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Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009 2:43 pm | Updated: 12:33 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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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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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ABORTION

New laws are wrong

As a Republican, I was very happy to have Jan Brewer as our governor. I’m supportive of her actions as she tries to recover from the big spending days of the Janet Napolitano administration. However, I’m angry that Brewer has chosen to turn her back on women and families by signing the recent legislation that has severely impacted the personal rights and decisions of Arizonans in regard to abortion. These anti-choice laws are perilous, especially for young women and rural women and families who might find that they now have lost certain options.

As a member of the Republican Majority for Choice, I know that these at-risk women might be desperate enough to consider — or obtain — a dangerous “back-alley” abortion, or attempt a self-abortion that is unsafe and potentially life-threatening. As a parent of two daughters, I would want our children to talk to us, but I wouldn’t want my girls feeling trapped and taking actions that could kill them in a moment of fear and extreme anxiety.

I hope that instead of trying to cut off women’s access to all their options, Brewer instead focuses on finding common sense and common ground solutions that will reduce unwanted pregnancies — and in turn, lower the need for abortion. As a true conservative, Brewer should have looked to the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., who wanted to keep big government out of private medical decisions. Unfortunately, she has not, and I urge her to follow his example in the future.

FREDRICK VENSEL

GOLD CANYON

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Train nurses first

Before Arizona State University President Michael Crow proposes new campuses and programs (“ASU eyes downtown Chandler for campus,” Tribune, Wednesday), he should consider beefing up existing programs. For example, getting into the ASU nursing school has become nearly impossible. My daughter, who wishes to follow her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse, was recently told by an ASU adviser that if she receives another “B” she probably will not be accepted into the program. She is currently on a full-tuition scholarship based on maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average, yet she might not be able to get into nursing school. With the shortage of nurses in Arizona becoming more acute every day, it is inexcusable that ASU is not expanding the nursing program versus building more campuses. Apparently it is more important to Crow to “crow” about having the largest university in the U.S. than it is to provide a quality, low-cost education to existing students who will greatly benefit society.

STEVE KLINE

MESA

GILBERT DAYS

Community rescues parade

On behalf of the town of Gilbert, I would like to share my deep gratitude with a group of citizens and businesses who put forth a noble effort to make this year’s Gilbert Days Parade move forward on Nov. 14. We thank Gilbert Promotional Corp.’s parade chairwoman, Chelle Bullard; title sponsors Hunter Contracting Inc., Hayden Building Corp., Achen-Gardner Engineering, and Sundt; Infusionsoft for their donated Web site; and the citizens of our town. The community came together during difficult times with leadership and financial support to plan a parade that will continue a historic tradition. They exemplify the spirit of our town.

MAYOR JOHN LEWIS

GILBERT

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