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Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2009 8:53 pm | Updated: 3:14 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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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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

Governor defends key programs

My Arizona flag hangs proudly near my front door. It hangs in honor of Gov. Jan Brewer, who put a screeching halt to the midnight Republican stampede to stop state money for humanitarianism.

Bless her heart; she insisted on sparing $18 million for health and social programs for the state budget.

A few years ago, another Arizona lady was honored with my new Arizona flag. I can’t remember her name but, as I recall, she was a Republican Arizona senator from Lake Havasu City who refused to go along with the Republican stampede for a bare bones budget. She simply went and left the country on a cruise.

As a result, the Republicans could not pass their bare bones budget, and that is exactly what she had in mind.

Now, those who know me realize that I would not tolerate women running the whole shebang. But, there are times when the values of women are the only force that perpetuates civilization.

FREDRICK HERMANNS

MESA

PRESIDENT OBAMA

Proud to fly U.S. flag

This letter is in response to the Feb. 8 letter to the editor saying that since President Barack Obama was elected, the writer has stopped flying his American flag. How fascinating what a different take we can have on the same issue.

For the first time, I feel as though the American flag finally represents a still-living promise that this country is a country “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

I have decided, for the first time, that I want to fly a flag for the country I have always loved, but of whose government I have often been ashamed. No more. I have ordered a flag online and look forward to flying it proudly now that it is no longer the co-opted property of the ultra-conservative religious right and self-righteous, ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh

“Republicans.”

I have several Republican friends who are embarrassed by sharing their party’s name with the likes of these folks. May this beautiful banner, which once again represents all of us, continue to ever wave free from the stigma of this shameful claim of ownership.

JILL BORDEN

GILBERT

FOREIGN TRADE

Start checking labels

Over the course of the past few years, much has been published about the imbalance in trade between the U.S. and China as well as the fact that China has bought up more than a trillion dollars of U.S. debt.

Working within this perception, I began to consciously check labels to discern the country of origin of items I either needed or was tempted to buy.

To my consternation, I shopped two malls and five pharmacies looking in vain for a travel hair dryer that was not made in China. The same was true of athletic shoes with Velcro fasteners I needed to buy because my arthritic fingers could no longer manage laces. All were made in China.

The final indignity came as I shopped for Christmas cards. (How many Chinese send out Christmas cards?) Yet every box of cards I could find was marked “Made in China.” Start checking labels. Stop buying Chinese and start buying American. Only we the people can bring about an economic turnaround for our country. Are you doing your part?

JEAN MARSHALL

GILBERT

AMERICA'S WILDERNESS

Let the wilderness roam free

Please allow the wilderness to remain wilderness. That’s all I have to say.

KENDRA MOORE

MESA

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