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CULTURAL DECLINE: Keep fighting it
As more and more Americans are understanding the cause of decline in our culture, blame should be avoided and a spirit of goodwill should be extended. Well-meaning liberals should not be faulted for marching to the beat of an evil drummer. Anti-American/anti-Christian propaganda fed to young people has been so skillfully creative and methodical that even family members have become political enemies.
People who truly love our democracy should keep the momentum going.
God Bless America.
BOB BLAZIER, MESA
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Don’t close it
Closing the Department of Juvenile Corrections is not the answer to solving Arizona’s financial problems, even if Sheriff Joe Arpaio offers to help out with another Tent City. There are federal laws in which youth need to be rehabilitated, not just locked up. This is not politics as usual. This is about Arizona youth getting help so that they do not graduate to the adult system and end up in Sheriff Joe’s jails. Let the governor and Arpaio know that we in Arizona care about our youth, especially those that are troubled.
TONY BANUELOS, MESA
CUBS: Mayor deserves credit
I hope the people in the East Valley appreciate the time and effort Mayor Scott Smith and his staff have made to keep the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. The Cubs have been here for more than 35 years, they are the largest draw of any Cactus League team, and fans come from all over the country to see them in the belief that this is their year to go all the way. I would hate to turn our back again, ignoring what professional sports brings to our economy.
When I see what Glendale has done with its Westgate Development after it got the stadiums for the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Coyotes, it broke my heart knowing how this development could have helped downtown Mesa and the surrounding area. Maybe some rabid Cubs fans or some Arizona State graduates might consider building some fun entertainment, clothing stores, sporting goods stores, and restaurants to liven up Mesa’s downtown so we can release Fitch Park to another baseball team disenchanted with the Grapefruit League in Florida. Spring training fans spend their cash here, which increases sales tax and exposes the beauty of our community, and they might buy a home here for their family.
JEFF EGER, MESA