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Letters to the Editor: August 12, 2014
Submitted by West Valley View on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:00am
Osterfeld for JP
All the personal endorsements of “He’s a Great Guy”, mean nothing if the person is not qualified for the position. Taking Community College courses to meet the minimum requirements for the position, is a dis- service to those who would stand before them in judgment. I would prefer to have a justice who actually knows how to apply the law, justly and fairly. Neither of Mr. Osterfeld’s opponents have a degree in law or the qualifications to sit the bench. Their qualifications are in business and are cut throat at best. They have to be to maintain the edge over their competition. I would prefer to stand before a judge who would actually treat me fairly and not look to the bottom dollar for justification of the position. It would be refreshing to see a person sit the bench, who is actually more knowledgeable than those who are litigating the case. Or to rely on someone else for a summary judgment because they cannot interpret the law or understand it.
In Maricopa County there are twenty six “Justices of the Peace” of which only three have a law degree. Those three each year, hold classes for the other twenty three, to teach them how to interpret the new rules and regulations that the State of Arizona enact. You would think that a position that pays over one hundred thousand dollars a year, that the person would be most knowledgeable in his or her craft.
I ask you in this upcoming election that common sense prevails, and to vote for the most qualified and knowledgeable candidate for Justice of the Peace. David Osterfeld.
Wrong on Immigration
Four years ago I supported SB1070. I supported the idea of us enforcing our own immigration laws and stopping all the harm that “illegals” were doing to our country. I bought into every conservative talking point about our jobs being taken, welfare being eaten up, etc. Yet as I began to question what policies created more freedom, I discovered how tragically wrong it all was. Immigrants don’t take our jobs because they present different skill sets than most Americans? Immigrant children are less likely to go onto welfare than native children? Immigrants are responsible for a full fourth of new businesses in the United States? Immigrants pay more in taxes than they take out in welfare benefits? Increasing “border security” (and all laws related to enforcement like SB1070) only compromised our freedoms instead of protecting them? How could I be so wrong? I mean all the data was there, study after study shows that less restrictive policies on immigration are good for the economy. That the more open our borders the more we, the United States, benefit. Yes, most of the aforementioned cases are true of both legal and illegal immigrants. Where did conservatives go wrong on this? When did they begin defying the laws of a free market? People must also be free to move across borders as well as goods and services. Yet I find myself baffled at the closed ears and closed minds. It is matters like this which left me with no choice but to abandon the GOP and the so called “conservative” movement. How could I stay true to something that only promotes freedom when it fits into a neat little box? When it fits my worldview? That isn’t freedom. Quite frankly, I don’t think conservatives know what freedom is anymore.
OK, I’ve completed my early mail-in primary ballot and I hope everyone else does so, or at least votes on August 26 — and of course in the general election. As you may have divined from previous letters I voted in the Democratic Primary. It was easy voting in the Democratic primary, choosing between a couple of good guys, and in Arizona, not really a lot of candidates. Not so in the Republican primary where they have to choose the lesser of multiple evils. But vote anyway.
I love the political cartoons you put at the top of Our Reader Viewpoints. They are always tasteful and funny.
I would also like to congratulate the West Valley View for putting Joey Escarcegia, age 10 and Breenan Macias age 14. I love the photo of the two boys on the front page. What an accomplishment for these two young men to be chosen to go to the Junior Golden Gloves Championship event in Oxnard, CA. Thank you West Valley View for covering it in the Firday, August 1 edition.
Future boxing champions!
Time to vote for Diane Landis
I am writing to express my support for Diane Landis, who is running in Legislative District 13 in AZ House as a Republican candidate. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Nogales, AZ and then graduated from ASU in Accounting and became a CPA. She then made the transition as a financial advisor and served clients for many years. She has deep roots here in Arizona and lived in Yuma. She and her husband live in Litchfield Park and have been in this community for 20 years. She has served faithfully on LP City Council and several non-profit local boards as well.
Her opponents, the M&M boys as they are known from their campaign signs, have slandered her by saying she is not pro-life and does not support the rights of Americans to carry and defend themselves by exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. This is not true. Diane is pro-life and does support law abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families, and their property. The way they have treated her, especially Darin Mitchell, is indicative of a desperate attempt by politicians trying to keep their jobs. Frankly, it’s disgusting and pathetic. It’s politics like this that keeps good people from wanting to serve their fellow citizens and throw their hat in the ring.
Diane Landis is a solutions minded problem solver who cares deeply about our community, our people, and our great state of Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer said it best, “Diane Landis... having lived in both rural and metropolitan Arizona, understands the needs of this very diverse district.” Enough said. Time to vote.
Consider Debra Undhjem
In the upcoming Litchfield Park City Council election I would like you to consider voting for Debra Undhjem.
Debra is in one word….a “doer.” She does so much for not only our community, but the entire West Valley as well. . If you want something done, you want Debra on your team.
Take a look at her resume and see how she puts together a plan, and then implements it in a Big Way. Some of her feats include, but are not limited to, Chairman of the 1st Tin Man Awards, Founder and Director of the IMS Marathon, past School Board member, President of the Litchfield Park Rotary and so much more.
Litchfield Park is in the beginning stages of moving forward and carefully planning the next level of development. With Debra’s experience in event planning, I think she would provide a lot of skill in helping with this process
Let’s move the city forward and keep the team intact by electing incumbents Tim Blake and Vice Mayor Paul Faith and newcomer Debra Undhjem. How lucky we are that these talented citizens come forth to offer their skills and expertise in managing our awesome village.
Where is accountability?
It seems there is no time clock or method of accountability for employees in ity Hall. Employees stroll in several minutes late, take several long breaks and extended lunches,often to go shopping. There is a race to see who can vacate the building before actual quitting time.
New employees are being hired, with assistants now having assistants.
Nepotism is a certain way to get hired, not necessarily qualifications.
Is there waste, redundancy? We all are cutting back and watching our pennies, but not government on any level.
Will Hickmans cause flooding?
Hickman’s claims they’ll create jobs with their egg factory (42% would be prison labor at $3+ per hour), but if the factory goes in, there’ll be a net jobs loss since most Tonopah businesses will be ruined. Hickmans also claimed falsely, as usual, they’d create construction jobs. Virtually ALL trucks on their industrial site have out of state plates.
Hickmans claims they’re a ‘Family’ farm; in fact, Hickmans have put other family farms out of business because other egg producers don’t choose to grind up all male hatchlings, mutilate all hen chicks without anesthesia, torture them for two years where they urinate and defecate on each other 24/7, then grind them up when egg productions declines. ‘Family farming’?????
Hickmans propose 28 buildings, over 600 feet long, and one dozen other ancillary industrial buildings (in a residential zoning area), creating 29 acres of roofing that will repel rain, instead of it soaking into the ground. They’ll pave several acres, all without regard to the downstream flooding it will cause. Unlike all other homes or businesses where it’s required, Hickmans won’t create retention areas to keep water on their property. All that water will flow away onto properties to the south, creating flooding, which Hickmans obviously don’t care about. Is that being a good neighbor?
Want a good laugh? Clint Hickman’s statement, available on the Board Of Supervisor’s web site, states he will be a ‘true taxpayer’s friend’. With friends like that, who needs enemies? In his acceptance speech, Hickman said he would preserve the quality of life of west valley residents. Preserve the quality of life? By bringing in 12 million chickens and all the chicken chit and heavy truck traffic they’d create? What are we missing here?
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