East Valley Tribune: Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor

Thursday 08/28/2014
Letter: Opinions at the crosswalk
Posted: August 28, 2014

This morning, one of the Gilbert Public School teachers was going through the crosswalk. I stopped her and asked her what she thought of the Common Core.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Letter: Author of minimum-wage letter living in different world
Posted: August 27, 2014

Wayne Whitlock of Glendale, your ‘Wayne’s World’ is apparently not the same world the rest of us have to live in, I’m thinking. Here are a couple things you probably should take a moment to ponder upon:

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Letter: Excessive force, lack of leadership highlight Mo. shooting
Posted: August 26, 2014

Does anyone really know what happened in Ferguson? I certainly don’t. The media reporting devoid of any investigative journalism has done virtually nothing to clarify things. Regardless of what the alleged unarmed teenager Michael Brown did or didn’t do, he is entitled to a fair trial, not an execution. The arresting officer Darren Wilson is also entitled to his day in court instead of “mob rule” even after emptying his entire magazine into this kid. Although I have no clue as to who is innocent or guilty, I can only conclude the following. First, disproportionate force by the police may have been used to stop Michael Brown. Second, law enforcement is excessively militarized and we live in a police state. The militarization of law enforcement greatly fueled the flames of community outrage. The bureaucrats know this and are using this outrage to justify further militarization. Third, there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government. Watching local politicians and law enforcement pass the buck to county officials, the county to the state, and finally the state to the federal government was absolutely pathetic. What good are these ineffective officials if they can’t do their job and follow the Constitution as we pay them to do? Clearly, you are correct, Gov, Nixon; the whole world is watching you and your fellow public servants. And thus far, all of you are failing miserably.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Letter: Time to reform corruption in Congress
Posted: August 25, 2014

I am with Citizens for an Ethical Congress. We are concerned about corruption in the U.S. Congress — such issues as insider trading, earmarks, extorting money from the private sector, collecting and spending campaign funds illegally, and a general lack of transparency. These issues are widespread through both the U.S. House and the Senate and through both the Democrat and Republican parties.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Letter: Smith is proven leader and right choice for governor
Posted: August 22, 2014

Doug Ducey and Christine Jones are occupied in convincing Arizona that “immigration” is the only issue facing our Grand Canyon State. Both candidates desire to let President Obama know their personal feelings, and one (Christine Jones) thinks she can simply send the president of the United States an invoice to pay for a fence and more border patrol agents. The endorsement of Joe Arpaio ranting for Doug Ducey — a son of a police officer with no political background — indicates that the “Go Daddy Mama” and the “ice cream man” should not lead our state. On the other side of the fence, stands tall, a quiet gentleman, Scott Smith, who was Mesa’s long-term mayor; a leader served with excellence. This is what he did for Mesa as mayor: improved and revitalized Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport; in our worse economic recession, gathered the Chicago Cubs to remain in Mesa — in as much constructed a new baseball stadium; increased funding for Mesa’s metro rail system, linking to other transfer points for the East Valley; and negotiated with Apple to take over a new facility employing hundreds of new jobs. Smith was elected by President Obama to chair as president of the Conference for Mayors. Scott Smith is a proven leader; Arizonans can rest at ease while Smith governs our state. I moved into Mesa in 2008 — the worst time in our economy. Since I am able to see the improvements in Mesa, that leads me to believe a man such as Scott Smith will satisfy every requirement as Arizona’s next governor.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Letter: Ask candidates about what they will do for children
Posted: August 21, 2014

Every night, my phone rings with electoral candidates making promises. My mail box is full of fliers trying to scare me with how wrong their opponent is. What I’m not seeing is the candidates stating how they will vote on issues that actually affect the lives of children and families in our state. Arizona ranks 46th in the nation on overall conditions for children, but unfortunately, this does not seem to be a priority for our elected officials. The best predictor of Arizona’s economic future is how our children are being treated today. It’s time for someone with courage, and a real heart for our children to be elected to shape Arizona’s future. We really need to ask each candidate: “How will you be the voice for children and make sure they have the opportunity to succeed?”

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Letter: Stop hidden money for campaign ads
Posted: August 20, 2014

It is time for Congress to put a stop to allowing hidden money (much of which comes from out of state) from influencing local and state elections.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Letter: KAET’s decline makes it almost unwatchable
Posted: August 19, 2014

When I first moved to the Valley of the Sun in 2000, the PBS TV channel, KAET, was a “powerhouse.” The best TV programming on local television. “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” gave the best (unbiased) analysis of the day’s news events. “Masterpiece Theatre” and “Masterpiece Mystery” were “must watch” week in and week out. Wonderful foreign films were shown that could be seen nowhere else on the Valley of the Sun’s TV channels. We viewers didn’t know it be we were seeing the “beginning of the end” for KAET.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Letter: Raising minimum wage would ultimately hurt young workers
Posted: August 18, 2014

Those who want to raise the minimum wage claiming that it’s too low to raise a family have not done their due diligence and do not know the history of that program. It was never, ever intended to be for anyone other than young people such as high school students to earn a small income while they prepare for college and trade schools. To raise that wage would cause the cost of products to go up, young people to lose their jobs and in many cases, the businesses to close. Why do liberals always want to fix things that “ain’t” broke?

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Letter: Easy to stop animal waste from fouling water supplies
Posted: August 12, 2014

Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

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