Letters to the Editor - February 7, 2014
Time for sales tax compassion
Municipalities have engaged in addressing emergency funding concerns by imposing a sales tax on food. This directly impacts low income seniors, the poor and children in particular. It is time for all taxing agencies to make a common sense compromise on taxing food.
Eliminate the sales tax ENTIRELY from healthy staple foods (milk, bread, vegetable, meats, potato’s, rice, fruits) and leave the sales tax on junk foods, sweets, prepared fast food.
Realizing that no public agency can take a simple straight forward approach to any issue, we are optimistic that a list of health staple foods exist and can be adopted in short order to allow the removal of the sales tax to support the well being of seniors, the poor and our future.......our children.
I encourage this paper to start an online petition process in support of the repeal of the sales tax on STAPLE FOODS......Please Help,,,,,,,
Wind farms kill
The female bald eagle and her mate diligently search for that perfect tree to build their new home. It needs to be near a lake or river. When that’s accomplished the arduous work of building the nest follows. Twigs are brought and carefully placed to strengthen the home. You see, the female is pregnant and will soon be laying her eggs. Once hatched the young are hungry, they chirp constantly always demanding more food. The female takes off from the nest to find nourishment for them. In her search, she unknowingly flies into a wind farm and one of the blades strike her in the back breaking it instantly. She falls to her death lying among the other dead birds. Back at the nest the babies are still chirping not realizing that their mother will never return. They will die of starvation. This scenario goes on every day throughout the country. Last year 83,000 eagles, hawks and falcons were killed this way along with 573,000 birds of other species and over 3,000 bats.
Uninsured cost us all
I am writing in response to your editorial “Young? Healthy? You’re a pawn”.
Young people usually consider themselves “bullet-proof”. They mistakenly believe that nothing bad can possibly happen to them. This has been the case for many years. It’s not until you become a little older and a little wiser do you realize that’s not the case.
Young, healthy people do have car accidents, break bones hiking, perhaps get bitten by a rattle snake while hiking...
Do you have any idea how much it costs for a medical airlift? Do you know it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars when you are bitten by some of our desert creatures. Do you have any idea just how much it costs for just one day in the hospital? Just who do you think will pay these bills?
I have a young and healthy son and it worries me to death because he too is protesting the health insurance law. If something unexpected landed him in the hospital for an emergency operation as an example I would end up having to sell everything I own, declare bankruptcy just to pay the bills. That’s not something a parent should have to worry about.
If you think these things couldn’t happen to you, you are dead wrong.
Government is part of solution
Once again one of your frequent contributors distorts reality to make his point. In the Jan. 31 WVV letter “Government is the problem” the writer inaccurately depicts Progressives as favoring a “cradle to grave government”. And he supports a quote from Pres. Reagan, whom he calls “our greatest President”, that “government is the problem”. But if we analyze his arguments beyond the bumper-sticker level, they fall far short of the mark.
In the 1970s and 1990s the mortgage interest rate was about 8%. In the Reagan years it was about 16%. The federal deficit tripled under his watch and he raised the debt ceiling 18 times. He raised taxes many times, but he reduced taxes on the wealthiest 5%. His PATCO position permanently weakened unions.
In foreign affairs, Reagan has a mixed record. He increased tensions in the Middle East, which still threaten us. His tough-guy posture raised tensions with the USSR until Gorbachev cooled things down. He supported the Contras in Nicaragua and sold weapons to Iran, both secret activities against the will of Congress.
Government provides for national defense, builds roads and other infrastructure, hires teachers, police, firefighters, public health workers, etc. It also provides aid to the suffering such as needy families, hurricane victims, the elderly and disabled. Our courts punish criminals, enforce civil laws, and ensure our Constitutional rights. Government works to keep our water, air, medications and food safe.
Progressives and Conservatives differ on how much involvement government should have in our lives. The debate is a matter of degree — one side is not Socialist; the other side is not Anarchy. On the question of how to find the common ground that gives all of us our best chance to live a free, productive, happy life: government is part of the answer.
Time to be moved
Beginning with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon the Almighty God, which marked the birth of America. This was 04 July 1776 and since that time countless citizens and veterans have died to preserve us as a nation. The Almighty God was our main driving force.
Every year we celebrate another Independence Day to honor those who have given their life for our freedom but what do we really celebrate? Not only should we honor all military men and civilian patriots that gave their lives for us and the freedom left behind by those, but we owe it to them to continue the fight they fought for. The dying faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the removal of God’s word from the courthouses and schools have spiraled out of control.
Christian memberships are dwindling in churches around North America because of Atheist infiltration of our court and school systems and increased Atheist ways within our homes and work places. The Atheist have been plotting for years to destroy us and now with radical Muslim help, our war is not as much overseas but here within our borders. Christians stuck within their own cocoons could break free and win or they could remain hidden until the shooting begins and watch innocent people die from radical Muslim and Atheist ways. Within the country and courts, you could be once more on the right track to your freedom of rights. You have a choice. Wipe the dust from your Bibles and read.
Our Bible says in Psalms 16:8, “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is always at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Are we now ready to pick up our Bibles and be moved ???
Roy F. Cranford
Work together and win
The worm has finally started to turn. Obama care is in a state of free fall. Democratic Senators from red states, running for reelection this year are fleeing Obama like rats flee a sinking ship; and, current national generic polling is starting to show a widening lead for Republicans.
There is no chance that Democrats can capture the House in 2014. However, the Republicans look like a better than average bet to take back control of the Senate. If these trends continue the Republicans should get stronger between now and November. Obama care is finally taking its toll. Did I mention, the President himself is at around 41% approval with the American people. This can be a great year for America. What could go wrong?
Don’t ask. The problem is the Tea party. Yes the party of the “I am not a witch” Christine O Donnell 2010 Delaware Senatorial candidate. What about Harry Reid who was dead meat, with a 40% approval rating in Nevada until the Tea party sent Sharron Angle to do battle with him. Let’s not forget Todd Akin in Missouri who was favored to be elected a Senator until he “misspoke” Actually I think the Tea party has done a lot of good giving us Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. But they have also hurt the Republican party unnecessarily.
The Tea party would be well advised to work with Republicans to nominate the most electable conservative candidates. The operative word is ELECTABLE! Being a Conservative ideologue, and not voting on election day because a Republican does not pass your litmus test will just elect more Democrats. That is not a good thing ! “capisci” ?
‘Law’ is unconstitutional
Citizens should oppose unconstitutional “laws” and governmental actions, including Obamacare, for exceeding delegated powers and eroding citizens’ rights. “[A] law, ‘beyond the power of Congress,’ for any reason, is ‘no law at all.’ Nigro v. United States, 276 U.S. 332, 341 (1928).” Bond v. U.S., 564 U.S. ___ (2011, Ginsburg, Breyer concurring). The Supreme Court repeatedly held that when a court acts without jurisdiction (authority), its ruling is null and void.
The Supreme Court majority held Obamacare unconstitutional for requiring people to get insurance; and noted that: “Congress’s decision to label this exaction a “penalty” rather than a “tax” is significant because the Affordable Care Act describes many other exactions it creates as “taxes.” Where Congress uses certain language in one part of a statute and different language in another, it is generally presumed that Congress acts intentionally.” (citations omitted) NFIB v. Selebius, 567 U.S. ___, (2012, Roberts @ II, Decision). Congress chose and the President approved of the word “penalty” (not “tax”) for §5000A(b). To hold Obamacare “constitutional” under the Taxing Clause, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 majority exceeded its jurisdiction by “rewriting” §5000A(b) to change “penalty” to mean “tax”. That violated the Constitution, Article I, Sections 1 and 7, Article III, and rulings like Estate Of Cowart v. Nicklos Drilling Co., 112 S.Ct. 2589, 2594 (1992); and that made the ruling void.
“Even if the taxing power enables Congress to impose a tax on not obtaining health insurance, any tax must still comply with other requirements in the Constitution.” NFIB v. Selebius, 567 U.S. ___, (2012, Roberts @ III-C). It wasn’t determined that Obamacare complies will all requirements of the Constitution; Obamacare doesn’t.
Please petition Congress to amend Obamacare to be constitutional, or repeal and/or declare Obamacare as unconstitutional.
David W. Peabody
Ending political nonsense
there is a way to end all political nonsense in from the highest court to the lowest representive in congress.
limit there terms to 6 years pay them the lowest minium wage made in the U.S. reaping the benifits of new or changed law in a monitary value directly or indirectly is not allowed
Will they really want to represent the U.S.A. knowing that the amout of personal and political gain would be limited?
Traffic disaster in the making
The West Valley has a traffic disaster in the making, and most residents probably are unaware of what could happen. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has been working hard to convince valley residents that the proposed Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway (SMF) would improve traffic congestion and air pollution in the valley. Unfortunately, ADOT is either showing its incompetence with these statements or else its representatives are knowingly lying to the public.
Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) is a non-profit organization that has hired experts to examine ADOT’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the SMF. PARC’s traffic engineering experts determined that the SMF would not improve traffic congestion anywhere in the valley — not on freeways or arterial streets. Further, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) examined the DEIS and came to the same conclusion as PARC’s air quality experts: ADOT does not know how (or chooses not) to do proper air quality modeling. Correct modeling shows that air pollution would get worse rather than better, particularly in Ahwatukee and the West Valley.
How could anyone realistically expect anything different? The SMF is planned to intersect with the I-10 West at 59th Avenue. Anyone driving in this area already knows that the I-10 is a virtual parking lot during rush hour, and the SMF would interject a freeway interchange into the mix adding 135,000 more vehicles daily. Think what nine semis per minute merging onto the I-10 would do to the backup on the freeway, which during the afternoon rush hour is usually backed up through the tunnel to the Sky Harbor Airport exit!
PARC is working to avoid another ADOT traffic disaster and stop the SMF. For more information, see www.PARCtheSMF.org.
President, Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children
Build it and they will come
Maybe the Mayor and his city council should do everything they can do by bringing new jobs to the local area. Consider tax incentive’s, like Tempe just did, to generate new jobs.
The Mayor said he doesn’t want anymore super bowls and big events here. Who is he kidding, every mayor in the US would love to have these events.
Quit fighting the new casino, support it. It will bring more jobs and money into the area . Put it on the Nov ballot, let the people decide.
No wonder the NFL, is upset with Glendale. Would you go to a town that hasn’t done what the NFL has requested. I.E. reserving rooms and other matters. That’s why all activities will be in downtown Phoenix, and not at the Westgate.
“BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME” to the 101 west corridor.
Young, healthy pay lion’s share
All of Stephanie Carter’s and Dan Druen’s (2/4/14 Edition) questions can be answered by one simple provision of Obamacare: PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS MUST BE COVERED.
Therefore, anybody can pay the low penalty, forgo the high premium, then buy a policy if something (like a disease or injury) occurs.
From Healthcare.gov: “Being sick won’t keep you from getting health coverage. An insurance company can’t turn you down or charge you more because of your condition.
Once you have insurance, the plan can’t refuse to cover treatment for pre-existing conditions. Coverage for your pre-existing conditions begins immediately...
...The only exception is for grandfathered individual health insurance plans — the kind you buy yourself, not through an employer. They do not have to cover pre-existing conditions.
If you have one of these plans you can switch to a Marketplace plan during open enrollment and immediately get coverage for your pre-existing conditions.”
The gap (between when you get sick or injured and open enrollment) is already covered by the federal law that states Emergency Rooms can not turn away anyone who needs treatment. If you need ongoing treatment, you just have to visit the ER frequently until open enrollment comes around again.
And, by the way, Ms. Carter, under Obamacare, the young and healthy are the ones who will pay the lion’s share of the cost and (historically) use it the least.
Are you kidding me?
Your January 31st editorial by Cary Hines (“Young? Healthy? You’re a Pawn”) was irresponsible. Will you next suggest that the young and healthy don’t need automobile insurance either?
Editorial was trite
Cary Hine’s editorial on 1/31/14 made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, Cary’s age, “old and sick”, questionable.
Cary’s editorial is trite and condescending. We send our young men and women to war, are they our pawns? One might say yes, or could debate they are part of a larger group, all ages pooling their resources, youth or experience, “for the common defense” of our country as enshrined in the Constitution.
One could argue the ACA is a gift to the insurance companies rather than the single payer system we need, or realize in spite of its flaws all ages are pooled together to reduce the cost of health insurance for most. This too is enshrined in the Constitution, “promote the general welfare”.
While my brother lay in ICC on a respirator at sixty nine and the nineteen year old lay three doors down on a respirator after a drowning accident, both families should have the ability to concentrate on the recovery or end of life issues and not whether the mountain of medical debt will destroy these families.
This last year of life I would classify myself as, “old and sick”, due to excellent medical care I have received I hope to be old and healthy as I look forward to the New Year.
Do I consider myself a pawn for all the years my husband and I paid FICA (93 years combined), paid and still pay school taxes long after my children have grown. No, I breathe a sigh of relief my grandsons do well in school or when the Paramedics arrive at my door in the middle of the night.
We share the cost and the benefits of a humane and compassionate society, at least we should.
Women should be outraged
Bishop Jeff Metcalf, President of National Action Network Maricopa County Chapter under the leadership of NAN President, Rev. Al Sharpton is outraged, after several calls to his office about multiple police agencies in Arizona inappropriately abusing women at traffic stops. Many of these women were pulled over for civil traffic infractions which should lead to simple traffic citations. Two of the complaints are by women who stated that when they inquired to the officer that they did not feel comfortable signing the citation the officer became belligerent, grabbed these females, man handled them, put hand cuffs on them, threw them in the squad car and told them they were going to jail. On separate occasions the women complained that they were in pain from the abuse of the officers and the officers never called for medical help which is required by law. The interesting part is after this abuse the women were taken out of the squad cars, handcuffs taken off, and never taken to jail. Both women in separate cases filed complaints to the police department the very next day. The way the police department followed up with the complaints is to call the women into the office the next day and try to coach them to change their story while being recorded that nothing took place the way they thought it did and try to force them to sign the recorded document at the office before they left. It should be noted that these are professional women with level one fingerprint clearance cards, nurses, Arizona state workers etc. The police camera proves that the women were respectful, professional and emotional during these stops.
Don’t get egg plant concerns
Thank you Emilio Passarelli for sharing your feelings and opinion with us all! Emilio shared a few facts I didn’t know. Though suggesting having a chicken farm move into my area would have me object is an old way of arguing.
When large dairies were to be built somewhere near our vicinity, people got concerned. I didn’t. It turned out they were built 15 miles away. When you get with 3 miles of them you smell it. The workers there are use to it. I spoke with some.
As of now our area exists for farmers, people that travel U.S. 60 and snowbirds. I live among the snowbirds though I am not one. True most of the snowbirds do not smell! So perhaps I really don’t understand your real concern about Hickman’s Family Farms.
You (Emilio) may have missed my letter (at least the part) where I mentioned that my family had horses, goats and chickens when I was a teenager. For those that care, they were free range chickens, but we still had to keep the coop clean where they stayed at night.