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Letters to the editor: Aug. 23

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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 9:43 pm | Updated: 1:21 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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HEALTH CARE

Obama answering public call

Over the last few weeks, I have watched in horror as protests orchestrated by far-right groups have made it impossible for our elected representatives to hold discussions with their constituents on health care reform. What is more American than public debate? And what is more un-American than shutting down that debate through intimidation and chaos?

For eight years, Democrats, moderates, progressives and others had to watch an administration that we did not support wreak havoc on our country. We watched our nation’s reputation compromised, our economy destroyed, our Constitution ignored and our environment trashed. And we saw more Americans killed in the name of “freedom” than died on 9/11.

This latest madness is serious. People are being manipulated and lied to by those who have the most to lose from health care reform, namely the health insurance companies and their lobbyists.

It’s time the right-wingers accept the fact that President Barack Obama was legally elected by a majority of the electorate, and that one of the reasons he was elected was to produce meaningful health care reform. Elections matter, and to ignore that is to ignore the Constitution and more than 200 years of history. So if you go to a town hall meeting, listen, ask questions, respect others, and, in general, act like an American.

MARY DESIO

APACHE JUNCTION

Equal opportunity coverage

I have heard President Barack Obama state on numerous occasions that when the new health plan bill is passed that we would have the option of keeping our present plan or choosing from a number of other plans. I would like to know if I will be able to select the plan that the president and Congress will have, and at the price they pay.

This question was asked by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. I wish I had thought of it myself.

ANTHONY J. MILONE

APACHE JUNCTION

Fix without politics

With the current state of affairs, especially the debates surrounding the health care issue, I have come to the conclusion that this is exactly what elected officials and special interests on both sides want.

The federal government can and should be held responsible for what is going on. We as citizens shoulder the blame because we are the ones who put them in power. Both parties have pitted one group of Americans against another, yet it’s the government that created the housing bubble, the financial crisis on Wall Street and the health care catastrophe.

Congress has been screwing things up for decades.

Lawmakers create laws thousands of pages long, but no one takes the time to read them. They insert language to help special interest groups that lobby for them and finance campaign war chests. Then, they shift the blame to everyone but themselves, saying the other party or special interest group was at fault.

Sadly, the media plays into this. Opposing viewpoints rarely tell the whole truth regardless of the television station. And, instead of actual issues, we are debating whether the recent town hall outrage is real or “Astroturf” created by the insurance industry and conservative radio. How does this achieve anything other than to further divide us?

It’s time for U.S. citizens to take the power and our country back. No more Democrats, no more Republicans, no more conservatives, no more liberals, no more special interests, no more lobbyists. Let’s just have a rational debate on what is in the best interest of we the people.

CHRIS WALSH

QUEEN CREEK

TUITION TAX CREDITS

Great watchdog journalism

I’d like to commend the Tribune, most notably reporters Ryan Gabrielson and Michelle Reese, on its outstanding investigative series “Rigged Privilege.” I, myself, am a former daily newspaper reporter who now just freelances locally in the Valley (due to the dying newspaper industry).

I’ve been watching with despair as investigative journalism has fallen to its demise, and I fear for the future of our state if we don’t have ethical, objective watchdogs (aka professional journalists) to keep things honest.

I’m very happy your newspaper is still publishing such great investigative work, even in the face of the industry’s adversity. We need it, now more than ever.

I haven’t finished the series yet, but I’ve been reading parts of it every day. I’m flabbergasted that we have individuals and School Tuition Organizations committing tax fraud so blatantly, yet not even the IRS is doing anything about it. Gabrielson and Reese, I hope your hard work was properly received by the powers-that-be and justice will come about from your excellent reporting.

And I hope Goldwater Institute litigation director Clint Bolick strongly considers taking this fight to the courts and “righting” what he believes has been “wronged.”

Again, great work, Tribune.

SHARI LOPATIN

PHOENIX

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