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Letters to the Editor: August 9, 2017

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Curious about school districts

Editor:

School taxes and bonds are the lion’s share of our ever-increasing property tax. Each election cycle, the school districts propose new bonds or overrides on current bonds. In a recent statement by our Goodyear mayor, she touted, while other small towns have only one school district, Goodyear is served by six school districts. No wonder our school taxes keep going up. I would like to know why Goodyear has six school districts?

Rich Kane

Goodyear

Honored for service

Editor:

I had a pleasant and emotional experience recently while dining at a well-known restaurant in Goodyear recently with my wife. I was wearing my U.S. Navy ball cap that evening and we ordered our dinner and drinks and sat down to a nice meal. When it was time to pay the bill, I handed my waiter my credit card and he informed me that someone had picked up my tab and to thank me for my service. I asked who it was and he said the person wanted to remain anonymous.

I told him to tell the person that it wasn’t necessary for them to have done that. A “thank you” would have sufficed but I appreciated their kindness and recognition. If they are reading this letter, I want to thank them again. When I am having my coffee at McDonald’s, I often have people—young and old—come over to me and shake my hand. Boy, it is a change from 50 years ago, but certainly it’s a change for the better. When you see a veteran, thank him or her.

Hugh Bonnar

Buckeye

Agrees with Trump

Editor:

The recent order from President Trump to exclude transgenders from the military was met with relief from military leaders and hostility from the left. Shouldn’t anybody who wants to serve our country be allowed to? Actually, no. Indeed, the military has many restrictions on who can serve in the military. Anyone with preexisting physical or mental conditions, like heart conditions, ulcers, agoraphobia, anorexia or suicidal tendencies to name a few, cannot.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former psychiatric-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, referred to transgenderism or gender dysphoria as a mental disorder. In a June 2015 Wall Street Journal article, he goes on to say that sex change is biologically impossible. Gender identity does not trump biology. He states that like anorexia, transgenderism produces a distorted view of one’s body that requires psychiatric intervention. In addition, the suicide rate among transgenders is 20 times higher than average producing a national suicide rate of 41 percent. This factor alone should disqualify transgenders from serving.

In addition to their serious mental disorder, transgenders serving in the military would burden it with privacy issues, expensive hormonal treatments, sex-reassignment surgeries and various related protocols that would diminish the combat readiness and fighting capability of our armed services.  

President Trump was right to overturn President Obama’s reckless social engineering of our military at the expense of our national security. Serving in the military is not a right but a privilege to those who qualify.

Igor Shpudejko

Goodyear

Letters should be local

Editor:

The front page banner of the West Valley View proudly proclaims it to be “The voice of the West Valley for 32 years.”

With that statement in mind, I agree completely with the letter in the July 26 edition that stated the need to “rein in” letters to the editor. I don’t see stories about national politics in the West Valley View and I don’t expect to. Yet week after week, multiple letters to the editor are focused on national issues, attacking from both sides. Debates rage on between a few constant contributors that, while amusing to some, probably have more of us skimming the first few words or looking at the writer’s name and then quickly turning the page.

The new owners should add more West Valley news. You should share information from city council meetings, planning and zoning meetings and from our local police and fire departments. Talk to our West Valley chambers of commerce. Report on how legislation at the state level is affecting us out here, west of the State Capitol. And, please, stop publishing letters that don’t have a specific tie to the communities you serve.

Kenneth Judd

Buckeye

Appreciates help from neighbors

Editor:

Make no mistake, community is alive and well in the West Valley.

My husband and I have lived in the Rancho Santa Fe Community for more than 21 years. During the most recent monsoon, our large tree in our front yard was uprooted and blown over into the street. No sooner had my husband and I started the clean up when five neighbors showed up with their own tools to help us. Instead of a job taking all night, it only took four hours. Thank you neighbors and friends!

Rhonda Hancock

Avondale

Residents fearful of police

Editor:

I read with horror of the death of the suicidal Avondale man last week and the unarmed woman in Milwaukee who called 9-1-1 for help and instead was shot and killed by the police. Every day there are stories just like these across our nation and it is terrifying. I understand that police have much to fear in this time of guns proliferating throughout the land without background checks and with little or no training. Some don’t understand that the more guns that are out there, the less safe we are. Studies have shown that to be true. We are now in a situation where people are afraid to call their police, and the police are afraid for their lives. There has to be something that we can do to protect those who need to call for their help. The more guns that are on the street, the more deaths we see.

Eileen Fein

Goodyear

 
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Gordon,

I called Publisher Strickbine's office and told the woman

at the desk to tell the owner it would be nice to see the

Subject Box back in place.

I won't ask again.  Clearly its not coming back.

Vickie

Dear Gordon,

First Newspaper , that calls it's self a Newspaper that I have ever

seen without and Editorial page.

I've seen in my life time were the whole reason for the  Newpaper's

existence was the power of the Editorial Page, to get people elected,

and in general run the town. I have written for such publications in

California .  Makes for a lot of excitment.

Of course the paper can loss advertisers with an editorial.

I suspect the elimination of the Subject Box is so we Commenters

don't look like and Editorial Page.

WVV view is throwing us a crumb.  I'd except it.

Vickie 

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E-Mail.  I would not have given a TADA without earning it!

Gordon Posner's picture

Dear Steve:

   Did you take my advice and send them an e-mail, or did the Comments just reappear spontaneously?

P.S. - Now all we have to do is get them to restore the Subject line for Comments!

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