East Valley Tribune: Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor

Friday 09/19/2014
Letter: Shame on council for raising tax rate
Posted: September 19, 2014

According to a Tribune article on April 13, Mesa’s City Council raised the secondary property tax rate from $.86 per $100 to $1.18 per $100. This increased revenue for 2014-15 from $22.1 million to $33.4 million.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Letter: Obama losing support from Democrats
Posted: September 18, 2014

Like rats leaving a sinking ship, this past month we have seen Democrat party stalwarts abandoning their leader, President Barack Obama, left and right. San Francisco’s uberprogressive, liberal Sen. Diane Feinstein calling out her “lider” on national television for not having even one military plan to defeat ISIS. She wasn’t the first Democrat turncoat either. There was a conga line leading out of the House and the Senate of ex-Obama loyalists.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Letter: Time to send Goddard to the showers
Posted: September 17, 2014

Most Americans know three strikes means you’re out. However, there is one nudnik in Arizona who apparently isn’t much of a baseball fan: Terry Goddard.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Letter: Overrides are product of outdated system
Posted: September 16, 2014

Why do public schools have the option of asking its local community for additional dollars through overrides when charter schools don’t. The Arizona Legislature has not updated its funding formula for over 30 years. Whereas the Legislature legalized the option for charter schools and funded charters at a higher rate, which equates to roughly $1,000 more per student.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Letter: Don’t judge Brown until you’ve walked in his shoes
Posted: September 15, 2014

To Linda Turley-Hansen:

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Saturday 09/13/2014
Letter: Reserved parking needed for community college students
Posted: September 13, 2014

I am writing for community college students. In every community college campus, you see employees (staff) parking in the front rows or closer to the classrooms. For safety of students, colleges should have reserved parking spaces in the front rows for students. This allows students less walking when they get out of a class around 10 p.m. or later because of an exam or a project.

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Friday 09/12/2014
Letter: Economics ‘emotion’ vs. mandated minimum wage
Posted: September 12, 2014

Economics questions are very often decided on emotion, not facts or logic. Nowhere is this truer than on the question of a government-mandated minimum wage. In a recent letter, Mr. Livdahl cites the rising prices of goods and services as a call to raise the mandated minimum wage. He believes this will make it easier for people to get through trade school or college. If your thinking does not extend beyond the end of a bumper sticker slogan, you might tend to agree. After all, it feels so good to envision the benefits of a government-mandated minimum wage. Unfortunately, on this question, emotion and economic reality clash head-on.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Letter: Obsolete funding formulas force school districts to seek overrrides
Posted: September 11, 2014

Once again, in November, school districts throughout the state will have overrides on the ballot. Most, if not all, districts do this because the funding formula from the state is over 30 years old and does not meet the cost of doing business in the year 2014. Think about it; can you get a gallon of gas for 95 cents today? Well, that’s essentially what they are asking schools to do today.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Letter: Daily fines would solve campaign sign eyesores
Posted: September 10, 2014

Hold those individuals running for election responsible for removing the litter of advertising posters they stake at every intersection months prior to Election Day. For each poster still in place the day after elections, the candidate will be charged $10 per day, per poster, until the litter is removed. I believe there is a penalty fine in place for littering, and this situation qualifies as littering.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Letter: Look back at history before waging war on ISIS
Posted: September 09, 2014

WAR! Here we go again! We hear the call to attack and destroy ISIS from all arenas: from Tom Patterson (“Time for US to get ‘crazy’ and fight to win in Middle East,” East Valley Tribune, Aug. 24), from Joe Klein (“An Evil That Must Be Stopped,” Time Magazine, Aug. 25), and from many politicians, government advisers and so-called military experts. And this after just having briefly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, “The Great War,” the “War To End All Wars.” As we lackadaisically prepare ourselves to slay our newest foe, ISIS, it might be worthwhile to glance at an excerpt from Ernst Glaeser’s renowned best-seller from 1928, “Jahrgang 1902” (“Birth Year 1902”).

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