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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 2:26 pm | Updated: 12:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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CONSTITUTION WEEK

Gilbert welcomes everyone

This week we celebrate the 222th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. On Sept. 17, 1787, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, representatives from 12 of the 13 “un-united” states (Rhode Island did not send delegates) agreed to unify and “establish a more perfect union.”

In Gilbert, this year marks our eighth celebration of this special event. The Gilbert Constitution Week” commemoration started small in 2002 but has grown into what many have titled, “The Largest Constitution Celebration in the Country!”

Hundreds of volunteers are to be commended for their service in organizing various Constitution Week events. Volunteers have dressed in 1787 attire and attended school functions throughout the town to share messages from George and Martha Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and others. Citizenship merit badges classes have been organized for the Boy Scouts. Youth Art and Essay contests have allowed hundreds of our children to share their feelings about this year’s theme: “Which Right is Right for You.”

Two community events are open to the public this weekend. At 8 p.m. Friday,  a musical theater production, “The Price of Freedom,” at the Mesquite High School Auditorium provides an opportunity to give tribute to those who served in the military. At 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday,  the Constitution Fair on the Mesquite High School practice fields includes fun activities for those of all ages. More details can be found at www.ConstitutionWeekUSA.com.

We invite you to participate in the Constitution Week activities as we recognize the vision and leadership of our founding fathers. Constitution Week is another reason why Gilbert is a great place to live and enjoy our clean, safe, vibrant community. Let freedom ring during another week of community celebration!

MAYOR JOHN LEWIS

GILBERT

SEPT. 11

Forgetting lessons

Unfortunately, time not only heals all, it also allows us to forget. This has clearly happened in our country. Our attention is now so focused on the recession issues and the health care debate that our memories of the horrors of the 9/11 attack on our country have become much more distant. After 9/11, the nation united in its commitment to avenge the horrendous attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.

Today, our failing memories have clouded out perspectives. Our U.S. attorney general now seeks to find and punish Americans who “may” have crossed the line in obtaining information from the enemy that has sworn to kill us all. Are the rights of the 2,996 Americans to be forgotten, while we make sure that the killers’ rights are protected? In the end, the enemy’s belief that Americans are weak may prove to be all too true.

BOB HICKS

GILBERT

ANIMAL CONTROL

Insult added to injury

I want to let the people of Mesa know what happened July 16 at the animal control office on Eighth Street. My sister had been in an automobile accident the night of July 13 and was taken to Maricopa County Medical Center with multiple injuries. I called my daughter to drive down from Lakeside in the White Mountains to come and stay with the dog until I got there. She arrived and discovered the dog had been taken two hours earlier to the pound.

When we attempted to retrieve the dog, we were forced to pay $150 for fees and a shot that may have been totally unnecessary. Since my sister was unconscious, we were not able to prove to the clerk or her supervisor the dog was licensed and had a recent rabies vaccination. I was told if I didn’t pay, they would keep the dog and charge me $31 dollars every day until I did.

I never asked for the dog to be removed from the house. No one did. This amounts to the dog being kidnapped and held for ransom — to collect what may well have been unnecessary fees. The dog had plenty of water and food in self-dispensing containers and a door to an enclosed patio. She was not being neglected and was in no distress.

So beware. If you get in an accident, be prepared to fork over money to animal control to get your pet back. They don’t take cats, apparently. They don’t seem to care much about people either.

BOB SHOEMAKERS

SEATTLE

HEALTH CARE

House bill weighed down with earmarks

We need some form of health care reform to lower cost, but the current bill in the House of Representatives is not reform. This bill contains a potpourri of political earmarks intended to please the far-left wing of the Democratic Party. As I read and study the current House bill I have discovered some items that I don’t understand how they will lower costs:

• Hawaii to be exempt from employer mandates.

• Midwives would be reimbursed at the same level as doctors.

• The IRS to play a key role in monitoring and enforcing health care mandates leveled against individual taxpayers.

Union health plans will be exempt from the limitations of ObamaCare, allowing unions to operate as insurers while forcing everyone else into government-approved plans in “exchanges.” Instead of having the unions pay for their own plans, taxpayers will subsidize them, while getting less themselves. The Detroit Free Press has reported the current bill gives $10 billion to the United Auto Workers retiree health insurance program.

Last but not least, why are none of the bills scheduled to take effect until 2013? Could it be that the politicians could run for re-election in 2010 and 2012 and not have to answer for anything in the bill they approved?

HAROLD GEE

MESA

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