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Letters to the editor: Dec. 11

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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:34 pm | Updated: 2:57 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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SARAH PALIN

Wins support with plain talk

We thought Raymond Moers’ Dec. 4 letter to the editor was right on. Elitists don’t like Sarah Palin because she is smart, intelligent and knows what she is talking about. We love her folksy demeanor. She is down to earth and “tells it like it is,” and that scares people.

We have watched her interviews in the last few months and, unlike most politicians, she answers the questions asked. She does not beat around the bush and answer a question with a question. She speaks to her record and what she has done for the state of Alaska. Who wants sophistication anyway? We would take a straight-talking person any day of the week over the smooth, suave perfection that we have in office right now.

We are so tired of all the arrogance and condescension that we see in Washington, D.C. Different people from different parts of the country speak with their own colloquialisms, and that is OK. That certainly should not be a prerequisite to whether you are qualified to run. If it were, none of the Kennedys, or Jimmy Carter, or LBJ would have made it.

Look at the records and then debate the issues.

BOB AND LUANN LUDWICK

MESA

EDUCATION

Keep feds out of school instruction

I read with interest about the $4 billion the federal government wants to hand out to qualifying schools to “reform” K-12 education. A question that comes to mind is what encompasses the federal version of “reform.” Does that mean there would be a federally mandated curriculum these “lucky” schools would have to adhere to? And what kind of oversight and directives extend to each school district once the money is accepted? Where does that leave the voice of the parents, the school boards and the state board of education?

Look at TARP and the other bailouts; these companies and banks have the feds all over them mandating each and every aspect of their operations. A federal mandate for a specific curriculum should not happen in our country. I do not want to become another China, Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, etc., with our government controlling every aspect of our lives.

Money will never buy education. It begins with a desire in the heart of the parent first, then passed on to the child. Then, hopefully, you get a teacher who has that same desire and cares if your child learns in the classroom. If there is not a desire to teach and a desire to learn coexisting in the classroom, no amount of government reform or its billions can create an environment of learning. It begins at home and ends in the classroom.

Our problem in education today is not money — it is integrity, accountability, responsibility, and the decay of these values attached to life. Everywhere you look, someone wants a “free ride” and looks for someone to deliver immediate gratification at someone else’s expense.

SUSAN HICKS

GILBERT

2010 CENSUS

Politics behind Mesa office

Mesa Republicans counting people in Pinal County? Sounds fair, huh? With great fanfare the office in charge of the census was grandly opened recently. Where was it opened? In the state Republican stronghold of Mesa. Why would Pinal Democrats, who are still slightly in the majority in Pinal County, sit back and allow this to happen?

It seems to me that if the pool of workers and people involved in the counting emanate from one of the most Republican areas of the state, that would clearly set off some red flags for the Democrats, especially after the fiasco the Republicans recently pulled trying to grab power by expanding the number of members on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors. Now, you are going to have all the same people in charge of counting the census as the ones trying to manipulate which party controlled the Pinal County board by their votes to pass House Bill 2101!

We would never want to accuse Mesa Republicans of bias or engaging in skullduggery. But who have they been supporting, and what have these people been voting for in the Legislature when it comes to Pinal County? The people of Pinal County should stand their ground and demand that this census be conducted in Pinal and by a diverse population of workers, supervisors and others involved in this ever-so-important census.

I hope the citizens of Pinal County do not fall for this clear attempt to again manipulate their destiny.

ELLIOTT E. FISHER

APACHE JUNCTION 

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