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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2008 8:05 pm | Updated: 10:11 pm, Fri Oct 7, 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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EDUCATION

Dance music, moves degrading

I am a substitute teacher for the Chandler Unified School District and sometimes work at Hamilton High School, one of the finest and largest high schools in Arizona. I am always impressed with the depth of the curriculum and excellence in which the school is operated.

Unfortunately, the purpose of this letter deeply saddens me. I attended the dance recital at Hamilton on May 15. I was surprised and appalled at the graphic sexual content of the dances and for the sexual innuendo displayed by the outfits, dance moves and lyrics of the music.

The ultimate responsibility of school administration is to protect the students. I challenge you to listen to the lyrics of the songs and ask yourself, “Is this the message I want my own child exposed to?” Dance does not have to be a message of demeaning moral character. It can be a message of hope, encouragement or compassion.

In my eyes, Hamilton should be setting the standard in this realm for the Arizona school system. How are songs and dances with explicit sexual connotation bringing value and enhancing the lifestyle of the young adults that walk through the hallways and sit in the classrooms of our school system?

I hope that the Chandler Unified School District will remove the music teacher, Danny Milbauer, responsible for this degrading and despicable display of choreographed artistry. Milbauer has no right to corrupt our young adults with this type of sexually graphic material. The citizens of Chandler wish to continue making Hamilton a representation of the highest standards possible.

NANCY O'DONNELL

CHANDLER

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

The pickup crew?

In response to the article “Focus on immigration” in the May 25 paper, do Shana Higa and her followers plan to pick up all the garbage left at the United States border by illegal immigrants who came before her? If they want to be part of American society do it legally, learn to assimilate and don’t trash the country in which you wish to live.

DUREE WAKEMAN

QUEEN CREEK

PAYDAY LOANS

Can be cheaper than alternatives

Every year millions of Americans responsibly use payday loans to help solve short term credit needs. When facing an unexpected expense between paydays and have to pay a bill today, customers look at their options and make a reasonable choice. Customers tell us that they use payday loans to avoid other fees.

They choose between bouncing a check or overdraft protection, incurring late fees on routine bill payments, borrowing from friends, family or church, taking out a cash advance on a credit card or taking out a payday loan.

All of these products have a cost associated with them. Payday loans can be a less costly and/or most desirable option.

Restricting access to payday loans and other financial products through licensing laws or zoning laws stifles competition. Consumers benefit most when they can easily choose from many different financial products.

Without robust competition between the different financial products, the industry as a whole is weakened and consumers suffer.

TOMMY MOORE

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

ALEXANDRIA, VA..

GAY MARRIAGE

Other threats to families

If we really wanted to protect children and the family unit, what with the prospect of “gay marriage” we should be honest and also pass laws that:

• Intercourse other than for procreation shall be a jailable offense.

• Babies born out of wedlock shall become wards of the state, and their mothers imprisoned.

• Divorce will be illegal.

• Persons who swear, or who wear garments made of two fabrics woven together, like a cotton-poly blend, shall be taken out of the town and stoned to death. Oh wait, there I go reading the immutable, unchangeable word of God from the Old Testament book of Leviticus again.

WILLIAM LINDLEY

SCOTTSDALE

DUST

Not necessarily the news

The recent grandstanding at Scottsdale City Council and an individual dropping out of nowhere to challenge the referendum unanimously approved by council members is soaking up the wrong news.

The news of the day is the federal government, more specifically the Environmental Protection Agency. Once again the hammer has dropped on Arizona, specifically Maricopa County. The federal highway funds sanction is large enough that the county will now rigorously give attention to the PM-10 (particulate matter-10 micrometers) nonattainment area directive, after non-compliance for so many years. In the wake of enforcing state law, county regulations and local ordinances, small businesses will be swept up in the dust hysteria.

The facts are that vehicles are a large source of air pollution in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

• A majority (64.3 percent) of the carbon monoxide in the Valley’s air comes from cars and trucks.

• About a third (32.9 percent) of the particulate matter in the air comes from automobiles.

• Most particulates (43 percent) come from construction-related activity, while 22.6 percent comes from agriculture and vacant lots.

• A small portion (1.5 percent) comes from point sources like power plants.

So let us not judge all businesses as PM-10 villains, such as jeep tours, old town establishments (wild-west environment), and restaurants with Old West character, home-on-the-range haciendas and others. These culprits might not be emitting 10 micrometers or less particulate matter into the air, which is a precise measurement anyway. This is a very, very small particulate that precipitation can remove from the air. And the notation that collectively these types of businesses put our highway funds at risk is absurd.

RAY TORRES

SCOTTSDALE

NURSES AND ABORTION

Is your conscience clear?

It was with great sadness that I read in the Tribune the story, “Nurse practicioners get OK to perform abortions.” What a tragedy for our society and a travesty of everything the nursing profession represents!

In 1957 I began my nursing career, retiring in 1999. I was taught the highest nursing standards by the Franciscan Sisters of LaCrosse, Wis. It is unbelieveable what has happened to our honorable profession in recent years.

Part of the pledge graduating nurses recite states, “… and refraining from any action which may endanger life or health … I will do my utmost to honor the code of ethics applied to nursing and to uphold the integrity of the nurse.”

It is not my place to judge the actions of my fellow nurses. But is your conscience clear when you perform an abortion?

MARY E. WEHRENBERG

RETIRED REGISTERED NURSE

SCOTTSDALE

FOOD STORAGE

LDS practice aids everyone

I had to respond to the venter who implied that people are somehow being selfish by storing food.

Every time you go on an airline flight, passengers are instructed about the use of the oxygen masks. No matter how badly you need to help a child or disabled passenger get their oxygen on, you have to put your own mask on first. If you help someone else before taking care of yourself you could pass out and need someone to help you.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are instructed to prepare themselves for all kinds of emergencies, to be in a position to help others, not become part of the problem by needing help. In the case of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc., the Bradshaw family (“Food shortage fears spur LDS members to stock up,” May 23) could feed not only themselves and their family, but many of their neighbors as well (yes they would share), providing nourishment to individuals who are then able to assist with rescue and cleanup efforts.

In the case of a personal emergency, job loss, illness etc., when many would have to reach a hand out to the government or food bank, the prepared family can simply reach a hand into their pantry. That leaves more community resources available for others.

Food storage is only a small part of how Latter-Day Saints are asked to be prepared and self-reliant. They are encouraged to obtain an education, learn skills, save money, avoid debt, and keep their bodies healthy with exercise, good diet, and avoiding unhealthy substances. Anyone who wants to learn how they can be prepared for global, national, local or personal emergencies can visit providentliving.org.

E.E. POLL

MESA

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