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Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5:55 pm | Updated: 2:43 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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FEDERAL BUDGET

Where has all the money gone?

The Herculean monetary might of the new $787 billion stimulus package has been aimed at restoring the nation’s infrastructure to generate immediate employment and to stall the stunning, record-setting Mariana Trench-magnitude recession unfolding before us.

Why is our infrastructure always on the brink of crumbling when billions of dollars of private investor utility and municipal bond funds (and federal government so-called pork grants) have been dedicated to building and rebuilding water treatment plants, roads, bridges and much more across the nation continuously over the last 55 years?

How is it that almost every government economic system, business and individual in this country is deep in distressing debt? With our many elite Ivy League, Big Ten and other premiere universities of higher learning and their graduated experienced talent, why can’t our economy be flawlessly managed and operating at peak performance without all the wealth-erasing cycling, driven progressively deeper in debt since 1916?

The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have printed articles of off-shore accounts that manage $11.5 trillion in private and corporate funds, including the famous Swiss bank accounts popularized in film and adventure stories. There is now legitimate reason to investigate every one of those off-shore accounts as part of the process of finding the reason behind the global economic imbalance.

Are the investments beneficial to society or do the interest returns wildly benefit only an incredibly wealthy few at the expense of the security of millions of ordinary good people?

STEVE FELD

CHANDLER

JOHN McCAIN

Fighting for future generations

I want to thank Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for taking a stand in his attempt to block thousands of earmarks and to save billions of dollars in the out-of-control spending bill that President Barack Obama signed. The bill is loaded with pork-barrel spending that this nation cannot afford at this time, and it cannot be rightly justified.

Some in Congress and the White House are saying this is leftover legislation from the recently departed Bush administration. Talk about liars! Last fall, there was much talk about the “change we can believe in,” and that was repeated as much as the sound of running water headed over a waterfall. Where is the change now?

I have three children. One is 25 years old and is the mother of my 2 1/2-year-old grandson. My two sons are 22 and 15. Thank you, Sen. McCain, for taking an interest in the future of all of them by trying not to strap debt on them that will erode the quality of their lives in the years to come.

Yes, McCain is a maverick, and thanks to him for being the maverick he is who truly cares about this nation and its future generations. Thank you, sir, for being there in the Senate and for fighting for our needs and values. Keep up the fight and always follow your maverick instincts.

America is a better place because of his leadership.

EDWARD J. SOLCE JR.

HERON, MONT.

CONGRESS

Cleaning up AIG

After watching Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., along with others try to destroy Edward Libby from AIG, I do have to wonder how long the American public will put up with such hearings.

May I say Libby had nothing to do with those bonuses? He was hired after that was approved by Congress in the hurry-up stimulus plan and was hired at an exorbitant salary of $1 per year. He agreed to come in to try to get AIG back up and running as a viable entity.

And may I say those bonuses had nothing to do with performance? They were given to executives in order to persuade them to remain with a failing organization in the hopes that they could turn it around. I didn’t count how many times Libby said that, but no one up there behind their congressional “raised” platform listened.

For the most part, Congress only uses the time to make the speeches they hope will instill confidence in their constituents.

And for Frank, of all people, to demand to know and to be able to publish the names of the executives who received those incentive bonuses sounds just like the old communist hunters.

We can remember quite a few people who were totally innocent that were crucified in front of those hearings. AIG has received many death threats directed to the executives, their wives, and their children. That would seem to be enough reason to not publish that information.

JACK AND JEAN EHLEBRACHT

SCOTTSDALE

FERAL CATS

Trap, neuter and return

We live in Gilbert on an acre of property and have two wild cats that lived here before us. They had kittens that we found in our shed that we were able to tame, but we needed to find a way for no more kittens.

We heard of a program called Altered Tails, and they are the biggest in the country for helping to spay and neuter wild cats.

They supply the traps and the instructions to follow, and you make an appointment and bring your trapped cats to a clinic where they have their operations. You then bring them back home where they can live in peace without having any more babies. This program is helping to reduce the cat overpopulation problem and is run by kind volunteers who really like to help animals, and we want to thank them for giving this service to our community.

NOLAN MURRAY

GILBERT

TRAFFIC CONTROL

Synchronize Mesa traffic lights

I know Mesa is proud of their traffic infrastructure, but why are we forced to wait at so many traffic lights on major roads?

Surely the science of synchronization has not passed by our sleepy city? Maybe the council should post signs “Welcome to Mesa. Please take a moment to admire our traffic lights.”

PAUL PRINSLOO

MESA

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