OUR VIEWPOINT EDITORIAL
Won’t you be our hero?
As the 4th of July holiday approaches, we are reminded of those heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifi ce to ensure our freedom.
Valley View is in search of another hero — one who is willing to save at least three lives. The West Valley View has teamed up with United Blood Services to hold a blood drive the day before the big holiday. The drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. July 3 at the
As this specifi c Independence Day draws near, the West
View offi ces, 1050 E. Riley Drive, and organizers are urging donors to sign up by 5 p.m. July 2. To schedule a donation time, go to BloodHero.com
and use the sponsor code “WVV.”
Donations typically dwindle during the summer months because of school summer breaks (one out of every 10 blood donations is given at a high school, according to Sue Thew, United Blood Services spokeswoman) and family vacations. More people on the road means not only less people in the donation chair, but also more chances for traffi c accidents, hence the need for more blood. So how can you be a hero and save three lives with just one blood donation?
OUR READERS’ VIEWPOINTS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Whole blood contains the following components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and the plasma it’s all suspended in. Each serves a specifi c function — red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and remove spent carbon dioxide from cells, white blood cells protect our bodies from bacteria and viruses, platelets are responsible for blood clotting and plasma aids in blood clotting and antibody creation and is vital in providing blood volume, hydration and mineral exchanges throughout the body. Since blood can be divided into its components, one donation can potentially save three lives. Pretty cool, huh?
Now that doesn’t mean you’re only going to spend 10 minutes at the blood drive; the fi rst 50 minutes is spent answering health questions and making sure you’re physically fi t to donate, so plan on being here for about an hour. And we should note we’re talking about a whole blood donation, which is the most common type of blood donation. If you are eligible, you may be asked to make a double red cell, or Power Red, donation, which lasts a little longer. Whole blood donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors younger than 18 must provide a permission slip (which can be downloaded at www. unitedbloodservicesaz.org
) signed by a parent. Power Red male donors must be at least 130 pounds and 5 feet, 1 inch tall; female donors must be at least 150 pounds and 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
Power Red donors can give every 112 days. And as always, if you’re one of the lucky few who have type O-negative (only 6 percent of us are blessed with this rare treasure, which is the only blood type that anyone can receive, also known as the “universal blood type”) your blood is especially in high demand. All donors will receive a voucher for a burger from Carl’s
Jr. as well as be entered in a raffl e to win a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, donated by seven Valley Volkswagen dealers. Won’t you be our hero?
Whole blood donors are eligible to donate every 56 days; But get this, the actual donation only takes about 10 minutes. L
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District lied Editor: To the copied members of the District Governing Board, I’m writing as a long-time
Litchfi eld Park resident, stu- dent and sometimes teacher at Litchfi eld Elementary who, for my entire life have admired, valued and cherished the historic school structure that used to stand in our town center. I’m utterly disgusted by your shameless, thoughtless, and, explicitly in the case of Mr. Watt (and complicit for the rest of you who did not speak out in this matter), mendacious conduct on your path to stripping our town of its architectural and cultural history. For what it’s worth, I’ve read the thoughtless, form-like responses sent to people who have written to you trying to save the gym and tower. And I was given false information about its destruction when I called the district offi ce. You lied to me, and for what it’s worth, I will not forget it, and I will share that experience with others. Who were the engineers, architects and other reasonable
authorities consulted before you opted to tear down this rare piece of our town’s original history? Were you actually inclined to respond — don’t bother. There were none. This, at least is a matter of public record. Having been raised in what must have been a better era in Litchfi eld Park, I refrain from using language that fully illus- trates what you have done to our/ my hometown. But one thing is certain: You did it. Shame on you. Shame on all of you.
Matthew Cartsonis Litchfi eld Park
privilege is wrong Editor:
President Obama recently claimed “executive privilege” over documents being demanded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Commit- tee in the investigation into Fast and Furious. The commit- tee voted in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for noncompliance with the investigation. There has been outrage all week from House Democrats claiming this to be nothing but an election year stunt. They claim Holder has been compliant. They ask why there was no investigation into gunrunning operations under the Bush administration. Even political activist and race baiter
Al Sharpton weighed in on the action by pulling a card he has pulled all too often, sometimes outrageously so.
Both Republicans and Demo- crats alike are all too willing to stick up for their respective party members, regardless of facts. We see Democrats vehemently defending Holder today the same way Republicans would have for an Ashcroft, Gonzales, or Mukasey. Like most problems in Washington, partisan politics are taking the front seat here. Citizens must demand that elected offi cials stand with the Constitution on every issue, every time, regardless of party affi liation. Executive privi- lege, whether claimed by Bush, Obama, Romney, or Hillary, is an unconstitutional practice. It is completely at odds with the con- stitutional checks and balances put in place by the founders. When one uses this as the basis of his argument, no one, not even Reverend Al can call him out on it.
Mark C. Lilly Buckeye
teacher. My granddaughter, a fi fth grader, was enrolled at Country Place School, Tolleson
(See Letters on Page 7) I am a retired elementary
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