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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009 9:10 pm | Updated: 1:58 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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ARIZONA EDUCATION

The math and science 'gap’

Math is a function of reason and logic. When headlines decried the U.S. ranking in math scores among world powers, our response proved our lack of logic.

By increasing the requirements of math and science in high school, we put more math-deficient students into higher-level math classes, forcing teachers to “dummy down” the level and rate of progress to keep these students from failing (and, potentially, dropping out).

It does not encourage mathaphobics to pursue math/science careers, but it does succeed in limiting the progress of the very qualified math students who should be encouraged and challenged. Stop punishing the creative right-brained students by forcing this “round peg/square hole” educational blunder.

JAMES R. IVERSEN

MESA

SPRING TRAINING

Keep the Cubs for Mesa

I am not a Chicago Cubs fan, but I do enjoy going to watch the games. Yes, there are improvements that need to be dealt with at the stadium, but where the funds will come from I don’t know.

For so many of you to say let the Cubs go, that only shows how little you know about the money they make for Mesa. Yes, they make money for Mesa, and if you think they don’t, then you are not very informed.

MARY BLACKWELL

GILBERT

PRESIDENT OBAMA

Paying for vet health care

President Barack Obama can certainly bring out deep rooted, raw emotions in people. His ability to rally opinion both for and against him is unparalleled in the history of presidential contenders.

Listening to his speech the other night, I was struck with just how inept he really is when addressing specific, unrehearsed questions from the floor. Most of the questions voiced by the news media were not addressed or if they were, it was with a very general “roundabout” response with no real details.

That wasn’t true when the questions about veterans were raised. Obama moved quickly to take credit for “spending far more on veterans than his predecessors.” This is the same president who just a handful of days before was pushing to have veterans pay for their own health care. I can just see the new enlistment advertisements: “Come join the Army, and bring along proof of insurance.”

This horrible idea was met with stiff opposition from veterans groups all across the country, and Obama quickly backed away, at least for the moment.

Make our veterans pay for their own health care? This is about as calloused and mean-spirited as anything Obama has done so far. Yet, Obama has made so many promises to the liberal left that he has to do something about the military. I guess it’s a more a matter of when than if.

DAN WATSON

GILBERT

Don’t pay taxes, go straight to Washington

What happened to the founding fathers’ idea that we should have a government of laws, not of men? That is, everyone should play by the same rules. Out here in the hinterlands, the common people go to jail for failing to pay their taxes. But in Camelot (Washington, D.C.), those who fail to pay their taxes get appointed to Cabinet positions.

ROY MILLER

PHOENIX

Republicans’ misplaced anger

If all of the Republicans who have been nonstop bashing President Barack Obama had been near as watchful and critical of the previous administration, we may not have most of the problems we are currently facing.

But, after watching the HBO documentary about the angry right, I now understand the mentality that we are dealing with and expect the narrow, dimwitted comments I see in the Vent and elsewhere.

President George W. Bush lied to start the war in Iraq, spent billions in Afghanistan and couldn’t find a 7-foot guy on dialysis.

He pushed for and approved deregulation of business. He did very little to keep us safe here at home. He refused to believe global warming existed until the end of his second term. He did nothing to improve health care. He grew the size of government more than any president in history. He strapped state education departments with the “No Child Left Behind Act” without adequately funding it. He broke so many laws it would take decades to prosecute him. Need I say more?

Give Obama a chance. The answer isn’t Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. The Republican Party’s policies failed for eight years, but suddenly it has all of the wisdom to fix everything.

MIKE MATTFOLK

CHANDLER

GILBERT ELECTION

Sentz thinking about future

John Sentz possesses two very important qualities needed for a Gilbert Town Council member — he is both an excellent leader and a team player.

I worked with John for more than 10 years at Motorola, where I participated in many management activities with him. He conducts outstanding meetings and encourages participation from all levels by asking probing questions to bring out the ideas and concerns of those involved.

In problem-solving meetings, I witnessed his thinking outside the box to help identify alternative solutions. At the same time, John listened to the ideas of other team members with an open mind. John encourages team members to work together to identify the best solution, and then he works tirelessly with them to implement the action plan to complete the task at hand. John has an outstanding forward-thinking capability, which is critical to the future of Gilbert.

During his years as a manager and project leader at Motorola, he clearly demonstrated his leadership skills. His enthusiasm to achieve the very best is contagious and is needed in our community.

I wholeheartedly support his candidacy for Gilbert Town Council and encourage all Gilbert voters to cast their vote on May 19 for John Sentz.

FRAN MOLLEUR

GILBERT

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