witness

Patriots

Editor:

How can anyone be a Trump supporter? The short answer: President Trump is pro-American. Me, too.

Ken Williams

Goodyear

Legislative pay

increase

Editor:

It was good to see that our Republican friends in the Arizona Legislature finally found something to like in the federal government bureaucracy: the federal per-diem rate.

As the Legislature wound down over the Memorial Day weekend, while most of us were not paying any attention, the members voted to raise their per-diem rate to what the feds pay. Lawmakers who live outside Maricopa County will get the full federal rate of $185 a day while Maricopa County lawmakers will get half of that, $92.50 a day. (Editor's Note: Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed the legislation.)

Our own Sen. Sine Kerr, a Republican from Buckeye, co-sponsored and voted for the bill.

Next year, in addition to getting the federal standard for mileage reimbursement of 52.5 cents a mile to drive to the Capitol, Sen. Kerr will get $92.50 a day just for going to work. I know many folks who have to commute down the I-10 each day who would love to get an extra hundred bucks a day just for going to work.

It made sense to me, as it did to Rep. Joanne Osborne, who is also a Republican and from Goodyear, to increase the per-diem rates for lawmakers who live outside Maricopa County. It’s a big state and they cannot really go home each day after a legislative session. So, to raise their per-diem from $60 to $185 seems palatable given today’s costs.

But why raise the rate for Maricopa County legislators, who were getting $35 a day? And why decide to do it so late in the legislative session that the public had no opportunity to voice our views? These are the same voters who have consistently said no to legislative pay increases for 20 years. Now we find that Sen. Kerr will get her $24,000 a year salary next year and at least another $12,000 just for going to work.

Sounds like a pay raise to me.

John Moore

Goodyear

Civil discourse going down the tubes

Editor:

I have been a reader of the West Valley View for decades, and the Letters to the Editor section is one of my first stops. It used to be a great way to get the pulse of the West Valley. Now, a few people have seemingly taken over the LTE section, and not in a good way. Name-calling, spiteful invective and alternate facts rule the day. It is rather scary realizing the people who author these missives actually believe the tripe they write (although it does explain a lot).

So, a public question, which I hope you print. In recent LTEs, Mr. Logan and others have taken to calling members of the party they do not support “Democraps.” Those authors are certainly entitled to think that way, although it’s disturbing to realize that’s as eloquent as they can be. I suppose when the president acts that way on a daily basis his supporters will mirror his actions. It would seem that as fewer Americans complete a rigorous education, the quality of discussion dissipates and ends with name-calling and general denigrative behavior.

I believe the West Valley View demeans itself when it publishes letters of that sort. It goes to the heart of my question, which is: Would it be OK for members of the other party (the non-Republicans) to publicly refer to them as “Rethuglicans?” And if so, would you print it? Free speech comes with responsibility. If people who use such terms when writing letters for publication believe it within their purview to freely use pejoratives, don’t be surprised when others take umbrage and direct it back at you.

And for the record, as well as being a veteran, I have been an independent voter (no party affiliation) for more than 30 years.

Jude M. Clark

Buckeye

New head of Air Force good for Luke

Editor:

Congratulations to our own Barbara Barrett on her nomination to be the next secretary of the Air Force. It can be nothing but great news for the West Valley, because she will surely bring all her heft in support of Luke Air Force Base and the F-35s stationed there. She has an incredible background and very large footprints in Arizona and is unique in her qualifications for the job. Without a military background, she was the first woman to land an F/A-18 Hornet on an aircraft carrier and has served as civilian adviser to the secretary of defense, among many other things.

Luke is the largest international pilot training base in the United States and brings a huge amount of economic activity to the area with pilots often spending nine months there to be trained. National security is served as our allies are prepared to use the most advanced fighter jet on the planet, and the economic security of the entire area is greatly enhanced.

I believe she will bring a steady and thoughtful approach to the continued support for the F-35s at all Arizona locations. The benefits beyond national security are vast. We salute her and wish her much success as the new secretary of the Air Force.

Eric Walker

Avondale

Hickman’s

Family Farms

Editor:

This letter is in response to the front-page article in the May 1 edition of the West Valley View entitled “Hickman’s controversy goes national with documentary.”

Surely everyone must realize businesses existed and members of the community lived in Tonopah before Hickman’s started construction of the egg factory in 2014. Yes, it is a factory farm that mass produces more than 4.3 million eggs and 136 tons of manure per day.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) required reporting of ammonia releases. According to documents filed by Hickman’s with the EPA on March 30, 2017, the Tonopah egg factory emits 1,593 pounds of ammonia per day. The EPA considers ammonia to be an extremely hazardous substance. An industry expert, Al Heber (July 6, 2017), calculated the ammonia release to be 4,100 pounds/day. In either case it far exceeds the EPCRA reporting threshold of 100 pounds/day.

The Tonopah egg factory’s air permit (No. 140062) has an odor control standard based on Maricopa County’s Air Quality Department Rule 320 — Odors and Gaseous Air Contaminants. The permit requirement for controlling odor reads:

“Standards: No person shall emit gaseous or odorous air contaminants from equipment, operations or premises under his control in such quantities or concentrations as to cause air pollution.

(Rule 320 §300)

a. Material Containment Required: Materials including, but not limited to, manure shall be processed, stored, used and transported in such a manner and by such means that they will not unreasonably evaporate, leak, escape or be otherwise discharged into the ambient air in such quantities or concentrations as to cause air pollutions smells, aromas or stenches commonly recognized as offensive, obnoxious or objectionable to a substantial part of a community. Where means are available to reduce effectively the contribution to air pollution from evaporation, leakage or discharge, the installation and use of such control methods, devices or equipment shall be mandatory.

(Rule 320 §302)”

The Tonopah egg factory exceeds these standards for controlling odor on a regular basis.

There are agricultural lands at I-10 and Bullard Road, I-10 and Litchfield Road, I-10 and 107th Avenue, McDowell Road and Avondale Boulevard, Indian School Road and 99th Avenue, Lower Buckeye and Dean roads, and other “city” sites. What if more than 4.5 million chickens moved onto these agriculture fields? Did the nearby homeowners do due diligence? What would the homeowners do?

Sandy Larson

Tonopah

The left’s attacks

on Trump

Editor:

The fever pitch of hatred in Washington, D.C., has reached a level previously unknown since the 1860s, when the election of Abraham Lincoln plunged the nation into ghastly civil war. The citizens made their minds known, Lincoln was elected and those bitterly opposed could not accept it and decided to burn the country to the ground; they almost succeeded. Today’s leftists are just as willing to destroy our country in the process of regaining and maintaining power. They, with the full support of their allies in the media, have waged all-out war against our president and are itching to file articles of impeachment. This unhinged behavior from our elected representatives should alarm every one of us.

Remember when Barack Obama’s 2013 budget declared, “In the 21st century, real GDP growth in the United States is likely to be permanently slower than it was in earlier eras,” and again “2% real GDP growth is the new normal for the U.S. economy”? Two percent annual growth wasn’t even the “new normal” under Obama; 1.64% was. Our president proved demonstrably and immediately how false this was, and today we enjoy a robust economy with unemployment rates unseen in 48 years. Impeachable offense?

Remember when our president was accused of provoking war with North Korea?  The truth is he’s done what no president has done since the Kim dynasty originated in the 1950s by thwarting war, even missile demonstrations, and meeting with their dictator.  Impeachable offense?

Trump has drawn the line and refuses to allow corrupt nations to take advantage of America any longer. Impeachable offense?

Does anyone even remember what Mueller was hired to investigate? Mueller despises Trump personally, but after 22 hate-motivated months he has produced nothing, yet the left continues to howl for impeachment.

This president doesn’t accept a salary, recognizes freedom isn’t free, restores respect for our brave soldiers and first responders, and upholds the moral fabric of our nation, that which provides us the ability to lead the world in all aspects: the Constitution. Are these impeachable offenses, too?

Remember this: The only thing standing between us and Venezuela is our president.

Jason Russell

Goodyear

Power for them,

not you

Editor:

Shame on the Democrats for capitulating to the progressives and allowing their once-proud party to become radicalized.

Progressives support issues which are totally out of step with the great majority of Americans. Consider the following, which progressives support:

• Killing babies after they are born. Legislation has already been adopted in Virginia and New York.

• Allowing violent criminals to vote while they are incarcerated.

• Favoring reparations for slavery. Why? Wasn’t affirmative action enough?

• The equality act, proposed in the Democrat-controlled House, which gives people of faith an ultimatum to change their religious practice or face government punishment.

• Nullifying those parts of our Constitution with which they disagree.

• Universal health care for every illegal immigrant. Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support it. There could be as many as 20 or 30 million such individuals. Nobody knows for sure. How will we pay for it? If we give free universal health care to the entire world, the entire world will come.

• Establishing a national gun-owners registry and eventual gun confiscation.

• They continue to lie about the robust economy, which Trump policies have created. They are well aware of James Carville’s words, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

The time between now and the 2020 election really matters. If the progressives win, they will implement their far-out secular agenda.

The progressives will never debate issues. They cannot win if they do. Their strategy is to make the election about Trump, whom they will malign every day between now and November 2020.

If you consider Trump’s personality traits, you will probably never like him. If you consider his policies and what he has already done for America, you will vote for him in a heartbeat. He will never be your best friend. But he also will never try to subjugate you. The progressives will do exactly that. Under socialism, your life will become dramatically worse. You will live in a politically correct Stasi hellhole. For the progressives, it is all about having power.

Roy Azzarello

Goodyear

The latest

Editor:

President Trump, while visiting Japan, had a battle ship labeled with Sen. John S. McCain’s name covered up. This is beyond unhinged. The thought process behind such actions is beyond comprehension.

I voted for Trump, trying to give him the benefit of a doubt; thinking he would rise to the level we deserve in our president.

What is my choice now? Joe Biden, chairman of the hearings on Anita Hill and Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas, who for years has come up behind women and firmly put his hands on them and in their hair? In case anyone missed it, this is really a power move. Joe Biden’s wife, with “doctor” in front of her name, never said to her husband that is just creepy behavior?

We don’t have to settle this next election. Let’s get a new president who is mentally healthy. We deserve at least that.

Vicki J. Chelini

Buckeye

The Curse of

Tippecanoe

Editor:

There was an interesting story I found while doing a Google search on the internet. It has to do with The Curse of Tippecanoe (or Tecumseh’s Curse). It states that all U.S. presidents elected in years that are easily divisible by 20 will die in office. This curse began in 1840, when the ninth U.S. president, William Henry Harrison, was elected to office. He died after one month in office.

There were two exceptions to The Curse of Tippecanoe. Thomas Jefferson was elected president in the year 1800. He tied in electoral votes with Aaron Burr. It was the House of Representatives who elected Jefferson. He died on July 4, 1826, the same day as John Adams (the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence). The second president elected in a year ending in zero was James Monroe in 1820, his second term. He also (coincidentally) died on July 4, 1831.

Here is the list of U.S. presidents who died in office, sorted by year elected:

1840 — William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia on April 4, 1841.

1860 — Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.

1880 — James Abram Garfield was shot and wounded by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881. He thought he would recover, but died from complications on September 19, 1881.

1900 — William McKinley, on September 6, 1901, at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. He died on September 14, 1901.

1920 — Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack in San Francisco on August 2, 1923.

1940 — Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945.

1960 — John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

1980 — Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt by John Hinkley Jr. Curse over?

2000 — Curse had no effect on George W. Bush. There was a controversy concerning the 2000 presidential election, however, that Al Gore had actually won.

Before William Henry Harrison became president, he was the first governor of the Indiana Territory. He negotiated the 1809 Treaty of Fort Wayne, in which the Native Americans were to cede large tracts of land to the U.S. government. In 1813, he led American forces into Canada, north of Lake Erie. At the Battle of Thames, near Ontario, Canada, the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh was killed. His body was mutilated and buried in a mass grave.

Is Tecumseh’s Curse real — or just an eerie coincidence?

Now we have the 2020 presidential election coming up. Will it prove fatal to the winner? Only time will tell…

Laura Rivas

Buckeye

Gender identity

mayhem

Editor:

On April 12, 2019, Michael Knowles, a conservative speaker, gave a presentation entitled “Men Are Not Women” at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The campus gender identity mob was not happy and proceeded to disrupt his speech. Despite screeching, disrespectful clamor, Mike gave the obvious reasons why men are not women, but more importantly discussed the harmful effects of this pernicious gender ideology that somehow distinguishes between one’s sex and gender. The two are different, according to transgender ideology, which claims that a person’s sex is determined by their gender identity, not by biology. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, said on June 2, 2015, “that transgenderism is a ‘mental disorder’ that merits treatment, that sex change is biologically impossible and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating and promoting mental disorder.”

Picking one’s gender at any time, at any place, based on one’s feelings is now considered a civil right according to the new militants. To ensure compliance with this new ideology, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a law on May 17 called the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill is not so much about preventing discrimination as it is about coercion. The Washington Times refers to the bill as a “legal jackhammer” that would erase the reality of biological sex and force all places of public accommodation to affirm and accept any type of gender identity or else. In practice, an organization could be sued for not allowing men to use female bathrooms, or using the wrong pronoun when addressing someone, or not including gender-changing medication and surgery in its health care plan, or not affirming them in counseling, or not allowing men to participate in women’s sports. Indeed, some feminists referred to the bill as the “Women’s Erasure Act.” Conservatives have referred to the bill as anti-First Amendment, anti-family and anti-religious, as it makes no accommodation for those who hold different views.

The White House and Republican-controlled Senate have already voiced their opposition to this far-reaching bill that would upend our culture by destroying the innate and God-created differences between men and women. Our freedoms require vigilance, or else we will face an Orwellian future where those in power will force us to accept their irrational, evil views.

Igor Shpudejko

Goodyear

Give Democraps lie detector tests before they speak

Editor:

What a mess the Democraps have made out of Congress. And, yes, the word “Democrap” is a real word. You can find the true definition in the Urban Dictionary. It fits members of Congress who are not Republican perfectly.

The Democraps want to spend another $25 million or more on trying to remove the president from office since Robert Mueller couldn’t indict a sitting president, per their request, after spending over $25 million in two years. After all of their “games” are played out, we can thank Jerrold Naddler, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Adam Schiff for reelecting Trump. Adam Schiff is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and he has the intelligence of a gnat. Maybe I’m being too kind.

Anyhow, now the Democraps want to impeach the president for lying and a slew of made up thingies. They should all be hooked up to a lie detector machine before they open their mouths. If lying is an impeachable offense, we should be able to impeach 322 Democrap members of Congress.

During the 2016 election, the fake news filled our TVs with stories about Trump’s extramarital affairs. Like all members of Congress don’t have their own sex stories on the side and are “perfect Angels.” You only have to look at Franklin D. Roosevelt; John, Bobby and Ted Kennedy; Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson if you want the most recent sexcapades in the higher offices of our government.

We managed to get a few creeps cleaned out of Congress who were guilty of sexual harassment recently, but the swamp is still full. Yes, even a few are Republican. This is all the more reason why we need a presidential decree to force term limits on all members of Congress, just like they imposed on the presidency. We the people are supposed to be the “boss” over Congress, but they write the laws and they refuse to listen to the people and give themselves term limits like most people want. Instead, they don’t do the job they were elected to do; they spend more time on “witch hunts” and zero time doing work for the American people and our country. Oh, did I mention they also give themselves huge raises without our permission, for doing nothing all day, and they can retire with full pay and benefits just after one term? Are we suckers or what?

President Trump has managed to bring back the economy beyond expectations after Barack Obama flushed it down the toilet. Only a blind person can’t read the numbers. If the Democraps manage to impeach President Trump for putting millions back to work, increasing salaries, getting much better trade agreements, getting millions off welfare and food stamps, expect to go back to the days of failed Obama era with high unemployment and lower wages and jobs moving overseas. It’s as simple as that!

James Logan

Buckeye