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Letters to the Editor: November 1, 2013
Submitted by West Valley View on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 12:00am
We are a Republic
Mr. Azzarello: Thanks for your October 18th letter where you mentioned our nation was founded as a REPUBLIC. For some reason, Progressive leaders keep insisting we are a Democracy.
“But I’m also the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.” — President Obama 9/10/13 whitehouse.gov
“Because we understand that this democracy is ours.” — President Obama 9/6/12 DNC Speech
“And after we won our independence, it was activists who helped establish our democracy.” — Hillary Clinton 7/3/10 state.gov
“We must uphold our Founders’ vision of a democracy” — Nancy Pelosi — 5/17/13 democratleader.gov
Our founders were smart and knew that a system where mob rules (a democracy) is bad for our country.
“Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” — John Adams
“...there cannot be found a single instance of any Nation’s enjoying Peace, Liberty, and safety, under a Democracy” — Ben Franklin
Federalists supported the Constitution and anti-Federalists opposed it. Anti-Federalist claimed the territory of the 13 states was too extensive for a representative government.
James Madison insisted that the vastness of the country would itself be a strong argument in favor of a republic. He wrote, “ Extend the size of the republic, and the country would be less vulnerable to separate factions within it.”
Just after the signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman’s inquiry as to the type of government the Founders created, Benjamin Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Why do our Progressive leaders keep insisting we are a Democracy? Are they trying to resurrect the anti-Federalist party?
Thanks to Gordon Posner, whose comments and questions helped me fine-tune this.
Good schools raise home values
In response to Mr. Kouris’s letter of October 22: an independent political committee (Continue the Quality) is responsible for the mail piece he received. CTQ is entirely funded by members of the community who contribute their own money to help us inform voters there is an election and to ask them to vote “Yes.” No tax dollars whatsoever are spent on the campaign.
Sadly, an organized campaign is essential to success these days because many voters do not seem to understand how our public schools are funded: even those who have lived in Arizona for 12 years.
School funding in Arizona is complex; unfortunately, all most voters see is the part that allows local schools to raise funds directly from their local communities. For decades, this was limited to 10% of the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) portion of the funds allocated by the Arizona Legislature. When the state cut overall public school funding by 22% between 2008-2012, they allowed schools to increase that to 15%, with voter approval.
The reason you see these elections so often is because the Arizona Legislature also requires schools to go back to voters every 4-5 years and ask, again and again and again, for exactly the same funds. For instance, Litchfield ESD is just asking to renew funding that was last approved in 2008. A “Yes” vote for LESD will not change your taxes.
Bond elections are essential because despite old agreements that the state would fund all school construction projects, the state eliminated all funding for new schools or repairs for old schools more than 5 years ago.
Quality schools help attract new growth and enhance property values. If you care about living in a vibrant and highly desired part of town, support the schools that make this type of community possible.
Unacceptable is right!
I just finished listening to Obama’s Rose Garden speech on his personal propaganda department, NBC News. As usual the president was surrounded by smiling Americans who applaud at his every statement. Sort of like rats following the Pied Piper over the pier into the murky waters below that will devour them. I think I just described this long winded, self centered Presidents health care policy in a nut shell.
That is, if the rest of the Obamacare system runs like the website which the president just described as unacceptable. What he failed to mention was that this FAILED website has already cost the American taxpayer 400 million dollars. Imagine that. If thats any indication of what’s to come, we better get ready for a real train wreck. But hold on, the story gets better.
Now we find out that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathlenn Sebelius, who was in charge of implementing this website into use, refuses to testify at a congressional hearing to explain the problems Americans are encountering trying to access this website and how this 400 million dollars was SQUANDERED. I know, lets change the name from WEB-site to DEBT-site!!!
I urge all Americans to BOYCOTT Obamacare until every American citizen has a chance to vote on its passage just like a presidential election. Instead of having it forced down our throats by an American congress which all Americans agree is DYSFUNCTIONAL at best.
In closing did anyone notice Mr Obama’s nose growing during his press conference like PINOCCHIO’S.
There is a difference
Is there a difference? …
Media chatter is all about Hillary Clinton’s “first campaign appearances,” — starting with her speech in support of Terry McAuliff this past weekend.
I listened to that speech, and took away from it something larger and more important than just passion for someone seeking high office. In praise of Mr. McAuliff, there was the to-be-expected talk of his political background, his education and competence, etc. But prominent in either Clinton’s direct words, or simply impressions given as she talked about the the man personally, were traits such as humility, generosity of spirit, empathy for the less fortunate, and more. In contrast, supporters of Republican candidates seem mostly to tout their backgrounds fighting for lower taxes and smaller government. Basic concern for humankind? Not so much.
Yes, Virginia, There IS a difference.
Obama’s faulty foreign policy
Obama has angered Germany, UK, France, the European Union, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Mexico but he makes nice with Iran, Syria, and Russia. What does that tell us about his foreign policy? It is upside down. Joe Biden must be giving him advice.
Vote ‘no’ on overrides
Please vote “NO” on school overrides!
The shiny signs and brochures asking us to approve school overrides are on display again.
The same tired half truths are paraded by the same tax and spend liberal forces.
We are warned again of dire consequences if we don’t continue to approve over spending by local schools.
We are told “Our taxes will not be increased by approving the overrides.”
I urge all of us to look at just a few things:
1. Over 70% of our property taxes already go to the schools. Enough is never enough for the proponents of these taxes.
2. The schools have had the funds to build several new, multi-million dollar, gymnasiums in the West Valley. Why was this money not spent on avoiding the “dire consequences” rather than unnecessary infrastructure?
3. Overrides are meant to be used as an emergency mechanism to provide extra funding for a limited period of time. That’s why they are called “overrides.” They expire for a reason.
4. Our schools have become “addicted” to the extra money provided by the overrides.
5. Our property taxes will “DECREASE” if we vote down these over rides. Call your mayor and verify the truth of this statement.
Please vote No! You deserve to choose where your hard earned money is spent.
James P. Mayfield
Sen. Ted Cruz is a liar
The recent government shutdown put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) in the spotlight. He seemed to welcome the publicity even though it exposed him as a dangerous fool at best and a self-serving anarchist at worst. Case in point: his attacks on the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare”.
A check of sites such as Politifact and FactCheck shows 25 Cruz statements researched. He is rated True/Mostly True on 4, Half True on 4, and False/Mostly False on 17. That suggests he lies or distorts the truth about 75% of the time. Some examples: (1) Congress was given an exemption from the ACA = False. (2) Obamacare will cost nearly twice what was expected = False. (3) Health care premiums are going up for virtually everyone = False. (4) More people are being put on part-time work status because of the ACA = False. (5) 15,000 UPS workers’ spouses will be without health insurance due to Obamacare = False.
Sen. Cruz does not speak for “the American people” who are concerned with federal spending. In fact, the shutdown he wanted cost American taxpayers $24 billion. The CBO anticipates future Medicare/Medicaid costs to be lower under the ACA than the current structure. The deficit has gone down the last two years and the stock market has gone way up. No, Cruz represents far-right zealots who oppose government in general, and he is the front man for wealthy investors who are making millions off our expensive and inefficient health care system.
I went on HealthCare.gov easily last night. A plan that cost my wife and me $1,100 eight years ago now costs $560. And Arizona has 119 plans offered by many private insurance companies. None are “government plans”. Cruz is wrong again.
Litchfield will be overcrowded
I would like to enlighten individuals such as Bob Musselwhite whose editorial letter appeared in October 25th’s View regarding Litchfield Park’s development. The people of Litchfield Park need to understand that the land around Litchfield’s “downtown,” including the area around the city hall, is not owned by the city. Most is owned by the previous owner of the Wigwam. There is a small area that is owned by a Phoenix politician. That dirt is privately owned and cannot be developed unless the city purchases it, or a company, like JDM, which currently owns the Wigwam, steps in and buys it. Neither option is likely.
When the words “developing Litchfield” are used, it is in reference to two main areas: the Blue/Patriot golf course and the land located on the northwest corner of Litchfield Road and Wigwam extending north toward the Red/Heritage course. JDM’s plan is to add an additional 300-400 rooms to the Wigwam. The driving range will be moved and the lake on the course will be eliminated so “residential units” can be built.
The corner of Litchfield and Wigwam is planned for retail businesses. The walkway that is nearing completion under Litchfield Road was built to accommodate people wishing to frequent those future shops. The land north of Village Parkway is to be developed as high density housing, 600 units. That is 600 apartments, condos, townhouses, with some single family homes along the edge of the Red/Heritage course.
Residents of Litchfield Park, “developing” Litchfield is not simply adding a few new restaurants across the street from the Wigwam. It means astronomical traffic compared to now. It means our school system will be overcrowded and underfunded. Litchfield, will become an extremely crowded city with a large number of nonresidents. Do you want that?
We welcome development
In response to a previous editorial letter, I want to voice my family’s opinion regarding the planned development by JDM Partners at Wigwam and Litchfield.
As residents of Litchfield Park for 10 years, and soon-to-be residents of The Village at Litchfield Park, we are looking forward to a place to be proud of, a place we’re excited to show our guests when they visit from out of town, or from across the valley. We don’t want to be considered the people on the “West Side,” as if it was a negative thing. If we can put Litchfield Park on the map with an attractive and appealing development similar to Kierland Commons, we say, “Start digging now!”
Naturally, LP can still be the “urban oasis” with green parks and friendly neighbors, but now with an identity and a place to go with things to do. Our children would love a yogurt shop, market, and/or restaurant to ride our bikes to as a family for a pleasant afternoon or evening together, right in our own backyard…not down by I-10, or up in Arrowhead, or waiting forever for Estrella Falls on McDowell.
As for the re-development of the Wigwam, I’ve never heard anyone say they were not impressed. JDM Partners has taken every effort to preserve and beautify the history with hundreds of historic photos throughout the resort and even redesigning the lobby entrance to be more like it was originally. I give them kudos for a job well done; and my family can’t wait until the developers (whom I know to have the highest integrity, not only from personal experience, but from their track record) can start building. Clear the hurdles and let them get shovels in the ground today!
Vote in Marilyn Vollmer
Please take the time to write in Marilyn Vollmer on the Sundance Residential Board voting ballot. Marilyn has done a great job in the past as a board member. Volunteers like Marilyn that attend all the meetings and have an interest in the community are hard to find.
On judicial review
My, so much “conservative” nonsense to deal with. But we’re limited to one letter every week (or so), and a mere 300 words, so let’s start with the most important. Various writers have denounced the idea that Supreme Court decisions, and interpretations of the Law, are binding. What they are denying is a very basic concept of our system of government, and Constitution, known as Judicial Review.
This concept wasn’t dreamed up by the courts. It was expected and endorsed by both supporters and opponents of the Constitution. In the Federalist Papers (a statement of the “original intent” of the Founders) Alexander Hamilton (no flaming “progressive”) said it was necessary to guarantee a limited government:
“Limitations of this kind can be preserved in practice no other way than through . . . the courts of justice; whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the . . . constitution void. Without this, all . . . rights or privileges would amount to nothing.
The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges as, a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning . . . .” (Number 78, emphasis added.)
The courts, not the Congress, not the President (and certainly not people writing letters to the editor) decide the question of what is or is not constitutional. There could be no clearer expression of the “original intent” for judges to have such power.
There is much more I could add, but lack of space here requires I provide it in an on-line Comment accompanying this letter. But, for anyone who doesn’t want to wallow in ignorance, Federalist Paper Number 78 is a start.
Gordon P.R. Posner
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