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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2009 9:13 pm | Updated: 1:12 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 Now that the Metro 20-mile Mesa-to-Phoenix light-rail train service is in full-swing, What next? An automated train project to take passengers around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Starting from the light-rail station at 44th and Washington streets, it will take them to and from the airport, Sky Harbor officials say. Construction began this year. The entire system will be up by 2020. The Sky Harbor train project will cover 4.8 miles and will cost $1.1 billion.

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LIGHT RAIL

Sky Harbor connection costly

Now that the Metro 20-mile Mesa-to-Phoenix light-rail train service is in full-swing, What next? An automated train project to take passengers around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Starting from the light-rail station at 44th and Washington streets, it will take them to and from the airport, Sky Harbor officials say. Construction began this year. The entire system will be up by 2020. The Sky Harbor train project will cover 4.8 miles and will cost $1.1 billion.

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In other words, the 4.8 mile automated train will cost $1.1 billion compared to the 20 mile light-rail which cost $1.4 billion. Yet, Mesa is contemplating as additional three miles of light-rail downtown construction at this high cost?

JACK SALLEY

MESA

GILBERT ELECTIONS

Sentz ready to serve

I’d like to encourage you to go to www.SentzforCouncil.com and learn more about John Sentz, a candidate for Gilbert Town Council. John has a ton of experience, the respect of current council members and bold ideas that can protect us and build on all the great things that make us proud to live in Gilbert, especially now with the recession.

We need people on the council that aren’t part of the good ol’ boy network or wet behind the ears. John is the most accessible and experienced of the slew of candidates. If you haven’t yet met John, find out where he’ll be speaking and introduce yourself. Or e-mail him at www.SentzforCouncil.com.

And don’t forget to research all the candidates for mayor and council and then vote March 10. Last spring election only about 5,000 people voted to represent all 300,000 or so residents. That’s a shame! Don’t let others speak for you, at least without your vote of confidence.

MARK SEQUEIRA

GILBERT

THE ECONOMY

Focus aid on the poor

Finally I have to say, enough is enough! A Dec. 27 letter to the editor said “math teachers, have your students determine how much each of the voters would get if they divided the $700 billion bailout dollars equally.” Actually, the figure is close to $2,295 for each person when you divide the entire population of 305,000,000 into the entire $700,000,000,000.

Now the point of giving anything to all “voters” or to all “taxpayers” as some suggest is just plain wrong. The money needs to be given to those less fortunate who have to spend it to get this economy moving again: the homeless, the poor, the unemployed, the minimum-wage earner, the low-income retiree, etc. These folks must spend nearly every dime and create demand for goods and thereby jobs for others. Turnover will lift us out of this malaise. Society in the vast majority of cases made these folks poor: lost jobs because of the current economic malaise, lost homes because of greedy bankers and loan brokers who signed them up for unconscionable payment escalations, large medical expenses leading to bankruptcy resulting from medical insurance exclusions for pre-existing conditions and job losses after COBRA terminates, etc.

DAN SIRKS

MESA

TEENS AND DRIVING

Another month to wait for his license

Recently I went with my son, who had just turned 16, to get his driver’s license. Since he is our third child, we thought we had it all figured out.

When he was 15 years, 7 months old, on July 18 he went to get his permit. He took driving school and passed his test.

But when we went to turn in his permit for a license Dec. 18, the computer said no. The Motor Vehicle Division official processing our information couldn’t figure out why.

Well, after speaking with his supervisor, he came back with a flier regarding a law that went into effect July 1. I was aware of the graduated license aspect as of July 1, but not aware that it is now required to have your permit for six months, not five as was the law in the past.

I’m not challenging the law, or that it actually is a good law. However, these kids with December birthdays should have been “grandfathered” in with the old law since they could not have gotten their permit prior to July 1.

And yes, somehow, I missed the fine print, but no one at MVD seemed to know either. We waited an hour to be told we have to wait another month.

And as it turns out, a month is a Sunday, and the next day is a holiday.

SANDY BEBAK KETTERER

TEMPE

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Playoff wins boost economy

Congratulations, Arizona Cardinals! The NFC championship might have posed a problem for me. In 1983, I moved to Arizona from Pennsylvania. There is nothing better than to see my “home of origin” team, the Philadelphia Eagles, go to the Super Bowl.

But I am counting on the Arizona Cardinals to take it all the way. There are two reasons — first, I live, work, and financially contribute here. Second, like many states, Arizona is experiencing gut-wrenching financial deficits which have led to lay-offs and dire consequences for every Arizona resident.

The Cardinals’ win is an economic “shot to the arm” in the way of sales tax revenue for the General Fund which supports social programs, emergency services and jobs overall. So get on the bandwagon and support the Arizona Cardinals. Your job may depend on it.

JACQUE SHEPARD

GLENDALE

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