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Posted: Friday, March 6, 2009 7:20 pm | Updated: 2:39 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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STATE BUDGET

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Share the wealth, or at least the truth

I find it absolutely amazing how some Arizona voters think, or should I say, don’t think. To make sure our children receive necessities such as healthy food, decent health care and a good education is called socialism.

On the other hand, to give multimillionaires billions of dollars in tax breaks or tax dollars to build shopping malls, motels or sports facilities is just fine. Taxpayers have never retrieved their tax dollars on these programs. I would like to see our Arizona politicians give factual reports on tax dollar return on such investments.

Not dollars generated, generated for whom? For example, it costs Mesa $1 million a year for spring training, and we lost $2 million on the Super Bowl. It’s time for the truth.

BARBARA ANDERSON

MESA

Prevent more harm

Note to Arizona Republican legislators: The patient is in the emergency room bleeding profusely. Now is not the time to argue about the cost of transfusions, sutures and bandages.

GERALD S. MAYER

PHOENIX

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF

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No racial profiling in his enforcement

I do support Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and I feel that he is being discriminated against by people who are open border and open immigration zealots. It has not been documented that the sheriff participates in nor endorses any form of racial profiling.

To the contrary, Arpaio follows the letter of the law in all his dealings with immigrants and people of Hispanic origin. The sheriff is good at what he does, and I think that very fact opens him up to undue scrutiny and false aspersions. If you are in this country illegally, it is a violation of our laws, nothing else. We cannot exist without having laws to abide by. I have and will fully support and endorse the sheriff in any way that I can.

KATHRYN KOBOR

PHOENIX

SEX EDUCATION

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Abstinence-only education best approach

The story of Max D. Siegel is truly sad (“Abstinence-only sex ed fails to protect,” Opinion 2, Feb. 28). A bright and resourceful young man who has been struck down by HIV at the beginning of his life, and that is a tragic waste.

But he did not get into that condition because someone advised him to abstain from sex. He is sick because he ignored that counsel. Siegel claims that “study after study has shown that abstinence-only programs do not work…” He couldn’t be more wrong. Abstinence is a foolproof way to prevent unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and the emotional degradation that accompanies immoral behavior.

Too many poor souls like Siegel expect to behave inappropriately and escape the consequences of their actions. Society should strive to point out the fallacy of that mindset and encourage all our citizens to face reality. I would encourage the Legislature to defeat House Bill 2544, and continue to allow our children to be exposed to sound advice and counsel.

DON CARSTEN

GILBERT

Teach before it’s too late

As the parent of a teenager and a ’tween, I am strongly in support of sex education. I do not want my children to become statistics because they were ignorant in this realm of caring for their health. Arizona has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Let’s start to do a better job of educating our children before it’s too late.

ROBERTA EDICK

CHANDLER

FEDERAL STIMULUS

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‘Helping hand’ weakens us

This writer has never in his two decade tenure sold any kind of mortgage other than a 30-year fixed interest rate. However, most Realtors have sold various types of loans that escalate, which is one of the causes of so many Arizona foreclosures.

Another cause comes from banks and other lending agencies and Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac that helped create these fly traps. And then comes President Barack Obama, who has pushed the big give-away of our tax dollars touting it as a dire need to stabilize the housing market. What a crock!

Those of us who have lived through the many past downturns in real estate have seen the market in Arizona bounce back time after time without government interference or assistance.

Surely, we feel sad for those losing their homes. But they got themselves in it, through ignorance by falling into the hands of selfish, non-caring realtors, banks and other lenders.

As past history shows when the foreclosures are allowed to pile up, in time, they will be resold at reduced prices and at a given time, if left to the free market, we will see a flourish of buyers of these foreclosures, especially in Arizona.

Everyone who contributed to the problem has the responsibility to eat the seeds they alone sowed. It’s their baby and they have to rock it themselves. We all learn and become stronger by our mistakes, miscalculations, blind trust, and other stumbling blocks we run into. Tossing money to those who make bad judgments makes people weak and ineffective.

KIRBY ALLAN

MESA

Wake up and smell the change

Would somebody please tell Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., that the darned election is over already.

Yo, Johnny — heads up: you lost, and for good reason. Yes, the current plans are partisan because the only “ideas” you and almost all of the other Republicans have to offer are more of the same old tax cut-and-spend, CEO-friendly, “trickle-down” that you’ve been shoving at us for the last 30 years. What part of “change” do you not understand?

W. HARING

TEMPE

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