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Letters to the editor: Jan. 23

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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009 8:48 pm | Updated: 1:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Today is not such a good day. True, it’s beautiful and sunny out, but once again I needed to get somewhere and I decided to take the US 60. Today, I got onto U.S. 60 at Val Vista Road and a car decided to exit into my lane at the same time I was merging onto the freeway. I had been glancing at my outside rear mirror for some time to make sure I had the free space to move into the lane.

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PHOTO ENFORCEMENT

A plea for justice

Today is not such a good day. True, it’s beautiful and sunny out, but once again I needed to get somewhere and I decided to take the US 60. Today, I got onto U.S. 60 at Val Vista Road and a car decided to exit into my lane at the same time I was merging onto the freeway. I had been glancing at my outside rear mirror for some time to make sure I had the free space to move into the lane.

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Ahead of me were cars exiting at Greenfield Road. I was boxed in from all sides. I had to speed up to get onto the freeway, and I had a very small window of time to get onto the freeway or get hit. By the time I saw the speed camera, it was too late. I was going over the speed limit.

Now let me say, I am one of the few that think the photo enforcement cameras are a good thing, I try to go the speed limit at all times. But I admit I was speeding. I don’t have a problem with the ticket I’ll get except for the embarrassment of having done something which is illegal.

What I have a problem with is that in Mesa, if I request a hearing and lose, I no longer have the right to go to traffic school. I feel like I should have the right to tell the judge the extenuating circumstances of my speeding, and I should have the right to speak before the court without terminating my option.

Suzanne Larsen

MESA

PAY DAY LOANS

Fighting for Arizona’s voters

Mike McClellan has taken cheap shots at conservatives for sometime. Let me set the record straight in reference to his Jan. 18 letter.

I worked very hard to defeat the pay day loan ballot proposition of 2008. It would have given pay day lenders special treatment and fallen under the Voter Protection Act of 1998. What is passed at the ballot virtually cannot be changed; even the unintended consequences could not be fixed. McClellan should get his facts straight. I fought vigorously to defeat last year’s Proposition 200 and put out opposition signs all over this state.

McClellan loves to twist the facts and does a good job of it on a regular basis. I have worked hard for years to protect the voters of this state and make sure their vote counts. I wrote and the voters passed in 2004 the previous Prop. 200, or Arizona’s Citizens and Taxpayers Protection Act. It has been adopted as a national model by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nation’s largest group of conservative legislators.

The Citizens and Taxpayers Protection Act targets voter and welfare fraud and has been proven to have prevented thousands of fraudulent votes in this state. By the way, former Gov. Janet Napolitano refused to fully implement the welfare part of it even after Arizona voters passed it by 60 percent.

Sen. Russell Pearce

Mesa

ISRAEL-GAZA

Fighting sparked by blockade of Gaza, lack of basic goods

Why is Hamas launching rockets into Israel? “For over 12 months, the residents of Gaza have lived in the world’s largest open air prison, with armed guards, barbed wire and without any fundamental human rights,” explains an excerpt from Council for the National Interest.

Due to the Israeli cut off of electricity to run sewage treatment plants in Gaza, water aquifers have become contaminated, as have fish. For the last five months, and during a truce between Israel and Hamas, all food supplies ran out in Gaza. Hamas renewed the cease fire many times, demanding an end to the Israeli siege on all its borders.

Israel, with the backing of the U.S., refused. The last cease fire did not hold.

Israel must abide by the many United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for an end to the occupation of Palestine. The U.S. must abide by its own laws (The U.S. Arms Export Control Act and the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act) which bans the use of exported weapons to kill civilians. The use of our taxpayer dollars ($3 billion a year) by Israel for such purposes is unconscionable, and this aid must end.

BARBARA HASAN

SCOTTSDALE

Ad should haven’t been published

To whom it may concern, I was looking through the sports section of your paper on Jan. 11, and was flabbergasted to see a half-page advertisement sponsored by groups that have been linked to terrorist funding. I can’t believe that your paper would publish something like this! Why is it OK to say Israel has crossed the line because they are defending themselves from terrorists? If rockets were being propelled into our country, our citizens would be screaming for action, and yet Israel is held to a different standard.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see innocent children or people die. But why is it OK that innocent Israeli civilians and children die because of the rockets lobbed over by terrorist Hamas. I am neither Jewish or Israeli, I am a veteran of these United States who has fought in the Persian Gulf, and I am extremely disgusted your paper would accept advertising from those who support terrorists groups and one-sided propaganda. I don’t care how much money your paper was paid to put this in it, you have shown a total lack of judgement.

BRENT UFFELMAN

MESA

GILBERT MAYOR

Council should have taken vehicle assigned to mayor long ago

The Gilbert Town Council has voted to discontinue the practice of allowing Mayor Steve Berman free use of a vehicle provided by San Tan Ford to the town (Tribune, Jan. 7).

Instead, the council will provide the mayor with a monthly allowance to cover transportation cost. As it turns out, the out-of-pocket cost of the “free” vehicle was almost twice what the cost of providing the mayor with a monthly allowance. Why it took the Town Council so long to do this is amazing.

Having a high profile public official like the mayor have unrestricted use of a vehicle donated by a private firm who had benefited from a favorable incentive to come to Gilbert reeks of “pay to play” politics. Congratulations to the Gilbert Town Council for having the courage to resolve a bad decision. Perhaps it now makes sense for the Town Council to propose and establish a “code of ethics” for elected town officials.

Such a move might diffuse future transgressions of accepting a free suit of clothing from a private merchant in exchange for services rendered, attacking news media personnel who ask delicate questions about the “Field of Dreams” debacle, verbal berating of a town resident who felt that it’s time to recall an elected official, refusing to correct an onerous and known error by a town employee thus allowing a recall effort to be derailed and denying a town resident due process, etc.  Without such a “code of ethics,” should the residents of Gilbert worry that the next mayor of Gilbert will simply be a repeat of the performance by the present mayor?

DAN WATSON

GILBERT

To our readers:

Gilbert Town Council Forum

The Tribune Editorial Board will host a public forum for the candidates running for Gilbert mayor and Town Council starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the council chambers at the Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. The forum will open with a hourlong question-and-answer session for the Town Council candidates moderated by Opinion Page Editor Le Templar, followed by a similar, hourlong session for the mayoral contenders. The public is invited to watch the forum in person or on Gilbert’s cable channel 11. If you have a question you like to have the candidates address, please write Le Templar at ltemplar@evtrib.com or call him at (480) 898-6474.

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