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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 6:31 pm | Updated: 12:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Not in the George Orwell sense, but “big brother” will be watching intently the right-winged ideological Legislature and our newly appointed, not elected, governor as they grapple with our state’s budget deficit. If the funding for kindergarten through college public education is emasculated, many independent voters like myself will hold the current political party in power accountable come both November 2009 and 2010.

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STATE BUDGET

Don’t permanently  damage education

Not in the George Orwell sense, but “big brother” will be watching intently the right-winged ideological Legislature and our newly appointed, not elected, governor as they grapple with our state’s budget deficit. If the funding for kindergarten through college public education is emasculated, many independent voters like myself will hold the current political party in power accountable come both November 2009 and 2010.

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People that have benefited from our public schools, community colleges and universities will not remain silent as these institutions are stripped of their capabilities to help educate our next generation of doctors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, nurses, programmers, etc.

A scalpel and not an axe should be used to reduce state funding to education in our state. Educators and independent voters and thinkers will be keenly watching our Legislature and governor. We believe in education, we believe in students and teachers, and the “decision makers” had better believe we vote!

RICHARD K. MESZAR

MESA

Pitching in to keep our kids in school

Instead of looking only at reducing state services and gutting investment in education and our children’s future, we also need to look at how to generate revenue to address Arizona’s budget crisis. Using rough numbers of Arizona’s population of 6.3 million and a fiscal year 2009 shortfall of $1.6 billion, the cost of generating funds to balance our budget would require each individual to contribute through taxes or other mechanism about $1.65 per day. The $3 billion projected shortfall in FY 2010 would require an increase of $1.45 to a total of about $3.09 per day per person.

Who would not pay an additional $3.09 a day to keep our children in school, our libraries open and provide the other essential services needed for our citizens and our future? We can look at this as re-investing money from tax cuts in previous years, or of making a small sacrifice for our future.

No one wants to pay more taxes, and there are issues of the effectiveness of state spending that can be addressed to reduce the individual contributions needed. Any economies identified, or increase in business as our economy begins to recover will allow us to reduce our individual contributions while keeping our state solvent.

Can anyone look in the mirror and say that for the cost of a bagel or Starbucks coffee each day they will let our Legislature slash education and other essential services? If so, I seriously misjudged my friends and Arizona neighbors.

JEREMY ROWE

MESA

GAY EQUALITY

Peaceful protests make critical point about civil rights

Upon reading Nancy Lee’s Dec. 28 letter to the editor, “Bible clearly condemns gay relationships,” I wonder if she should happen to have a child or grandchild who is born gay, will she make that child’s life a living hell?

Austin Hill has recently written two columns bemoaning his belief that the gay community is unduly acting out against the Mormons. Hill is unbelievably delusional! The gay candlelight vigils have been totally peaceful and certainly within the rights of any American. I attended the one across from the temple in Mesa. I’m not gay, but I sympathise with any group that is unduly condemned and denied equal rights.

BILL BAXTER

APACHE JUNCTION

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Phoenix’s fair weather fans

This irritates me to no end. Not the warm weather, but the fans who root for their team only when they are doing good. I can’t fathom how many times I have heard friends, co-workers and my own family members talking smack about the Arizona Cardinals — “They are horrible!” and “I wish we had a real football team!”

These among many other statements that can’t be typed due to the fact that there are certain children who read the newspaper. I saw a comment on Facebook.com from someone close to me that they were going to become a Cardinals fan if they won the NFC championship game. What if they didn’t? Are you going to throw out all of your red clothing, and start rooting for them when they do make the playoffs again?

The Cardinals need to be a team with loyal fans, like the Chicago Bears. I personally love the Cards, but the trash talk is annoying. Now that they are going to the Super Bowl, everyone loves them, even the guy who hated them last week and said they were going to lose.

Corey Bealert

Phoenix

Ticket scams ruined playoff game for many fans

I am writing to bring to your attention a devastating event that was taking place at the University of Phoenix Stadium right before the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals were set to take the field for the NFC championship game.

As many of the 70,000 fans were entering the stadium, at the same time as many as 1,000 fans were being turned away with fake tickets which they thought were real.

While standing outside the stadium, I saw every type of scam take place from fake TicketMaster hard copy tickets to printed fake pieces of paper. As a fan of football, I saw many others suffer because they had been taken advantage of by spineless scalpers.

I am writing this for all the people who spent their well-earned money to attend what they had built up as the most important football games of their lives. In addition, I am writing this to expose any scalpers that plan on running ticket scams in the Phoenix area for the Super Bowl. Remember, if you are purchasing tickets, buy only from someone you trust and have them verified at the Cardinals training facility. If they cannot verify the tickets, don’t buy them. It’s not worth it to lose your hard-earned money.

Kyle Laird Limberg

San Diego

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