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Letters to the editor: Dec. 9

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Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 4:27 pm | Updated: 1:19 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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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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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JOE ARPAIO

Good reasons to stay as sheriff

I’m responding to the Tribune’s Nov. 27 commentary entitled: “Arpaio should not just talk about running for governor.” This writer has had many conversations with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the years, enough to get to know him well. That, coupled with the knowledge of this writer how political corruption works (see MesaAzCorruption.com), and it’s obvious the only reason he is hesitant to campaign for governor is as follows:

• He loves his job, being well experienced in law enforcement.

• He does the job his supporters expect him to do. He’s a “people” person. He serves the people and only the people, and he does not bow down to Arizona’s government officials as they would like him to do.

• He’s an individualist, a spiritual human first and foremost, being honest and forthright in all he does.

• Those at the helm of our government operation want to make his position an appointed one and are frustrated because he doesn’t “play ball” with them on their team.

• He fears he may lose the job he’s best for, letting the people down, if the vicious-minded powers that be successfully shoot him down.

KIRBY ALLAN

MESA

SPA TREATMENTS

State has fishy story

Filing a lawsuit in defense of allowing a therapeutic procedure in which fish nibble on feet may sound unusual, but at its core it is standing up for small-business owners’ rights. Overreaching government regulations that aren’t based on solid health or safety concerns, such as those imposed by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology in this instance, are a direct assault on the liberty of the American people. That is why the Goldwater Institute has sued the Arizona Board of Cosmetology on behalf of Gilbert small-business owner Cindy Vong.

This therapeutic procedure tickles, feels somewhat like a massage, and is said to help customers relax and release their fatigue. But the Board of Cosmetology ordered a halt to the procedure at Vong’s nail salon because it said the fish presented a “health hazard to the customers.” But this claim has yet to be proven, and the therapeutic procedure is not something the board can regulate because it is not a pedicure. Spa fish therapy, which is currently practiced in countries around the world and in some other states, has caused no harm to humans, nor has it resulted in health complaints. Vong uses a clean tank and fresh water for each customer. She has also made it clear to customers that the procedure is not a pedicure. Ironically, “disinfected” pedicure tools are the culprit of numerous reports of infection in Arizona and nationwide.

The Board of Cosmetology shouldn’t have the authority to shut a business down just because it doesn’t know anything about a new or emerging treatment. Spa and salon owners should have the freedom to create innovative new treatments that are harmless to their customers without government interference.

NICHOLE ADRIAN

RONALD REAGAN FELLOW

THE GOLDWATER INSTITUTE

PHOENIX

TRIBUNE

Cheers for new owner

I just heard the Tribune is being purchased and will be able to continue to publish this wonderful newspaper. I very much hope that sometime in the future you’ll be able to publish a Tempe edition again. It’s been almost a year since the end of the Tempe paper, and I miss it very much. Keep up the great work and congratulations!

DAVID HAUSMAN

TEMPE

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