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My newest hero is Ensign Hunter Jones of the U.S. Navy. Reading the article about this well-spoken, dedicated young officer was a breath of fresh air. I served in the USMC as a pilot many years ago, and his story brought back memories of unlimited horizons. Well done, Mr. Jones!

Ron Mahan


A sincere thank you


On Friday, May 31, my 37-year-old son complained of shortness of breath, chest pains and a tingling in his left arm. My wife dialed 911. The operator, while acting with a sense of concern and urgency, relayed the call to the emergency responders and assured help was on the way.

Goodyear Fire and Rescue called moments later while en route, passing instructions, and explained if his symptoms changed to call back. The crew arrived and immediately went to work. Each member knew their job, and without wasted motion transported him to Abrazo West Campus.

At Abrazo’s emergency room, it was determined he was in fact having a heart attack. After rushing him to the cath lab, they found a 100% blockage in one of the arteries to his heart. A stent was inserted and he was moved to the intensive care unit. At every step of the way, doctors, nurses and technical staff were awesome!

There are numerous names and faces I’ll never see or know. But you are heroes. Also, to the people who ensure the phone lines work, the vehicles are operational, the facilities are maintained and these professionals are well-trained — the unsung heroes — you, too, are heroes.

Often times we humbly say, “I was just doing my job.” Most of the time these professionals handle the emergency, and that’s the last they see or hear of it. Rest assured your actions saved the life of a son, brother, father and friend. Thankfully, he is back to work and recovering fine.

A heartfelt thank you, and may God bless.

Ed Ritchie


Inaccurate and

untruthful statements


The June 12 issue of the West Valley View had lots of letters — thank you for that. But, as usual, several of them were attacks on liberals/Democrats, using inaccurate and untruthful statements. Let me respond to some of them.

Think back to the fall of 2008 — the country was facing a financial crisis second only to the Great Depression. Republican policies led to hundreds of banks failing, pensions being lost and thousands of people losing their homes. Unemployment was close to 10%.  Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson begged Congress for a $700 billion bailout of some major financial institutions, which was signed by President Bush on October 3, 2008. Other bailouts and loans were also necessary in the following months.

President Obama took office in January 2009. After a year of new policies, we have these numbers: GDP has risen, unemployment has fallen and the number of people working has risen, all steadily from 2010 to 2018.  Mr. Trump did not create this economic revival. These are facts, not the opinions that some writers offered.

More recently, in 2018, federal tax revenues from individuals went up about $90 billion while corporate taxes went down about $90 billion. The CBO reports annual deficits close to $1 trillion in 2017 and 2018 and projects more in 2019. The Trump tax cuts worked well for his wealthy friends and donors but not so well for the rest of us.

A writer smears the Mueller report — started by a Republican-controlled House with a Republican attorney general appointing respected Republican Robert Mueller. His report confirmed major Russian meddling to aid Trump in the 2016 election. As Putin said in Helsinki — he wanted Trump to win. It also detailed a dozen acts by Trump that could be criminal obstruction of justice, but current federal law does not allow an indictment of a sitting president. When he leaves office, he can face charges.

The reports of Trump’s extramarital affairs were documented facts, not “fake news.”

So are his many lies — over 10,000 and counting, according to the Washington Post. Fox News, Hannity or Limbaugh are not the most reliable, truthful sources.

One of your frequent contributors lists eight issues supported by progressives. All of them are misrepresented, suggesting lack of research or intentional falsehoods. One of his examples is the Equality Act recently passed by the House. He and another writer wrongly say this forces people to change their religion and allows men to use women’s bathrooms. Really? No, it just calls for equal treatment in employment, housing and finance for people, regardless of gender, race, religion, etc. This principle should be self-evident.

A reference to Johns Hopkins teacher Dr. McHugh says being transgender is a mental disorder and sex change is impossible. However, that is not the position of the university, according to its website. He is a not a credible source.

P.S. Members of Congress do not retire with full pay and benefits after one term; not even close. Look it up. But that is the problem: some of your writers do not bother to look beyond Fox or the far-right internet or some bumper sticker for their facts. They prefer lies and distortions that fit their views. Of course, so does our president.

John Flynn





This is a response to James Logan’s letter to the editor in the June 12 edition. Democraps? Seriously? The name-calling is silly and just plain immature. Just because Trump resorts to belittling anyone who disagrees with him or perhaps looks at him sideways does not mean the rest of us need to fall to this level of behavior. Let’s all try to have a civil conversation and leave the personal insults out of it.

Rose Relenko

Litchfield Park