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Dems should continue tax credits
It was just a few years ago when the Republicans scored a touchdown with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This piece of legislation contained a strengthened solar energy investment tax credit for businesses and a new solar energy tax credit for homeowners installing solar power systems. While the bill had great incentives for other energy sectors, some controversial, it was a huge boost for solar development in the U.S., a boost that will likely be recognized in the history books as the policy that got the US solar industry off the ground floor.
Now it’s two years later. Energy legislation is in the hands of the Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid are unable to put a plan into action, even though they advocate and campaign for renewable energy — and more specifically, solar energy. They fear the president will veto an energy bill with a tax title and a number of other controversial provisions Congress has failed to pass in the past. They want an energy bill “win” and are willing to sacrifice good policies in exchange for political points.
The current investment tax credit will revert from 30 percent to 10 percent at the end of 2008. The residential tax credit will expire at the end of 2008. The solar industry needs solid, multi-year extensions of both tax credits to keep up its growth. This growth will push the industry to economies of scale that will reduce prices over time and bring solar power to grid parity — a point in time when solar power will be competitive with retail grid power.
Arizonans should call on the Democrats in Congress to strengthen their half-hearted energy bill before they put a dagger in an infant industry.
President, American Solar Electric Inc.
Salary investigation unfounded
Why is it that pastors are judged for earning a great living? They study years to get where they are. They work long hours to fulfill their call to serve people. No one talks about the sacrifices they make or how much they give. These people got where they are by operating on the very principles they teach. These ministers run huge ministries and have more responsibilities than some huge corporations have. Why shouldn’t they be compensated for what they do for us? If they were just motivational speakers, then people wouldn’t say anything.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is clearly attacking our religious freedom and all faiths should fight this. The pope lives like a king, and he should, because he has given his life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not afraid of prosperity and allows its prophets to live well. This is clearly an attack on ministries that teach prosperity as God’s will for everyone’s life.
People that are afraid of prosperity are those that don’t know how to have things without things having them. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. Money is not evil. Grassley should spend his time going after the pornographers and drug lords that are living rich off of people’s addictions. That would be worthy of our tax dollars!
Sky harbor death
Where was her family?
Regarding the death of Carol Anne Gotbaum at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:
Why was she allowed to fly alone from New York City, when her family obviously knew of her alcohol and drug problem?
Where did she drink and ingest drugs?
Were airline crews informed of her fragile state before she boarded her flight from New York?
Seems to me, her husband should take some responsibility for negligence for not accommodating her on the trip.
She shouldn’t have been alone
Cyril Wecht, who did the independent examination of Carol Gotbaum for her family, stated “Anyone with a modicum of training would know that this is a person that cries out for medical care, attention, appraisal, evaluation, and appropriate treatment.”
If her family had a modicum of concern for her during her trip to Arizona as they have expressed since her death, she would be in rehabilitation in Tucson today.
Exploring faiths can bring peace
I recently heard Father Virgilio Elizondo, professor of Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame, say, “There can never be peace without justice.” Because of his years of service in proclaiming as well as demonstrating that violence can’t be eliminated by violence but through understanding, he was awarded by the Community of Christ Church the 2007 Peace Award.
As I read the Tribune’s Nov. 11 article “Sects Education,” I could not help but think what a giant step education is making toward peaceful resolutions to local as well as global problems. The instructor, Marissa Chavez, is to be congratulated and supported for her open, courageous, realistic approach to exploring our religious heritages.
Having been in the classroom for 41 years, I was never challenged when my social studies students examined various faiths to see how they influenced cultural and social values. My intent was never to convert but to develop understanding and appreciation.
Adam Phillips, a writer for the New York Times stated in a March 2, 2006, editorial, “The scientific method alone is never going to be enough, especially when we are working out how to live and who we can be.”
In the past as well as the present, school boards, pressured by uninformed parents, have had a tendency to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to examining diverse faiths. As a result, ignorance, prejudice, and injustice have grown unabated. Is it any wonder we search frantically for the key to peace with seldom little results?
Don’t favor dishonorable service
Your article on Nov. 14 concerning “homeless vets” does not represent true veterans. These were all people who received dishonorable or other than honorable discharges. These individuals are not “vets,” and should shift for themselves rather than looking for a handout.
Robert W. Patterson
Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)
Everyone wanted to help
We wanted to relate to you a wonderful showing of community spirit. We had the opportunity to be some of the volunteers looking for the missing Chandler girl Ana Lee. We heard Wednesday morning about a search effort and met with others at the park for instructions. We were amazed at the amount of people who showed up to help (around 100). We were impressed by the people driving past who asked the reason for all the cars and then stayed to help. Someone donated water bottles and doughnuts for the searchers and then after, lunch was provide for all of the volunteers.
In the area we were assigned to pass out flyers, we met some incredible people. Everyone was concerned and very helpful. When we ran out of flyers, people printed more from their homes. Others gave tape so that flyers could be hung in prominent places. Everyone we met was kind, gracious, and considerate.
We hear so many stories of the bad that we just wanted to share the good.
Thankfully, Ana was found and was safe. How happy we are that we got to be a part of something that pulled our community together and showed how much good is surrounding us.
Dan and Julie Parrish