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Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2009 10:27 pm | Updated: 2:57 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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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RICK RENZI

Congress shields wrongdoing

The only reason the House leaders and others in Congress want the criminal charges dropped in case of Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., is because they do not want their own skeletons hidden in their closets, freezers or wherever to be exposed! These guys and gals in Washington want all the protection they can get to further their corruption without being caught and identified.

It is time we expose all their corruption — Republican and Democrat alike. I am so sick of them thinking they are above the law that allows them special treatment to bilk us out of millions of dollars. If fact, they need to take a pay cut since the economy is so poor, which they helped put us here with the Freddie and Fannie fiasco. We need to cut the budget somewhere, so we might as well start with the highest paid congressmen and women!

SUSAN HICKS

GILBERT

GUNS

Don’t need assault weapons for protection

I’m commenting on having assault guns in public and I’m against it.

There is no reason to have such a dangerous gun around wherever you go. No average-size gun could be as dangerous as an assault gun. If you’re trying to protect yourself, so many bullets would go astray. A small pistol can give you all the protection a person needs. So I conclude that no guns should be allowed in public if they are as big as an assault gun.

CHRIS SHELTON

MESA

DISCIPLINE

Parents must be able to spank

Why is America going to hell in a hand basket? Well, where do we start? Was it when God, country and patriotism was taken out of the schools? Or when the principal couldn’t punish those who broke the rules? Or when parents decided to become their children’s “friend” instead an example and teach the kids respect?

The list of questions could go on, but the good news is it can be regained. Just like our financial woes, behavior can be changed, but there will be some “pain.”

First off, the judicial system has got to back the parents and get off of this “abuse” flap. Hey, when I was a kid and I screwed up, something “magic” happened after my mother used her famous hair brush. My brain, which seems to have a strong connection with my stinging butt, would tell me “stop” if I was doing something that is wrong.

Our jails and detention institutions are overpopulated because of the lack of discipline and direction. Those values must start in the home and be supported by the community. This is a call to get with the program or the future is going to get worse.

JOHN NULL

TEMPE

OPINION PAGES

Editorial captured Christmas spirit

After reading the editorial printed on Dec. 25, entitled “Honoring the promise of Christmas,” I can honestly say that it is one of the clearest and most precise message of Christ’s appearance as God-made-man that I have ever read as presented in a secular publication.

Christ lived, taught and epitomized the core of Old Testament teaching found in Deuteronomy 6:5: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might,” to which he added the second greatest command, to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

We may ask, “Just who is my neighbor?”

There are various charitable organizations and Christian missionaries both at home and abroad through whom we can and do become a neighbor to anyone in the world. For example, I have been corresponding with three young girls who live in India. An organization named Gospel for Asia sponsors this program. The girls have been faithful in writing to me, and I assure them of my love and prayers.

There are may charitable organizations that help wounded veterans who need physical and emotional therapy. One such program is offered by Help Hospitalized Veterans. For a small donation they select a craft kit and give the gift along with the donors signed card to a veteran. I now have a new pen pal from Sioux Falls, S.D., who wished me a merry Christmas. I was motivated to answer her postcard immediately.

Christmas day was spent with my family and I found myself reflecting on the many homes across America in which the families were celebrating this same hope-filled day in that altogether we have the Savior’s promise of a bright future. Our part is to be faithful to him and to let our light shine wherever we live.

BETTY LINDGREN

TEMPE

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