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Letters to the editor: Oct. 28

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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:43 pm | Updated: 1:34 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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INTERNET REGULATION

Block Net neutrality

Sen. John McCain is right. Internet regulation will stifle innovation and investment. On Oct. 22, the Federal Communications Commission voted to take a big step toward regulating the Internet. On the same day, McCain, R-Ariz., introduced legislation designed to stop the FCC’s heavy-handed move, and he made the following statements to the Washington Times:

“(T)he Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to regulate the historically open architecture and free flow of the Internet. The commission will seek to impose ‘net neutrality’ rules …. This government takeover of the Internet will stifle innovation, which will in turn hinder job creation.”

The Internet has been lightly regulated, and today anyone is free to access any lawful content. That’s true “net neutrality.” The push for heavy regulation is based on scare tactics and sound bites, not fact.

The FCC should focus on Internet build-out so that it’s available to every home. Regulation will hinder investment and growth. McCain deserves public support on this issue.

TONY BRADLEY

TEMPE

HORSES

Part of attraction for Q.C. lifestyle

To those of you who don’t appreciate the equestrian “culture” in Queen Creek:

Ten or so years ago, this culture and the unique environment surrounding it attracted people who wanted something different and the quality of life it provided. When the big developers came to town with small lots and increased density, they used the rural nature of Queen Creek as an attraction to the detriment of those who already lived here. General plan amendment after general plan amendment have served the developers and resulted in residents who don’t appreciate a unique rural lifestyle. What we have ended up with is a cookie-cutter, soulless, lowest-common-denominator town with but one link to its history — horses. If, as a resident, you want a town with all of the class of the back of a Walmart, we are surrounded by them. Move. Or you can stay and embrace what little uniqueness we have left.

THOM SCHUETT

QUEEN CREEK

ELECTION INITIATIVES

Take control of property taxes

I just thought I’d let you know that when your property or land is assessed at a much higher value than last year — when the economy hadn’t bottomed out — and your property taxes are higher now than at a time when you could have sold it for twice as much, then there is something heinous, evil, hypocritical and contradictory about that. That is where the initiative Proposition 13 Arizona comes in to try to counter this evil. I am convinced if Proposition 13 Arizona gets on the ballot in November 2010, it will overwhelmingly pass. The question is, will the powers that be shoot it down for some legal, splitting-hair technicality? If so, it won’t be the first time. Contrary to some who believe otherwise, cutting taxes and giving incentives to invest are the key to economic recovery and not the present stimulus formulas, which so far have accomplished nothing.

There is nothing logical about paying higher taxes during a recession, whether it be higher property taxes when your place is worth much less because of the housing crisis, or prices in grocery stores staying the same or rising as when gas was $4 a gallon, or health care costs and insurance premiums going through the roof as the whole country is in recession. It makes zero sense.

RANDY HAMILTON

ASH FORK

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