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Letters to the Editor: September 13, 2017

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More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat.

South Mountain Freeway connection


In 1988, the wife and I were looking at a home to buy. We looked at a beautiful home by RA (not Richmond American) in the area just north of the Indian reservation. I was troubled by the two-lane road for access to and from I-10. All the homes in that area backed up to the reservation.

We looked here in Avondale at Garden Lakes and found a home we liked so bought our home here in 1988.

Now due to the city of Phoenix and the state’s failure to plan, the cost has risen into the billion-dollar-plus area.

Dennis Chandler



Do the right thing


If you lived in Arizona in 1987, you might’ve seen a bumper sticker that read, “Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, Arizona has a Nightmare.”

Evan Mecham had been elected governor and the state of Arizona instantly gained worldwide notoriety for his buffoonery, racism and incompetence. Arizonans quickly came to regret Mecham’s election and mobilized to remove him from office by recall and impeachment. The recall effort failed because of legal technicalities, but the Arizona Legislature did the right thing in impeaching and convicting Mecham, therefore removing him from office.

Some Mormon legislators who voted to convict were punished by their constituents and were not re-elected when they ran for office. Mecham had his loyal base, the LDS church. These legislators showed courage in choosing the welfare of their state over party loyalty. They did the right thing.

By the way, Trump also has his loyal base. Sen. John McCain called them “wacko birds.”

The late Evan Mecham and Donald Trump share many similarities.

• Always attacking and blaming the press for his failures,

• Appointing unqualified/incompetent people to high-level positions,

• Being impulsive and erratic,

• Reversing the policies and abolishing the programs put in place by his predecessor.

One contrast that stands out, however, is that Mecham was a WWII hero, whereas Trump fought for all available deferments to avoid getting drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War.

When Trump gets impeached, I have to wonder if Jeff Flake will step up and vote to convict. Will he display courage and love for country over party politics? I don’t know. When Flake first ran for Congress in 2000, he pledged he would serve a maximum of two terms. He broke his promise and was re-elected six times to the House of Representatives prior to moving up to the U.S. Senate!

The electorate in this country is quickly coming to the realization that electing Trump to the presidency was a mistake. A mistake of epic proportions! The Mecham nightmare ended and we moved on. The Trump nightmare also will soon be behind us, but only if the legislators in Congress do the right thing.

Jorge Diaz B.



The Great Eclipse


How many of you readers got to see the Great Eclipse of August 21? There were some people who did not take the precaution of using those safety glasses when viewing the eclipse.

One ophthalmologist said on the local news there was going to be a spike in the number of cases of people coming to see her with eye problems. The problems range from blurry vision to loss of color vision to dark spots in range of vision to even complete blindness. She said the damage may be permanent because the part of the eye being damaged was the retina.

I also tuned into George Noory’s live radio program, Coast-to-Coast AM, on Saturday, August 12. On the radio program was the astrologer Susan Miller (her website is: www.

She says some people’s astrological charts will be affected positively by the solar eclipse. It could mean a financial windfall for some of us! Especially, for that lady in Massachusetts who won the $700 million in the Powerball.

I didn’t win anything, but it’s nice to dream. I’m dreaming of real estate investments, mutual funds, CDs, becoming an e-trader…

The next total eclipse will be in the seven years (I’ll be 69 then but I’ll look 45). After that, the next one is not until 2071. I wonder what kind of technology our young people will be using by then.

I heard scientists have now figured out how to reverse the aging process by studying the inherited form of progeria. That’s premature aging in children. They found that cellular structures called telomeres become shorter as we age. They found the RNA material can continue to produce longer telomeres, thus keeping a person young. This was something I wrote about a few months ago. Well, have a nice day and keep reading the West Valley View!

Laura Rivas



Back-to-school food


With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies and school food. Yes, school food!

More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama’s 2010 school lunch rules calling for whole grains, fat-free milk, and reduced salt content. The rules had an 86 percent approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools. Entering “vegan options in schools” in a search engine provides lots of useful resources.

Walter Vincent

Litchfield Park


Give our leaders credit


North Korea continues to threaten us, and yet the panic that was present in the 1950s or 1960s is not here today. I think that is because the United States has proven that we are the most prepared country in the world. We meet whatever is brought upon us quickly and professionally. Our U.S. military is the best in the world, not by accident but by extensive long-range planning. The superior F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet is the best equipment in the world, and it will help keep our country and its allies safe from whatever craziness North Korea may choose to employ.

Our leaders, on both sides of the aisle, deserve credit for continuing to support military programs such as this, because it helps many of us sleep at night.

Nicole Harris



Research candidates before election


I can answer Mr. Larry Carter’s question of why APS is getting an average $60 rate increase per customer. Read the article in the same West Valley View issue of “Commission OKs APS Rate Hike.” It cites millions spent to elect commissioners who promote APS increases for customers and a CEO who earns $50,000 a day.

The other blame not mentioned is the voting public who do not research candidates before they vote. If they had done a Google search on each of the candidates before voting they could have learned a lot about their history and who was contributing heavily to their campaign. It would have given an indication of who would protect taxpayers vs. those who do not.

Researching any and all candidates takes time, but consider that we must live with decisions they make. This goes for candidates in all levels of government.

Dorothy Morris



Blame the Democrats


As the pile-on against President Trump continues, most people forget who has caused many of the problems and conditions in our country. The Democrats who caused the war in Vietnam generally would not allow the South Vietnamese to survive even when a peace agreement was signed.

Democrats would not fund the South Vietnamese, which was part of the agreement.

Democrats are the white supremacists. They are the bigots, the haters, the anti-American, the agitators and the ones always looking for handouts.

You want to watch when the Dems talk or call others names. They are really talking about themselves or they just lie. I have worked with Democrats and Republicans, but today’s Dems are radicalized to cause anyone trouble if you just try to civilly discuss differences on current issues. It is time Americans stood their ground and told these paid agitators to get out of town. This is America and we are not going to give it away to radical Islam, or any other group that tries to destroy what has been bought and paid for.

President Trump is doing a great job. If you can provide help or can solve problems instead of adding more to the pile then what are you waiting for?

Richard Newcomer


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