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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 12:46 am | Updated: 10:18 pm, Fri Oct 7, 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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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PRESIDENTIAL RACE

McCain’s too green

Sen. John McCain’s true colors are finally coming out! In a time of emerging national economic crisis, he said, if elected, that he will refuse to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where oil and gas reserves could supply our country nearly 200 years, taking future growth into account. In addition, he wants to bow down to the United Nations and submit our country to a so-called “global warming” wack-job agenda. He now calls himself an “environmentalist.”

If you want mush in the office, vote McCain. This Republican was almost deceived by his politically correct lies! America needs a strong leader, not a glossed-over moderate/liberal bureaucrat.

MATHEW M. ECHOLS III

MESA

Misunderstanding history

In his speech, Sen. Barack Obama implied President Kennedy persuaded the Soviet Union through negotiation to end the Cuban missile crisis. This is inaccurate and shows a complete lack of understanding or purposeful misrepresentation of this historical event.

This crisis was actually started when the Soviet premier first met Kennedy and determined him to be a young, naive politician whom he could intimidate. After the missiles were being installed, Kennedy did confront the Soviets when their fleet attempted to deliver more, but not with words.

Kennedy’s negotiating tool was the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and a Marine amphibious task force ready to invade Cuba. Threats of a nuclear exchange were made by both sides before the Soviets backed down and removed the missiles.

In short, there were no cunningly crafted negotiations that defused the Cuban missile crisis. The only diplomacy that worked with an enemy determined to destroy the U.S. was drawing a line in the sand and threatening total annihilation if the line were crossed. Obama’s implication that his approach to foreign policy is similar to JFK’s is purely an illusion that demonstrates his naivete and a complete lack of understanding of the Cuban missile crisis.

TERRY TAMPA

GILBERT

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Remember why we’re here

The sheriff’s immigration sweeps remind me of Nazi Germany and how Hitler rounded up the Jews and others he perceived as enemies of the state. If Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, and Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, had their way, there would be buses lined up ready to escort every undocumented immigrant out of the country, even if they’ve lived and worked here for decades.

We call ourselves a Christian nation. I live surrounded by three Christian churches. The Arizona Legislature opens its session with prayer. Yet we’re out for the blood of undocumented immigrants. If the process to become legal wasn’t so cumbersome and expensive, millions more would become citizens, thereby allowing them to pay taxes, obtain driver’s licenses and vote.

I’m ashamed to watch people outside of Pruitt’s Furniture lambasting other human beings who came to the U.S. for the same reason nearly every other immigrant did — for a better life. I guess the Indians didn’t understand that when we took their land, though, and picked them off one by one because our ancestors wanted a better life.

By the way, Sen. Gould and Rep. Pearce, your ancestors and mine were among the colonial thieves.

DEBRA J. WHITE

TEMPE

Arpaio should be applauded

I would really like to know why, when an elected official does everything in his power to fulfill his obligation of enforcing the laws of his office and to earn his pay, that so many people find fault with him and are constantly criticizing him? As far as I can see, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should be applauded for all he has done to fight crime, and to crackdown on the illegals flooding in to our country. I say, “Give em hell, Joe.”

I think it would be great if police could arrest illegal immigrants, give them a physical, put a uniform on them and send them over to replace our boys who are risking their lives to preserve our freedom.

If they want to live in the U.S., let them earn the right, instead of getting all of the free handouts that we taxpayers are paying for. I am 83 years old and served my time in World War II, and it irks me to see the way our tax dollars are being spent.

We need more Joe Arpaios running the country. Keep up the good work, Joe!

JIM LYONS

MESA

IRAN

We can’t afford another war

As you know, the Bush administration and its surrogates keep making increasingly incendiary comments about Iran. We cannot afford another war.

It is bad enough the President Bush dragged this country into a war of choice, which has left Americans less secure than we were before 9/11. Now, the president is rattling his saber at Iran.

Domestically, many Americans are on the brink of ruin. We have broken infrastructure, a dearth of opportunities for good paying jobs, astronomical prices for a gallon of gas of gas and a loaf of bread.

We need health care, not warfare, with more than 47 million Americans lacking health care insurance — most of them working Americans.

The Iraq recession will only get worse with another war. Already, thousands of hard-working Americans are losing their homes as the economy worsens.

In Iraq, we have more than 4,000 dead American troops, not to mention the thousands more who are injured and will need medical care for the rest of their lives. Current estimates put the cost of the Iraq war at $3 trillion with no end in sight. And all we get from this administration is the possibility of yet another war — with Iran.

BEVERLY JANOWITZ-PRICE

APACHE JUNCTION

LIGHT BULBS

CFLs’ screwy logic

I read with interest the letter of May 12, where the author wrote of knowing the dangers of the new “energy-saving” light bulbs, but believes that the benefits of using them outweigh the risks.

Always interested in a lower electric bill, we purchased our first big package of the CFL flood lamps about two years ago. Recently, after the third one burned out in my kitchen I became interested in learning more about these bulbs that lasted far less time than our old incandescent lamps.

Depending on the packaging, in big, bold lettering you read “lasts up to five years, seven years, or three times longer!” In fine print you read, “based on normal household use of 2-4 hours per day.” Perhaps that is the normal daily use in China where the bulbs are manufactured.

Next, I found in smaller print “contains mercury.” That information should be in big, bold lettering, as mercury is very dangerous to humans. Light bulbs can break easily so the risk of being exposed is very high. Then, I realized that we should not be throwing these bulbs into our regular trash containers. Instead we need to save them and dispose of them at certain hazardous waste locations, the closest one to my home is eight miles away.

So, in discovering that these bulbs are more expensive, very hazardous, don’t last longer, are dimmer and cost more to dispose of, we have decided to go back to the incandescent bulbs. For those who still wish to follow the trend, check out the history of the term “mad hatter.” Mercury is known to make people go insane. Maybe those people pushing them are already there.

JULIE FARNSWORTH

GILBERT

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