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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 6:12 pm | Updated: 12:37 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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BASHAS’

Time to repay favors

In the early 1980s, I was chairman of Save Your Vision week for the Arizona Optometric Association. Dr. Art Mollen was my honorary chairman, and the year before was Tex Earnhardt. Eddie Basha volunteered to print up his grocery bags, at no cost to our association., with the picture of the honorary chairman and the date. It was a public reminder, for all citizens of Arizona and their children, to have their eyes examined yearly so they can be at the top of their game. Our association donated eye exams and eye glasses to the less fortunate.

All I remembered about Eddie Basha is you could get a hold of him in person without going through a lot of people. he was approachable, generous and cared about his community. His call was the shortest and quickest acceptance for volunteering his company for the visual welfare of Arizona, and he thanked me for asking him to help. How many people do you know that are this generous today?

I am  hoping that the Bashas’ reorganization is fast and efficient to get back to serving all  Arizonans. Mom-and-pop businesses like Bashas’ Supermarkets is what made this country great. I have been here since 1975 and have shopped in Eddie’s stores. Eddie’s employees love working there, and the branding of Bashas’ Supermarkets always stood for quality.

Anyone who knows Eddie Basha personally knows he has a good name and a good reputation as a businessman, citizen and family man. I will continue to support Eddie and buy my groceries at his stores. I grew up back East where if someone did a favor for you, you owed him one back. Eddie just let me know how I can repay the favor he showed to my profession in the 1980s. I honestly feel the cream always rises to the top.

JEFF EGER

MESA

MARICOPA COUNTY

Everybody matters

Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, D-District 5, is at it again. Her job is to help all the people in this county but her only interest seems to be helping Hispanic and Latino Americans. She interferes with our duly elected sheriff. If she won’t step down voluntarily, she should be recalled. All races should be represented; reverse discrimination is wrong from whomever it comes from. Don’t vote for Wilcox ever again. She does not represent all the people.

BARBARA PIERCE

QUEEN CREEK

EDUCATION

More money needed

Rep. Rich Crandall’s crusade to improve education (“Arizona behind peers in college readiness,” Tribune, Aug. 28) has some good points and some nonstarters. His suggestion to appoint rather than elect the state superintendent of public instruction is an exceptional idea and long overdue. Anyone care to remember the legacies of former “leaders” Carolyn Warner, C. Diane Bishop, and Lisa Graham-Keegan? We need a superintendent that not only will work well with the governor, but one who isn’t using the educational post as a stepping stone for a higher office.

However, Crandall doesn’t need to convene a summit to improve education in rural Arizona. More money to recruit and retain quality teachers is obviously needed if we’re ever going to attract top-notch educators into our schools who can help reduce our dropout rates, increase our test scores, and better prepare students for college-level courses. As long as the Legislature continues to fund Arizona education in a miserly fashion (ranked 49th in the country), we’ll continue to talk the talk about improving education in Arizona without walking the walk.

To paraphrase an old song concerning education in Arizona, it can’t sing or dance, but money talks. Unfortunately, we really do get what we pay for relative to education in Arizona.

RICHARD K. MESZAR

MESA

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