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Letters to the editor: July 15

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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 4:03 pm | Updated: 3:00 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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BASHAS’

Support, shop at our local stores

I want to encourage you to shop at Bashas’ food stores. I have known many members of the Basha family for years, as I know most of you have. The Bashas have given back to this community and state for as long as I can remember. I have been in Chandler since 1979. One of my first welcomes to this great city was by Eddie Basha Jr. This family has done so much for so many over my 30 years here.

I want to challenge you to shop only at Bashas’. Together we can help in some small way. We must support our local grocery store and our local family.

PATTI BRUNO

CHANDLER

UFCW union used bullying tactics

I find it very interesting that the United Food and Commercial Workers union claims that it is concerned for the employees of Bashas’. If the union is so concerned, why would they put their jobs in jeopardy by trying to put Bashas’ out of business?

They have been doing such underhanded things as sending out postcards with lies and quotes from malcontents who hadn’t been with Bashas’ very long and they had been fired for things like stealing. Obviously those people have their own ax to grind. I have received some of the postcards in the mail myself, and the accusations they make are ridiculous. One even had a footnote in small print stating that their accusations were not fact-based.

In my opinion, the UFCW is trying to strong-arm grocers, and if you don’t pay it protection, it will do the business equivalent of breaking your legs.

SARA BARKER

GILBERT

HEALTH CARE

Reject state’s attempt to stop health care plan

While the U.S. House and Senate are considering health care plans, the Arizona Legislature has referred to voters HCR2014, which would make such plans illegal. The Center for Responsive Politics says the insurance industry gave more than $46 million in contributions in 2008. Will the industry do what is preferred, or follow the money trail as usual despite the fact that a single-payer health plan saves lives and money?

Will health care costs go up if we adopt a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system? According to Healthcare-Now.org, the Government Accountability Office says there would be an administrative savings of $150 billion. The Congressional Budget Office projects health costs to decrease by $225 billion from cost containment. A fraction of the savings could fund studies to standardize what is proper health care such as how many tests, procedures, or pharmaceuticals are really necessary.

It is vital to public health that doctors decide health care options, not insurance companies looking to save money for profits. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on defense supposedly to protect us, but we don’t take care of all of our health care needs. Taiwan, with lower initial spending, has moved to a guaranteed health care system for all with only a slight increase in health care costs. It’s about time we met our health care needs and saved money. Vote against HCR2014 in 2010.

TIM MAVRIDES

MESA

New plan would cost too much

“ObamaCare” has got to stop. We cannot afford more government in our lives. We can’t afford new taxes. President Barack Obama said he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class, yet the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated his new plan would cost more than $3 trillion. How will we pay for this? There aren’t enough wealthy people to tax to cover this price tag! The Obama administration already owns the banking industry and the auto industry. Can we please keep him out of health care?

KEVIN FOSBURGH

QUEEN CREEK

STATE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers should blame themselves

The Republican majority in the Arizona Legislature has blamed the federal government for many problems in the past that it has been unable or unwilling to solve. Over the past years this same majority in the Legislature has delighted in blaming former Gov. Janet Napolitano for problems it was unable or unwilling to confront and solve.

Now the Republican majority in the Legislature is blaming the current Republican governor, Jan Brewer, for the problems Arizona faces and the budgetary problems it is unable to address.

Does anyone see a pattern with this blame game?

The Republican Legislature needs to be replaced in the subsequent elections with a more moderate, thoughtful and empathetic group of lawmakers to fill their incompetent void.

RICHARD K. MESZAR

MESA

ABORTION

Opinion cartoon misses the real point

How ridiculous is the cartoon about “owning” someone’s uterus (Mark Ruwart’s Eye on the East Valley, July 3)?

Any logical person understands that no one in this country owns anyone or any part of someone else’s body. The central truth of this debate is the brutal murder of an innocent child.

SUSIE LINDAHL

MESA

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