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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 3:47 pm | Updated: 1:49 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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LUKE AIR FORCE BASE

Won’t get F-35

Local officials in El Mirage are not enhancing Luke Air Force Base in getting the F-35 fighter jet for training. I spent 25 years in the Air Force and was totally involved in the military-political game played. My experience suggests El Mirage needs to back off in its posturing to make it difficult in the selection process. Thus far, I see three detractors in getting the F-35 contract:

• John McCain was totally out of the loop in the closing of Williams Air Force Base. The former Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., never would have allowed that to happen, no matter what the rule indicated on method for closure.

• President Barack Obama did not win Arizona in the presidential election. One does not reward failure.

• I am suggesting that El Mirage challenging the move with seeking environmental reviews, etc., is another stumbling block in addition to the constant battle with the county and state on the Luke area location.

I guarantee that the contract for the F-35 will go to an Air Force base in a Democratic Obama electoral state.

RICK RIVARD

CHANDLER

RELIGION

Nothing wrong with singing on the bus

Concerning the singing on the bus article in the Tribune (“School bus driver asked kids to sing LDS songs,” Oct. 20), there are two things the Mesa Unified School District should consider in the discipline and or retraining of the bus driver and also in its future statements concerning our children.

No. 1 from the First Amendment: The congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. No. 2 from the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

We and our children have not yet lost the right to say or sing if we so desire. We and our children have freedom of religion — not from religion. Our country has strayed so far from the intent of the Constitution it is hardly recognized. There is a separation of church and state but not a separation of religion and state.

John Adams stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” and Samuel Adams gave a final warning: “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”

Our students and children would do well to learn and read the Constitution and to study the thoughts and convictions of our founding fathers, and yes, maybe even on a bus sing some patriotic songs.

KEITH E. FULLMER

MESA

STATE BUDGET

More hidden tax increases

What’s a synonym for tax and spend? Pawn and spend! Which is what the members of the Arizona House and Senate are doing now. Like junkies who need a fix of money to give to their special interest groups, they are hawking the state Capitol buildings to a pawn shop.

Why are they pawning our jewels for money instead of getting the money the old-fashioned way by raising taxes? The cowards are afraid that if they raise taxes, we will boot them out of office. If they sell the state Capitol buildings to a pawn shop, the voters won’t see the tax increase till the current members leave their offices due to term limitations.

When it comes time to buy back the crown jewels, the next members of the House and Senate will say, “Don’t blame us for the tax increases — the former members of the House and Senate forced the taxes on you.” But by that time, the pawn and spend rulers will have moved on to another government office.

MIKE ROSS

TEMPE

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