.” Meth can’t destroy this country by itself.

In the end, I agree with Richardson that we need to deal with the drug problem however, we need to fight all types of drugs, not just meth.




A dangerous joke

Flares on balloons are a bad idea. Someone should be cited or fined for such a prank. Remember Shannon’s Law? What goes up can come down, especially on someone’s roof or dry field. Could be disastrous.



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