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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:08 pm | Updated: 1:22 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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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Hasn’t earned honorary degree

There is no doubt President Barack Obama’s election and inauguration as our nation’s 44th president is a historical event.

Though that is a staggering accomplishment, it is woefully inadequate to receive an honorary degree after just more than 100 days in office. His record as a “community organizer,” state legislator, and U.S. senator for less than one term (when you consider time spent campaigning) shows nothing of significance except setting him up to run for president. And again, that’s significant!

We do know he is a record-setting campaigner and is absolutely fabulous at reading prepared speeches. And you can bet he will have a great one ready to read at Arizona State University’s commencement.

ASU has stated it has strict criteria for bestowing honorary degrees and Obama has not even come close. All he can point to today is his historical election. I urge ASU to not break precedent. Let’s see how the next four years turn out. To bestow an honorary degree at this point would make the whole process a sham.

ROGER HERD

MESA

Obama should speak elsewhere

I think President Barack Obama should cancel his speech at Arizona State University and suggest they show a Pink Panther movie instead. Shame on Arizona State!

JOHN C. BUSH

DECATUR, ALA.

TAX TEA PARTY

Staged event not really 'news’

The monthlong promotion by radio station KFYI (550 AM) of Wednesday’s Tea Party, which begins practically every morning at 8 a.m. with Barry Young and continues throughout the day with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, J.D. Hayworth and Michael Savage, along with plugs for the event disguised as half-hour news spots, is a blatant abuse of the public airwaves.

When has a political protest ever been considered news a month before it happened? This is outrageous! If any other political group wanted to get this amount of radio time to promote an event, it would cost them tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I predict that on Wednesday, KFYI and Fox News will falsely report these tea parties as spontaneous events, reflecting public outrage instead of what they truly are: staged political rallies organized through a coordinated multimillion-dollar radio, TV, and Internet marketing campaign. Republicans and conservatives will then incorporate these manufactured news events into their rhetoric and talking points setting up a dangerous precedent in American politics that is reminiscent of the propaganda tactics utilized by communist regimes and socialist dictators. KFYI and Fox News should not be allowed to misuse America’s public airwaves for partisan political purposes.

BRANDON CHASE GOLDSMITH

TEMPE

GENOCIDE

Standing up for the silenced

Remarkably, six genocides have major anniversaries in the month of April — a tragic testament to the international community’s inexcusable failure to stop inhumane and barbarous acts. Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, the Holocaust and Armenia all have commemorative dates in April.

In April, survivors of genocide and mass atrocities, their descendents, and anti-genocide advocates will honor those who were lost and those who survived — and we will urge immediate action to stop the ongoing Darfur genocide.

One thing that I firmly believe contributes to our tendency to repeat history is the fact that our citizens are not informed about the atrocities. Many people do not even understand what the word genocide means; therefore, the anger and compassion that is needed to create the political will to stop it is absent. The anti-genocide movement is growing, but we need more caring people to voice their concerns and demand action — not just words from politicians.

The situation in Darfur, Sudan, is rapidly deteriorating. The genocide started in 2003; more than 400,000 have been brutally murdered and millions are displaced. Attention and action is needed now more than ever. On March 4, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the president of Sudan, Al Bashir, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Since the warrant was issued, he has expelled 16 humanitarian aid agencies and frozen their bank accounts. Bashir has put millions at risk for dehydration, starvation, and disease.

The magnitude of this crisis warrants increased involvement from citizens and media coverage.

CORY WILLIAMS

CARL WILKENS FELLOW

GENOCIDE INTERVENTION NETWORK

PHOENIX

GILBERT ELECTION

Need Sentz’s experience

I would advocate that John Sentz, if elected, would be an exceptional asset to the Gilbert Town Council concerning a number of topics. In particular, I feel that John has the lifelong experience and dedication to take on our budget difficulties as they currently stand.

As a young person, I’m confident in John and his experience and find him approachable and an exceptional listener. We have to imagine the current budget deficit as if it was the plane that crashed into the Hudson River. Do you really want someone inexperienced at the controls? Or do you want someone like John, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge to land this plane safely and sustain our quality of life in Gilbert?

I, personally, would take experienced in this instance considering the tough times we are in; tough times unequivocally call for a practiced guide to lead us out of this unfortunate economic downturn. There is only one “sentzible” choice on the ballot for May 19; that’s John Sentz!”

TYLER HUDGINS

GILBERT

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