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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 12:14 am | Updated: 9:50 pm, Fri Oct 7, 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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Presidential race

Process taints all who enter

Now we know who will run for the presidency. Now each party has its champion. How did we get here, and what does it mean? Anyone in the beginning of this, with any chance of making it this far was someone who was at least minimally acceptable to those who are the power behind the screen. So whoever wins will serve this power.

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Now America, of course, has competing centers of power. But powers have a common center that does not act always in our best interest.

This is what some call “the system.” The system is how we pursue position and power. There are those who seek to change the system by seeking a position of power. But it is the seeking of power and position that is the system and therefore this path to change will always fail.

The system cannot be changed by power and force; it cannot be changed from within. Is there a way to change our lives? Yes. By using this system as little as possible. By seeking the good of others as well as our own, and through caring, compassion and such acts of loving-kindness. As simple and unlikely as it seems, in our histories, our lives, this is the only thing that works.

James R Scher

Chandler

Flight attendants

Should receive family leave

Millions of working families across the nation are safeguarded and provided job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; however, flight attendants have been excluded from these legal protections due to a technical oversight in the law.

Senate Bill 2059, “The Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act,” will finally clarify that flight attendants and pilots are entitled to take unpaid family and medical leave to recover from an illness, to care for newborn children, and to look after sick or injured family members without the threat of losing their job.

Sadly, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., have yet to sign on as co-sponsors to this important bipartisan legislation, and hard-working Arizonans need to convince them to do so now.

As first responders and onboard safety professionals, flight attendants provide an essential service to the traveling public and to the airlines for which they work. “The Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act” will finally bring fairness and equity to the thousands of men and women who on a daily basis move our nation.

Gary Richardson

President, Association of Flight Attendants - CWA

Phoenix

Maricopa County Elections

Hermes supports kids

I couldn’t agree more with your editorial June 6 concerning the Pappas schools. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves for harming students out of spite for the old superintendent. It is immoral to be playing politics with the futures of hundreds of innocent children by standing in the way of their education.

Sure, a few rules have been broken, but all can easily be dealt with in the near future, while closing these schools and ensuring a quality education for these children would be extremely hard.

Ed Hermes, who is running for supervisor, has vowed to never play politics when the education is at stake. He would work quickly to resolve all issues that threaten a child’s education.

Tood Phillips

Tempe

In memorium

Russert held weekly conversations

The untimely death of “Meet The Press” host Tim Russert was a complete shock to me. I thought, “How could this be? He just talked to me a few days earlier from his show.” And that was what it was like every Sunday morning for the past four years.

Russert talked to you and gave the plain truth about our politicians, our government and our daily lives. He helped shape my political views with his guests and commentaries every week, giving insights and answers to questions we wish we could ask.

He was taken far too soon and the current political season will be the lessor for his passing. Sunday mornings will never be the same. He will be missed by me and countless others across the United States.

Scott Gonzales

Mesa

Education

Open kids’ eyes to reading

Thank you for opening our eyes. Hopefully your article was read by everyone in the Mesa Unified School District. Whoever heard of not having a librarian at schools and giving away books? How stupid can we get? Is the next step down for us to see a Gestapo at our door demanding all our books?

If there is no money to allow a librarian at schools and books, how about suggesting a volunteer librarian service? I’m sure that every school in the district has many people who would be willing to provide this service for one or two days a week to help our children have books available to them.

Books provide a look at the past, ideas for the future, guides to better living, entertainment, comfort, etc., the list could go on and on. I am one more person, besides Michael Drobitsy (Letters, May 19), who feels outraged by this practice of giving away books and not having a librarian at schools.

People who can’t learn from the past quite often repeat bad situations in the future.

Alura Nash

Mesa

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