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Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010 4:50 pm | Updated: 3:49 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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EDUCATION FUNDING

More spending isn’t always answer

Just listened to another pundit opine about our need to spend more money on education because we know how important it is to improve educational results, provide additional support for our teachers and yada yada yada.

Unfortunately, this is the common starting point for a discussion about where we go from here in educational reform; from a premise which most people would accept, that our educational results are not sufficient to keep us competitive in the current world economy.

As that conclusion, perhaps universally shared by the American public, has so much impact, it allows us to cloud the potentially real issue of whether we are getting the bang for our buck that will allow us to achieve more without spending more.

Let me suggest that, if my experience is any judge, the discussion must be broadened to make such inclusion. Its very exclusion allows one to pose the wrong argument, that being: 1) the educational results we desire have not been achieved; 2) more money spent on something generally gives a better result; 3) therefore, spend more money and we will get better educational results.

Do I really need to elaborate on that inadequate conclusion?

No, it’s not necessarily incorrect, but merely inadequately evaluated.

I am not looking to be correct about anything but rather to open a dialogue about results based on expenditures, the same task undertaken by every business in the world that must compete in a world economic environment. To do otherwise unnecessarily limits our options in seeking the best results at the most budget-conscious cost.

HARVEY MIGDAL

SCOTTSDALE

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Don’t let government ruin it

I must respond to Clifford Smith’s letter (Tribune, Feb. 26).

By now everyone should be aware that turning over anything to the federal government is a sure way to increase the cost, make it less efficient, and waste billions of dollars.

I give you the U.S. Postal Service, Medicare, Social Security, the Department of Education, the Transportation Safety Administration, the FDA, OSHA, EEOC — need I go on?

What these all have in common is wasteful spending, inefficient operation, and graft and corruption. This is simply a huge power grab by the Obama administration, threatening our freedom and economic stability, while promising what it cannot deliver and lying about the real cost and the real agenda.

There are ways to improve health care and lower costs (insurance across state lines, tort reform, among others). Involving the feds is never the way. Medicare and Social Security are insolvent, and there is so much fraud in Medicare that the feds are wringing their hands and weeping big crocodile tears over the plight of the elderly.

But with the bill in question, old people are going to be phased right out of the equation. After all, they are a huge drain on the system, and they don’t work anymore, so what good are they?

Enter the death panel. Look into it. It’ll curl your hair.

The marketplace is the entity to look to if we want lower costs.

Let doctors, hospitals and insurers compete for patients.

Congress is not the body to decide on who gets health care, who doesn’t, and who gets to pick up the tab for everyone else.

I don’t wish to pay for your health care. It is not a right, it is a responsibility, and by the way, there is no one in this country who has no access to health care. The Democrats peddling that one are liars, plain and simple.

Anyone can get health care, and it’s the best in the world, bar none. Don’t let the federal government wreck that.

JAN PFAHL

CHANDLER

CUBS

We don’t want them in Naples

As a resident of Naples, Fla., I assure you there are those of us here fighting for the Chicago Cubs to stay in Mesa. Yes, we are a minority, but a steadfast and determined one.

We have nothing against baseball, Mesa, or especially the Cubs. We would protest the building of a stadium for any team.

I personally love baseball, but that is not what this is about.

I have read some comments in your paper that bashed Naples in an attempt to keep the Cubs in Mesa. I understand your motives and frustrations.

But you’re right. Naples isn’t called the “Jewel of the Gulf Coast” for nothing. Its sugar white beaches have been voted some of the most beautiful in the country. The art galleries and shows, wine festivals, world-class restaurants and hotels (the only city in the world with two Ritz Carltons) can attest to this.

Shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, more golf courses per capita than any other city in the U.S., great fishing and sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico make this the closest thing to paradise on earth that I have ever seen. And not a nudie bar in sight!

We do not want it spoiled by a 15,000-seat monstrosity of a stadium for any team! If I want to see major league baseball, all I need to do is hop on Interstate 75 and drive a half-hour to Fort Myers, and I can see the Minnesota Twins or the Boston Red Sox any time I want. I hope you understand.

GLENN SINATRA

NAPLES, FLA.

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