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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2008 8:06 pm | Updated: 9:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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GUNS IN SCHOOLS

Taming the wild

While most of us no longer live in the Old Wild West, many criminals still think they do. They think the best way to solve their problems is by using a gun. These criminals are cowards and they like to seek their prey in areas with the least amount of resistance, in places like schools, churches and other areas that they don’t have to worry about somebody else having a gun that can stop them from performing their insane agenda. When was the last time you heard of someone walking into the police station or the FBI and opening fire on them? You don’t!

But when was the last time you heard of someone walking into a school and opening fire? Sadly to say it has become almost commonplace. We cannot count on the police to protect us or our children, they cannot be everywhere all the time and the police usually are unaware of the situation until the harm has already been caused and innocent lives have been lost and families destroyed.

How does the criminal know what classroom may have a gun? They don’t! That is the point. If this law passes, which I pray it does, then there is a possibility of every classroom may have a gun so the criminals have to consider that before they act, and hopefully this is enough of a deterrent that they decide that the risk is too high and they never step foot on the school grounds.

TERRY CHAFFER

MARICOPA

LITTERING

Getting offenders’ attention

I am one of those snowbirds that some locals don’t care for, but we do spend a lot of money here in the winter and love the beauty of Arizona.

We like to hike the trails, drive the mountain roads and we also use the ATV trails a lot — and we can’t help but shake our heads in shame at the beer cans, bottles, discarded trash and litter that is a serious threat to the beauty of your state.

I have a simple solution that will work. A law should be passed that would allow the state to confiscate, impound or sell any vehicle used in the discarding of trash on private or public highways or land.

This would include cars, trucks, ATVs, jeeps, dune buggies or anything trash was carried in. If the trash was not biodegradable or slow to dissolve (glass bottles, plastic, bed springs, etc.), there would be a mandatory week in Tent City attached to the loss of the vehicle.

You cannot find a park, highway or trail in the area that isn’t littered with trash, and it looks terrible. A $300 fine or a $1,000 fine is not getting the attention of the slobs that are littering. I am not talking about gum wrappers or cigarette butts, but real garbage. Get serious and stop it. Someone please introduce the law and end the problem — it will work.

TOM "ROAD" BLAIR

MESA

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Not my guy

I listened to Sen. Barack Obama’s speech following the Wisconsin primary and made up my mind as to whom I will not support. Obama will no doubt change his name to Santa Claus with all the gifts he says are coming my way.

In my stocking will be health care, college tuition, major infrastructure upgrades, new highways, bridges, hugging the Iranians, the end of our involvement in Iraq and other goodies to make us all happy. The two items he failed to mention are the credit card balances that his sleigh of gifts will bring and the increased threats that will confront him as his reindeer navigate the dangerous world.

His speech sounded like Santa’s cheerleaders giving us a pep talk while the coach has no game plan. I don’t think Barack is my man.

CHUCK DEGARD

TEMPE

MESA COMPUTERS

How to pay for them

The Jan. 31 Tribune carried an article on laptop computers for Mesa’s field engineers. So, the city’s engineering department makes a belated request for 25 laptop computers. My first thought was it sounds rather extravagant.

But, without hard data to prove the city’s investment being offset by improved efficiency, allow me to offer this: efficiency will certainly way offset the initial expense the way I have calculated it.

Having each field engineer equipped with his own computer will no longer require those claimed trips back to one of the two offices to use the in-house computer, along with standing in line for such use and his research. That alone should cut 50 percent of the time consumed. With that in mind, we should be able to reduce the number of field engineers from 50 down to 12 or 13 at most, thus saving the salary of 13 engineers.

Secondly, that would also eliminate the need of 13 city-owned vehicles with the investment in maintenance, fuel and storage garage or parking lot while off duty.

LARRY SEEGERS

MESA

MESA ELECTION

City needs Riverview, Griswold

Senator, have you no shame? That question of Sen. Joe McCarthy seems appropriate that we ask that of David Molina. He authored the letter published on Feb. 8, “A bad bet.” He wrote giving the impression the taxpayers’ money is involved in the tax incentive package granted the Riverview developer. It was not and Mesa will enjoy dividends on that investment for decades.

The only Mesa taxpayer money involved in the Riverview project was the cost of financing the public referendum election.

Mesa has been at a definite disadvantage with indecisive leadership.

There’s been little effort to prevent loss of other businesses. We need leaders for the future, not followers, that is why I support Rex Griswold for mayor.

Mesa city government is the biggest business in town. We need someone with business experience, willing to devote the time and who has courage to say and do what is necessary to make a large city great. Mesa is still growing; although the backward-looking and libertarians may again try to stunt its growth. Rex Griswold is willing to question motives and expose the good and the bad of an issue. Mesa is a big city with big-city problems. A firm hand and stand is necessary to make it safe and avoiding wasting our tax dollars.

RICHARD T. TRACY SR.

MESA

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