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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:27 pm | Updated: 2:50 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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RESOLUTION MINE

Save Arizona’s landscape

Just a short drive east of Mesa, a challenge for change is being played out. Our duly elected senators want to change a scenic, historic landscape for billions of dollars of profit for a partnership of two foreign corporations best known for their competition to win the worlds “worst polluter” award.

Sens. Jon Kyl R-Ariz., and John McCain R-Ariz., are trying to resurrect a project that has failed three times in Congress.

They’re promising jobs — haven’t they noticed the jobs formula associated with big corporations has failed? The mining company will give the public some supposed scenic places in exchange for the public Oak Flat campground in the Tonto National Forest.

Have the senators gone out and examined the over-grazed, burned-out ranches that Resolution Copper bought in exchange for our wonderful Oak Flat and historical Apache Leap? Of course not!

Isn’t it time we recognize the value of the uniqueness of our state and its Native American history? The current economic crisis is an impetus for us to re-think our values. Shouldn’t we start thinking about what is most important, before it’s too late?

What would the world be without our special natural places in nature with the birds and wildlife?

I recommend that everyone go out and visit Oak Flat and see for yourself why it’s worth saving, while enjoying the official U.S. 60 alongside Queen’s Creek. And invite Kyl and McCain to check it out too.

NANCY FREEMAN

CHANDLER

MARATHONS

Tell us about closed roads

I just waited 20-plus minutes to cross a street due to a marathon in progress. Why not place a road closed sign at that point so drivers can make that choice as to whether they want to wait or take another street?

ARILA DOVEED

SCOTTSDALE

SCHOOL PROJECT

Tell student about state

I am a fifth grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif. The reason I am writing you is because my class is doing a state report and I have chosen your terrific state, Arizona.

I would really like it if you posted my letter in your newspaper so that I can get all the help I need for my report. What I need from you or your readers are pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs or anything else that would be useful.

I will be writing about your state’s agriculture, history, economy, famous people, events, historical figures and national parks. I will also be giving an oral report, poster and Microsoft Power Point presentation. Thank you for your support and help in making me a great researcher of your astounding state.

You can send this information to Jacob Kuchta, C/O Mrs. Franco, 2700 Kilburn Ave., Napa Valley Language Academy, Napa, CA, 94558.

JACOB KUCHTA

NAPA, CALIF.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Munger offered new vision

I am pleased to see that someone can see through all the “doom and gloom” out there and develop solutions to our problems.

John F. Munger is a visionary and someone we can count on to create possibilities in our state. He will be able to do this with the effective use of the private sector and not head in the direction of government spending.

Munger touches on transportation, educational, and other infrastructure in his recent guest column (“A privatized stimulus plan,” Opinion 2, March 1). These are areas Arizona has not been able to keep pace with. This is the “real” change we need in Arizona.

If companies are willing and able to provide these services to the state, why wouldn’t we take them up on this offer? Munger mentions thousands of jobs would be created, more prosperity would be brought to our area, and additional tax revenues would be generated with these activities.

Why would we want to allow the bureaucratic system to continue lagging behind the potential of our state? Now is the time to bring in someone who can think outside the box and come up with solutions to our continuous dilemmas. John F. Munger is my choice to fulfill on this vision.

DARIN R. SHEBESTA

CHANDLER

STATE BUDGET

On the brink of bankruptcy

I read how Arizona is on the verge of bankruptcy. Maybe the Arizona state government is going bankrupt. They are two different things. To insist on equating one with the other is arrogant.

NORMAN NIPPERUS

TEMPE

LOCAL ELECTIONS

Eliminate runoffs with ranked voting

There are runoffs being planned all over the East Valley, runoffs that could be resolved in a more efficient and beneficial manner. Some are in Cave Creek, Carefree and Gilbert. Each causes delays and extra (unnecessary) costs. What’s the solution?

Use Ranked Choice Voting where voters indicate their choices on the original ballot just in case it goes to a runoff. Hence it is sometimes called Instant Runoff Voting. These systems would always elect the favorite candidate, a majority winner; and would eliminate the runoff costs.

There are many benefits. Since voters rank their choices candidates would compete for being your second choice, if not your first — leading to a wider base of support. There is more voter turnout in initial elections compared to runoffs, a better reflection of the community.

If you live in a city that has changed its schedule to a fall election, the vote could be on one November date when most come to the polls. Finally there is the dual benefit that people would have no pressure to vote for a preconceived “winner.” If your first choice gets bumped off, your second choice would get added in, truly not wasting your vote.

We wouldn’t be the first: Ranked Choice Voting is currently used in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and in cities like Burlington, Vt., Minneapolis, Cambridge, Mass., San Francisco and multiple cities in North Carolina. To fully accommodate overseas and military ballots, it is used by Louisiana, Arkansas and South Carolina.

Like opting for solar energy, there would be some up-front costs to implementing a new system (although North Carolina has proven it can be done for little). In the end there would be the added benefit of regular financial savings from avoiding runoffs.

TIM MAVRIDES

MESA

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