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Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2009 3:14 pm | Updated: 2:03 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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STATE BUDGET

Let’s pay for valued services

In response to your April 26 Cactus Needle editorial on Sen. John Huppenthal’s appearance, or disappearance, at our meeting on the state budget plan, we would like to point out the real news of the evening: Arizona citizens engaged in a dialogue with their elected officials. This during a budget process that has been closed to public view.

We appreciate the four legislators from Districts 17 and 20, Reps. Ed Ableser, David Schapira, John McComish and Rae Waters, who listened to our concerns and stayed to discuss their views of the budget crisis. The legislators from Chandler’s District 21 were invited but chose not to attend.

As citizens and leaders from many diverse faith communities in the East Valley, we felt the need to speak out about the budget process. Sadly, there has been little information from the legislators about their intentions. Based on the 2009 cuts, we fear additional cuts to essential state programs will be made to avoid any tax increases.

We believe that the faith community has an obligation to add a moral voice to our budget deliberations. We spoke out against recent cuts to education; cuts to homeless shelters, food banks and community action agencies; cuts to Child Protective Services and services to the elderly, and cuts to programs that assist children and the disabled. These are the vulnerable members of our community.

Some citizens feel they are overtaxed, but the reality is only nine states have lower tax burdens than Arizona. When considered relative to personal income, Arizona collects less tax than it has at any time over the last 40 years. We let our elected officials know that we are willing to pay for the valued services of education, a safety net for families and public safety. In fact, because of our beliefs, we are obliged to pay for them.REV. DOUG BLAND

RABBI ANDREW STRAUS

REV. DAVE SUMMERS

REV. SUE YOUNGBLOOD

VALLEY INTERFAITH NETWORK, PHOENIX

Bare cupboard requires cuts

I saw the cartoon depicting unhappy parents vowing to “lay off the legislators,” this being in response to the Legislature’s proposed cuts to education. There have been vents seconding this opinion and expressing indignation directed toward the Legislature. These people are believing their own ignorance of the Legislature in general and the current budget malaise of the state.

I feel it is very safe to say that most of these people cannot even name what legislative district they are in, let alone naming any of their legislative delegation. It’s tough to vote the scoundrels out when you don’t even know who they are and where they are from. This combined with the fact that so many races are decided in the primary makes the wholesale change of the Legislature even less likely.

The current budget problems come in the form of a two-headed beast. First the state is running out of money. Spending has been growing far faster than revenues and the population for some time now. The legislators’ purse is empty and thread bare. Simply put we are broke. Hence cuts have to be made. Secondly, many portions of the state budget are beyond the Legislature’s control. Several programs created by initiatives can’t be touched. This means the Legislature has to cut even more out of the areas they do control.

My advice to these disgruntled parents would be learn who these people are who have earned your wrath. Then resign yourself to the fact that cuts must be made.

NELSON C. CASSARO

MESA

JANET NAPOLITANO

Veterans are not terrorists

Imagine my surprise as Senate candidate Jim Deakin, waking up to discover that the Obama administration and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano now consider me and the millions of military veterans, including the brave men and women currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a terrorist threat to our nation.

This is yet another way the Democrats are speaking one thing (“We support our troops”) and still spit in the face of veterans. It seems to me nothing has changed since Vietnam. They have just found a way to disrespect our service with a pen instead of a megaphone.

I served my country with honor and dignity while enlisted in the Navy. I am proud to be an American and a veteran.

Maybe the next question should be; how long before this administration starts to imprison political rivals? Bowing to kings, capitulating to dictators, exposing who-knows-what national secrets through an unmonitored Blackberry, and calling Americans terrorists. Yes, the Obama Democrats have a different view of the USA. I do not like it.

A message to Janet Napolitano. Next time you come on television to “apologize” for not getting the footnote correct, how about starting with a great big “thank you” to the troops that make your freedom of reprehensible speech possible.

JIM DEAKIN

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE

PHOENIX

AMERICAN LEGION

Let’s collect Pennies for Pupils

Some of the members of the American Legion auxiliary of Post No. 2 in Tempe will be requesting that the national headquarters consider approving a program suggesting a collection of Pennies for Pupils. In these times of self-help, this would teach children the importance of community action, depending on school district discretion and classroom collection uses.

These tiny pennies are considered useless by the U.S. Treasury Department. Those pennies minted long ago to honor a great president. Those precious memories of a childhood’s first toy savings bank. Ben Franklin’s advice, “A penny saved is a penny earned,” is often quoted (even today).

Or, “Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.”

What good will a few Pennies for Pupils do? Ask a child who has no pencil in class today, or the required desktop computer.

C.L. SCHRIEKS

MESA

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