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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 9:44 pm | Updated: 11:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It never ceases to amaze me how so many people can’t see what’s right in front of them. Many people still support the current right-wing Republican ideology not because of the results that it has produced, but because they view politics like they view sports teams. Like fans of the Chicago Cubs, they remain loyal to the Republican Party because it’s their “team.”

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Mentality is to support their team

It never ceases to amaze me how so many people can’t see what’s right in front of them. Many people still support the current right-wing Republican ideology not because of the results that it has produced, but because they view politics like they view sports teams. Like fans of the Chicago Cubs, they remain loyal to the Republican Party because it’s their “team.”

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The majority of them don’t understand how much the Bush administration tax cuts have affected money that could’ve been used to rebuild our failing infrastructure of roads and utilities and even to keep our military properly equipped and funded.

They see tax cuts and salivate, even though the vast majority of these people only saw a couple of hundred dollars in tax relief, while the rich saw several thousands of dollars in tax relief and a few of the wealthiest saw hundreds of thousands in tax relief.

Seem fair? Most of them are for continuing the Iraq war. Why? They say they want to win. Win what? The war in Iraq should never have been fought, and all the reasons for it have been discounted. The hundreds of billions of dollars given to private contractors to rebuild Iraq has produced nothing. Sound like a good use of money?

So, how can any supporter of the Republican Party say that they’ve done a good job?

You can’t blame the Democratic majority that’s been in Congress the past two years for the current situation; they haven’t had a large enough majority to pass legislation over the vetoes of the Bush administration. These people continue to support the Republicans not because they know what’s really going on or how things work, but because it’s their “team.”

Scott Randall

MESA

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Focus on health care

When voting this November, think before voting for the candidate who espouses health care for every person in the United States.

With Medicare scheduled to go broke in the not-too-far future, how is the government going to pay the billions of dollars for everyone’s health care? In addition, the medical facilities will be so overloaded that it probably will be next to impossible to get an appointment within a reasonable length of time.

Ernest Arnold

MESA

Global issues demand serious solutions

Sen. Barack Obama’s recent speech before Berlin paralleled historically significant speeches demanding peace, allied forces and the destruction of the Berlin Wall. As Europe settles into a calmer era, foreign leaders such as Obama face new challenges: What will the unifying force be?

I hope to see global warming play a large role in the intercontinental exchange of ideas.

It is the issue of our time, one that has serious effects at home and abroad. Increasing temperatures cause flooding in coastal areas and drought inland; entire human populations will be forced to relocate to higher ground. Disease spreads faster as climates transform, and economies will collapse under the pressure of immigration, public health epidemics and food shortages.

Right now, our rivers and lakes are drying up and local ice packs are melting away.

The problem is real, happening now and only getting worse.

Fortunately, we have the opportunity to act now. As fellow occupants of the Earth, we all need to maintain consciousness of our choices and the effect they have on the environment. However, we also need some serious leadership on the issue at all levels of government. That means presidential candidates, such as Obama, ought to use global warming as a national and international point of unification.

Our congressmen should be taking charge to make this a congressional priority. Locally, I’m counting on Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., a representative with a strong environmental record, to take leadership on an eminent problem.

Now is our chance to stop this global crisis. This November, let’s elect the leaders who will help us change climate change.

Margaret Diddams

OIL

Changing filters instead of oil may be option

Years ago, a friend confided in me that he had a 1934 Ford with the original oil in it. He said that he never changes the oil, instead he changed the oil filters. He told me that clean oil does not break down. In his ’34 Ford, he installed a filter that was filled with toilet paper.

That was 50 years ago. As I recall, my friend was a professor of petroleum engineering at Princeton University.

Don’t you think millions of barrels of oil could be saved if we did as he did?

Brodie Broderson

GOLD CANYON

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