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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009 2:25 pm | Updated: 12:41 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.

Submit your letter to the editor

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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CHICAGO CUBS

New stadium wrong priority

Mesa can’t afford to educate its students, $100,000 to Bass Pro Shop. Mesa can’t afford police protection, $100,000 for a Waveyard. Mesa can’t afford fire protection, $100,000 for a southeast Mesa hotel and convention center.

But Mesa will never lose the Chicago Cubs, even though Mesa loses $1 million a year on the Cubs, No matter how much it will cost Mesa taxpayers to keep the Cubs, Mesa will always find the funds.

JOHN MAAKESTAD

MESA

INTERNET REGULATION

McCain bill reduces access

Sen. John McCain’s proposed “Freedom of Internet” act is anything but that. To obscure and mislead the average American on what his proposed legislation would actually do, it appears McCain, R-Ariz., has deceptively named his proposal to hide the fact it will stifle access to Web sites rather than protect our rights of free and easy access to them.

Imagine if McCain offered up a bill called “Phone Call Freedom Act” whose fine print actually permitted telecoms to restrict our ability to call certain phone numbers. In this case, McCain’s proposed Internet bill puts the power of Web site restrictions in the hands of the Internet service providers, telecom and cable companies that provide us our Internet access while using the diversion of “increased competition” as his rationale. Without question, McCain’s proposed bill would allow ISPs to slow down and even block access to any Web site whenever and on whatever grounds they want. The FCC “net neutrality” rules, on the other hand, would genuinely protect our right to have access to any and all sites free from interference or restrictions.

“Net neutrality” as it would be defined by the FCC is true freedom of access to the Internet, not McCain’s disingenuous and duplicitously named bill that puts the power of Web site restrictions in the hands of his big ISP, telecom and cable company political contributors.

M.A. WINTERS

CHANDLER

HEALTH CARE

Fix legal system first

With all the discussions over health care reform, I still have not seen or heard anyone addressing what I perceive to be the real problem: legal reform! Ask anyone in the health care professions why their rates have skyrocketed in the last 20 years and they will all tell you the same thing: Frivolous lawsuits have driven the cost of malpractice insurance for physicians through the roof. There have been reports that lawyers cost every man, woman and child more than $750 a year. “Lawsuits are clearly taking a toll on both physicians and patients,” said Dr. Elizabeth Connell, senior adviser to SickofLawsuits.org. “In many states, frivolous lawsuits are forcing physicians to limit services, retire early, or move to states where reforms have made the system more stable. The health care litigation crisis is threatening access to care for patients.”

The way I see it, if the goal of health care reform is to achieve more affordable health care, you have to start where the problem starts. Reform our legal process and take away the right to sue physicians over minor issues. Reform our legal process to stop our courts from awarding outrageous sums of money. Reform our legal process so that attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits lose their license to practice law. Or is the real problem that attorneys are running our country?

JOHN MARTIN

MESA

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