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Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:36 pm | Updated: 3:54 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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STATE BUDGET

Need to restore education funds

I believe in the potential of today’s youth. From the classroom to the stage, the football field to city hall, I see evidence of a generation of young adults that desire to not only succeed in this world, but to improve our planet and contribute to the progression of society. The bright, inquiring minds are not merely students; these “mere children” are our future doctors, physicists, CEOs, inventors and even presidents.

Moreover, I believe in the accountability of our government, not to political allies, but to the public. All forms of government in America are designated to be “by the people, for the people.” However, if our government truly has the public’s best interest in mind, then why are the students, the future of the country and indeed the world, being cast aside as the last priority of our state legislators? There is a proven correlation between student performance and state government funding for education. Yet our state legislators chose to reduce public school funding last year and have yet to fully reimburse schools across the state for the funding that they removed. Is it feasible to believe that governments that oppose a key factor in improving state education truly have the best interest of all of the public in mind? I think not.

Despite current circumstances, I believe in the power of the students and community to work together to set forth a new age of unrestrained potential for the youth of today. If “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” then I fully trust in the potential of a large community effort to impel our state legislators to reinstate the previously deducted funding and help to ensure the prosperity of future generations.

KURT DUTTON

CHANDLER

MILITARY SERVICE

No one should touch her yellow ribbons

I am an avid listener of conservative talk radio. There is an article listed on my local station’s Web site that talks about a decision made by the board in Litchfield, Conn., to ban yellow ribbons on their town green that show support for our troops. They are being regarded as unsightly.

I would like to show my support for the individuals that tirelessly keep coming back to tie these yellow ribbons back on the trees. I have a son who presently is going through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Upon his departure, we proudly tied a yellow ribbon on a tree in our front yard to show support for him and all of our soldiers. The yellow ribbons are a symbolic show of remembrance and loyalty to those who will and are defending this great country with all of its ideals. If anyone tries to remove our yellow ribbon, they may be missing a few fingers in the attempt.

SUZANNE BIRD

MESA

FEDERAL DEBT

Republicans are biggest contributors

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he is going to fight President Barack Obama on federal debt spending, even if McCain gets a few bruises. Has he forgotten that under two Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, the Republicans increased the national debt by more than $8.5 trillion? Under the same two presidents the U.S. suffered the two worst recessions since 1930. McCain rubber-stamped every spending bill under the Republicans’ spending orgies. Yes, we need to stop increasing our national debt and get back to less debt. But most of Obama’s spending has been trying to reverse the neglect of the U.S. by Bush and two failed wars of choice and to correct future problems the U.S. is facing. If McCain wants to fight spending, I suggest he starts first with his own Republican Party. I question Obama’s spending, but as Bush used to say, the future will only tell.

BARB BELLE

MESA

FORT HOOD

Suspect not mentally ill

President Barack Obama admitted in his Nobel acceptance speech that there is evil in the world. Why then is everyone looking for a psychological reason to explain the behavior of Maj. Nadal Hasan, who is accused of opening fire on all those people at Fort Hood? Is it possible that he did not have a mental condition; that he did not “crack” as many are suggesting but, rather, that he simply committed an evil act for which he should be punished?

There is a problem in dealing with Hasan that relates to political correctness but it is not, as frequently suggested, a failure to criticize him because of sensitivity to his Muslim background. It is a failure to criticize him for what is now well known to be documented bad behavior — as a student, as a doctor, and as an Army officer. This failure occurred because of a tendency today to find excuses for bad behavior by looking to someone’s mental condition. This mental condition is, in turn, assumed to be influenced by the individual’s background; e.g., living in poverty, abuse as a child, being raised in a single-parent family, etc.

We need to stop this psychoanalysis and get back to looking at behavior and then quickly (but justly) addressing the bad behavior. If those in Hasan’s chain of command and his peers had simply addressed the issue of Hasan’s bad behavior, there is a likelihood that action could have been taken earlier to prevent the tragedy at Fort Hood.

ROY MILLER

PHOENIX

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