Letters to the editor published in the Feb. 25 Explorer.

GOP, legislators turning a deaf ear toward education

A few weeks ago Democratic legislators held an open forum at Amphitheater High School on the state budget, and invited comment from all members of the public. Over 350 attended. On March 5, they’ll be holding another open meeting on the UofA campus.

In contrast, on Saturday, Feb. 21, Republican legislators scheduled a legislative forum in a single conference room at the local Arizona Education Association office, but only “welcomed public input from registered Republicans and conservative Independents.”

Sadly, arrogant Arizona Republicans continue to listen only to their own Greek chorus.

The Republican-led legislature is quickly decimating funding for public education, and placing our economic future and the safety and health of Arizona’s children at risk. I am astonished that the AEA chose to host an event that limits the public’s voice. Is this not licking the hand that slapped them?

It is also a shame that the two LD26 Republican legislators, Al Melvin and Vic Williams, have turned a deaf ear to thousands of their constituents after just one month on the job.

Don Jorgensen, Catalina Foothills

Cell phone tower would be a benefit to community

I am writing in regards to the letter, “Continental Ranch Cell Tower Would Harm Community.” I believe the article misrepresented the project.  I have done some investigating, and find that this tower could be a real asset to the community.

Crown Communications presented the proposed cell tower at the Continental Ranch Homeowners Association meeting in September, and under further direction by the planning commission held a Continental Ranch Town Hall meeting in November.

The petition that was presented to the commission was disregarded due many people who signed the petition did not live in the Continental Ranch area, or lived such a distance from the tower that there would be no impact to them.

The article failed to mention that cell phone tower is going to be disguised as a palm tree. I find the proposed palm tree less obtrusive than the proposed 39-foot commercial center that is going to be directly in front of the tower. Also Crown is going to put in three other live palm trees to add context to the site. Property values will be hurt more by the commercial buildings than the tower.

The article mentions the health concerns regarding the tower. The representative for the cell phone project stated at a planning commission meeting that this type of tower produces extremely low emissions. The emissions that will be produced by the proposed tower are less than those produced by a personal cell phone.

It will be more harmful to the community, if we did not have the service. There is a mix of generations in the area. What happens when someone is in need of emergency services, and their only phone is their cell phone which they cannot get any service on, due to the tower being denied?  To me that is far more likely and dangerous than inconclusive research.

People who support the cell phone tower should also be heard. Please write a letter to the planning department or come support the tower at the town council meeting on May 26 at 7 p.m.

Sammy Smith, Tucson

GOP, senators need to change their playbook

Sens. Kyl and McCain’s opinion piece against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 begins by calling the bill “so-called” and putting quotation marks around the word “stimulus.” This is so the reader will begin reading their opinion piece with a negative bias towards the act.

The Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government. Why then, did their revered leader Ronald Reagan increase the size of the federal government? At the end of President Clinton’s term, the federal government was actually smaller than when Clinton came into office. According to Wikipedia, at the end of President Reagan’s term the federal deficit had grown three times its size since 1980. George HW Bush was forced by a Democratic majority in Congress to raise taxes to meet the deficit caused by his predecessor.

I would remind our Republican senators that the George W. Bush administration with which they were in lock step with for eight years came into office with a huge budget surplus. President Obama is inheriting the largest national debt in the history of our nation.

Sens. Kyl and McCain bemoan the housing crisis and the terrible effect it is having on Arizonians. I believe the Republicans mantra of free financial markets and absolutely no regulation led to this crisis. Their cry was “let big business manage their own affairs without government regulation.”

The senators call the recovery act an “out of control spending bill.” This from two senators who approved the $2 trillion tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. Although, to be fair, Senator McCain was against the tax cut before he was for it. They also supported the war in Iraq, which is costing us $1 trillion and counting.

The latest Republican talking point is “generational theft.” What is this $3 trillion if not generational theft?

With regard to bipartisanship, the Republicans suggested improvements were more of the old tried and failed policies of tax cuts and reduced government spending. The House Republican leadership met with their members prior to President Obama’s meeting with them and instructed them to vote “no.”

It is time the Republicans changed their playbook.

Phil Gibbs, Oro Valley

Liberalism, its view of wealth causes financial difficulty

The Feb. 11 letter written by James B. Toy of Seaside, Calif., amazed me. The Explorer must have run out of Republican- and Bush-bashing letters to publish a Republican bashing letter written to the Christian Science Monitor.

Mr. Toy is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, he is a wild-eyed liberal. California is a financially broke state, and like many other states they are in financial difficulty caused by liberalism, not Democrats or Republicans.

Liberals like Mr. Toy always seem to think wealthy people do not spend their money. Wrong. They invest money in businesses, investments and in their lifestyle, purchasing autos, boats, homes, airplanes, etc., that put people to work. Remember, they also pay the highest percentage of the taxes in this country.

The late Dr. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) Memphis, Tenn., offered the following observation years ago and it has great significance today:

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the rich out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything the government does not first take from someone else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply the wealth by dividing it.”

Shame on the Explorer for publishing Mr. Toy’s letter.

Ronald T. Moore, SaddleBrooke

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