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Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2008 7:56 pm | Updated: 11:43 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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BUSINESS LICENSES

Demanding too much paperwork

I just finished speaking with the new Arizona Office of Pest Management. I own a small pest control company and have a qualifying party license, a pest control business license and also an applicator license. All these are required in order for me to provide pest control service here in Arizona.

Originally, we had to provide evidence of citizenship in order to continue. We were assured that this was a one-time only requirement. I just found out that now we will be required by the federal government to not only provide it each time we renew our annual qualifying party license but also for our applicator license and possibly also for our pest control business license. It’s the “law,” you see.

This means that at a minimum on top of paying for three licenses and reapplying each year, I have to provide proof of citizenship at least twice a year just for me, and at least once each year for each employee. I thought we defeated the Nazis in World War II. What’s next: giving me a “choice” between carrying and “showing my papers” or wearing a microchip under my skin? This is shameful and has to stop. Someone please tell me I’ve been misinformed.

NORMAN NIPPERUS

TEMPE

POLITICS

Respect opposition but challenge bad policies

Bravo! I congratulate you for your printing of Scott Stantis’ column: “It’s past time for us to drop the pacifiers and come together” (Opinion 2, Nov. 19). I heartily agree with his views and as a long-time conservative Republican I will support our new president and give him the respect he is due. However, if he and the Democratic Party try to stick “national health care” or redistribute the wealth” down our throats, I will holler, scream and ring door bells to everyone I know in disapproval.

On another point. I do not approve of any bailout of the automakers. You can blame mismanagement as the cause of their demise. You can blame the unions for forcing by threat of strike the companies to grant outrageous benefits, i.e. wages, health benefits and pensions as the real cause. Let the companies file bankruptcy and then reorganize and give the employes a reasonable offer like other companies.

Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.

STANLEY SELLERS

MESA

Here’s what change should look like

I sure hope and pray that the words of President-elect Barack Obama are true. Wouldn’t it be great if things did change for the better? Just imagine…

No more aggressive gestures on our country’s part. No more “bring it on!” Our troops coming home to their waiting families and loved ones. Our troops protecting our borders and securing our shores, and helping our citizens whenever and wherever they can. Our economy strong and vibrant. Good products made here for sale here. Few imports. All our citizens who can work, working, paying taxes, and paying into Social Security. Teachers teaching the basics, helping the students learn how to want to learn more, and earning a living wage doing it. Affordable, excellent health care for everybody. People respecting and helping each other instead of stealing from, and hurting, each other.

All these, and many more, idyllic dreams and hopes rest on the shoulders of one man, who has the biggest job in the world, and has a good man to work with. Let us pray that our fondest dreams will come true, and our country will strengthen itself and us, so that we can really believe, and say, “I’m proud to be an American!”

RUTH YURICH

MESA

THE ECONOMY

Conflict voids Will’s opinion

Regarding the George F. Will article on the automakers’ bailout (Opinion 2, Nov. 17), don’t you think that maybe George should have disclosed the fact that his wife is a public relations consultant for the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association before he wrote at least 500 words condemning the American auto industry. Being an American auto industry retiree, I read his story with interest until I got to the disclosure of his wife`s job two-thirds of the way through the article. Then , he lost all credibility.

I now see why he wants the American auto industry to go bankrupt. The wife’s employer will slide in and take over a huge new market share. Maybe he should be collecting a check from them as a consultant like his wife is. If you are that deeply involved in this automotive bailout plan, you should not be writing an article about it without full disclosure at the beginning of the story. I would then have known the motive behind the story first and made my own opinions as he ranted about closing down his wife’s employers competition.

MICHAEL VALENTINE

GILBERT

THANKSGIVING

Avoid factory-farm meat

This year as we prepare for the holidays and all of its festivities, may I first suggest an outing to a factory farm and poultry slaughterhouse?

Nothing will make you more grateful for a tofurkey, veggies and a cruelty-free meal, than knowing our compassion will help to build a kinder gentler world for us all.

THERESA GALLAGHER

CHANDLER

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