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February 15 - 21, 2006

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Index to Letters  (Click on the title or author to go to that letter)
Editorial Cartoon
Judicial selection By Kent Lochard, Scottsdale
Veteran care By George “Ken” Mead, Past State Commander, Arizona Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Council’s action nothing to sneeze at  By John Hoeppner, Cave Creek
Elect Nelssen By Roger Saba, Scottsdale
You go girl
By Noah Clarke, Goldwater Institute
Making sure your land is yours By Benjamin Barr, Goldwater Institute analyst

Arizona law
  By Michael Merrill, Scottsdale
Publish cartoons
  Esther Harban, Cave Creek
Minority of Muslims  By Sardar Anees Ahmad
What did they do?  By Jack C McVickers, Scottsdale
Coretta Scott King   Carl Devlin, Cave Creek
Wire taps  By Sue E Dean, Scottsdale

and GodBlessAmerica: Bush, Einstein and Picasso at the Pearly Gates



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Judicial selection
By Kent Lochard
Scottsdale
We appreciated the informative article on the judicial selection process by Carol Turoff.
    Interesting that no other publication seems to be covering the contract engaged in by our esteemed Supreme Court Chief Justice McGregor. $9000 a month of taxpayer dollars on a three year contract is more than chump change. The courts are out of line using my hard earned taxes for their image consultants as they promote a system I don’t even support. I’d like to vote for judges as we were able to do in Flagstaff. Nothing wrong with that system or those judges.
    Thanks for telling it like it is. We’ve never read about this in the Republic.
    Keep Turoff writing.

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Veteran care
By George “Ken” Mead
Past State Commander
Arizona Department of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Senate has an opportunity to take a huge step forward for veterans’ care by passing the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR) Act, a bill currently on the floor of the Senate.
    Our country asks a lot of our veterans, especially today, and we must ensure that we do everything necessary for our men and women in the military. For those who return from their service with injuries, the path back to a normal life can be costly and painful.
    Many veterans who served decades ago are now being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses they contracted while serving our country. These men and women need and deserve compensation.
    These veterans were exposed to deadly asbestos while serving in military facilities and now face costly medical bills.
    In fact, in 1979 the U.S. Government said it used asbestos for issues relating to national defense.
    However, since veterans are prevented by law from taking their old employer (the U.S.
    Government) to court, they are left without sufficient compensation for their asbestos related illnesses.
    The FAIR Act would be a breakthrough for these sick veterans. By creating a privately financed trust fund, all victims (including veterans) would finally have a chance to receive financial compensation and aid for their illnesses.
    I hope our Senators John McCain and John Kyl can join over a dozen national veterans’ organizations in supporting this bill.

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Council’s action nothing to sneeze at
By John Hoeppner
Cave Creek

    The Cave Creek council passed unanimously a law restricting, limiting and recording the sale of popular overthecounter allergy products containing pseudoephedrine such as Claritin-D, Sudafed and Allegra-D. Why? Before this act of political correctness was voted on, council members should have taken the time to look for these products in Cave Creek retail stores.
    There is not a single retail store I could locate in Cave Creek that sells these products.
    Democrat Attorney General Terry Goddard is doing some early campaigning for a higher office by attempting an “endrun” around the Republican controlled state legislature.
    Goddard’s strategy is to convince uninformed Arizona cities and towns to pass laws regulating specific retail products that could be used as an ingredient of crystal meth.
    Like lap dogs, various municipalities seeking a pat on the head from Goddard, are passing these “feel good” but ineffective laws. The bad news is more red tape for legitimate businesses, higher costs that will be passed on to consumers and anyone that does buy allergy medication is entered into a police crime database without cause.
    No doubt crystal meth or any street drug is dangerous.
    However, Federal law enforcement agencies have determined that more than 90% of crystal meth on the streets of Arizona’s cities and towns is manufactured in Mexico and shipped illegally across international border. The reason is simple. Mexican drug dealers buy the ingredients wholesale, use cheap expendable labor, the corrupt police in Mexico look the other way and Governor Janet Napolitano looks and talks tough but does absolutely nothing meaningful.
    If Attorney General Goddard really wants to stop the drug problem in Arizona, I suggest he join the Minutemen on the Mexican border and stop wasting our time with these moronic legislative hallucinations.
    Getting other politicians to pass “feel good” laws is easy.
    Stopping the flow of illegal drugs flowing across the USMexico border into Arizona is not.

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Elect Nelssen
By Roger Saba
Scottsdale

Having known Tony Nelssen for over 10 years I can speak frankly of his long commitment and service to Scottsdale. He has worked and supported the preservation of mature residential areas, McDowell Mountain, Papago Park, the cities history and Old Town Scottsdale.
    Tony has ethics, common sense and understands the difficulties citizens many times face when working with city hall. Over the years he has served on commissions and been an activist, which allows him to view both sides of the fence. He is very approachable and will listen to your concerns.
    I am asking for your support in electing Tony Nelssen for city council.

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You go girl
By Noah Clarke
Goldwater Institute

Women owned businesses are spurned by Governor Napolitano’s tax plan.
    Economic girl power is sweeping the nation. In 2004 women owned and operated 5.4 million small businesses in the U.S. and generated $167 billion in sales. But in designing her targeted tax relief plan, Governor Napolitano appears to have forgotten the ladies.
    In her 2007 budget, Governor Napolitano proposes a health care tax credit of up to $1,000 for small businesses employing two to 24 workers.
    Unfortunately 81 percent of women-owned businesses are sole proprietorships. In Arizona, that means over 60,000 self-employed women won’t qualify for this tax credit.
    The governor says her plan is targeted toward specific policy goals. But, the unavoidable outcome of tinkering with the tax code to engineer desirable results is discriminatory tax policy.
    While qualifying small businesses get their health care costs reduced, solo women entrepreneurs don’t.
    Surely, discriminating against women who start up their own businesses isn’t one of the governor’s specific policy goals. A better approach to making health insurance affordable and accessible is to offer a tax reduction to all businesses, allowing them to meet their health care needs however they see fit. Until then, entrepreneurial sisters are doing it for themselves.

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Making sure your land is yours
By Benjamin Barr
Goldwater Institute analyst

  Got curb appeal? Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo versus City of New London, America has seen a proliferation of private property takings for things as insignificant as a property’s appearance. Local governments are abusing their power of eminent domain to create new shopping malls, condos, and industrial parks. Fortunately, the abuse can stop at Arizona’s doorstep.
    The Arizona Constitution places two restraints on the power of eminent domain: public use and just compensation must be present.
    While the state constitution affords private property strong protection, Arizona’s slum clearance and redevelopment statutes, which authorize the use of eminent domain, are expansive and vague.
    For example, in the recent case of Tempe vs. Valentine, the city condemned 19 properties to build a massive shopping mall. But the trial court agreed that malls don’t qualify as a traditional “public use” under the Arizona Constitution.
    Even though this and other recent cases have turned out correctly, Arizona landowners shouldn’t be required to go to court every time a city dreams up a new redevelopment project. Instead, the laws should be reformed to more strictly limit eminent domain usage.
    Under Arizona law, local governments may designate all sorts of properties as slum or blight. Municipalities can declare properties blighted because their street layouts are “inadequate” or because property lots are considered faulty due to their “usefulness.” Slum and blight should be applied only to properties that are truly unsafe for habitation. That will help make sure your land remains yours, even if the government thinks your home doesn’t have curb appeal.
    The case of Kelo taught the nation that defining “public use” is very important.
    Without a sound definition, municipalities are apt to declare shopping malls and condos as public use projects. In Arizona, “public use” is not clearly defined in slum clearance and redevelopment statutes. But it should be, and it should be given the narrowest definition possible in order to protect private property.
    Moreover, under the current law, citizens often bear the burden of demonstrating why they should be permitted to keep their home or business during eminent domain proceedings. Let’s turn this equation around by requiring local governments to demonstrate, through clear and convincing evidence, that using eminent domain is truly necessary. Requiring municipalities to submit comprehensive maps with detailed descriptions of the slum conditions present on each property would help make sure local governments use the power only for truly extraordinary purposes.
    Finally, if government is in the business of preventing slum and blight, then it should shorten its existing designations. Once a designation is in place, property values often drop and owners have little incentive to invest in their own property, leading to the deterioration they hoped to prevent. Limiting the duration of slum and blight designations returns the property to the marketplace sooner.
    The Legislature should tighten and restrict slum clearance and redevelopment statutes as an important step in assuring Arizonans that their land really is their land.

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Arizona law
By Michael Merrill
Scottsdale

This is not the first time folks, below is a complaint I sent certified mail today regarding our three Council Members and how they broke the election laws as well as finance laws.
    “... an individual, acting alone, is not a political committee under Arizona law and need not file a statement of Organization. If any additional person or persons join in the effort begun by an individual, the association of persons has become a “political committee” under Arizona law, and must file a statement of organization before accepting contributions, making expenditures, distributing literature or circulating petitions.” ARS 16902.01(A) It would have been fine for Mr. Kulich to do this on his own, but they have all admitted they were involved, their volunteers were involved, and they are paying the attorney fees.
    How’s that for breaking the laws in Scottsdale?         

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Publish cartoons
Esther Harban
Cave Creek
I’m writing to say that, as a member of the media in a free society, you have a RESPONSIBILITY to publish the controversial cartoons on Islamofascism.
    I can understand the indignation of having your religion, and your religious leaders, portrayed in unflattering, even blasphemous, ways by secularists in the mainstream media. It happens to Christians ALL THE TIME in America and Europe.
    But indignation is NEVER an excuse for violence. And threats of violence need to be “resisted” in free nations.
    And the best form of resistance to Islamofascist threats here? PUBLISH THE CARTOONS.
    As freedom-loving people, we need to resist the Islamofascists on ALL fronts. In solidarity with the people of free Europe and in support of the concept of freedom of the press, you need to PUBLISH the Danish cartoons.

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Minority of Muslims
By Sardar Anees Ahmad
Another day passes and another blemish is stamped on the fair name of Islam.
    How unfortunate are the actions of a minority of Muslims whose behavior continues to defame and dishonor the lofty status of the unlettered one of Arabia, Hazrat Muhammad (May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)! While we categorically denounce the foul-minded and ill-mannered actions of newspapers that published offensive caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, the irresponsible and disgusting reaction by some Muslims is equally condemnable.
    But how would Prophet Muhammad himself deal with this uncouth and offensive excuse for freedom of speech of some newspapers? Certainly his attitude towards Abdullah Ubay ibn Salul, who repeatedly incited war amongst the Muslims, does not condone the recent reaction of Muslim extremists.
    Certainly his attitude towards Hind, who ate the liver of Muhammad’s uncle Hamza during battle, does not condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
    Certainly his attitude towards Abu Jahl, who ordered the entrails of a camel to be laid on Muhammad during prayer, does not condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
    Certainly his attitude towards the people of Ta’if, who pelted Muhammad with stones until he began to slip in his own blood, does not condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
    Certainly his attitude towards the Meccans, who were sent food supplies by Muhammad due to a famine at a time when they were at war with the Muslims, does not condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
    Certainly his attitude towards Meccans, who were pardoned virtually in total at the peaceful conquest of Mecca, does not condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
    So before Muslims shout slogans of death to those who defame Muhammad, let’s stop for a moment and ask, “What would he do?” 

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What did they do?
By Jack C McVickers
Scottsdale
This history of the world is replete with numerous evils that were perpetrated by men using the names of their religious leaders as justification for their actions. Their rationale, of course, was based on their interpretations of what their God would have them do? As an example, today we often hear this question asked, “What would Jesus do?” How are we to learn the value system of a religion when it is subject to such a wide range of interpretations? A more appropriate way to learn about the value systems of Christianity and Islam would be to ask these questions.
    What did the historical Jesus do? What did the historical Muhammad do? Did their actions exemplify the peace, tolerance and brotherhood that mankind so urgently needs today? Considering what they actually did while they walked on this earth, could Jesus and Muhammad have co-existed in peace in the Middle East? The answer to the last question will indicate if it is possible for Christianity and Islam to co-exist today.

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Coretta Scott King
Carl Devlin
Cave Creek
mourners waited for hours in freezing rain at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church and the state capitol rotunda to pay their respects to the “first lady of the civil rights movement,” Coretta Scott King, who died on January 30. President Bush and former President Clinton led the list of dignitaries at memorial services.
    Coretta Scott King was much more than a devoted wife and partner of the celebrated civil rights leader. She traveled throughout the globe on behalf of peace and nonviolence, racial and economic justice, minority rights, religious freedom, the poor and homeless, educational opportunities, nuclear disarmaments, and ecological sanity. She helped found, dozens of organizations advocating social justice, received honorary doctorates from over 60 colleges and universities, and authored three books and a nationally syndicated column.
    Coretta Scott King was also a vegan, who eschewed all products of animal suffering, including meat, dairy, eggs, leather, and cosmetics containing animal ingredients or tested on animals. Her strong belief in peace and nonviolence extended to the violence perpetrated against billions of innocent, sentient animals in America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses. Her passion for justice extended to the most downtrodden living beings on the planet, the animals bred, abused, and killed for food, fur, research, and entertainment.
    Coretta Scott King truly practiced what she preached.
    And for that, I salute her

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Wire taps
By Sue E Dean
Scottsdale
I disagree with the President’s claim that he has the right to authorize secret wire taps on U.S. Citizens communicating with foreign terrorist suspects, without seeking an ‘after-the-fact’ approval from the court with security clearances and knowledge of national security matters specifically designed to prevent a potential for abuse of power. It is necessary to protect the privacy of ordinary citizens.
    In my view, Mr. Bush overreached, trying to regain powers for the executive branch he thinks has been eroding. He has made a big deal about how whoever leaked this information put us at greater risk to a terrorist attack, but if he had followed the law, this would most likely never have become public knowledge! (History of this court shows that virtually every president has been shown great deference to do as requested).
    What really galls me is that this tactic of keeping Americans scared whenever he slips in the polls is so cheap. It really should be beneath someone at his level, especially one claiming to be moral model.
    If the president has a legitimate case to do this domestic spying (and I believe he does), he must be up front with the congress and get the law changed.
    If American democracy is to be respected by the rest of the world, the president must respect the delicate balance of powers our founders created.
    This “American Experiment” is still only 200 years old.

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GodBlessAmerica

Bush, Einstein and Picasso at the Pearly Gates
 Einstein dies and goes to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter tells him, “You look like Einstein, but you have NO idea the lengths that some people will go to sneak into Heaven. Can you prove who you really are?” Einstein ponders for a few seconds and asks, “Could I have a blackboard and some chalk?” Saint Peter snaps his fingers and a blackboard and chalk instantly appear.
    Einstein proceeds to describe with arcane mathematics and symbols his theory of relativity.
    Saint Peter is suitably impressed. “You really ARE Einstein!” he says. “Welcome to heaven!” The next to arrive is Picasso. Once again, Saint Peter asks for credentials.
    Picasso asks, “Mind if I use that blackboard and chalk?” Saint Peter says, “Go ahead.” Picasso erases Einstein’s equations and sketches a truly stunning mural with just a few strokes of chalk.
    Saint Peter claps. “Surely you are the great artist you claim to be!” he says. “Come on in!” Then Saint Peter looks up and sees George W. Bush. Saint Peter scratches his head and says, “Einstein and Picasso both managed to prove their identity. How can you prove yours?” George W. looks bewildered and says, “Who are Einstein and Picasso?” Saint Peter sighs and says, “Come on in, George.” 


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