East Valley Tribune: Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor

Monday 09/15/2014
Letter: Don’t judge Brown until you’ve walked in his shoes
Posted: September 15, 2014

To Linda Turley-Hansen:

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Saturday 09/13/2014
Letter: Reserved parking needed for community college students
Posted: September 13, 2014

I am writing for community college students. In every community college campus, you see employees (staff) parking in the front rows or closer to the classrooms. For safety of students, colleges should have reserved parking spaces in the front rows for students. This allows students less walking when they get out of a class around 10 p.m. or later because of an exam or a project.

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Friday 09/12/2014
Letter: Economics ‘emotion’ vs. mandated minimum wage
Posted: September 12, 2014

Economics questions are very often decided on emotion, not facts or logic. Nowhere is this truer than on the question of a government-mandated minimum wage. In a recent letter, Mr. Livdahl cites the rising prices of goods and services as a call to raise the mandated minimum wage. He believes this will make it easier for people to get through trade school or college. If your thinking does not extend beyond the end of a bumper sticker slogan, you might tend to agree. After all, it feels so good to envision the benefits of a government-mandated minimum wage. Unfortunately, on this question, emotion and economic reality clash head-on.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Letter: Obsolete funding formulas force school districts to seek overrrides
Posted: September 11, 2014

Once again, in November, school districts throughout the state will have overrides on the ballot. Most, if not all, districts do this because the funding formula from the state is over 30 years old and does not meet the cost of doing business in the year 2014. Think about it; can you get a gallon of gas for 95 cents today? Well, that’s essentially what they are asking schools to do today.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Letter: Daily fines would solve campaign sign eyesores
Posted: September 10, 2014

Hold those individuals running for election responsible for removing the litter of advertising posters they stake at every intersection months prior to Election Day. For each poster still in place the day after elections, the candidate will be charged $10 per day, per poster, until the litter is removed. I believe there is a penalty fine in place for littering, and this situation qualifies as littering.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Letter: Look back at history before waging war on ISIS
Posted: September 09, 2014

WAR! Here we go again! We hear the call to attack and destroy ISIS from all arenas: from Tom Patterson (“Time for US to get ‘crazy’ and fight to win in Middle East,” East Valley Tribune, Aug. 24), from Joe Klein (“An Evil That Must Be Stopped,” Time Magazine, Aug. 25), and from many politicians, government advisers and so-called military experts. And this after just having briefly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, “The Great War,” the “War To End All Wars.” As we lackadaisically prepare ourselves to slay our newest foe, ISIS, it might be worthwhile to glance at an excerpt from Ernst Glaeser’s renowned best-seller from 1928, “Jahrgang 1902” (“Birth Year 1902”).

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Sunday 09/07/2014
Letter: Kids’ shooting deaths will continue until parents held accountable
Posted: September 07, 2014

Now it’s 11 year-old Samuel Epps shot and killed. And as the NRA says, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” When adults put kids and guns together, intentionally or through neglect, they become responsible. So until parents are held accountable, Sheriff Babeu, children will continue to die and there will be no justice.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Letter: Patterson’s strategy on Middle East should also work at home
Posted: September 02, 2014

Kudos to Tom Patterson for his commentary on winning in the Middle East (Aug. 24). Needless to say, he’s “spot-on.” I’m sure the “American” majority would be totally supportive. We’re tired of being losers under less-than-adequate leadership. While we’re at it, use some of the tactics to clean up the coffer-depleting human trash who inhabit the communities of our “homeland.” Force is justified when put to use for the right reason(s) — in defense of the Constitution.

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Monday 09/01/2014
Letter: Mo. shooting and aftermath show racism still looms large
Posted: September 01, 2014

I wonder how many people are still paying attention to the calamity going on in Missouri?

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Sunday 08/31/2014
Letter: Tempe DUI enforcement methods seem draconian
Posted: August 31, 2014

Residents, please make sure your license plate bulbs are fresh and working properly, OK? The DUI task force in Tempe is not there to protect and serve. They are there to cold-call for their very lucrative business. It is ridiculous. I know three designated drivers who were completely sober who were in handcuffs over the weekend. A couple of them even blew 0.00. One of them caught the whole incident on video and the cop wouldn’t let him go until he erased the video (he waited and watched him do it before he would let him go).

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