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Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 3:01 pm | Updated: 3:08 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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SMALL BUSINESS

Gilbert improving climate

Gilbert is making big strides for small business in maintaining a business-friendly atmosphere and promoting efficient services. In August, Gilbert officials and small-business owners held a small business summit seeking feedback on how to improve the permitting processes when starting and operating a business.

Our efforts have already resulted in positive changes. A committee of Gilbert staff and small-business owners was organized to review the steps involved at the town level to streamline the permitting process, simplify paperwork, and improve the understandability of forms. This is sometimes a challenge, given the numerous types of businesses that open in our community, each with different needs and requirements.

Gilbert recently launched an improved business registration Web portal, which is located on the town Web site at www.gilbertaz.gov. This portal includes links and information that lead business owners through the permitting process and will answer questions posed by new entrepreneurs. A new “Opening A Business” guide is also available on the Web site and will soon be available at town facilities with detailed guidance.

In addition, we named a new business ombudsperson to help small businesses navigate the steps involved when they are starting a new business in town. The role of the Gilbert ombudsperson will be to step in and aid business owners when they are unsure how to proceed, or when dealing with a unique situation. Businesses in this situation can reach the ombudsperson at businesslinks@ci.gilbert.az.us.

We encourage business owners to continue to communicate with us as we implement these changes and work to support our businesses. The efforts of those in our community are appreciated as we keep Gilbert open to business.

MAYOR JOHN LEWIS

GILBERT

CHILD CARE

Seek revenue elsewhere

So due to state revenues plunging, the fees for oversight of child-care centers will go up exponentially (“Child care providers balk at fee hikes,” Tribune, Oct. 28). This sounds like the worst possible place to try to balance the budget. Increasing fees will impact the child-care centers (some irreparably) in the short run but will inevitably be passed along in higher costs to parents.

Is this the only place that the state can find to cut back spending or offset revenue through fee increases? I would bet not. This looks like a ploy to show the public that things are dire and to promote tax increases — much like threats to reduce police and fire departments. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago when the sky was falling when the state wasn’t going to be able to outright pay for child care for low-income families? Now we see a switch to raising the cost on those who can afford to pay.

I know nothing of what is involved with oversight of the child-care industry, but you can bet the state is paying much more for much less. How about privatizing the oversight and see what competition yields in the way of fees? Or does that take away from the real goal of the exercise?

ED GLANCY

MESA

MARIJUANA

Arrests won’t stop use

The 33 marijuana traffickers arrested will soon be replaced (“33 arrested; ring put marijuana in backpacks,” www.eastvalleytribune.com, Oct. 26). They always are. As long as there are buyers willing to pay a substantial price for it, somebody will produce it and somebody else will get it to the willing buyers. This we can guarantee. Why not legalize marijuana so it can be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed business establishments? Pot is substantially less dangerous than either tobacco that contains nicotine, or alcohol.

People consume marijuana for the same reasons they consume alcohol. Why not offer adults the much safer alternative to alcohol?

KIRK MUSE

MESA

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