Waters cares about kids

Dear Editor:

I voted for Rep. Rae Waters in the upcoming state House of Representatives election, and I hope my neighbors will join me.

I've been impressed by how Waters has repeatedly voted for our kids. She blocked more than $300 million in further cuts to our schools. She wrote the law that will prevent roof collapses and prevent mold in schools, both of which have happened recently. She's voted to keep drugs out of our community, improve education and keep our kids safe.

Waters has a 100 percent rating from the Children's Action Alliance and the Arizona Education Network, an A+ grade from the Arizona Students' Association, and is supported by the Arizona Education Association.

If my neighbors care about our kids as much as I do, I hope they join me in voting for Rae Waters this election.

Carole Olson

Why I am voting for Harry Mitchell

Dear Editor:

Harry Mitchell has been our congressman since 2007, taking office during the heyday of the Bush administration's failed policies that today has left us an economically depleted country. To date Congressman Mitchell has a proven track record showing that he is a strong supporter of our troops, protecting our borders, supports education (was a high school teacher for nearly 30 years) and supports an economic policy that has helped to stop the downturn and starting to reverse the ills of our country. Unfortunately, what he faced when starting in Congress cannot be fixed in a few short years. You can listen to the naysayers or look around you. Things are getting better.

As a small business owner of an export company, we have personally called on Mitchell's office. We found ourselves in a situation where shipping documents, needing authorization by the State Department, were stalled on a desk in Washington. Unable to get answers and faced with the possible loss of the sale and costly return of three shipping containers, we contacted his office for help.

Not only were they accessible, they resolved the matter within one day, resulting in a timely delivery and with no losses.

In this election we can either vote for Mitchell who we know is honest, dedicated and already working hard for Arizona, or vote for a new guy whose campaign is being heavily funded with out-of-state money, most likely for out-of-state interests.

Michael Malin

Kotterman too close to teachers, labor unions

Dear Editor:

In a recent letter to the editor, a school administrator stated a few ideologically based reasons why we should not vote for John Huppenthal, Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate. He said we should vote for his Democratic opponent Penny Kotterman because she was a teacher. What he didn't tell you is that she was also president for six years of Arizona's largest teacher and support staff union. Her union experience has brought her a significant amount of campaign cash.

Concerning to me is that the vast majority of that money was donated by teachers, union political action committees and an independent expenditure committee managed by teachers. It's hard to imagine those teachers and their labor unions won't expect a return on their investment if Kotterman is elected. I'd like to believe she would focus on what's best for students rather than labor unions. But with so much of her financial support coming from labor unions and their members it's hard to believe that will happen.

Chad Blostone

TUHSD needs Wells

Dear Editor:

Dave Wells deserves your vote for the Tempe Union school board. He combines the perspective of being a current parent of two children in the Tempe Union High School District with the expertise of being an award-winning educator at Arizona State University. He has a great grasp of educational issues and has already identified neglected issues in the district from developing better relationships with parents to making the board more accessible and accountable. He brings the insight needed to improve educational practice so that every student finds success. He's been endorsed by the district's teachers. Please support him on Nov. 2.

Kelly McDonald

Vote for fairness, equal treatment for everyone

Dear Editor:

Facts are stubborn things and Mel Hannah, former chair of the African-American Leadership Council in Phoenix, got a number of things wrong in the opinion/attack piece, "Reading the fine print about Prop. 107" (AFN, Oct. 20):

Fact: Ward Connerly isn't and never has been a lobbyist.

Fact: The Arizona Legislature, a body of Arizona elected officials elected by Arizona voters, determined that Arizona should determine if the government should be allowed to continue picking winners and losers based on race or sex, not any outside organization or person.

Fact: The same initiative has passed in four other states and has been in place for as many as 13 years and domestic violence shelters, teen parenting programs and programs like the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) still exist in all of those states.

Fact: The language is clear in that it only eliminates "affirmative action" programs that give preference based on race or sex in three specific areas: public employment, public education and public contracting.

Vote "yes" on 107 for fairness and equal treatment for everyone, and unlike Al Sharpton and Mel Hannah, I really mean everyone!

Anthony Miller

Chairman of LD20GOP

Where do we draw the line?

Dear Editor:

Imams all over our nation and the world are preaching against our national virtues of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The mainstream media and some politicians support those who would destroy us. What happened to common sense?

Nothing much is said about our freedom of speech, or our freedom of religion, or that our flag is being burned by Muslims all over the world. Or that our Holy Bible is burned or confiscated by Muslims if it's taken into their countries by members of the Judeo-Christian faith.

Nothing is said about the fact it's impossible to build a church or a synagogue in a Muslim nation. No, those fine Muslim folks are definitely not hate-filled zealots who riot and kill in the streets over a cartoon of Mohammad while shouting "Death to America" (they're only doing the bidding of the Qur'an). That appellation is reserved only for the Jews and the Christians -the "unbelievers" who quietly go about their daily business without saying much about the situation.

Such is the mantle of political correctness that is the spawn of multiculturalism. When will it become politically correct for the infidel (Jews and Christians) to resist the Muslim supremacists? Kinda makes ya wonder about our crazy upside-down world in the U. S., don't it?

Don Kennedy

Any other ideas?

Dear Editor:

I wonder if the readership of the AFN could put their heads together to come up with ideas to help the local high schools get people into the DV vs. MP football games without having to wait in line for 50 minutes?

The Arizona Republic's article about the game mentioned the small number of people in the stands as a demonstration that the rivalry has lost a bit of its luster - but they completely misread the situation. The game and the rivalry are as strong as ever, in my observation there were just hundreds of people stuck outside the stadium in line until well after the first half ended.

Make no mistake this was a problem last year at DV as well. This is a small problem in the big scheme of things, but it is a problem that could be solved. How about we work together here in the letters to the AFN editor to help solve it?

Here are two ideas to get things started:

• Perhaps the schools could channel their rivalry toward a healthy competition - which school can come up with the most efficient way of selling tickets?

• Have more than two football booster moms at each entrance selling tickets. The boosters are great, and the ones at our entrance were doing a great job considering all the craziness, but there were only two of them and hundreds of people in line who all had to pass through those two overworked souls.

Joel Wakefield

Learn from mistakes

Dear Editor:

First we had the Gulf oil spill, and now we have another explosion of an oil rig off the coast. I'm not going to cry out that we need moratoriums and bans. I'm also not going to cry out that we should punish the oil industry with obscene penalties and taxes. What I am going to say is that we as a country need to accept that oil is needed for us to maintain the way of life we have come to know, and that we should be crying out to make offshore exploration and production as safe as possible. We cannot miss the point of these accidents. We must look forward to make sure these mistakes are not going to happen again.

Judy Asando

Protect the interests of taxpayers

Dear Editor:

I read the Sept. 10 article ("The latest citizen sacrifice: Hikers") by Councilman Sal DiCiccio where he noted that 14,000 union-represented workers average $100,000 a year in compensation. I assume that DiCiccio is throwing out the "red herring" of union represented worker means the blue collar worker? Blaming a target group - unions for example - is always an effective tactic if the premise of your attack lacks complete validity. Where I believe DiCiccio's statement that union workers make $100,000 per annum lacks validity (note, further on in the article he backpedals on that claim so I am not sure he knows what he is talking about) is the fact that DiCiccio has neglected to or never informed the public about other city employees' salaries. According to the city of Phoenix salary database, there are 257 city of Phoenix employees who make an average salary of $120,250 per year. The total cost to city of Phoenix taxpayers for this group of 257 employees is a whopping $63-plus-million per year. If you Goggle, "salaries of Phoenix Public Officials" you will find the complete list and it is very interesting reading.

The people who work for the various departments of the Arizona state government recently took a 5 percent salary decrease (2.75 percent pay cut and 2.25 percent mandatory furloughs). Maybe it's time Phoenix taxpayers impose a salary reduction for city of Phoenix employees who make more than $100,000 per year. I would hope DiCiccio would push through legislation to address out of control salaries and protect the interests of taxpayers.

William W. Thurber

Solution to parking problem

Dear Editor:

I have been reading your articles on parking at the trail head for South Mountain Park. My wife and I just moved to Phoenix from Minnesota. Minnesota parks have a real simple program: Pay $20, get an annual sticker for your car windshield, and you are set to park at any site for a year. I think this would be a much easier system for everyone. We hike the Telegraph and Desert Classic trails multiple times a week and would gladly pay a $20 annual fee to help support the parks and city.

Richard Birkhold

Wish Griffin would give details

Dear Editor:

You can always count on C.W. Griffin to rant ("Tax cuts for the rich benefit the rich," AFN, Oct. 20) about tax cuts for the "rich." Even though the GOP leadership indicated long ago that they'd go along with leaving the Bush tax cuts in place, except for the rich.

I'm curious what Griffin thinks the rich do with their money? Spend it in the economy, creating jobs? Oooops! I forgot that Griffin is of that crowd who thinks the government can spend our money more wisely than we can ... make more government jobs. Of course the Democrats pulled a fast one and failed to bring renewal of the tax cuts to the floor, yet we will blame Republicans. And you "ordinary" people will see your withholding jump 50 percent come January. Enjoy!

But, in a way, I have to hand it to Obama, he's found a way to hasten his ascendency to dictator ... print money, but give it out only to teachers' unions and government workers. Creates nasty inflation and devalues the ordinary guy's income.

Griffin always talks in generalities, no specifics. Griffin, how about some numerics ... debt at end of Bush regime, debt now, likewise private-sector employment numbers.

Griffin also fails to tell us how the FDR regime (who Obama seems to want to emulate) was downhill every inch of the excess spending way. Only WWII saved the day and pulled unemployment from the 15 to 20 percent range back to zero in less than a year. That sort of thing might save our economy again, except Pakistan and Iran will now have the bomb, and we may well lose. Obama has already indicated how he doesn't like the sight of blood. For a hilarious demonstration of our "medium well" president, surf on the web for Bobby Flay trying to teach Obama to grill a steak.

Jim Thompson

Just a misunderstanding

Dear Editor:

I feel compelled to respond to Tatum Padilla's letter to the editor ("Sadly mistaken about ‘fat people,'" AFN, Sept. 3). She misunderstood. I intended to deliver a wakeup call to people using time/money as an excuse to postpone getting healthy. It was not my intention to anger anyone - particularly her, given that she belongs to a gym and is working on her health.

I have never claimed that a person has to spend money to get healthy, nor have I ever claimed that a personal trainer is a requisite to health. I assure Padilla the impetus behind my columns is either free, honest information or motivation. If someone chooses to reach out to me for additional support, that's wonderful and I'm happy for the opportunity - but it has never been an expectation.

I also want to assure her there are plenty of people walking around very deep in denial about their health. I worry for them - not their aesthetics, their health. I've seen what decades of denial can do and it's not pretty. I actually do care about people. If I didn't, I would have a different job.

Oh... and I triple re-read the column and nowhere could I find me calling anyone "fat people" or "fat person" as she quoted. What I did say was "look, s/he's fatter" referring to how some people avoid taking action because someone else is bigger so they must not have a problem. I think that's different than what she was insinuating.

Shannon Sorrels


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