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Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 2:55 pm | Updated: 2:51 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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HOMELAND SECURITY

Focus on real terrorism threat

There’s been a lot of talk about the silly U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo labeling returning veterans and people who believe in the Constitution as “right-wing extremists.” In his commentary (“Right should calm down over DHS memo,” Opinion 2, Friday), Michael Taylor signaled his own bias by the way he summed up his views, saying “Not all Republicans are extremists. But all extreme hate groups identify with the far right.”

I’m glad he recognizes we’re not all extremists. I also suspect that militant Islamists — who should be the top target of our government — as well as violent domestic terrorist organizations such as the Earth Liberation Front and the Weather Underground probably don’t consider themselves as part of the “far right.”

SEN. JON KYL

SENATE ASSISTANT REPUBLICAN LEADER

WASHINGTON, D.C.

FALCON FIELD

Flight school should stay

Thank you for the insightful article regarding the city’s attempt to force Sabena’s flight school out of Mesa (“Falcon Field businesses rally for flight school,” Tribune, Saturday). It is gratifying to learn that other business at Falcon Field support Sabena’s right to conduct its operations at Falcon Field. If the city can shut Sabena down, who’d be next?

Unfortunately, our city management has a long history of unfriendliness to local business. That’s why so many car dealers have fled Mesa. Business owners must be ever vigilant.

It was amusing, too, to learn that the main culprit in fostering noise complaints against Sabena is a former airline pilot!

David Wayne spent his career delivering hundreds of decibels of jet engine noise to airport neighbors and now he objects to the noise from a few lawn-mower-engine-sized small aircraft.

Unbelievable!

EDWARD F. MURPHY

MESA

CLIMATE CHANGE

Teacher not offering science

Regarding Austin Hill’s story about Rhodes Junior High School student Erin Hisserich (“Wearing blinders,” Perspective, Sunday), I would like to say the person wearing blinders is science teacher Scott Chandler. Erin is not an exception to the norm but rather the norm when it comes to the bogus warming scam. Too bad her teacher drank the Kool-Aid and thinks for his students instead of actually teaching them science and not trying to indoctrinate them to the cause.

The schools are going through tough times and are in need of some staff reductions. They may want to start at Rhodes Junior High.

JAMES T. CAMPBELL

MESA

Challenge teacher’s views

Please let Erin Hisserich know that she’s doing the right thing by questioning that what she is told is fact (“Wearing blinders,” Perspective, Sunday). Isn’t that part of the learning process?

In 1971, in my senior English class we were told that the only way we could get an “A” for the whole term was to march in front of the local steel mill in protest. Back then, we were constantly told we were in the midst of global cooling and that the new ice age was already on its way. Pollution given off by the steel mill was one of the causative factors for the imminent demise of our world. I told the teacher that my father would never allow me to be a part of any protest and asked if there was another way to get that “A.” He told me “no.”

Another assignment was to make a protest sign about anything we chose, and have it displayed on the wall so it could be judged by our classmates. I was pretty weary of all the negativity going on in the world, and my “protest” was to make a cute poster that was very upbeat. Everyone loved the artwork and it was voted by the class as the best poster. However, the teacher overrode that decision. He graded my poster with a grudging “C-”. Perhaps you are wondering what any of that had to do with English? Me, too.

What Erin learned in the science class was how to think critically and make decisions despite what you were being told to think. The class might have been on global warming, but Erin learned what she is made of.

KIM IRENE SULLIVAN

GILBERT

TORTURE

Ignore voices favoring torture

After years of secrecy, the Obama administration recently showed its commitment to transparency by releasing memos that reveal how senior Bush administration officials authorized cruel interrogations.

Now former Bush administration officials are trying to resuscitate a dead argument in support of torture. Let’s not let these voices from the past impede our movement back toward the ideals and standards the United States stands for. It is our right as citizens to know the truth about what happened, and we all need to take a stand against inhumane torture.

DIANA EGGLESTON

APACHE JUNCTION

JOURNALISM

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Media lacks integrity

We as Americans expect at the very least an ounce of integrity. If you don’t know what that means, honesty is telling the truth and integrity is doing what is right even if it hurts you or destroys your business. I feel there is no integrity left with the mainstream media. I have yet to see, or hear, any coverage of any TEA parties, protests, or politicians being ousted for their lies and deceit. You are supposed to be our watchdogs and unbiased. We all know both sides of the aisle are to blame, so stand up like a true American and oust these corrupt and power-hungry politicians.

If not, then when you guys are up for your bailout, just remember who you’re taking from. We will not be as kind as our new president.

CHRIS JOHNSON

TEMPE

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