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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 8:39 pm | Updated: 1:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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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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TUITION TAX CREDITS

Program does help

Any lost revenue from the tuition tax credits are more than made up by the reduction in public education costs. The average loss of revenue is $2,400 per student, and the cost to educate in the public school system is $6,000.

My husband and I both work, and it would not be possible for us to have both of our children in the school that we feel best fits their needs without the assistance of these programs. I strongly feel the Tribune was wrong to print “Rigged Privilege,” which attacked Arizona’s school choice programs.

DEBRA LINN

YUMA

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

McCain’s time has passed

It was politically stimulating watching Fox News Channel televise a town hall for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain is to be commended for his service as a pilot while in the U.S. Navy, and specifically for his service while imprisoned in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war.

However, there comes a time when change is needed. As someone once said, “Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.”

McCain has a “comprehensive immigration reform” others refer to as “amnesty.” Under McCain’s plan, an immigrant pays $5,000 to purchase American freedoms. The root for the disappointment felt within the GOP is that so many registered Republicans who run for public office fail to support the Republican National Committee platform.

Republican candidates must support a minimum of 80 percent of the GOP platform. Then, we will see more election successes.

For a fresh vision, I invite each of you to take a look at Chris Simcox for U.S. Senate and evaluate him on his issues (www.simcoxforsenate.com).

OSCAR Y. HARWARD

MONROE, N.C.

EDWARD KENNEDY

He could have done better

While many may have looked back fondly at the life and career of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., over the past few days during his official mourning period and lament at the passing of a real “hero,” more of us now also recall that he was one of the most divisive senators this country has seen in its entire history.

There has never been a senator who relished in his role as liberal and as a maverick more than Kennedy — often in a very combative role, as can be seen in his “borking” of Robert Bork during the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court in the 1990s and other actions that have since been viewed as contrary to what has been proven correct today!

And one must also never forget his wilder times as a younger Kennedy when he was known as a boisterous partygoer and womanizer whose irresponsible actions led to the tragic death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick in 1969.

While we may wish to honor him for his service to this country and extend condolences to his family at this time of his passing, there are still those among us who will continue to view his legacy with mixed feelings and say he could’ve done better for this country.

STEVE TROXEL

GILBERT

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