East Valley Tribune: Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sunday 11/23/2014
Letter: Schools to axe religious holidays?
Posted: November 23, 2014

Well, can you blame them if they don’t want to be sued by Baha’is, Buddhists, Hindus, pagans, Shintoists, Sikhs and Jains, etc., for not allowing their public-school students to observe their religious holidays? “Diversity” has become the progressive/liberal/socialist/Democrat mantra. Our liberal local and federal judges, appellate courts, and four Supreme Court justices no longer consider America as a Judeo-Christian nation, even though America’s Founding Fathers and successive administrations until the 1960s thought so.

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Letter: Irish priests' deaths represent passing of an era
Posted: November 23, 2014

We will never see them again. They were a cadre that is rapidly disappearing. But not long ago, priests from Ireland ran the Catholic Church in Arizona. Between 1945 and 1970, 54 newly ordained left the Emerald Isle to minister in our growing state. In addition to these permanent clergy, an additional 44 temporarily worked here during that time.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Letter: Beware charities that actually give little to their cause
Posted: November 19, 2014

The election silly season is over and the Santa silly season is upon us. Tens of thousands of swindlers are sharpening up their spiels to separate you from your hard-earned money. They break your heart with pictures of ragged children, trash-strewn alleys or whatever. “You can save a child for $7.23.”

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Letter: Independents need to mitigate the monopoly
Posted: November 18, 2014

Long ago, it was determined that monopolies by companies such as Bell Telephone and Standard Oil were not in the best interest of our country. Competition was almost nonexistent and prices and policies were decided by a very few. This monopolistic juggernaut still exists today in our Arizona state government.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Letter: Wealthy ‘dark money’ donors are pulling GOP’s strings
Posted: November 17, 2014

Don’t listen to the right-wing pundits who claim “the American people have spoken” regarding Tuesday’s election results and the Republicans winning so many offices. The real winners are the Koch brothers and those hidden financiers funding Karl Rove’s various enterprises. They are the ones who spent tens of millions of dollars on the negative campaign ads that flooded our airwaves with their lies and distortions about the Democrats’ candidates. These are the people running our country now because the Republicans who benefited from their money will soon have to pay the piper. The “dark money” powers now have the best government money can buy.

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Letter: GPS election shows democracy works
Posted: November 16, 2014

Some things we learned from the recent Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board election. Democracy works at the local level, at least sometimes. Voters made it clear they want school board members who focus on the welfare of students and not on political ideology. The endorsement of Gilbert Mayor Lewis and the town council members does not mean much. None of the candidates they endorsed won. Mr. Colvin’s pathetic lament that he “… no longer has a seat at the table” as he likely finds himself in the minority is not true. Mr. Colvin will find that the new majority of Tram, Humpherys and Santa Cruz will treat him with more respect than how he treated those who disagreed with him in the past.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Letter: Time for Democrats to stop playing the GOP money card
Posted: November 12, 2014

The Democrats need a new theme. Their mantra has been that the Republicans are all rich. How can this be if a majority of American are Republicans and eight of the 10 richest senators are Democrats?

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Letter: Students smart enough to think for themselves
Posted: November 11, 2014

I am a proud Highland High School AP Biology teacher. My school district’s board just voted (3 to 2) to censor a biology textbook that Highland has been using for over 10 years.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Thank you, GPS board, for changing the biology books
Posted: November 10, 2014

A big thank you to the Gilbert Public Schools board members who made a courageous and expeditious decision to resolve the biology textbook problem. I commend them for discerning judgement! Biology, as Mr. Colvin said, is about life, not death of the unborn, or preventing life. It is about the miracle of life. The textbooks should pertain to the study of life only — not sex education — end of story, end of debate. It is time to stop the culture of moral free-fall. The law, life and morality do matter.

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Monday 11/03/2014
Letter: Arizona not close to reaching full solar energy potential
Posted: November 03, 2014

Solar energy as a whole here in Arizona is growing rapidly. In 2013, Arizona installed 701 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it second nationally. Even though Arizona schools have the third-highest photovoltaic capacity for solar energy in the country, the sky’s the limit on our full potential. In fact, Arizona still only gets 2 percent of its energy from the sun, despite having the highest potential for solar energy in the country.

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