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Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2009 7:24 pm | Updated: 3:03 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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PRESIDENT OBAMA

Redistributing the wealth

I am an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks fan, so it occurred to me that to help the “down-on-their-luck” Diamondback batters we should follow the lead of President Barack Obama’s tax policies and “redistribute the wealth.”

Albert Pujols has six home runs, 21 RBIs, and only four strikeouts, so why not take from the rich and give to the poor — Justin Upton, Chris Young and Eric Byrnes (Conor Jackson could use some “help” as well but let’s not overdo it). It is only right that we make it fair by distributing Pujols’ statistics between the three Diamondbacks to create equality.

It is morally right to take from Pujols’ “excess and greed” to give other players a “fresh start” and a “helping hand.” Surely Pujols didn’t earn his good fortune anyway, so how could he object?

After Pujols pays his “fair share” there would be three Diamondback players with two home runs, seven RBIs, and only one strikeout apiece. Everyone is better off, right? By the way, if further assistance is needed later in the season, we can always revisit the Pujols “bank.” Obama-ball at its finest. Gotta love it!

TREY COX

GILBERT

AIMS

Keep focus on reading and writing

I read a letter from a reader who feels Tom Horne, Arizona superintendent of public instruction, is demeaning professional teachers for not emphasizing correct writing fundamentals if Arizona AIMS essay exams for fourth, sixth and eighth grades are suspended.

The facts are that Intel and other companies are hiring better educated and trained Asians who can spell and write on a higher level than most Arizonan college graduates. It cost these companies less time in orientation and motivation for these smart hires. Where does efficient spelling and writing composition start? In elementary school.

Horne understands a more demanding and respectful education of our youngsters, to equally compete in the more competitive global economy, starts in elementary schools with our kids really knowing how to read and write competently. If this happens, we lower our welfare rolls, prison population, and our youth become self-sufficient tax-paying citizens. Let’s start teaching children again by keeping the lawyers, bureaucrats and psychologists at a distance.

Are learning disability labels excuses for not being fundamentally sound so future Arizonans can’t compete fairly for better-paying jobs in our state and across the country? We need educational reform now because we are losing as leaders in global business. Success starts with the quality of people businesses hire, don’t you think?

JEFF EGER

MESA

MESA SCHOOLS

Administration failing teachers

The president of the Mesa Unified School District governing board pats himself on the back for the lack of public feedback at a recent meeting regarding the layoffs of teachers and other employees.

No doubt a number of the parents missing from the meeting have already become accustomed to the governing board’s “Damn the icebergs, full speed ahead” methods. Writing the governing board is an exercise in futility, as the only person who actually responds is a secretary, “on behalf of Mr. (fill in the blank),” or an occasional administrator delegated to answer questions, whose responses and questions indicate he has no clue what is happening in his schools.

I doubt that classrooms will be as packed as projected, because many more parents are probably looking to the charter schools and neighboring districts for an escape, a trend that I predicted to a highly placed member of the superintendency almost 10 years ago.

I advised this man, during a meeting concerning our school’s packed classrooms, that Mesa Public Schools’ inequities in allocating teacher contracts guaranteed the success of charter schools.

But for the presence of some very dedicated, overworked and financially abused teachers at my student’s present school, he would be a boundary exception to Gilbert already, where he would rejoin friends whose parents were more decisive, or less patient, than I. Or, maybe they were just smarter.

I have my own rating system, and Mesa Public Schools’ administration is “underperforming.”

JIM KLEIN

MESA

GILBERT SCHOOLS

Music also must be funded

I had the jaw-dropping experience recently of attending the Gilbert Unified School District Honor Band and Honor Orchestra performance held at Mesquite High School.

Gilbert Public Schools has long recognized and believed in the music and arts programs as essential to the educational development of every child. This concert proved beyond a doubt the devotion and commitment teachers, administrators and students have to this very worthy goal.

If ever there was an argument to pay more in taxes rather than to cut school budgets, this is it.

Under the expert conducting skills of Bill Bitter of the honors orchestra and William Norris of the honors band, 92 orchestra students and more than 100 band students gave a performance that was fit for college-level students. These students were all fifth- and sixth-graders!

If you think you would hear tinny trumpets from the band, or squeaky strings from the orchestra, think again! These children were attentive, dressed in their Sunday best, sitting straight and tall, pouring their hearts out to bring the finest tone out of their instruments for the melodious perfection of each piece they were playing. The result was astonishing! The audience gave these kids a standing ovation at the end of their performance.

Again I appeal to you to support our public schools, be willing to pay more in taxes, and keep alive the hope and joy that I saw on all those children up on stage at Mesquite High School.

NANCY OLIVAS

CHANDLER

ENERGY

Pickens plan reduces foreign oil

Did you know that we import almost 70 percent of our oil? This costs us about $400 billion a year. We need to break this dependency and develop our own sources of clean, renewable energy.

The Pickens Plan will reduce this dependency beginning almost immediately and over 10 years can help us meet President Barack Obama’s pledge to eliminate oil imports from Venezuela and the Middle East. Please join 1.5 million fellow Americans at www.pickensplan.com. The time to act is now.

PATRICIA MATTE

CHANDLER

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