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Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2009 11:17 pm | Updated: 1:14 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

There’s something going on here, but I’m not exactly sure what.Either you are so mad at us that you’ve stopped communicating, or the start of 2009 has brought so much peace and love to the East Valley that nobody has anything to vent about anymore.

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There’s something going on here, but I’m not exactly sure what.Either you are so mad at us that you’ve stopped communicating, or the start of 2009 has brought so much peace and love to the East Valley that nobody has anything to vent about anymore.

A year ago, we added the option of sending in vents by e-mail at vent@evtrib.com. Honestly, we expected Vent contributors would take advantage of e-mail and reduce the volume of daily phone calls that already were overwhelming our opinion staff.

We knew a number of venters were writing out their submissions beforehand anyway, so here was their chance to get something in the Vent without taking the extra steps of dialing and reading it over the telephone. And a number of people did start writing us e-mails, but the phone calls never dropped off.

With the recent changes at the Tribune, we simply don’t have the manpower to filter 150 to 200 phone messages a day, pick the best ones and transcribe them for the Vent. So we made the reluctant decision to stop accepting phone calls and focus solely on e-mails sent to vent@evtrib.com.

The result this week has been almost deafening silence, even after the new, free Tribune arrived at your doorstep on Wednesday and Friday. The Vent will thrive or die because of you and what you are willing to share with your fellow Tribune readers.

So, come on, get on your computer, or visit a friend who has one, and send us your thoughts at vent@evtrib.com. There’s got to be something that has you so fired up that you want the whole world to know about it.

— Le Templar

“Make the new year a happy one by taking responsibility for yourself, helping the less fortunate and fight the HOA system that break their own rules and only take money from you and never do anything for you when your neighbors destroy your property.”

“My family decided to try the light rail the other day. Yes it was crowded, but everything went nice and smooth. I can tell you that we will be catching it to go to downtown Phoenix from Mesa for everything we do there now. Great job, guys!”

“Arizonans are getting DUIs even though their BACs are under the legal limit. To the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, could you also report the number of DUI arrests to drivers under the legal limit? One thing is the concern for the safety of the citizens; another one is the use of power to intimidate citizens.”

“The reason so many people hate motorcyclists (is they) can be heard daily at 6 a.m. at the corner of Juniper and Val Vista. Loud pipes, small…”

“Another article about how if they raise the minimum wage, all of these small businesses are going to go under. The writer should have checked their facts. Seven out of 10 small businesses go under in the first year. So waaahh!”

“Well, raising the minimum wage is supposed to help the poor, right? Why don’t we go all the way and raise it to $20 and then there won’t be any poor people?”

“Help! I’m having black ink withdrawals.”

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