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Letters to the editor: July 17

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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2009 2:35 pm | Updated: 12:56 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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 comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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PINAL COUNTY

Plan focuses on greed

I’m writing about the Tribune’s July 8 story, “Pinal County plan prepares for 6 million people.” This is more of the “rich get richer — poor get pregnant” politics. We need to start talking about sustainable populations and quality of life in our communities. This growth and development gang gives us years of featureless gridlock for the sake of greed and personal advancement while officials go off to greener personal pastures. Private lands and privileges are being stripped from masses and consolidated for corporate efficiency. These politicians and their corporate handlers will not be living in these overcrowded sewers of human suffering and California-style gridlock — bumper-to-bumper on the “freeway” with their motors running and headed this way as a result of this unsustainable (get-rich-quick) growth and development mentality. I need a government that represents me and the people who are already here in my community, state and country.

ARLIN TROUTT

APACHE JUNCTION

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JAN BREWER

Governor has courage

I read Tribune Editor Chris Coppola’s July 6 blog, “Jan versus the good ol’ boys.” You are so right! I am so glad Gov. Jan Brewer had the guts to stand up to Senate President Bob Burns, R-Peoria. He has been controlling that Legislature ever since I moved to Arizona 25 years ago. No one should have that much power. It’s time the media call it what it is: “The good ol’ boys in the Republican Party who control Arizona.” I am so glad to see you people have a voice to take this group to task.

It’s about time!

GRACE STOUGH

SUN  CITY

HORSE TRIPPING

It’s tripping, not tipping

In the June 29 article, “New bill doesn’t apply to cow-tipping” by Capitol Media Services, facts are not of importance. Writer Howard Fischer and Rep. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, both have a problem with reading and listening comprehension! SB1115 was expanded to include horse “tripping,” a dangerous and deadly rodeo event, not horse-tipping. The article not only makes a mockery of animal abuse, it doesn’t even have the facts correct!

I find Antenori’s comments equally appalling in making light of animal abuse of any sort. It also shows he had no idea of what was in the bill he voted to pass. Doesn’t he read anything before he votes on it?

When newspapers and elected officials make light of animal abuse, they are effectively condoning it and should be ashamed. Animal abuse is very frequently a precursor or accompaniment to abuse of people. If we teach our children that animal abuse, including the “cow-tipping” that Fischer and Antenori found so amusing, is acceptable, we are teaching cruelty and a disregard for the lives of others whether human or animal.

Both of them can have their fun, but what they are teaching is wrong.

REBECCA SCHNEIDER

CHANDLER

MICHAEL JACKSON

Death photos are shameful

I think it is always in horrid taste for any publication to print photos of someone ill (Patrick Swayze, Michael Landon, Farrah Fawcett) and just as immature and distasteful to print or exhibit photos of someone in death such as Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger or John Wayne, to name a few. It is not worth a magazine sale to put the person fighting the odds or their kids, friends, and family in a place where they have misfortune and heartaches thrust in their faces even when buying groceries. It is in even worse taste that the photo of Jackson, dead under the oxygen mask, had to come from an insider at his home or emergency response team member.

PIERRE O'ROURKE

SCOTTSDALE

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