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Letters to the Editor: April 5, 2017
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00am
Glendale is the problem
I agree with with all the articles about the coyotes, that they need to put a winning team on the ice. But the problem is Glendale. Remember, they promised the first super bowl committee that if they were awarded the game they would build new hotels and restaurants at Westgate. So what happen, nothing was built when we got the second Super Bowl. That’s why the NFL gave Phoenix all of the activities for the game. The only thing that was built in the area recently was the American Furniture Warehouse, boy that is going to bring tourist to the area. Glendale has lied and cheated their residents. So hope you enjoy paying for an empty area for the next 17 years.
Astonished by judgmental letter
I have to admit, I was nothing short of astonished by Susan Hewit’s comments about, “Handicap Parking spaces”. Her innate ability to discern the pain of another person is amazing. One must ask why the medical profession relies on a pain scale determined by the patient. MRI’s, XRAY’s and CATSCAN’s all fail to accurately measure the pain, yet she has a mystical ability to visualize that pain one is suffering and the need for a, “Handicap Pacard”.
I admit when I was a young harried working mom I would get a bit peeved when I saw what I perceived a healthy individual exit a vehicle in one of those spaces. However, after much thought and consideration as well as the experience of ongoing pain and having been primary caregiver for my ninety-three year old mother-in-law, I recognized how one may need to return as quickly as possible to resume their duties as caregiver.
It is sad Susan has decided to sit in judgement of another’s pain or personal situation rather than find a more beneficial use of her time.
Opposed to GOP healthcare plan
out of pocket expenses will increase, people will not be able to afford healthcare, the working poor will be affected the most.
Not all illnesses are visible
It angers and frustrates me whenever I read an ignorant comment such as Susan Hewitt’s concerning disabled ‘frauds’. Just because someone isn’t using a cane or wheelchair doesn’t mean they aren’t disabled; they could suffer from an ‘invisible illness’. I have Multiple Sclerosis, one of the ‘but you look so good’ invisible diseases. I look ‘normal’ — I often have no limp and don’t use walking aids, but you can’t see the lesions on my brain or my nerves being eaten away. You can’t see that I have exhausting fatigue, vertigo, spasticity, seizures, and each step can be like stepping on razor blades. I wish I was ‘faking it’ just to get a closer parking spot — I would gladly park a mile away if it would cure me — but there is no cure for MS.
It took several years of my family prodding me before I asked my doctor for a disability placard. I didn’t want to see myself as ‘handicapped’ — it is embarrassing at times when I can’t keep up with my kids, get confused with directions, and have difficulty speaking when my brain and mouth don’t work together...but I still look like me. Another reason it took so long was because of people like Ms. Hewitt who are quick to pass judgment on someone because they don’t look “disabled enough”. I didn’t want to have to explain that my body is literally killing me from the inside and someday my disability will be obvious when I can no longer walk.
Don’t judge based on looks — and it is none of your business what disability that person is struggling with. Those of us with invisible disabilities have a joke: I don’t look disabled but you don’t look stupid, so I guess we are both wrong!
Sorry for misinterpreting
My apology to Roger Vallie for incorrectly interpreting his letter about president Obama (Dem.) — I am in agreement with him on that — thanks. Yes, my comment about Obama (Dem.) should have been directly to Mr. Azzarello. And I also agree with Mr. Vallie that the needless loss of just one life is a tragedy, much less 4400. However, the president (in this case Mr. Bush-Rep.) still made that decision based on the president’s military advisers (who are mostly lifers — excuse that expression). I still have to agree with Mr. Krupp though — get ready for a bad ride with Mr. Trump (Rep.) — I am sure he will have many more surprises for us. Again, accept my apology Roger for misreading your letter and for any derogatory remarks I may have made that were misdirected. We didn’t really have much of decent selection of presidential candidates to vote for this time. Oh well, maybe next time.
You can’t see all disabilities
This is in response to “Irritated by Frauds” in the March 15 edition.
I know how frustrating it is to see someone parked where they shouldn’t be. I don’t think that you grasp the full idea of handicapped parking. Did you know that in order to get a handicapped plate or tag, a doctor has to fill out a special form issued by the DMV attesting to a disability? There are other types of disabilities besides using a cane, walker, or wheelchair. Someone can have a severe heart problem. You cannot see that. There is emphysema. You cannot see that. The list can go on and on, but these are the top two reasons someone can have handicapped parking. Both of my parents had pacemakers. You couldn’t see the pacemakers. You wouldn’t know that they did.
Please don’t judge until you walk in their shoes.
So how are you feeling now?
President Trump, along with his friends in Congress, are trying mightily to take health insurance coverage away from 24 million American citizens, millions here in Arizona. He makes sure he gets away to his resort Mar-A-Lago nearly every weekend at a cost of millions every week. Meanwhile his entire family, including Melania, took off for a weekend of skiing in Aspen, Colorado along with a protection force of an estimated 100 Secret Service agents at an estimated cost of $30 million. Ivanka will have an office in the White House but not be an employee of the government and not subject to the federal ethics rules.
His “refreshing” budget will cut funds for education, meals for children and seniors, clean water, health research, protection of embassies, and infrastructure while adding billions to an already inflated military budget. Oh yes, guess who is paying for his hideous wall (hint it’s not Mexico). And should we mention the high probability that his campaign colluded with Russia during the election?
He has made a mess of relations with our friends- Australia, England, Germany and Mexico to name just a few. And now his sort of Secretary of State has chosen to go say hello to Russia rather than attend a NATO summit meanwhile refusing to travel with the press because he is “not that kind of person,” and not recognizing that the press is there for our benefit, not his (just like his boss).
The rest of his Cabinet is composed of people opposed to the agencies they supervise but space precludes me from going into details
Happy yet? Or just ignorantly blissful?
We are under siege?
Amalie Maccree, on 4/22/2017 you lamented the fact that Christians are marginalized in the Middle East and you said to: “Pray that the “Cair” group, Hamas or the Brotherhood group are all kept out of the White House”. I hate to tell you that the biggest brother of the Islamic hood occupied the White House for the past eight years. He proliferated our government institutions with enough Muslims to endanger us all, never mind just Christians. You haven’t forgotten Barak Hussein Obama, have you? I didn’t think so.
Language was offensive
I understand everyone has the right to their opinions, and that V. View does not do grammar or spelling edits. HOWEVER as the paper is delivered to every household, and kids are encouraged to read for civic involvement, I thought it inappropriate language in letter in 3/15/17 issue that Sean Spicer should “grow a pair quick” and that “woman has obviously got bigger balls than you …
They are gone now
Bulloks, May Co. and the Broadway, all department stores located in South Bay Ca.. My big escape if I had spent the morning cutting gum out of my hair and all the rest that goes with raising children.
It was the May Co. that had the Tea Room in the basement of the store. Serving, Chicken Crocketts , Chicken Ala King on Toast Points, Tomato Aspect, and Tuna Salad with little colored marshmallows . I avoided that one , I saw enough marshmallows had home.
This was the early 1960s. In an interview Bob Hope said his longevity was due to Tea Rooms he sought out wherever he found himself making movies .
I suppose when all the Department stores are gone the Food Court with all its noisy bad smells will still be there. You won’t find ladies with hats and gloves on setting in the food courts. Or chewing with their mouths open.
I do miss that Tea Room.
Why such a huge salary?
In the March 15,2017 edition of the View the story on Buckeye’s new city manager reports that he will have an annual compensation package of $220,000. To me that is shocking for a city of around 60,000 residents. According to the internet the governor of Arizona makes less than $100,000 per year. Is the city of Buckeye’s manager worth twice as much as the state’s governor? I don’t think so. Something’s wrong here. The mayor and council need to look a bit closer at this HUGE salary.
Sara Gilligan for Goodyear
In your 3/22 issue of West Valley View, specifically the City Council Election results, I found it interesting you said that “Sara Gilligan who will run against Brannon Hampton in a runoff could not be reached for comment by press deadline”. In the past when I would read that, I took it negatively thinking that the candidate could not be bothered. Now I know that is not true, at least in this case when the candidates were called only once and then 1 hour before press deadline!!!
I want to put in my two cents worth for Sara should she be elected: I appreciate that she will apply a fiscally conservative approach to decisions on the council and that she has the ability to be available since she is a “stay at home mom”. Of course there are more reasons than two to elect Sara, so let’s ELECT SARA GILLIGAN.
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