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Letters to the editor: March 31

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Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:45 pm | Updated: 3:47 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

MESA: City should recover lawsuit expenses

As a Mesa taxpayer receiving fewer and fewer vital city services due to budget issues, I am furious that the City of Mesa had to spend over $200,000 to defend against the frivolous donning and doffing lawsuit filed by the Mesa Police Association. Only a handful of the 800+ Mesa police officers joined in the lawsuit; the others shook their heads at the silly actions of the Mesa Police Association. I want that union to pay every dime back that the city had to spend to defeat this ridiculous waste of city finances.

The Mesa Police Association is an embarrassment to dedicated police officers proudly wearing their Mesa Police Department uniforms.

Bill Everson, Mesa

PERSONAL HEALTH CARE: Take control of health

Last week, President Obama signed sweeping “health care” legislation that created a major rift over costs and other issues.

In 2009, we spent $2.5 trillion, or more than $8,000 per person, on medical care. That’s 17 percent of our GDP — more than any other country. And even these outrageous numbers don’t account for the economic toll of lost productivity, or the emotional toll of disease and death.

Ironically, these costs and the legislation have nothing to do with health care and everything to do with medical care, directed at alleviating chronic killer diseases that are largely self-inflicted through our flawed lifestyles. Actual health care is absolutely free! It involves exercise, rest, and abstinence from smoking, drugs, and meat and dairy products.

Yes, meat and dairy. According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 1.4 million U.S. deaths annually, or 58 percent of the total, are caused by heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and other chronic diseases, which have been linked conclusively with consumption of animal products.

We have no control over national medical care policy. But, each of us can exercise a great deal of control over our family’s health every time we visit our favorite supermarket.

Roger Wicklund, Mesa

GILBERT SALES TAX: Support for safety

Quality of life or safety. That’s what’s at stake with Gilbert’s budget crisis. Without the infusion of revenue that this tax increase will provide, I’m convinced Gilbert won’t have the funds necessary to maintain the safety or quality of life my family depends on. I understand that some people moved to Gilbert or live in Gilbert because they want a simple, uncomplicated life that isn’t supported at all by their government. But I live in Gilbert because of the great things it has offered my family, for the care that the parks receive, for the award-winning public safety, for the great planning that continues to attract quality residential developments and businesses.

I know that a quarter of a cent won’t hurt my family. But the changes that could occur to our pubic safety can. Please support the tax increase on May 18 so our families can continue to receive the safety and quality of life we’ve been able to enjoy so far.

Alicia Gerard, Gilbert

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