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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2008 9:01 pm | Updated: 9:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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OIL

Obama’s real solutions

As gas prices have risen over the past several months and big oil again reports billions of dollars in quarterly profits, it’s time to choose a president who offers a real energy strategy. Barack Obama’s plan is just that, and it gives relief to hard-working American families.

Instead of continuing the billions of dollars in tax cuts for big oil as John McCain is proposing, we should consider Obama’s proposal, which is a $1,000 tax cut for working families (paid for by taxes on big oil’s profits) and a $150 billion investment in renewable energy sources, which will create up to 5 million new jobs and billions of dollars in new business.

We cannot drill our way out of high gas prices. Obama’s plan will help families, boost the economy and reduce our dependence on oil.

AILEEN HUGHES

MESA

LEGISLATIVE RACES

Schmuck prepared to confront issues

It is my pleasure to endorse Frank Schmuck as he seeks election to the Arizona House of Representatives in legislative District 20. Frank Schumuck is a Tempe resident who understands the issues facing our community at this critical time in our state’s history. The officers and sergeants of the Tempe Officers Association wholeheartedly support Frank Schmuck.

Schmuck is not new to civil services. He has served his country in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm. Frank knows what it means to personally provide “service before self.” Schmuck now believes that he has something to contribute to the citizens of Arizona as a policy maker. We agree, and are honored to support him.

Frank Schmuck strongly supports public safety and law enforcement as a whole. He has an in-depth understanding of the issues facing local law enforcement her in the communities of Tempe, Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills. As a recipient of federal law enforcement training, Schmuck recognizes the dangers police officers face every day. We at the Tempe Officers Association believe Schmuck would represent the interests of state and local law enforcement officers in a professional and thoughtful way.

Schmuck’s work ethic, integrity and dynamic leadership are what Arizona needs at this critical time. Please join me in endorsing Frank Schmuck for the House of Representatives in District 20.

JEFF MCHENRY

TEMPE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

MARICOPA COUNTY ASSESSOR

Ross concerned with property values, taxes

Have you ever received your notice of full cash value from the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office only to find your home or business is worth a whole lot more than you ever imagined? And then when your property tax bill comes along, you find the local school district failed to reduce their tax rate so that your tax bill far exceeds last year’s bill? This sort of “tax sticker shock” shouldn’t be a part of life in today’s tough economic times.

Kevin Ross understands the challenges facing Arizonans whose home values skyrocketed one year, only to find those values evaporating the next. He will deal fairly with all property owners. If you have a legitimate concern about your property’s value, you will receive a full and impartial hearing.

Kevin Ross has a proven record of leadership and management proficiency. Maricopa County’s property owners need to return Kevin Ross to the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office.

Please vote for Kevin Ross in Sept. 2 Republican primary.

JANIE THOM

MESA

LITTER

Container owners should clean up papers

While visiting, we were waiting at the bus stop watching all the newspapers from all these ugly containers placed at every bus stop blowing in the street and parking lots.

We think that the person who thought these containers were a good idea should spend their days off cleaning these papers up rather than leaving the job to lot owners and their other residents.

We think this makes the city look more like a dump. The store carts make it look bad enough.

D. Dimarco

SCOTTSDALE

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE RACE

DODGE HAS EXPERIENCE

Dan Dodge is my choice for the new Highland justice of the peace. Why? No other candidate has his background, working in both court administration and experience as a hearing officer and court commissioner.

No other candidate has his 17 years of proven commitment to the constituents of Gilbert in so many appointed and volunteer positions.

If you have resided in Gilbert for any length of time, then perhaps you know Dodge and have seen him working hard on behalf of the residents of our town, where he has served as a planning and zoning commissioner and as a board member of Gilbert’s Leadership Program.

I urge all qualified voters to join me and my family in our support for Dan Dodge as the justice of the peace for Highland Justice Court.

LINDA ABBOTT

GILBERT CITY COUNCILMEMBER

Gibides is best choice

The best candidate for the position of Highland district justice of the peace is Jim Gibides. Jim has his master’s degree in public administration. Jim is teaching justice administration at the University of Phoenix this fall.

Jim has worked in law enforcement with prosecutors and the courts for 30 years. The last 10 years Jim has worked with the Arizona Department of Public Safety when he retired to run for justice of the peace.

Jim volunteered as a reserve officer for the state highway patrol for two years before being hired full time. Jim volunteered with the Phoenix Downtown Partnership for 12 years. Jim is currently volunteering with Gilbert on the Human Relations Commission and the Board of Construction Appeals. Jim also volunteers as a driving instructor with AARP. Jim has lived in Arizona for 22 years, 16 of those years in Gilbert.

Jim has a proven track record for his good judgement especially while under stress and in demanding situations as a police officer. Jim is known for his demand for fair and impartial treatment and common sense. Jim is very knowledgeable about the criminal, traffic and civil laws, as well as the juvenile justice system.

Jim Gibides is the “best” choice, the “most practical” choice for Highland district justice of the peace.

JOHN CHIAZZA

DISTRICT 22 DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

GILBERT

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