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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:23 pm | Updated: 1:39 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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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STATE BUDGET

Get rid of bad workers

I read in the Tribune recently the state is requiring Department of Economic Security employees and others to take unpaid furloughs to assist with the budget crunch the state faces.

First: Why should the load be on the hard working people at DES? The Arizona Department of Administration has set rules for employee performance and there are set provisions for incompetent employees to be moved out of government service.

These rules are not being enforced and so there remains a large number of people (allegedly) working for DES who are just collecting paychecks and spending a lot of waste and unauthorized money and yet they do nothing, not to mention being highly incompetent in the process. Get rid of them and the remaining hard working people in DES will not have to worry about how they will pay bills and feed their families while off with no pay. This unpaid furlough business is totally insane and unreasonable.

Second: Why does the state continue to pay out billions of big bucks to “for-profit” agencies like Magellan. More of our money down the drain faster than Drano can push it. Take out the services contractors and put their excessive profits back into state coffers.

Arizona needs to enforce the rules and to exercise common sense without placing the burden on its employees.

JAMES BARBEE

MESA

Focus on unprotected workers

What is the difference in an uncovered state employee and a covered state employee? Someone might open a big can of worms looking into and revealing the differences of these two positions.

As a matter of fact, uncovered positions within the state are compensated at a much higher rate of pay than that of a covered state employee. Uncovered positions also earn the highest amount of vacation hours from day one of their employment that takes a covered state employee 15 years to reach. Uncovered employees earn the same holidays off as covered. Uncovered employees do not have to work a full eight-hour day but will get compensated for eight hours.

Uncovered employees also get a pay raise if the covered state employees do, and uncovered workers can be given a pay raise at any time without the knowledge of the covered employee.

The reason uncovered positions are paid at a much higher rate and reap the highest benefits from day one is due to the risk factor. Since they are not covered by the state merit system, they have no rights and they can be let go without reason. The situation we’re in right now is one that the uncovered positions should be paying the price for, and this is when being a covered state employee should be a benefit. But since your top agency heads are all uncovered employees and they have been allowed to make the decision on what to do during this crisis, we will all equally pay the penalty for the budget deficit that former Gov. Janet Napolitano left us in.

ANDREA SCHOENECKER

PHOENIX

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Golf program should stay

On Feb. 10, Arizona State University announced drastic cuts for this year’s budget. Along with 47 other programs, the Professional Golf Management program will be disestablished. In an attempt to understand the reasoning behind this cut, the university explained that this program does not meet the “core mission” of the university.

For all of us whom are affected by this decision we respectfully disagree with this result. The university’s responsibility is to develop and prepare individuals for the economic well being of Arizona. Therefore, in a state that relies so heavily on tourism and the golf industry in particular, it is difficult to understand this reasoning.

Programs such as professional golf management are highly specialized and highly relevant to the economic future of the state. By eliminating such programs, ASU runs the risk of depriving the state of qualified individuals to operate and grow the golf industry within the state. That being said one would find it difficult to understand this reasoning. If we are to move forward and improve the economic well being of our state, we must continue to fund and support programs of this nature.

MICAHEL NEIDER

GILBERT

QUEEN CREEK CLEANUP

Volunteers can help protect beauty of Santan area

I would like to invite Queen Creek and Pinal County residents to join us Saturday morning in the 11th annual community cleanup of Queen Creek and the San Tan Mountain Regional Park area.

It’s a terrific event as volunteers from community organizations, churches, Boy Scouts, neighborhoods and other groups do roadside trash pickup and clean out our own San Tan park.

This is a coordinated effort sponsored by Maricopa County, Pinal County, Queen Creek and the San Tan Mountains Pride Association. It’s also an opportunity for Queen Creek and Pinal County residents to safely dispose of their old tires, appliances as large as refrigerators and washers, hazardous waste materials such as paint, motor oil and car batteries and other trash. They can also recycle their used electronic equipment, including TVs, cell phones, computers and other recyclable products. It’s a huge event that performs a giant public service to help keep our community clean.

Maricopa and Pinal counties will partner to supply bulldozers, storage containers and trucks to haul off the stuff to our dump sites. And the San Tan Pride Association is providing the gloves, vests, trash bags, water and other supplies. It’s a fun time and an experience that brings a community together. For more information how you can volunteer or get rid of some household trash, check out www.SanTanPride.org. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning — making a difference.

FULTON BROCK

MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERVISOR

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