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Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:51 pm | Updated: 10:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Clinton started meltdown

In the 1990s, former President Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, which kept investment and commercial banking separate. That repeal has resulted in the economic catastrophe which besets us today. The U.S. taxpayers now get to foot the bill while the fat cats go on vacation to Switzerland and the politicians keep throwing our money at the bottomless pit. You don’t hear about this from Katie Couric.

Clinton also signed the North American Free Trade Act (along with other similar legislation) allowing the largest transfer of employment, manufacturing and wealth out of our country to other countries in the history of mankind. The U.S. manufacturing base left not because of taxation, but because of this liberal one-world mindset driven by a cheaper workforce. We don’t make anything anymore. Starbucks doesn’t count as making something. You now compete for a job with someone who lives under a roof made of cardboard.

In the ’90s, Clinton failed to properly recognize and reasonably act when presented actionable information over an eight-year term concerning little known problem children called Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. We are still fighting a conflict which could and should have been stopped before it even started.

Sen. Barack Obama wants you to go back to the ways of President Clinton. Really?

Sen. John McCain is not the best choice for America; he is the only choice for America.

SCOTT CHAMBERLAIN

SCOTTSDALE

McCain: From bad to worse

Across America, the frustration and anger at the state of the nation are widespread. The unemployment rate remains at 6.1 percent, the worst jobless rate in five years. The U.S. Labor Department reported that employers cut 159,000 jobs in September, the ninth straight month in which more jobs were lost than created. The home foreclosure crisis has shattered the dreams of millions of Americans.

For those who remain employed, real wages are declining. Health care costs, food costs, and tuition costs keep rising. Inflation hit a 27-year high in June. The cost of the Iraq war in lives lost and scarred is incalculable. It has also had staggering economic costs here at home. So far, the federal government has authorized $656 billion for the Iraq war. That amounts to more than $12 billion per month and $416 million per day. Three out of four Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction.

People are ready for a change.

John McCain has agreed with George Bush more than 90 percent of the time since 2001. Now he wants four more years to implement more of the same failed policies. On Nov. 4, we have a choice: Continue with President Bush’s disastrous policies by voting for McCain or choosing change by electing Barack Obama, who has the experience, judgment, and commitment to reinvigorate our economy and restore our country’s international standing.

JAMES KIMES

PRESCOTT

Obama tax plan all wrong

Distribution of wealth? What? Isn’t it the American way to practice free enterprise? To succeed and be proud of that success? Why then does Barack Obama what to punish that? And why does he want to send money to those that do not pay taxes?

That’s right; his plan is to cut taxes to 95 percent of Americans when 36 percent don’t pay any tax at all, yet they will receive a check from the government. Ask yourself, how is this possible? It’s a play on words.

Read carefully his proposal on payroll taxes. Not to mention he plans to raise the capital gains tax and bring back the inheritance tax.

With the economy where it is, this is truly a scary thought. So please, educate yourselves before you vote.

SUSAN MORAN

TEMPE

McCain had his chance

Sen. John McCain has been asking; who is the real Barack Obama? Well, I am asking; just who is the real John McCain?

Is it John McSame, John McBlame, John McShame, or is it the senator who recently told his followers that he knows how to get Osama bin Laden. That would be John McSmart, wouldn’t it? Hey, how about letting the rest of us in on McCain’s how-to class! Senator, you realize of course, that you have had about seven years to accomplish that feat. Oh wait, you are going to catch him after you get elected? You are very desperate.

WARREN GOVE

MESA

PINAL ELECTION

Keep the sheriff

I have known and worked with Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez since before he was our sheriff. I have always found him to be an open and honorable man. His concern revolves around doing the right thing for the people of Pinal County.

As a retired individual, I can decide what to do with my time. Having traveled with my prior career, I was never able to put down roots and get involved with my community. That was one thing I have looked forward to since retirement. Having worked with law enforcement during my career, I have been able to learn how to recognize quality law enforcement people. This weighed heavily with my decision to volunteer with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. I gave my completed application directly to Vasquez and he welcomed it; he held up my contribution offer as a valuable document and said “Thank you, we value your decision.”

Running an organization the size and scope of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is a position for someone who has excellent management skills and education. It is not a rookie’s job no matter how outgoing, no matter how much effort a political team provides him. The day the job starts is the day you will have to rely on experience. Chris Vasquez is that man, I have no doubt and ask you to join me in keeping Vasquez as our sheriff.

He will do everything in his power to reduce crime and serve the people of Pinal County within the budget that the county provides. I know he has made a difference in our community of Gold Canyon. This is probably one of the easier voting decisions to make this election year.

JEFF DOWNING

GOLD CANYON

Fuller deserves vote for court

I am writing this letter in support of candidate Steve Fuller. Steve is a candidate for Pinal County Superior Court Judge, Division Six. As an attorney who has practiced law in Pinal County for 14 years, I have worked with many attorneys and appeared in court before many judges.

In that time, I have practiced with Steve Fuller and feel that Steve has the skills and work ethic to be a great judge for our county. This November, we, the citizens of Pinal County have a unique opportunity to vote for a new judge to serve on the Pinal County Superior Court bench.

Let’s take this opportunity to vote for the candidate who will serve all citizens well and work hard every day. Please vote for Steve Fuller for Pinal County Superior Court Judge in Division Six.

MAUREEN E. GREGAN

APACHE JUNCTION

SCOTTSDALE ELECTION

Manross has good relationship with city neighbor

Seeing attack ads against Mary Manross running on local TV recently, sponsored by “Republicans for Change” or something to that effect, remind us all how partisan and off-track our “non-partisan” political races can become. Manross has clearly run the positive campaign, while her opponent unfortunately chose not to. She has the extensive track record of accomplishments, and understands that her constituents want leadership that follows the high road. She is a positive figure, makes sounds decisions and has earned tremendous confidence.

As an elected official of a neighboring city, I trust Manross’s judgment. I’ve discussed many issues with her, and have gotten to know about the person behind the title. She is assertive, clear thinking, and not one to back down under pressure. These are reasons she continues to be the right person to keep Scottsdale moving forward as a leader in visionary planning, sustainability, and quality of life. Scottsdale is a great city and wonderful neighbor to Paradise Valley, largely due to the leadership and good decisions of its mayor, Mary Manross.

BRIAN COONEY

MEMBER, PARADISE VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL

Manross also has street signs

This letter is in response to Michael Rivers’ Tuesday letter regarding political signs. I suggest he visit the corner of Granite Reef and Chaparral Road to see the “Manross for Mayor” sign. It’s planted in the rocks on the gas station property. How many more Manross signs are there around Scottsdale that I haven’t seen?

I was at the March 20, 2007, City Council meeting when the sign ordinance amendment was passed — by most of the incumbents running for office now. Perhaps they felt it would work in their favor since their names were quite familiar with Scottsdale residents and anyone running against them would be at a disadvantage trying to “get their name out there” without the use of signs on public right-of-ways. Fortunately, Jim Lane has a lot of followers who are interested in a change of leadership in Scottsdale or Michael Rivers wouldn’t be seeing all the “Lane for Mayor” signs around town — on private property, by the way.

I wonder how Michael Rivers came to the conclusion that it was the wishes of the community to prohibit political signs and not just those of the council. I have lived here almost 40 years, am quite active in community groups and never heard one word from any members complaining about the signs.

SHARON OBERRITTER

SCOTTSDALE

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