Why should Phoenicians continue to succumb to new taxes?

Dear Editor:

A proposal to charge up to $5 a day for parking at city mountain parks and preserves (“Phoenix plans new parking fees for South Mountain trails,” AFN, July 9) is an affront to residents of Phoenix. Why should Phoenicians continue to succumb to a surfeit of new taxes – both planned and in effect – in the past few months so that city employees could keep their jobs; worded discreetly as “avoiding cuts to city services?” What about those laid off from private industry? Do they matter less?

The following has already happened to address the city’s budget shortfall:

• Phoenix City Council passed in February a five-year 2 percent sales tax on food.

• A three-year 1 percent increase in sales tax in June enabled nearly all Kyrene District school teachers to keep their jobs.

• Welfare to city employees to re-pave street surfaces – these will only return to their original state in five years – in the form of federal stimulus money.

Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio proposed a reform plan to outsource many government services – with the exception of police and fire – to the less-expensive private sector to save taxpayers millions of dollars, thus helping to restore Phoenix’s economy. Of course he’s been recently quoted as having opposed this newest proposal by Phoenix’s Parks and Recreation Board. People should now start to support DiCiccio and realize city politicians can’t continue along these lines, can’t continue to nearly squeeze blood out of a stone.

Sandy Jane Wong


Perhaps Griffin would be happier living somewhere else

Dear Editor:

Regarding “Capitalism thrives under socialists,” in the July 28 AFN, where C.W.Griffin argues that Republican “propagandists” are guilty of “outrageous lying” (lying is lying ... period. It’s like illegal immigrant means illegal immigrant. What is outrageous lying?)

The fact is that Washington is today being run by self avowed Socialists, Communists, Marxists and Maoists. If Mr. Griffin is so enamored with these people, perhaps he would be happier living in Cuba or Venezuela. He could then build roofs for the huts for their people living in squalor, write more books on how to build roofs, and give all the proceeds from his endeavors to the state. Why would he continue to want to live in a country whose founders believed in the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Richard Chojnowski


Thanks, for the community support

Dear Editor:

On behalf of my wife and myself I would like to send out a big thank you to all that stopped to help us on Thursday, July 15. Also, thanks to the police and firefighters for their quick response.

We were driving north on Desert Foothills Parkway when our SUV was hit by a south-bound Ford truck, it landed on our hood. The best news is that all parties walked away without any major injuries Thank God!

A special thank you goes out to Theresa Farley, for supporting my wife and also driving us home.

Tom and Lyn McGuire

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