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.
traffic — The gift of the gray
Regarding Paul Prinsloo’s “The gray menace” letter to the editor (Dec. 5):
If Prinsloo has his undies in a bundle over the current “gray invasion,” wait a few years for the baby boomers from the north to wrap up their careers.
It’s interesting to read articles like his and others’ “hand fitters” that feed them. Without this “menace,” the greater Phoenix area would not have much to offer its natives (a dying breed). Granted, the rate of fast living is unnerving at times, but many vehicles registered in Arizona and other states could relax, heed the yellow lines and focus on the speed limits.
The Mesan menace
In response to “The gray menace” letter on Dec. 5, a couple of observations from a snowbird: Why are most drivers in such a confounded hurry? I used to lament the poor drivers in Spokane, but after using the Mesa streets for the past months, I’m appalled at the aggressiveness of the Mesa drivers. If I’m not traveling at least 45 or 50 miles per hour, I’m in danger of being run over as the cars zip past.
I’m totally perplexed at the way most Mesa drivers accelerate from a stop signal and race to the next one only to sit and wait at the red light while the rest of us snowbirds catch up. Apparently, the high price of gasoline is no deterrent to the speedsters, because no one seems concerned about conserving.
Presidential race — Romney consistent
Re: Sandi Glauser, “U.S. needs leader in ’08, not a politician” (Dec. 9):
When Glauser wonders why her “Mormon friends are not more troubled by (Romney’s) sudden turnaround” on various issues, I disagree with her on three issues. First, Mormons do not universally support Romney. Second, of those who do support him, most do not do so because he is Mormon any more than they support Harry Reid because he is Mormon. It is true that Romney’s past service as a bishop and stake president may make some Mormons feel more comfortable with him. They may regard their own stake presidents and bishops as good men, and feel that Romney would be similar. These men devote hundreds or thousands of hours to others at great personal inconvenience with no financial remuneration. While that is an admirable example of service, still, we know that most Mormons would not make good presidents.
My third issue of disagreement with Glauser is her assessment of his liberal positions. Although Romney campaigned indicating he would uphold a woman’s right to choose, he upheld it only by maintaining the status quo. He did not advance the pro-choice agenda. Contrary to Glauser’s assertions, he did not profess “a more liberal stance on gay unions.” Rather, he called for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Romney happened to be a Republican governor with a legislature that was 85 percent Democratic. The fact that he got anything done at all is a testament to his ability to work with the other side. He turned the economy of Massachusetts around, as he did the Olympics, as he did Bain & Co. With an exemplary personal life and record of accomplishment, there is plenty to like about Romney, whether he’s Mormon or not.
Hunger — We need to take care of us
The day before Thanksgiving, I had so much to be thankful for. I live on a small income, but I have food to eat and a good warm bed to sleep in. I am able to care for my personal needs.
When I read of people without food and a warm place to live, it breaks my heart.
I cannot understand our government, using billions of dollars to fight a useless, uncalled-for war, lets the citizens of the U.S. go hungry. I wish someone would explain to me why our government has the right to tell other countries how to conduct their own business and affairs.
If I read the Constitution right, I think that is the reason we became a nation. The king of England was telling the citizens of the colonies how to conduct their business and they rebelled and fought for mankind.
School sports — Benefits beyond the field
These days there is a lot of talk about how athletics in high school are overemphasized and detract from student learning. As a high school athlete I disagree with these statements because I believe athletes benefit greatly from sports.
Athletics teach people self-discipline and this helps them with their studies. It also teaches them how to be responsible for their actions, which is a great life lesson. It also improves their social skills because they are not afraid to stand in front of an audience. This can help the athletes tremendously throughout their lives.
These are just a few of the many ways athletics help high school students develop into men and women. I hope as parents and educators we never forget the importance of athletics in school.
New Year’s wishes for E.V.
As New Year’s Day approaches, we are giving Tribune readers a chance to share their wishes for the East Valley and its residents in the coming year. We will publish a collection of reader essays in the Dec. 30 Perspective section. Submissions should be no longer than 50 words and should be focused on what the writer wishes for the betterment of the East Valley in 2008.
To have your essay considered for publication, you must provide your full name and city of residence for publication, as well as your street address and phone number for verification (address and phone number will not be published). The deadline is noon Friday, Dec. 21. Suitable entries not published in the print edition will be posted at www.eastvalleytribune.com. Send essays via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; by standard mail to New Year’s Essays, The Tribune, 120 W. First Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210; or by fax to (480) 898-6362.