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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009 5:07 pm | Updated: 3:06 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 comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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GILBERT ELECTIONS

Lewis does have challenger

There is another candidate for mayor of Gilbert — Glen Spencer! I have officially filed my nomination as a write-in vote in the May election.

I could not stand back and let John Lewis be handed the job of mayor of our town. This guy is nothing new, same old politics as usual, using his church for votes, his ties to other organizations for money, and red, white and blue all over his ads like he’s a middle-aged Boy Scout. I’m not buying it.

I’m not perfect. We all have our issues. But I can lead and manage and I won’t mislead the people of Gilbert. I’ll talk straight and work hard for them. If you want the same elitism and “select few benefit” government in Gilbert, vote for Lewis. If you want change then let’s make it — together.

I am a successful business executive and owner with 20 years experience running businesses and projects on time and within budget. I am spending less then $500 on this campaign.

Not because we cannot raise more, but because I want to prove we can win without wasting money. Just as I will vote to manage all of Gilbert citizens’ money, yet still run a successful town.

I’m sorry, but the other guy is always going to answer to “others.” I believe everyone should be represented by the mayor, all ages, all beliefs, all businesses (even the south ones).

I am your average Joe Gilbert — small business owner, track home-living, SUV-driving dad. I am the Gilbert majority. And I ask all of you to come out and support me so I can represent you. It is time for a real change.

It’s time for Gilbert to move forward supporting residential permit moratorium for three years. Let’s see our house values raise again. No light rail, which is a waste of money and will bring crime and unnecessary burden to our city. Bring big business to Gilbert. Let their taxes support our community.

Write in Glen Spencer for mayor. You can contact me at info@vivagilbert.com.

GLEN SPENCER

GILBERT

PHOTO ENFORCEMENT

Cameras cause more harm than good

I don’t think that photo radar should have been installed in the first place. Photo radar should not be used on the highways, due to two specific reasons.

According to a study from the University of Virginia, the cameras will get the right speed but not always the right license plate and driver. This means the real person speeding gets off and the driver who had their photo taken has to pay a fine that they didn’t deserve to get.

Also, when people see the cameras, they slam on the brakes. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, in a 2007 study they found a 55 percent increase in rear-end collisions. So you may be driving along and the second you see a photo radar camera you hit the brakes, and the next thing you know the person driving behind you is in your backseat.

In my opinion, even though I don’t drive, yet when one of those goes off I can’t see very well because of the flash leaving spots of light in my eyesight. At night, this could cause many more crashes because of your sight being impaired for a minute or so.

Legislatures should take out the cameras because these cameras don’t do anything. The only reason there may be less people speeding is because of the economy, and they aren’t able to afford gas or insurance.

BAILEY MARRA

STUDENT, DOBSON HIGH SCHOOL

MESA

No justice with current system

Today I will describe a system of injustice that permeates our society, and has nothing to do with political affiliation, but everything to do with money.

I refer to a kangaroo court system that has predetermined your guilt based upon the flash of a camera. A system that warns you upon notification that if you do not accept their predetermination of your guilt, or you do not hire legal counsel, you cannot present the evidence used by the state to accuse you.

The judge, allowing pictures taken by a camera that he says is accurate because the city assured him of its accuracy, finds you guilty. Extenuating circumstances do not count, intent is of no consequence and common sense is abandoned.

The drama has not ended with a conviction and a healthy fine. The convicted party, a 63-year-old driver who was licensed at age 16, logged hundreds of thousands of miles behind the wheel and has never been cited for a traffic violation, now must go to Traffic Survival School at an additional cost to satisfy a system of injustice that is driven by money, money, money!

I have heard of few people who object to cameras that are placed at intersections and on highways for the purpose of safety, to catch those who are a danger to others. But wouldn’t it be an honest exercise to have a “fair” hearing to determine who is guilty of ignoring the law and who might deserve a warning?

LOWELL POPHAM

CHANDLER

HEALTH CARE

Excluding government option isn’t reform

If President Barack Obama’s health care plan gets changed to exclude a public option like Medicare, then it is not health care reform.

A public option is the only way to guarantee health care for all Americans. Any legislation without it is just more of the same broken system.

America deserves a choice. Let people choose between keeping the for-profit insurance they already have — if they want it — or a public health care option like Medicare. Insurance companies and HMOs are afraid of a public health care option because competition will force them to provide better service at lower cost.

One in 6 Americans are uninsured and millions more are under-insured for the coverage they need.

Health care reform and lower costs for adequate care is an issue whose time has come.

It is past time to turnaround an America characterized by inequality of wealth, crony capitalism, favoritism to the rich, unnecessary war and torture.

Conservative Republicans, not content to be a loyal opposition, are doing everything they can to sabotage President Barack Obama’s reforms rather than rally to meet the crisis of economic downturns, obsolete war costs, the need for renewable energy, better education, renewal of our infrastructure and affordable medical coverage for all Americans.

They are clinging to ideas that are archaic and have failed. Now is the opportunity to turn our nation around and live up to its earlier promise.

ROBERT FINKBINE

GOLD CANYON

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