Letters to the Editor - September 21, 2016

Editor’s note: The West Valley View will not run any Letters to the Editor criticizing candidates in the Nov. 2 issue because it is the last issue before the general election on Nov. 8 and candidates would not have a chance to defend themselves.

 

Forked tongue

Editor:

if you never knew what a Republican is made of, all you had .To do was look at the trip Donald Trump took to Mexico. He talked nice. And was on his best behavior. If thats possible. And then when he came back to the good ole USA, he trashed the president of Mexico. Thats the trade mark of a bully. When thier confronted, they turn to mush.

This man not only lyies to the American people, he lyies to the Mexican people.

Him speak with forked tongue. Thats what the Indians in the old west used to say about a white man who lied about everything. Can’t you Republicans do any thing right?

You screwed up the polling web sites this time, plus you Republians lost a big bag with ballots.

I do believe your getting better tho, only 1 bag lost this time. You Republicans are so easy to make fun of, you keep me in stiches, keep it up.

Alfred Molina
Tonopah

 

Went so far wrong

Editor:

The Presidential election this year could not offer a more clear choice between two very different people, with two distinctly different philosophies. Donald Trump wants to restore America’s greatness, while Hillary Clinton is content to follow her Progressive vision and let us slide into oblivion.

Trump wants to rebuild our military, which has been neglected and downgraded by the Obama administration. He is concerned about all the illegal immigration along with illegal drugs which are pouring across our Southern border. We need to be strong militarily because Obama’s policies have left a power vacuum on the world stage,which has jeopardized our security. Trump also knows that if a nation does not control its borders, that nation will eventually cease to exist. Personally I believe we owe it to posterity to make our nation the best it can be. Trump’s plan will work !

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is talking about free college for everyone. She is concerned about a $15 minimum wage and breaking up Wall Street and the free enterprise system, which has made us a great economic powerhouse . The thing Clinton fails to realize is that without a strong military and without controlling our borders, her utopian dreams will never happen. Oh did I mention her obsession with the bogus issue of climate change ?

Trump is living in the real world. Clinton continues to be concerned with her fantasy world of political correctness, where she is perusing her Progressive utopia. To think that Hillary grew up in the affluent Northwest Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, was a member of the United Methodist church, and was a former Goldwater girl. How the hell could somebody with all those advantages have gone so far wrong ?

Roy Azzarello
Goodyear

 

Charitable hypocrisy

Editor:

Okay, so let me get this straight... Hillary Clinton had meetings with several high profile individuals while she was Secretary of State. Those individuals also donated to the Clinton Foundation. There’s no evidence that they received anything in exchange — aside from feeling better about themselves. The Clinton Foundation is a 5 star rated charity. A higher percentage of it’s contributions go toward the causes it supports than about 95% of other public charities. The Clinton’s don’t even take a salary. Yet Clinton has been hounded by the Press. They say she has to explain herself, it looks bad, maybe the foundation should be shut down. On the other hand, we have Trump. His for profit university was being investigated by the State Attorney Generals of Texas and Florida. In 2013 his Trump Foundation illegally made large contributions to the campaigns of both; then the investigations were dropped. Trump was recently fined by the IRS. Apparently, you can’t make tax deductible campaign donations through your nonprofit foundation. Here’s my question — who’s asking for his foundation to be shut down? Why is HE still allowed to call HER crooked? Talk about hypocrisy.

Karla Thompson
Avondale

 

Drownings are preventable

Editor:

I raised many small children around pools, above ground and in ground. Please write about this subject, because you are a better writer than I. Go to a store that sales sporting goods. Buy a small swim vest that zips . Put it on the child backwards and zip it up. The child can not remove it. When the child is in the pool, they will bob to the top, head up. The child’s head will always be out of the water. In case of distraction. The child remains safe. Buy larger sizes until the child can. Swim. I can not listen to another story about a child drowning!

Jean Levandowski

Litchfield Park

 

Respecting international law

Editor:

Dr. Jill Stein is the only presidential candidate of the four top contenders who knows AND respects world geography. Her running mate, Prof. Ajamu Baraka also is seasoned in international affairs. They both know what Aleppo is, how that city has suffered intensely throughout Syria’s civil war, and the Jill Stein for President team issued a press release related to this topic on July 21, 2016.

On July 22, 2016 Counterpunch.org published an article written by Jill Stein that included the following; “In my platform, I call for a new approach to foreign policy based on human rights and international law. We must lead by example by respecting human life and national sovereignty, just as we would like ours to be respected.”

On that note, the Green Party Presidential candidate and running mate joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (upon their invitation) and more than 1,000 Native Americans representing at least 100 tribes on Tuesday at the site of this past weekend’s mass protest of the destruction of sacred land by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Stein tweeted Wednesday, “The Dakota Access Pipeline is vandalism on steroids.”

The earth is our mother, and we must teach our children to respect her. Water is life, and we must think generations beyond our own as we plan for the future. Voters have more than one choice (“the lesser of two evils”) this November for POTUS. In a recent USA TODAY and Suffolk University poll, 76% of likely voters polled believe a third-party candidate should be included in the debates if they are certified by a majority of state ballots. Let’s demand that Jill (as well as Gary) be allowed to debate Hillary and Donald. Jill is looking out for people, planet and peace over profits. #It’sinourhands.

Celeste M. Castorena
Phoenix

 

Correlations revealed

Editor:

Some correlations between the Obama and possible Hillary administrations: Matthew 23:1-12 — Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples: “The scribes and Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses...do not follow their example. For they preach, but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and they lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen...They love places of honor...greetings in marketplaces, and salutations.... You have but one teacher, and you all are brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not call one a master, you have but one Master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

A correlation between scripture and those who voted for Obama and plan on voting for Hillary: Matthew 13:13 — “...they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand...”

Susan Hewitt
Goodyear

 

Guess I’m deplorable

Editor:

Since I believe in a small honest & uncorrupted federal government and personal responsibility, I guess “Her Self-Over-Esteemed” Hillary must include me in her “basket of Deplorables,” as I am a “not ever Hillary” voter based on her proven history of lies and corruption over at least 30 years on the taxpayers dole, whereas there is hope that Trump, with a proven history of successful business savoy in America and internationally, will take this nation in a better direction. Trump is a strong leader who advocates enforcing existing laws and making America great again for every citizen. Also, he will change policies under Obama which has turned America much further into debt and into a weak and disrespected nation. Hillary probably also considers me to be unpatriotic, even though I honorably served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, because I still feel proud and privileged to stand for our flag and national anthem.

Roy Sharp
Goodyear

 

Jobs aren’t coming back

Editor:

The part of your analogy in your August 31st editorial, that the American consumers buying habits are the force behind the exodus of manufacturing jobs to overseas locations is misguided.

Manufacturing jobs started leaving this country back in the Seventies not because American consumers were obsessed with buying cheap but because trade barriers were eliminated opening up foreign markets for American manufacturers in exchange for building factories overseas. As this business practice became more popular and entrenched, overseas manufacturers became the preferred source of products for our markets here. Remaining domestic manufactures where forced to close or to merge with competitors. This consolidation not only eliminated additional jobs, it reduced competition, directly benefiting those overseas manufacturers. The rise of big box retailers and on – line providers along with the consolidation of brick and mortar retailers has minimized competition at the retail level. The minimization of competition in the supply chain allows the suppliers to control the products they provide to the marketplace, neutralizing the customer as the driving force. So are we obsessed with cheap or are we settling for cheap so that corporations may profit? Cheap is not necessarily low cost, advantage to the supply side guys. They have sold us a bill of goods that leaves us with very few choices. Unfortunately, those choices amount to different color logos on the front of their stores.

For the last forty years this country has had consistent monthly trade deficits. Do you need any more proof of our complete dependence on overseas manufacturing? We are in a stranglehold that threatens more than just good paying jobs in this country. Maybe the consumer can still impact the situation but it is going to take a lot more than you, me and our neighbors changing our buying habits.

Jim Ely
Goodyear

 

Is Hines after Limbaugh’s job?

Editor:

Rumor has it that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and maybe Bill O’Reily will soon be retiring. After reading your editorial of Wednesday, September 14th, Biden wouldn’t call Americans deplorable, I have concluded that Cary Hines your managing editor, is auditioning for their jobs.

Yes, I know that editorials, like letters to the editor, are opinions. Cary’s editorial, however, is saturated with half truths and statements prefixed with “I can only imagine”. Personally, I believe Hillary will make an excellent President and that Cary Hines will make an excellent replacement for Rush Limbaugh. The West Valley View will be viewed as a partner to Fox news and the “far right “as long as Cary Hines remains managing editor.

I wish Cary good luck in finding a more suitable position and encourage the West Valley View publisher to help expedite her departure.

Jorge Diaz B.

Tolleson

 

Central poorly redesigned

Editor:

Being in the vicinity of Central in Avondale almost daily for the past 6 months has been a lesson in horrific engineering. The road has recently undergone a complete renovation. While I fully understand having totally separate bike lanes, and the left turn lane in the center, to do this they took a 4 lane road down to 2? More importantly, I wish to know the name of the incompetent engineer that thought putting bushes between the bike lanes and the road right up the the openings to side roads and parking lots was a good idea. There have been many accidents already caused by near total lack of sight-lines upon trying to enter from side roads or parking lots. Unless you drive a mega-lifted truck or a tractor trailer, you have no idea what is coming from either side. I will heretofore apologize in advance for my anger but my niece was almost killed in a similar circumstance in Phoenix and will live a lifetime of severe pain, and I see the same situation happening here for some other unfortunate person.. Did anyone employed in Avondale’s roads department think to mention this to their higher-ups? It is so mind-numbingly stupid sometimes I can’t believe they actually did it.

Please pull out the bushes before you get your butts sued bigtime, and somebody dies.

Frank Cardinali
Goodyear

 

Vote yes on Pendergast bond

Editor:

District bonds work a lot like home loans or corporate bonds. The basic purpose is to allow the borrower to spend money right away and then pay it back over time. Bonds are usually used to fund capital improvement projects for repairs and maintenance of facilities.

In Pendergast District, a needs assessment was conducted to determine the priorities of the district and the impact of the loss of more than $8 million in revenue caused by State budget reductions.

As a former principal and a resident of Pendergast District, I know how the value of good schools helps maintain my property values. Our YES for Pendergast Schools Committee has worked to bring the facts to people about how the Bond funds would be used. The proposed 2016 Bond will continue the provision of $59,950,000 at no tax increase to homeowners and addresses four areas:

1. New construction projects to address increases in student enrollment, including new classroom additions to Amberlea, Pendergast and Sunset Ridge Elementary Schools.

2. Improvements to the learning environment at every school site. The bond will address three primary areas to help create a 21st century technology system.

3. Safety and security upgrades and maintenance, repair, replacements, and refurbishing of schools and district facilities.

4. Replacement of aging buses and transportation vehicles.

To find out more about the Bond Election, the public is invited to two presentations to deliver information and to give the public the opportunity to ask questions.

September 21, 5-6 pm - Westwind School – 9040 West Campbell

October 5, 5-6 pm - Garden Lakes School – 10825 West Garden Lakes Parkway

Pendergast District takes prides in its financial transparency and accountability to our community. It deserves our support. PLEASE join me in voting YES on the upcoming November 8, 2016 Pendergast Bond Election.

Johnny Chavez
Phoenix

 

What kind of future do we want?

Editor:

Here we are less than two months’ away from the 2016 Presidential Election: although I’m not too thrilled with the choices we have for candidates — we have to decide what kind of future we want for us. And what kind of a future our children will have.

Back in 1992, I wrote to our Governor and gave him the idea to expand AHCCCS, to include low-income workers who do not have Health Insurance. The income limit to qualify for AHCCCS is now $1200.00 a month.

Another letter I sent to the Governors’ office, was to bring a vocational school to Buckeye. The Estrella Mountain Community College now has a Satellite campus in Buckeye. My idea of a vocational school is to provide job training to people on welfare, to get job skills, so that they get off of welfare and become self-sufficient, productive individuals. They have computer classes and so does the Buckeye Library.

We also need to reach out to help individuals (through Project Literacy) to learn to read and write. How will they be able to use the Internet if they can’t read?

According to our States’ Treasurer, Jeff De Witt, we have a surplus of $3 Billion Dollars in Our States’ Budget (due to the record of tax returns filed this year.) Was Prop. 123 necessary? No. We have enough money to fund our States’ Education. I believe we can reduce our States’ sales tax. To get out of our National Debt of $19 Trillion Dollars, stop using plastic money and pay down your credit card debt. We need to reduce corporate tax (to 10%) and have a Wage Freeze. Manufacture quality goods like cars, smart phones below our competitors’ price. Made in the U.S.A. How about a National Health Insurance funded by tax Dollars? And Affordable?

Laura Rivas
Buckeye

 

Why you must vote for Trump

Editor:

I recently received a request for money from the Republican Party telling me all the great things they’re planning to do after the presidential election. It made me ask the question: What have you done for the American people up to now? The voters gave you a majority in the House and Senate and you have done nothing with it.

You have become very successful at becoming political drones adept at lining your pockets with syndicated money and campaign contribution. And now you want me to contribute to your cause. You might feel that I am a fool, but I’m not stupid! Because of your lack of leadership and obsession to protect your own self-interest, America has become week and is on the verge of going bankrupt. We are becoming a nation of victims being invaded by illegals and special rights groups where it is becoming difficult to recognize the country we were born in. I’m sick of politicians and sick of the Democratic and Republican parties they belong to.

And, I want it fixed by electing for president a non-politician, Donald Trump. He is saying things that desperately need to be said and fixed, but no politician has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them too. He’s not a political drone using lobbyist money to fund his campaign. He is using his own money to finance most of his campaign.

Trump may not be much of a choice, but he is a heck of a lot better than Clinton, a lying, cheating Wall Street funded and controlled politician.

P.S. Thought for the day: No country can sustain perpetual incompetency of their elected officials. It’s up the great majority to stand up and find new leaders.

David Rye
Goodyear

 

Military chaplains under fire

 

Editor:

Recently, a mass grave of over fifteen thousand human remains was uncovered in Iraq. On inspection the lost souls were Yazidis, Christians, Muslims and Kurds, who refused Isis’ form of brotherly love. At the onset of Isis’ attacks on the Yazidis and Christians, a Yazidis spokesman was in Washington D.C. begging for help for her people and was turned away.

This shouldn’t surprise you at all! This president is in with the Atheist lobby Mike Weinstein and their goal is to spiritually disarm our Chaplains.

Anti-religious bigotry and tearing down of our moral values are twin pillars of the transformation. Obama is carrying out, rendering our military chaplains powerless to share their faith to needy soldiers without suffering persecution. The vital work of military chaplains may soon be a crime punishable by court martial and possible imprisonment. Any expression of faith is under attack. Pray for our country and let our votes resound this fall.

Analie Maccree
Goodyear

 

Happy atheist’ is wrong

Editor:

I saw this article yesterday from someone called “the happy atheist” that asked, “If faith can heal people, why do churches have handicap parking?” Here is your answer, if you dare read it.

But the the heart of the issue, you implying that since everyone who goes to church is not healed, then it’s all fake. I guess all the multitudes of people who have been healed are lying. You also asked, “Why don’t faith healers go to hospitals?” They do actually, and people are healed.

God is NOT our personal genie who obeys our commands. We don’t love Him because of what He does for us, we do so because of who He is. If, after the day of my salvation, Jesus never did another thing for me, He will have a ready done enough.

The Apostle Paul, who himself laid his hands on people and saw them healed, was denied healing himself. Why? God says, “My grace is sufficient for you” God sees the big picture, you do not. God sums it up beautifully when He says to Job, “Where were YOU when I laid the foundations of the earth?” You think that your limited, screen-shot of creation, wisdom is greater than the One who is eternal and holds the stars in the palm of His hand?

Some people do receive healing, while others do not. Many of the ancient prophets were killed and tortured, while others were delivered. Yet none of them ever stopped praising God. If you would just crawl out from behind your sheltered and insulated news; you would see that the sick are healed, the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, and the dead are raised on a daily basis!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Doug Sargent
Goodyear

 

Where were you then?

Editor:

I am astounded by all of the people incensed with football players not standing for the National Anthem. What a bunch of losers you are! Where were you when NFL players were beating the “crap” out of their wives and girlfriends?

Not standing for the Anthem is their Constitutional right. Beating a wife, or anyone for that matter, is illegal in all 50 states. Where was your outrage then? Where were all your letters demanding the NFL deal head on with this issue by sitting out of games, financial penalties, not to mention psychological counseling?

Maybe you all should take a moment and review your priorities, because they stink!

Sue Coady
Goodyear

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Are you absolutely sure someone said that F.U. NEVER said that? Or did they possibly say he is not known for saying that, or they don't recall him ever saying that?

When are you going to get around to watching the American version?

Patrick

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Dear Factles Wonder:

   There's so many ways you went wrong in your latest Letter that it would take too long to respond to them all.  So let me just address four examples.

   1) So Trump wants to "Make America Great Again"?  Don't you recognize empty rhetoric when you hear it?  Tell me, what politician ever ran for President (or any other office) promising to make their country minor or small?

   2) Do you really think all our illegal drugs (and immigrants) are "pouring across our Southern Border"?  For one thing, better look to our Northern Border.  You see, Canada is the leader in sending us people who overstay their visas, thereby becoming illegals!

http://www.latintimes.com/canadian-immigrants-lead-world-illegal-us-visa...

   Maybe it doesn't matter to you (or Lying Trump) since presumably these people are "good" Anglo-Saxons, and not Hispanics?  But since overstays (whether or not from Canada) account for 40% of the illegals, shouldn't you care?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323916304578404960101110032

   3) No, Hillary is not talking about "free college for everyone", just for those attending public colleges.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/college/

   I realize you don't like that idea either, but shouldn't you write the truth?

   Oh, and what's Lying Trump's proposal to deal with the massive problem of student debt?  Well, as with so much of his "positions" we'll just have to trust him, since he hasn't bothered with details yet.

Trump hasn’t released a detailed higher-education plan, noting only in broad terms that colleg students need help out of debt (but not government help to do so). He also opposes ideas to make public universities and community colleges tuition free.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/20/where-...

   (You do remember what happens when teenage boys tell their girlfriends to "trust me".  It usually doesn't end well.)

   4) She favors "breaking up Wall Street and the free enterprise system which has made us a great economic powerhouse"?  Make up your mind, are we already "great", or do we need to be made "great again"?

   And got any proof for that nonsense?  Yes, she may propose greater regulation of Wall Street, but after the disaster the "free enterprise system" created last decade, don't you think more regulation is in order?  (Before you answer, try reading or seeing The Big Short, and learn what actually caused The Great Recession.  Hint: it wasn't "liberal" or "Progressive" policies, or "too much" regulation!)

  5) "Trump is living in the real world"?  Which world is that?  The one where he's seen videos of "thousands of Muslims dancing in the streets of Jersey City celebrating 9/11", or the one where that never happened?  Is it the one where he congratulated Scotland on voting to leave the European Union, or the one where the Scots voted to stay?  Let me give you a hint, in each case it's the "latter world" the rest of us live in.  The one Lying Trump inhabits is the product of his ignorance and his deceit!

   Rather than retype it, here's a link to where I discussed his lie about the Muslims.

http://www.westvalleyview.com/comment/22673#comment-22673

   And here's one to a hilarious video featuring the Scottish reply to that "weapons grade plum"!

https://youtu.be/0nTrs-HuuUc

   Of course, none of this matters to you, since you don't care whether opinions are supported or refuted by the facts.  I shudder to think what will happen to our country with a President who operates the same way.  Hopefully, Lying Trump will lose, and we'll never find ou!

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Dear Patrick:

   Did you have to be so succinct in your reply? wink

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Dear Thomas:

   As is usually the case, your "explanation" makes even less sense than your original statement!

   First, the only "conspiracy theories" being floated here about Hillary's health were yours!  So why reference JFK in a "reply" to Patrick's Comment about trusting Hillary (and your use of the word pathological)?  It seems that an inability to think or write clearly and consistently is your pathology!

   Second, there are far more "conspiracy theories" about JFK's assasination.  But, if you've been reading those "infallible" sources (supermarket tabloids) you know they are all wrong.  Why?  Because he's alive and living on Bimini with Bigfoot and Elvis! wink

   I have no idea what my Letter about False Faith has to do with anything (so why mention it), but the problems with the Archive have existed almost since the "new" Web designer took over (several years ago).  Finding past Letters was almost impossible, and the fact that all Letters between that date and August 23, 2013 have vanished doesn't surprise me at all.  But I'm positive neither Hillary nor Lee Harvey Oswald were responsible.

   (I'm not so sure about Colin Powell, who destroyed all his e-mails, and refused to cooperate with any attempt to retrieve them)

   As for Patricks' alleged "flip-flop", that too is the product of your inability to read and comprehend English (or think logicially, assuming you think at all).  Here's what Patrick actually said (in that Comment you continue to pretend to be replying to).

she does tell the truth, (not all the time, mind you, but then neither does anyone else).

Now, you could instead state an observation, such as Hillary appears to be very comfortable lying to the American public.

You could also state Hillary has trust issues.

   Nothing there even suggests Patrick "claims Hillary is a regular truth teller".  At most he claimed she sometimes tells the truth.

   He also questioned your qualifications to call her a pathological liar.  Frankly sir, based on better qualifications than you have demonstrated (namely: my ability to comprehend English, and think rationally) I have no problem calling you that!

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Dear Patrick:

   Except, there are many versions of it.  For example:

NOW, you You MIGHT very well think that. BUT OF COURSE, I couldn't possibly comment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Urquhart

   Incidently, someone (I won't mention any names) told me that Francis Underwood (in the American version) never uses that expression.  They may very well have thought that, but they were mistaken!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_7e1jNBaSI

Gordon Posner's picture

Dear Thomas:

   Nice try at "spin", but either you're emulating Lying Trump, or once again your reading comprehension (and command of the English language) are non-existent.  Remember, these were your words.

Be sure to take advantage of your opportunity, as my silence increases your anxiety. This is what kleptomaniacs do.

   Now, clearly the word "this" is meant to tie those two sentences together.  In other words, taking advantage of your silence to increase my "anxiety" is "what kleptomaniacs do".

   Even if we credit the claim that you were referring to something else (which you're careful never to specify), your "diagnosis" had nothing to do with what I'd previously written in the Comment you were pretending to reply to.  Indeed, nothing I've done or written constitutes "kleptomania".

   On the other hand, most of what you've written and done fits the definition of being Ignorant, a Sophist, a Liar, and a Hypocrite (just like Lying Trump).  Wear those labels "proudly".

porr000's picture

Thomas:

Please provide the quote where you say I "claims Hillary is a regular truth teller".

You won't find one because it doesn't exist!

Patrick

porr000's picture

   If YOU are going to quote Francis Urquhart, YOU SHOULD at least get it right! wink

NOW, you may MIGHT very well think that. BUT OF COURSE, I couldn't possibly comment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8RjPAD2Jk

 

 

Gordon, The Kleptomaniac comment had nothing to do with the other. So, what difference does it make, at this point in time! Thomas

Gordon and Patrick,

Hillary’s health concerns have had as many conspiracies theories as the JFK assassination.
Now, prior to your “false faith” article, June 8th 2016, all archives and online comments have been deleted dating back to August 23, 2013. Perhaps, Hillary was in town.

During those deleted archives were Patrick Orr’s comments that Hillary is a liar. Now Patrick claims Hillary is a regular truth teller makes him appear to be a flip-flopper.

Thomas

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