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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2008 10:43 pm | Updated: 9:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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MESA ELECTION

Griswold good for city

My family has known Rex Griswold since the late 1980s. Griswold and his family have always been courteous towards each member of my family. A couple of things stand out.

1. My wife and I sat down for lunch in 1995. Griswold approached us, as always with courteously as not to interrupt us. I had mentioned that I was leaving for the Big Bass World Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. Griswold explained a couple of fishing patterns at the lake I was going to attend. I ended up in 13th place at the World Championships.

2. My son went to his prom in 2000. He was all dressed up and excited to take his future wife to the prom. At 6 p.m., I received a phone call from my son. William explained how he forgot to make reservations for dinner. They ask me if I could help them. Therefore, I called Griswold and explained the situation to him. He made it possible for my son and his prom party to have a beautiful dinner.

3. A few years ago, I watched the marathon City Council meeting regarding the Riverview project. I had to agree with Griswold’s stance regarding the project. Mesa gets its revenues from sales. The Bass Pro Shops would bring in the revenues and act as a magnet for other businesses in the Riverview projected area. Griswold was correct in his overview.

My family will vote for the future of Mesa. We will vote for Rex Griswold for mayor.

BILL WARMAN

MESA

PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Where bitterness begins

I think it’s funny that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talked about rural Americans he knows nothing about, claiming that they are bitter and cling to guns and God, when in fact the same exact thing can be observed among his own inner-city minority population!

Why don’t Wright and Obama condemn easy immigration policy? The price of labor is determined by supply and demand, i.e. buyers and sellers.

When the economy booms and the unemployment rate falls below a certain point, wages rise because the demand for labor exceeds the supply of it. And when you open the borders and guarantee that the supply of labor always exceeds the demand for it.

ROBERT C. BARBER JR.

PHOENIX

Wright least of our problems

I am not a supporter of Barack Obama. He is a socialist like most Democrats and certainly the Clintons. But the criticisms Obama has received over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright are really unfair. Members of the congregation cannot be responsible for the words or behavior of the clerics standing in the pulpit. All religions have irresponsible clerics that use the pulpit to spew evil. Catholics have pedophiles. Protestants have right-wing lunatics preaching hate of intolerance. Black churches have those clerics that preach the hate of prejudice and racial bigotry. Muslims have the preachers of terrorism. It is unfair to condemn Obama because he goes to a church where we now know that the preacher was a self-serving egomaniac filled with hate and greed.

We don’t go to church because of a cleric, we go to praise and obey God’s commands and teaching. Church is not a social event.

Today we need a president that can solve the many problems facing America. None of the present candidates have the ability to serve America and restore freedom, security and justice. America, put your thinking caps on, we are heading in the wrong direction.

TONY KOLESKI

CHANDLER

Chilling applause

If anyone had any doubt about the leftist bias and hate-America views of the mainline news reporters, they should have been dispelled by the shameful, bordering on obscene standing ovation for Barack Obama’s racist minister by the national press corps. Those folks’ motto seems to be not my country right or wrong but my country always wrong.

RICHARD BAEHR

GOLD CANYON

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Trib should report all results

High schools from all over the Valley gathered at Westwood High School on April 18 to compete in the Tribune Invitational. My husband and I were there to watch our child participate in the meet and afterwards he jokingly said, “Just watch, they probably won’t have the results in the paper tomorrow.” But because this meet was sponsored by the Tribune, that thought was quickly dispelled from our minds.

The next Saturday morning when we opened the paper looking for the meet results, my husband’s prediction was fulfilled. There was a small article highlighting a couple of new records that were set. But not the usual listing of each event with the athlete’s name and result for each event. We continued to look for the results on Sunday and Monday but still nothing.

On Tuesday my husband called and was surprised to actually reach the executive sports editor. His explanation was that the meet directors did not get the results to the paper in a timely manner so they felt it was “old news” and decided not to publish the final results.

It saddens me that the Tribune doesn’t value the efforts of the athletes who participated enough to take the risk and publish “old news.” Maybe next year the Tribune will make sure the results of the Tribune Invitational get published, whether it’s “old news” or not.

MELISSA GIBSON

MESA

CHANDLER POLICE

Officers demonstrate skills

I would like to share some great news with the community. Four Chandler police officers recently returned from the 12th Annual Southwest Police Motorcycle Competition held in Las Vegas. Officers John Allison, Keith Aguiar, Robert Garduno and Tom Schuhrke competed against approximately 150 other officers and took, first, second and fourth place.

Chandler now has a three-week training course available to other police agencies and its new training school has the added convenience of in-service training for our current motor officers. That allows more flexibility as officers complete their semi-annual training requirements. The training school is another case of the Chandler Police Department’s vision to make its team the best in the country. And we hope to see more wins next year.

LOWELL HUGGINS

VICE MAYOR, CHANDLER

OPINION PAGES

Accusations misguided

The most disturbing thing about Sandi Glauser’s Thursday commentary regarding the “Please Refrain from Smoking” signs is that her commentary compares my views about Gilbert’s lack of fiscal responsibility to the Bush administration’s foreign policy and the handling of the Iraq war.

Glauser’s comparison is simply unfounded and not realistic.

Moreover, Glauser can only speculate as to what my true opinions of our nation’s foreign policy are. My past criticism of Glauser, the far left and the absurd Bush-bashing crowd wasn’t because I’m in favor of the war or because I approve of all those underhanded sweetheart deals between the military and private contractors. It’s because a majority of these criticisms leveled at President Bush by the far left offered a lot of bluster, but offered no viable solutions; they were just unrealistic finger-pointing absurdities, like their 9/11 conspiracy theories or how George W. Bush caused global warming and hurricane Katrina.

For what it’s worth, I don’t smoke, I hate this war and I hate that our government has become the central catalyst to our economic misfortunes. As I’ve stated before, the government is the problem, not the solution.

RAYMOND MOERS

GILBERT

ABORTION

Implications of Napolitano vetoes

There she goes again …

Gov. Janet Napolitano has again thwarted the will of the citizens of Arizona by vetoing legislation that may have reduced the number of abortions in the state. Napolitano recently vetoed two bills (HB2263 and HB2769) that did not jeopardize any “right” for women guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution under Roe v. Wade, but rather would provide more information to women and young girls who were deciding to have an abortion.

In fact, not one bill that might reduce the number of abortions in Arizona has made it past her veto pen. She explains her vetoes by blaming some technicality. Instead of working with the sponsors to fix the glitch she just waits for it to pass and makes up an excuse.

JACK AND VALRIE CROSS

SCOTTSDALE

TOURISM

Don’t take it for granted

Take a look around the community of Scottsdale, and think of a few things you are thankful for. As general manager of the Hotel Valley Ho, and working in Scottsdale at least five days a week, 260 days a year, I am thankful for the beautiful resort atmosphere we are surrounded with every day.

Scottsdale is known to have some of the world’s finest resorts, golf, spas, restaurants, art galleries and numerous events and attractions. Every year, Scottsdale hosts several millions of visitors from all over the globe. They spend their vacations and their money in Scottsdale, a city we see everyday. We often take for granted (myself included) the recreational amenities, four- and five- diamond resorts and fantastic weather. If it were not for the millions of dollars generated from tourism, Scottsdale would not be the same.

This week marks the 25th annual National Tourism Week (May 10-18) and in 2007, Scottsdale tourists generated $38.2 million in additional taxes for the city, making enough money to buy 2 million library books or build five parks. The additional tax money goes towards things like the hiking trails, road upgrades and public services. Because of this additional tax money, our taxes are lower, as is the case for property taxes in Scottsdale, which are 36 percent lower than other Valley cities.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in Scottsdale, accounting for 16 percent of all the jobs directly related to tourism and 23 percent that are impacted by the industry, from construction workers to local farmers that provide resorts with fresh food. Tourism in Scottsdale provides cleaner communities, safer neighborhoods, lower taxes, and greater opportunities for employment.

ANDREW CHIPPINDALL

GENERAL MANAGER, HOTEL VALLEY HO

SCOTTSDALE

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