Editorials

Fri
11
Jul
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Why we ‘refused’ to print your letter to the editor

Before the complaints start rolling in because the West Valley View “refused to print your letter,” know that we had 19 letters in the hopper. And only one of those had been held over from the previous issue.

And elections are right around the corner so you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Tue
08
Jul
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Religious freedom, whose is it?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held businesses are exempt from certain portions of the Affordable Care Act if those businesses can prove that they have religious beliefs that are in opposition to those requirements.

Specifically, this deals with providing contraceptives to employees as part of the health insurance offered by two companies including Hobby Lobby.

Fri
04
Jul
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SB 1158: Let them light ‘fireworks’

Happy Fourth of July, West Valley; now, no one can tell you that you can’t light off ground spinners and fountains.

Arizona Senate Bill 1158, signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in April, basically says that cities and towns within Maricopa and Pima counties can no longer ban the use of “fireworks.” It also limits the dates that “fireworks” can be sold and used.

Tue
01
Jul
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It’s science, it’s wonderful, it’s sarcasm

Isn’t science wonderful? We can do almost anything now. At one point putting a man on the moon was a pipe dream. Been there, done that and it’s too expensive to do again.

But each of us probably has a cell phone with an onboard computer that is five to 10 times more powerful than the onboard computers that allowed man to walk on the moon.

Heck, the space shuttles ran on 8088 chips, the same chips that were in the very early IBM PCs.

Fri
27
Jun
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This car’s too slow, this one’s too fast, both are dangerous

Anyone else have the pleasure of commuting from the far West Valley to the West Valley on a nearly daily basis?

Good, then like me, you probably understand how road rage happens. Not saying any of you, er us, engage in such an illegal activity, but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand how and why, let’s call them incidents, happen.

Tue
24
Jun
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Thanks for helping feed the hungry; but more is needed

Residents and businesses have just completed participating in another spring food drive.

The West Valley View helps by facilitating and promoting the drive, but it is really your commitment to donating to your community that makes this possible.

Thank you to all the merchants who participated by placing food drive boxes in their businesses and to the community members who donated.

Fri
20
Jun
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Police chief here to stay, for now, we think

We have a prediction to make.

We think Goodyear is going to keep its current police chief.

For now, anyway.

Tue
17
Jun
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Pei cash and keep the Chang’s

P.F. Chang’s is the latest company to admit that its credit card system has been compromised.

And by compromised, we mean that criminals have infiltrated its systems, stolen customers’ credit card information and used that information to steal money.

If you use credit cards at all, you have been a victim of this sort of fraudulent card use.

Fri
13
Jun
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Do any Buckeye officials actually live in Buckeye?

We ran a story on Page 1 of Tuesday’s paper titled “Councilman’s address in question.”

An anonymous tipster sent us a letter accusing Buckeye City Councilman Brian McAchran, who represents District 1, of living in the Verrado community, which is in District 6.

We always have to take anonymous tips with a grain of salt because, chances are, if the person wants to remain anonymous, it’s because he has an ax to grind and quite often, his perception of any wrong doing is simply that: perception.

But this letter came with plenty of backup documentation: copies from the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office listing both properties as primary residences as well as a copy of the McAchran family trust — the owner of the Verrado house — that lists McAchran and his wife as the co-trustees.

Tue
10
Jun
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It’s an every man for himself world

After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we were sure there would be laws passed to limit gun ownership.

That was one episode that was so horrific that nothing in the world could stop the groundswell of support for reactionary gun control.

But that didn’t happen. And it didn’t happen after the next deranged person murdered innocent people or after the next one after that.

We were fairly sure that there was some way to write a law that would protect civilization from people who wanted to do something extraordinarily evil before committing suicide. (One of the candidates running for governor in Arizona thinks harsher penalties for such acts will solve the problem but if you are willing to kill yourself after you exact revenge on someone, what penalties are harsher? Making sure you don’t die?)

But history has helped convince us that there may not be any solution to keep guns from the mentally ill who want to do harm.

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