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Time for Berman to go
Tuesday’s Tribune article “Gilbert mayor defends ad appearance” read like a story out of the “Twilight Zone.” Surely, the residents of Gilbert will unite and with a resounding “enough is enough” and depose our out-of-control mayor. Berman has made it very obvious he is “business friendly.” We have all heard from him that most of his political power and financial base comes from builders, developers and the business community.
We know Berman is open to receive gifts such as the free truck and now his free expensive suit from Dillard’s. We also know he is not open to discuss solving important city issues such as providing fire and emergency protection for county island residents or ensuring that residents of Gilbert and not inundated with strip malls and other commercial interests, or protection for school children who need a crosswalk and lights to increase safety while going to school.
Yes, Berman is definitely “business friendly.” Too bad for Gilbert residents that he is not Gilbert resident friendly.
LOS ARCOS CROSSING
Same story, different property
It’s déjà vu all over again!
Once again we have a developer, at Los Arcos Crossing, who made a mistake in his chosen line of work. He knew exactly what the zoning laws were; he knew exactly what the building height restrictions were and he knew exactly where the city streets were located. Armed with this knowledge he invested in a piece of property with the expectation of making a profit. But now he sees that he made a poor investment. Now he expects that the City Council will bail him out just as it bailed out Steve Ellman. He would have the council rule that the zoning laws and building height restrictions apply to other people but not to him.
He could have invested in property that had the zoning and height restrictions that he wanted for his venture. But those properties were much more expensive than the property he purchased. And now he seeks a windfall. He expects the council to give him that which he did not pay for and, not only that, but to “invest” taxpayer’s money in his venture. He also expects the council to give him an exclusive right to purchase a piece of taxpayer-owned land without his having to bid for it on the open market. Talk about chutzpah! Hopefully the Scottsdale City Council will reject his selfserving pleadings rather than set off another firestorm in our once-peaceful city.
JACK C. MCVICKERS
Quality of life at stake
There’s so much to the illegal immigration issue that goes in so many directions at once, like the hard-working man who is just looking for a better life, while at the same time there is one who murders and show no respect for the society that grants its freedoms so freely. Emotions can run wild, so much that some important things get lost in the dust.
The ones concerning the very quality of life that we take for granted are what I am referring to, like affordable health care that cannot turn away anyone from its hospitals’ ERs, where the insurance companies and other patients and governments end up paying those millions of dollars. Then there is the education side, especially in Arizona where even the children of the taxpaying citizens go to school that are rated 32nd in the country, which must teach second-language students — all paid for by tax money that never finds its way from their illegal immigrant parents’ pockets.
Then there is the social services that go on and on to cover the children of the illegal immigrants who are citizens by virtue of birth place, again all paid out of tax money paid by the state’s legal citizens. The question that never gets asked is, at what point do the wheels come off the quality of education, health and social services we ourselves have worked for? While at the same time, the corporations and employers get their bigger profit margin.
Not a good sign
Under the command of Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, more than 190,000 U.S. weapons disappeared. In any other war, under any other administration, he would have been relieved of his command, court-martialed for dereliction of duty, and cashiered out of the Army for this act of incompetence. For reasons that are politically expedient but militarily unclear, Petraeus has been promoted, praised, lionized, and placed in overall command of armed forces in Iraq. Something tells me that we are not heading toward a successful military conclusion in Iraq.
Well history does indeed repeat itself. I am speaking, naturally, of the low public support President Bush is getting on the war effort overseas. History plainly tells us that Bush is not alone.
Support was immense in the Civil War’s infancy stages. However, as the Civil War progressed into a full-scale bloodbath four years long, that support dissipated for both leaders and the public demanded President Lincoln strip legendary Army hero Ulysses S. Grant of leadership over the union Army, but Lincoln stood by Grant all the way until the union’s win and end at Appomattox courthouse.
Fast forward to the 1960s, to presidents Kennedy and Johnson and Vietnam. Both presidents took heat from peace protesters. But like Lincoln, Kennedy and Johnson never gave in to public pressure and saw Vietnam through and to its end. And not giving in to public demand to withdraw our troops from the Middle East is exactly why Bush has my utmost loyalty.
What happened to a nation that respects the person who sits in the presidential chair and has to make decisions for the betterment of the general populace and not adhere to his foes based solely on public displeasure over his political stance? The bottom line is, a truly good president is made up of many solid virtues, including not caving in to public demand no matter the personal cost. President Bush is exactly of that fiber in that presidential chair.