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Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008 6:49 pm | Updated: 12:09 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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RELIGION

Don’t hate others

I and most other people were born straight. A lesser number were born with other leanings. I could no sooner hate someone with learnings that I don’t understand than I could hate someone who is, for instance, left-handed.

I guess if I was really determined to find somebody to hate, I could argue that the left-handed person made a conscious choice to use his left hand instead of his right hand. Perhaps that would justify it.

Sadly, far too many people calling themselves Christians hate people who are different. They might say it’s not hate, but rejecting people who are different is hate, no matter what these faux Christians choose to call it.

They use words like “unnatural or abomination” to mask their feelings, but it’s still hate. I suspect that many of these Christians will be surprised to meet their maker and hear his angry voice saying, “Who are you to tell these people they are not welcome in my house? They needed me too, perhaps more than you.”

I was never taught to hate properly, personally. I realized that not all Christians behave this way to those who are different. I only wish they would speak up when their fellow parishioners sneer and talk smugly about Adam and Steve.

RICHARD M. CURWIN

APACHE JUNCTION

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Wrongly meddled in Prop. 101 election

Chambers of commerce in Arizona solidly support philosophical principles based on limited government, right? One would think so. After all, their members are businesses that benefit from limited government intrusion, don’t they? Well usually — except when they don’t. When these businesses perceive a government program that might benefit them, then all the high-sounding philosophical principles are thrown out the window.

This is what happened recently with respect to Proposition 101, a measure that would have guaranteed for all of us the right to choose our own heath care.

The basic problem was that some chamber members, mostly those dealing in the insurance industry, perceived that the granting of freedom of choice to us consumers might upset some cushy deals they have with government sponsored plans like AHCCCS. While such moral and philosophical bankruptcy is disappointing, it is nothing new for chambers of commerce.

Leonard Read first observed this phenomenon when he was president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in the post-World War II period. He wanted to do something to address the problem, so he resigned from the chamber. He formed the first free-market think tank in America in 1947; The Foundation for Economic Education. Leonard’s leadership also spawned the formation of other national groups like the Reason Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, etc. And then, in the 1980s, similar state-level free market think tanks were formed such as the Goldwater Institute, the Heartland Institute, the Mackinac Center, and others.

If you consider the shameful performance of these chambers of commerce in Arizona over the freedom of choice in health care issue, there is obviously still much work to be done.

ROY MILLER

PHOENIX

MESA ELECTIONS

Thanks for your vote

The members of the Mesa Fraternal Order of Police would like to thank the Mesa voters who supported Questions 1 and 2, concerning the public safety and street improvement bonds.

These bonds will help our city and department grow in the future, but unfortunately it will not help us with the current budget crisis. We understand that imposing a secondary property tax to pay for these bonds, even during these bad economic times, was asking a lot. The voters came through. As president of the Mesa Fraternal Order of Police along with our members, we would like to thank each and every one of our citizens who understood just how important these bond projects were to the growth of our city and department. Thank you for your support.

BRYAN G. SOLLER

MESA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

RECREATION

Need more indoor pools

I have a complaint about how there are no indoor public pools for a person to go to in the winter time. We should have at least one for Gilbert and it should be put in a high school so the school could have more money. It would also give people more jobs, and the competitive swim season could be in the winter like in other states such as Michigan.

MITCHELL OVERSON

GILBERT

GOV. SARAH PALIN

McCain advisers should blame themselves

Isn’t it interesting all of the blame being pointed at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the GOP losing the presidency? If the “advisers speaking on anonymity” are correct at the lack of knowledge exhibited by Palin, then what does it say about the intelligence and competence of these “advisers”?

After all, they still allowed her to become John McCain’s running mate. I guess you could say then that the advisers were the reason that they lost the election, since they did not provide adequate vetting of the potential running mate or an accurate picture of her potential negatives. Sorry, boys, you try to place the blame on Palin and you only make yourselves look inept!

ROB GRESSER

CHANDLER

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