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Letters to the editor: Aug. 11

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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 12:24 am | Updated: 8:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tempe homeowners have already experienced sharp increases in their property taxes on account of increased assessments caused by speculation in the home market.

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Incumbents ignore unfair property taxes

Tempe homeowners have already experienced sharp increases in their property taxes on account of increased assessments caused by speculation in the home market.

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This will happen again this year because 2008 assessments are even higher than 2007 assessments.

Appeals on excessive valuation have been denied by Maricopa County Assessor Keith Russell. Our state representatives, Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, and David Schapira, D-Tempe, apparently don’t think it’s a problem that needs dealing with.

State Sen. Meg Burton Cahill, D-Tempe, was also nonresponsive on this issue.

Taxation of our homes is increasing at a rate far exceeding inflation and has become a serious burden. Already on my home, current taxes alone are as much as principal, interest, insurance, and taxes were just 15 years ago. We are becoming renters to the state because of excessive taxation.

Homeowners should not be penalized for the actions of speculators. Our taxes should not have been increased because home prices were artificially increased by speculation. However, they have, and the people who can do something about it, our representatives, won’t.

Ableser, Schapira and Burton Cahill aren’t representing homeowners and Russell isn’t interested in being fair. Therefore, we need to elect people other than the above incumbent, who will take more interest in their constituents’ plight and take action to prevent continued excessive and unfair taxation.

David J. Lowenstein



Coming through legally

To the person in the Vent who said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio would be partial to Italian immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and would admit them with no papers:

Were you not taught in school about the 25 million people who came here between 1892 and 1924?

Before leaving Europe, they had to show the shipping company their ticket and their papers. Manifests were kept of the passengers both leaving Europe and arriving in America. The information they had to give included name, age, place of birth, country of origin, occupation, destination, and who was going to meet them.

At Ellis Island they had to give the same information all over again, plus declare how much money they had with them as they had to prove they would not be a financial burden on their new homeland.

Doctors and nurses examined the newly arrived people and if they were ill, they stayed on the island until they recovered. In the case of very serious illnesses, some poor souls were repatriated back to Europe.

If the admitting officials had doubts or questions about the person or responses given, they were detained until all was satisfactory.

If you saw the photos taken in the arrivals hall, you would see orderly lines of people with large labels pinned to their clothing with information for the arriving manifests, and of course, their papers as well.

See Ellisisland.com or Ellisisland.org. Even better, take the ferry over from Battery Park and feel and touch the past history of these brave people and this great country.




Not quite a good neighbor

It’s difficult to see how Intel is being a good neighbor (Our View, July 30). The company coerced Chandler to accept responsibility for the water quality in settling ponds for the effluent from their water purification system. There isn’t another semiconductor manufacturer that has that kind of audacity in this state. On top of that, a three-year response time is not neighborly. The other question that comes to mind is how exactly does effluent from a de-ionized water system produce water that has hydrogen sulfide emissions? Does having ponds full of heavy minerals threaten our groundwater?

Notice that the first article states that the ponds are five miles from the plant itself. Interesting placement.

David Rice


Problem solved

Regarding the July 26 article entitled “State Department says it can handle passport demand”:

So, lawmakers want to investigate the State Department, says Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Neb., who, by the way, was the first politician to get a free ride on the space shuttle.

But my wife and I just submitted our renewal applications and got new passports in less than a week, and we didn’t even pay the expedite fee. Another case where after a problem is solved, the government leaps into action.

Al Raleigh


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