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Presidential race — Don’t vote for Clinton’s experience
Hillary Clinton and the news media keep telling us she has 35 years of experience, making her ready, on Day One, to assume the presidency. Someone help me, what experience are they trumpeting here?
I assume her Arkansas days are being cited, as well as her time as first lady. Her interests seem to have been: working for a law firm, education, health care and campaigning for her husband. Arkansas schools ranked near the bottom of the list when she left, and her national health care initiative was a complete failure. So, I suppose, that leaves her experienced at being a lawyer and skillful at destroying political opponents during and after husband’s campaigns.
Her years on the campaign trail are useful in running for office but she has run nothing, not a business, not a city, not a state, in short, she has zero executive experience. I get some voting for her because she is a woman or because she is a Democrat, that’s a voter’s prerogative. What I don’t get is voting for her to assume the land’s highest executive position because she has 35 years experience at nothing to do with being a chief executive, much less a commander-in-chief.
Credit cards — Companies circle around campuses
I’ve read with interest the articles regarding credit cards on college campuses. When my daughter was a freshman in college, she was approached by players on the baseball team to participate in a team fundraiser. The baseball team could earn money by getting students to apply for CitiBank credit cards — they would earn more money if the could get the students to apply for both a Visa and MasterCard. My daughter applied for both credit cards, never intending to use them, as she already had a credit card. When she didn’t use her new cards, she was given a credit of $10 or $20 to entice her to use the cards and get her hooked. She never did, but it took more than 18 months of phone calls and letters to cancel those two credit cards.
Would it be a hardship for faculty and staff not to have credit card companies circling college campuses like vultures? Do they not get credit card applications in the mail on a daily basis like I do?
I find it interesting that the general public feels that college students should “know better” when it comes to credit card debt, when most of their parents don’t! We shouldn’t expect college students to handle finances better than adults. Let’s give college students a fighting chance to “say no to debt” by limiting credit card companies on college campuses.
Gay marriage — There isn’t a problem here
What are the leaders in the Arizona Legislature thinking by proposing another amendment to constitutionally define marriage? Despite the fact that recent polling shows that a majority of Arizonans thinks such an amendment is not necessary, Senate President Tim Bee and House Speaker Jim Weiers have chosen to ignore the will of the people. They have chosen to push through the Legislature something that most people see as a waste of government time and taxpayer dollars. This issue has already been decided, and most people know that same-sex marriage is already illegal.
Legislative leaders should be focused on finding real solutions to real problems. The people of Arizona deserve a Legislature that will enact laws that support all families, rather than a government that lectures them about what is right and wrong. Bee and Weiers should stop this nonsense now and keep an unnecessary referendum off the ballot.
Public Affairs Director, Equality Arizona
Guns in schools — Weapons should be allowed
“Who’s to say that if someone comes into school meaning harm that they would pick the classroom with the guns in it? No wonder Mesa is going downhill,” Patricia Abraham wrote in her Feb. 5 letter. The one thing we know for certain under the “gun-free school” concept is that someone meaning harm knows he gets a free ride for the eight to 10 minutes it will take for the police to arrive.
I know of only three school shootings that ended on the good guys’ terms. All three times teachers or students had to leave campus to retrieve their guns from their cars. When seconds count, 911 takes minutes. Guns in the possession of law-abiding citizens do save lives, regardless of the last bad TV show or movie. The bad guys don’t seem to notice the “No Weapons Allowed” signs.
Assault rifles — Ban had no effect
Gary Grado’s sensationalistic article Feb. 9 (“Rifle for planned massacre banned until ’04”) gives the impression that none of these rifles were available until after the sunset of the 1994 crime bill. Nothing could be further from the truth. AR-15 rifles have been available to the public since their introduction in the 1960s. The 1994 crime bill banned the manufacture of these types of rifles during the 10 years that the bill was in force (1994-2004), however, sale of existing rifles was not affected. The only effect of the crime bill was to drive up the price of the existing rifles.
Grado also fails to mention that during the time that the manufacture of these weapons was banned there was no significant impact on the crime rate, as these rifles have never been a popular weapon with criminals.
Childbirth — Bringing the miracle home
With Ricki Lake’s new film, “The Business of Being Born,” giving home birth a high-profile legitimacy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists felt a need to, once again, stake out their turf. On Feb. 6, the ACOG issued a press release outlining their strong opposition to home birth. They claim to be concerned for the well being of women and infants. Given the state of maternity care in this country, I find the group’s supposed concern highly questionable.
The ACOG press release criticized mothers who choose home birth for placing “the process of giving birth over the goal of having a healthy baby.” Women choosing home birth are often accused of putting their own comfort before the health of their babies. The problem with that accusation is that it should really be turned the other way. How can obstetricians put their comfort before the health of the baby?
Women do not choose home birth lightly, but rather after much research and soul-searching. They deserve our admiration and respect for their courageous choice to avoid the complications stemming from medical intervention and follow their birthing instincts.
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