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Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 3:23 pm | Updated: 12:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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SPEED LIMITS

For monetary gain, not safety

I don’t know who sets those limits, but it definitely can’t be safety engineers. The 55 mph speed limit on expressways such as state routes 51 and 143 is not only ridiculous but criminal. An individual should be able to drive at 75 mph on an interstate highway or expressway without fear of getting an outrageously costly speeding ticket. I guess if our politicians set the speed limits to 30 mph on the expressways, we should just go along like sheep and take it. It is time to speak up and tell the politicians that enough is enough. Just when one knows that there is no conceivable way for the government to get more money from us, they come up with another way.

The best way to reduce accidents on the I-10 is to restrict the 18-wheelers to the right lane from Goodyear all the way to Sun Lakes. But our politicians won’t do that because of the trucking lobby. We should also put signs along the highways, requesting the drivers to stay right except to pass. Drivers should never be passing on the right, but then we have those “righteous” ones who insist on driving in the left lane at the speed limit or below. Also a priority should be placed on completing a four-lane connection of the I-10 and Interstate 8 in the Goodyear area. This would reduce the congestion on the I-10 through the Phoenix corridor. But the bottom line is that the speed limits seem to be set to generate dollars, not for safety reasons.

PATRICK MADERIA SR.

PHOENIX

AIG

Democrats sneak in bonuses

So our tax dollars are going to pay AIG executives millions in bonuses! Just another day of good news from Washington. It was a mystery all week how this happened. No one could seem to figure it out.

But then it leaked out that Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., snuck a provision into the massive spending bill that allowed the bonuses to happen. Dodd denied it at first, then changed his story and now admits it, but says he did it at the request of “administration staffers.”

Finally, the Democrats have been forced to admit that they allowed the AIG bonuses to happen. This has got to stop.

HAROLD GEE

MESA

Geithner, Dodd must go

The New York Times states that the current Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner, was the chief “architect” behind the AIG bailout plan — and probably knew as early as November that these $165 million bonuses would still be paid in March 2009 to these AIG employees, and it also seems that Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is one of the largest recipients of campaign contributions from AIG and just happened to insert an amendment into this bailout package — that is surprisingly called “the Dodd Amendment” — that limits the date before which the government can no longer recover any of these $165 million dollar bonuses from these AIG employees.

And now Secretary Geithner is saying that he did not know about these bonuses under this bailout plan until sometime two weeks ago, and Dodd is backing legislation that will tax these super-extravagant bonuses away from these 73 AIG employees! Doesn’t this sound strangely like these two gentlemen are both lying and trying to blame someone else for this monumental screw-up? The truth is that this whole mess is just that — it’s a mess that can only be resolved by President Obama firing Geithner immediately for malfeasance in office. And as for Dodd, I think it is finally time for the citizens of Connecticut to push him into a permanent retirement by defeating him at the polls at the next opportunity!

STEVE TROXEL

GILBERT

Taxation of bonuses

It appears that Congress is well on its way to passing HR 1568 that would tax at a 90 percent rate on all money given to AIG used to pay bonuses to their sterling employees. If this law passes the Senate and is signed into law by the president, I would propose that the next item of business for the House of Representatives would be to enact a law that would require that all members of Congress, both the House and the Senate alike, be required to forfeit one year’s salary if they voted for the thousand-plus-page “stimulus package” without reading it.

ROBERT F. LANEY

GILBERT

SEX EDUCATION

State must act as parents won’t

Parents are not doing their jobs. So we must have the information available for the youth of this state. It is a shame that parents have to give the job to someone else, and then turn around and vote “no” to the schools who teach sex education properly. How many of you have sat down and discussed this subject with your children? Don’t answer. I react to red faces.

RICHARD HARLOS

MESA

FEDERAL EARMARKS

Kyl, McCain not on same page

On March 1, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was on the Sunday talk shows staunchly defending the millions of dollars in earmarks he has landed for Arizona in the budget bill before Congress. On March 2, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was on the floor of the Senate delivering “a fierce, emotional attack from the president’s old rival,” and “lectured (President) Obama for failing to do more to stand up against the thousands of spending earmarks in the 1,132 pages” of the budget bill.

Since both are Republican senators from Arizona, shouldn’t they talk to each other and bring one unified Arizona position to the nation? Or, is one playing to the national/Arizona public on TV (“Look, Arizona, I got those millions of dollars for you, wink, wink.”) while the other one plays politics in the Senate with both hoping no one will notice the dual games they are playing?

Isn’t it time our elected officials stopped playing these political games and got serious about trying to help America get out of this devastating economic situation we are currently experiencing?

LIN OWEN

PINEHURST, N.C.

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