OPINIONS (From Page 7)
Letters Those must have
been fast ships Editor:
In the editorial [April 3], it’s stated “a letter from New York to California had to travel via ship, which could take a month....” It would have to have been a very fast ship! Back then, with no Panama Canal, a New York to California letter surely took several months or more via ship.
Camilla & Bill VanPenn Tonopah
are correct that people who sailed the entire route from New York to California by going around Cape Horn could take more than three months by the fastest clipper ships to reach their destination. However, many passengers, as well as mail, stopped in Panama, crossed the narrow isthmus by land, and then boarded another ship on the Pacifi c side. Such trips took about three weeks.
needs recycling Editor: We live in Rainbow Valley at 211th
Ave and Corto Lane and try to be very concerned with caring for our land for future citizens. The problem is, there are no recycling bins anywhere out here. Myself, my children and grandchildren all work hard at collecting recyclable materials, but we have to drive eight and a half miles into Buckeye to drop our recycling. I’m sure more of our neighbors would recycle if there were bins somewhere in our area. Rainbow Valley is part of Buckeye, but I feel were treated differently because we’re a rural area. Maybe if we banned together we could get some bins out here. I have enough frontage property I would allow a bin, as long, as it was emptied regularly. Does anyone have any suggestions? For us this is a major concern.
Sharon Milligan Buckeye
made a mistake Editor: Our family along with approximately 100 other parents, teachers and students attended the Tolleson Union District board
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meeting this evening to show support for the Westview High School Athletic Director Mike Warren who was unexpectantly fi red from his position. Although the school board members listened to the passionate speeches made by at least a dozen people, it became clear they had their own agenda in place when they continued to vote in favor of fi ring Mr. Warren. No explanation was given. Under Mike Warren’s direction the
Westview athletics programs have excelled. He is respected by the coaches and students. It is such a shame when politics get in the way of doing what is right for our schools and students. The message we would like to convey
School, to all the staff at Westview and to all who love and respect him.
Joyce Bustos Avondale
Why ‘vandalize’ our
sidewalks? Editor: We love this Goodyear/Litchfi eld Park
to the Tolleson Union District governing board is as an elected member you were put into your position to do what is best for ALL schools in the district without showing any favoritism. You did not accomplish this tonight and we will exercise our right and do our best to make sure you do NOT retain your seat in OUR school board district.
Jim and Robin Peters Phoenix
ignored our pleas Editor:
I attended the Tolleson District High School Board meeting tonight, along with many other parents, students, teachers and coaches from Westview High School in support of the injustice being done to Mr. Mike Warren Athletic Director. Many students made special posters in support and love for Mr. Warren, but was asked by the board to put them down. I was very impressed by the student’s outstanding expression of respect for the Governing Board and its proceedings. There were people from each of these groups that spoke on behave of Mike Warren and the injustice that has been done to him. I am appalled at the Tolleson School Governing Board (Mr. Mike Watson, Mr. Steven Chapman, Mrs. Sue Sorinson, and Mrs. Terri Hackett) that they would ignore the pleas from this community and simply vote to let go of such a tremendous asset to Westview High School. This man has worked in the Tolleson District for 20 years and has been at Westview for 10 of those years. When the district cut back on the maintenance of the school staff, Mr. Warren voluntarily went to the school on the weekends on his own time to cut the grass and the fi elds. Last year he purchased pink t-shirts for all the volleyball girls for Breast Cancer Awareness out of his own pocket. Mr. Warren is a man of superior integrity, honesty, caring and always giving of his time. He has given so much of himself to this community and to Westview and to just let him go for no reason at all is a huge injustice to us as parents, to all our children who attend Westview High
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area having just retired from the Coast Guard last March. We purchased a home over a year ago and now get to enjoy the beauty full time. Imagine my dismay when I was walking and started noticing all of the graffi ti on the sidewalk until I noticed it wasn’t graffi ti, but utility markings! Take a walk around Litchfi eld blvd and McDowell (and probably everywhere else) and observe the immense amount of markings on the sidewalks. This is how our local utilities show their appreciation to the public by ’vandalizing’ the city sidewalks? This aren’t temporary markings either, some look like they have been there for well over a year. Nice, wide sidewalks, permanently marred; even the beautiful brick sidewalks have not been spared from these markings.
So lets hear from the respective utility companies and fi nd out their reasoning. This needs to change.
Steven J. Craig Litchfi eld Park
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or have conveniently not been taught on what the proper role of government should be. What has happened is far too many people think that the role of government is to provide for our needs. A good majority of people fail to understand that politicians use the intentional deception of liberalism, conservatism and progressivism to infringe on liberty. Your liberty is not a gift from politicians and certainly not a reward from the current president. Liberty is based on the principle of self-ownership in that YOU own your life. No other person, including government offi cials, has the right to own your life. Just as you do not have the right to own another person’s life. Often a person’s liberty is challenged by peer pressure groups through bullying. Government offi cials will use mandates that severely limit liberties. NOBODY has the right to deny or initiate others into owning some else’s life. One’s past, present, and future is the product of your life and liberty, which becomes your property of unalienable rights. 1. To take life is murder 2. To take liberty is slavery. 3. To take property is theft. When governments murder, deny
The majority of people have forgotten
liberty, and take property through the deception of the redistribution of wealth you have socialism. Socialism has utterly failed throughout history and only produces hardship through poverty. It is time that people exercise the power of liberty in making government great by severely limiting its power over the people. Maintaining a free society requires the courage to think, to talk and to act rather than do nothing. Unfortunately, many people think the way to prosperity is without liberty.
Thomas Brosius Phoenix
West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, April 13, 2012
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