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Letters to the editor: Oct. 18

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Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2008 7:48 pm | Updated: 8:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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No bailout for homeowners

That $700 billion — that is a pile of money to bail out those individuals and corporate America who have caused the collapse of our financial institutions. You will note that there has not been any mention of bailing out the victims of corporate greed. It follows then that corporate America and its leaders will be the sole benefactors of this bailout and I might add here that most of those heads of corporate America benefited the most in the Bush tax cuts.

The people who have be hurt the most by failure our financial institutions are those individuals who have lost their homes to foreclosure and are being overlooked in the bailout. I’m convinced that, first, the federal government should ban adjustable rate mortgages and demand that adjustable rate mortgages still in force be converted to fixed rate mortgages at the entry level of the original note. This would in effect bailout those trapped with no cost to the taxpayers and help greatly in the recovery of the depression that we face if we do nothing.




Experience matters

Zita Johnson has my vote for the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board. With her six years of governing board experience, her 25-year career with the Arizona State University Child Study Laboratory, and her countless leadership roles on local, state and national educational efforts, Johnson has the leadership qualities needed for this district, especially in light of all the financial challenges we are facing today.

Her in-depth understanding of all facets of education which go far beyond just the basics or the recent trends, and her involvement with countless educational challenges over the past 30 years gives me the confidence that our students are in good hands.

With a grandchild currently being educated in a Tempe school, Johnson has even deeper ties to every potential success and failure this district faces. She understands the importance of student achievement, attracting and retaining quality educators, and making sure every stakeholder has an opportunity to be a part of this district.

There will always be one-issue board candidates and those testing the water for a higher political life, but then there is Zita Johnson, who has always been in the trenches trying to make education better for every child. Our kids, parents, teachers and this community need Johnson to be our voice in the Tempe Union High School District. Learn more about her at zitajohnson.com.



Bonds would be beneficial

During the Tempe special bond election on Nov. 4, Tempe residents will have the opportunity to enhance our community by approving the four separate bond election questions without increasing our taxes. If approved, the four bond questions would authorize the use of existing Tempe property tax revenues to improve the municipal services for our community. These improvements can be generally summarized as follows: Water quality and sewer system improvements; street enhancements, including parking and bike paths; upgraded police and fire service infrastructure; better park, recreational and community services.

It is beyond the scope of this letter to mention all the community enhancements represented by these bond issues in great detail. I certainly encourage citizens to educate themselves on these interesting subjects. What is clear is that from improved communications systems for public safety services, to better parks and water quality, these bonds offer an excellent opportunity to improve our quality of life in many diverse respects. This will greatly benefit our community.

It is not often that Tempe citizens can obtain these types of quality of life improvements, without increasing taxes. That is why I will be both voting for these bonds, and urging others to do so as well in the Tempe special bond election to be held on Nov. 4.




Exhibit should travel U.S.

Recently my family and I went to see the Jewel in the Desert exhibit at Tempe City Hall. It was a very impressive and high caliber presentation. Being a Muslim American myself, I was very pleased to see our roles as citizens in our communities, in this amazing state and great country we call home.

I wish it can travel across America and show all the citizens of this country what the Muslim American citizens are all about and what they do to enrich this country and their communities.

I am not sure if this wonderful exhibit is still running but I sure hope it will be viewed by others also.




Big change is dangerous

Americans want something different from Washington leadership. The president has very low approval ratings and Congress has even lower marks for job performance. Since that horrific day of 9/11, our country has seen many alterations to our day-to-day lifestyle, including infringements upon certain freedoms imposed to guard our safety.

Following the attack by radical Islamic terrorists, we rallied and united in a way not seen since Pearl Harbor. As a nation, we became stronger. Unfortunately, our newest version of unity was short-lived as we grew weaker in spirit when recovery and successes did not come quickly enough.

So, two years ago, we reshaped the majority of Congress believing the promises made by Democrats to give us change. It was during this time that our country went into an economic tailspin. We lost jobs, home foreclosures skyrocketed, gasoline prices went through the roof, stock markets collapsed, and Congress bailed out their friends on Wall Street with $700 billion of our taxes. Indeed, America has changed.

Long ago, my father advised me that when making corrections for improvement, I should execute small adjustments until satisfied. If you make drastic changes too hastily, he warned, new problems would arise that distract you from reaching your goals. You will, instead, spend your time repairing damage caused by your overzealous revisions.

John McCain represents an adjustment that he labels “reform and accountability” and Barack Obama represents a major shift in policy for tax increases, national socialist health care, involuntary redistribution of our earnings, and more. We made a mistake two years ago and cannot augment a bad situation with more rushed remedies. We need to take small steps and make small adjustments until we are satisfied.



Drug use a problem

It is incredible to know that Barack Obama couldn’t qualify for most government jobs. I listened to an FBI agent saying Obama couldn’t get on with his agency, or the State Department, Commerce Department or others. Why? Because his past drug use would disqualify him. And so would his association with characters like the convicted slumlord Tony Rezko, terrorist bomber William Ayers and other America haters. Not only is he not qualified to be president of the U.S., he’s not qualified to run a bowling alley.

Yet here is lead sheep Obama running for president while the flock follows, mindlessly chanting “hope and change.” Don’t you be fooled.



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