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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 6:58 pm | Updated: 2:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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MESA UTILITIES

Higher rates wrong for families

Thank you to the Mesa City Council for refusing to take up Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh’s suggestion that utility rates be raised to continue funding social programs.

Kavanaugh does not seem to realize that raising utility rates means raising utility rates on the poor. He would force poor families to contribute to charities not of their choosing. Why do some in government think they should become involved in picking winners and losers when it comes to charity?

The decision to give to charity should be left entirely to the individual.

The act of raising utility rates on all so that the Mesa council can pick winning charities is odious, though not as odious as a quality of life tax forcing the poor to subsidize rich arts patrons from Scottsdale who attend the Mesa Arts Center! Kavanaugh would be wise to consider the impact on poor and working-class families of the taxes he would impose rather than solely concentrating on the benefit of the spending he so eagerly supports.

THOMAS C. SCHUELKE

MESA

MOTOR VEHICLES

Report indecent symbols

Today as I was driving to school at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, I pulled up behind a gray truck at a stoplight (Williams Field and Higley roads) and noticed that hanging from under its back bumper was a shiny steel ornament undeniably shaped like male testicles.

I was shocked and appalled. I suppose whoever owned that truck thought it was funny, but it amounts to public indecent exposure. I was too flustered and unsure how to react, so I didn’t get the license plate number.

But I encourage concerned mothers and fathers to be alert and call in this truck to the police if they come across it. There is no excuse for that kind of display.

MICHAELA STEPHENS

CHANDLER

PRESIDENT OBAMA

The missteps continue

While not a surprise, President Barack Obama and his appointees have given new meaning to the term “amateur hour.”

There’s a long list which includes Mr. Teleprompter himself (Obama), Vice President Joe (foot in mouth) Biden, and our former Gov. Janet Napolitano who continue with their misinformed gaffes.

Simply, they are not well-read on their topics. They’ve made more apologies than Don Rickles when he teasingly insults people. And, we should demand to see the Air Force One photos over New York City which cost taxpayers around $328,000.

Also, someone needs to tell Obama he is the president, not a dictator. We don’t want — or will the U.S. tolerate — a dictator with a socialist agenda. That will change in two years. He and his career political appointees have no clue about running a business — unfortunately — and the U.S. government needs people with that experience.

JOHN SHIELDS

QUEEN CREEK

CIGARETTE TAX

Congress adopted it

I am responding to Linda Idziorek’s April 17 letter, “Smokers take big hit with tax.” Idziorek blatantly stereotypes President Barack Obama on his job title by implying that he is solely behind the cigarette tax. Tax laws are proposed by Congress, not the president.

Though it is true the president may veto a proposed bill, it can be overturned by a two-thirds vote in Congress. Therefore, it is incorrect to lay all the blame on Obama when he does not have full control of the situation.

SAMANTHA WALKER

MESA

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Standing up against oil industry

Since taking office in January, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has prioritized renewable energy and put the brakes on the Bush administration’s full-steam-ahead approach to destructive oil shale development.

Salazar canceled oil and gas leases on the edge of Utah national parks and historic sites on nearby public land.

Yet Salazar’s measured approach has provoked a backlash by the oil and gas industry that had enjoyed a privileged status during the eight years of the Bush administration. Salazar’s understanding that he is a steward of our public lands and not the servant of the oil industry is a breath of fresh air.

With the Obama administration placing conservation and renewable energy issues high on its agenda, these first steps should be the first of many more toward the reforms needed to make sure the oil and gas industry doesn’t wreck more of our fragile Western landscapes. Salazar should continue the agency’s shift from giving the oil industry what it wants to insisting on balance on lands that belong to everyone.

BRANDI STEIN

MESA

GILBERT ELECTIONS

Scroggins, Daniels, Lewis for self-sufficiency

When we moved to Gilbert two years ago from out of state, we chose Gilbert because of its incredible reputation of being a family-focused community with a town that supported family values. The school system seemed ideal and the people we had met who lived here seemed to be like-minded.

However, I am just realizing now as I listen to the conversation of raising taxes, that the town has, for far too long, “foot the bill” for too many of these amenities. The very programs and facilities that my family appreciates aren’t even paying for themselves to operate.

There is no need to raise taxes to pay for these! We just need to have the taxes pay for the town’s infrastructure (i.e., roads, pubic safety, school system, etc.), and everything else should be run self-sufficiently.

I am amazed that this simple outlook of what our taxes should be paying for can’t even be discussed or defended in a reasonable way by our current Town Council.

After listening to all of the debates, watching carefully at who currently represents me and my family in our town government, I have made a decision. I am going to vote for Erin Scroggins, Jenn Daniels and John Lewis! These are people who promote fiscal responsibility. In the current economy, fiscal responsibility is not an option, and we need town representatives who will deliver this! My husband and I do believe with great conviction that these three individuals represent us, our young family of five and the well-being of our future.

CHRISTINE ACCURSO

GILBERT

Krueger ensures success

Sometimes ordinary people turn off the TV, flip to the next page in the newspaper, and pass by the water cooler when the subject turns to politics. But there are times and places in our lives when we can’t afford to do that.

Furthermore, we can’t afford to simply believe everything we read about and hear about from others. We need to watch or be involved in the local government meetings and have a basic understanding of what the overall public good is for the entire town, not just one segment of our population.

Joan Krueger cares about the whole town and everyone who resides, works and visits here. That’s why we need to pay attention to what’s going on in our town and understand the facts of both sides of the major issue. I urge you to get out and vote in the town of Gilbert election Tuesday and vote for a leader who is experienced, tenacious and empathetic.

We’ve all seen the headlines, we all know times are hard. But what can we do about it, besides trim our own household budgets? Times like this require strong cities, and strong cities need strong, experienced, empathetic leaders. Trimming budgets and cutting back in our own spending will only get us so far, if the town that we live in isn’t led by the right people.

Joan has the business perspective, the leadership experience, and the communication skills to ensure success for the town and its residents. She values safe homes, strong families, and bringing good jobs to Gilbert. All of Joan’s values will only help Gilbert and its residents survive during the country’s economic struggle and ensure sound, intelligent decisions will be made. Vote for experience — Vote Joan Krueger.

JENNIFER WITTMANN

GILBERT

Sentz will sustain lifestyle

When I heard John Sentz was running for Gilbert Town Council, I had to smile as I thought he would be great at the job. I have known John for more than 25 years, and I am proud to call him my friend.

John is the kind of guy who will go out of his way to help others improve their situations even if he gets nothing in return.

The changes we make must be done with confidence, and our decision must be made with experience. John has been involved in responsible change working as the chairman of the Gilbert Planning Commission. His goals as council member are to sustain our quality of life in Gilbert, maintain fiscal responsibility, accountability and increase citizen input into town issues.

Those words are not just campaign jargon. John is the kind of guy who is decisive with a plan, and he actually delivers what he says he will deliver.

His involvement in the YMCA leadership speaks to his dedication to improving quality of life for individuals and families in our community. His work as a small-business owner in Gilbert is equally impressive. I want a man with that kind of experience on my Town Council. I encourage everyone in Gilbert — who cares about appropriate open government, a new point of view, and truly beginning anew — to vote for my friend John Sentz.

BRINT OVERHOLT

GILBERT

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