Letters to the Editor

Ten changes for a better America


When going to the polls this year, I hope you truly consider the changes that you would like to see. These are 10 of my primary hopes that I will see in my lifetime.

1. Secure our borders. The immigration debate is secondary to the basic security of our nation.

2. Make Enlish the official language. I am fed up with being force fed the idea that I should adapt. For once we should let the minority adapt to the majority.

3. Eliminate income taxes. Go to a "fair tax" or standard sales tax. It is the only fair awy.

4. Raise the minimum wage. It is insulting. Enough said.

5. Allow alternatives to social security. It amaazes me thst more people aren't more vocal. I expect none of my money back. Something should change. It is highway robbery.

6. Raise teacher's wages. This is one of the largest flaws with our country. Substandard pay leads to substandard education. We are putting our own kids behind the eight ball.

7. Mandatory minimum sentences for sex crimes. Those involving children should be even harsher.

8. Equal funding for third-party candidates. If not, we should just make it official that we are being run by the Hatfields and McCoys.

9. Place term limits on the legislative branch. We need fresh faces and different opinions. Money hungry career politicians are ruining us.

10. Make it illegal to burn the flag. No symbol is as alive or means as much to this country. Have we completly forgotten our history?

Remember that a vote not cast is a vote for the winner!

Dave Bell


Signing in on sign issue


Mr. Lidbeck needs to get his facts straight before he attacks Democrats.

As co-chair of the Democrats of the Verde Valley, I leased the office space that was for rent at 542 N. Main St. for Democratic Headquarters. At the time of the lease, I was told if any Republicans wanted to place signs that they would be allowed to do so. So far, no Republicans have expressed any desire to place a campaign sign.

Mr. Lidbeck is right about the need to clean up the signs; the supporters of those campaigns should do so. And Mr. Lidbeck, just because a campaign sign for any party is in front of a business does not mean that the business owner supports that party or candidates.

As a Democrat who owns a business in Cottonwood, I take offense to your uninformed opinion. However, we still live in a country that allows free speech. For now anyway.

Shayne O'Shea


Think of it as an invasion of your home


It seems to me that the politicians and lawmakers are deliberately making the immigration issue confusing. I don't even pretend to understand politics, however, I do understand common sense.

Simply put, our country, the United States of America, can be likened to a privately owned home. When a person is invited into a home, they are treated with respect and courtesy. At the same time, they should not expect to receive all the benefits that a family member receives. If someone forces their way into a private home, uninvited, it is considered a "home-invasion," it is an illegal act and that makes the perpetrator a law-breaker and a criminal.

No matter what the reason, for the illegal act, to better their family etc. it is still illegal. Illegal acts need to be dealt with and stopped.

I am a "people person." I like people and will do almost anything for anyone until they start taking advantage of me or are ungrateful.

Our country is being taken advantage of and the politicians are allowing it.

Lotus Holt


Just who is more of a threat to whom?


I am taking our illustrious Game and Fish Department to task for the recent needless killing of an innocent mountain lion on Granite Mountain near Prescott.

I belong to numerous wildlife refuges whose primary concern is to provide another home for hapless animals that are unwanted where they are.

Are we human beings the only ones whose rights and privileges should be protected or don't our fellow beings in the wild, with whom we ought to try to live equally and peacefully have rights to be protected as well?

I think that we need to remind ourselves that they were here long before us.

And just who is more of a threat to whom?

I am both saddened and outraged that we have a Game and Fish Department who is allowed to get away with this precipitous act without ever trying to find this animal another home.

"Make us, ourselves to be true friends to animals, and so to share the blessings of the merciful" ‹ Albert Schweitzer.

Stephen O. Redacre

Jerome Humane Society

National Scenic Area designation imperative


More than a decade has passed since the Forest Service and citizens in the Sedona area began discussions on how best to protect Coconino National Forest lands in the area from land exchange and development.

Amendment 12 to the Coconino National Forest Plan was adopted as a result in 1998. That amendment could be overridden, however, if changes are made to the forest plan currently under review. In order to maintain the character of Sedona and protect the sensitive and ecologically important lands in the area, legislation to designate a National Scenic Area (NSA) is imperative.

This remarkable landscape is recognized throughout the world for its distinctive visual characteristics without equal on this earth. Awe-inspiring, the Sedona area has been cherished by inhabitants for more than 10,000 years. Rapid growth throughout the region threatens many of Arizona's landmarks. Sedona's unparalleled beauty makes it a target for such development pressure.

Broad support has been shown by citizens and local governments to protect the Amendment 12 forest land permanently as a NSA. Establishing the NSA will ensure ongoing management to preserve habitat for threatened and endangered species and native fish, as well as protect unique resources such as the area's unique scenery, adjacent Wilderness, and archaeological values.

The Center for Biological Diversity supports legislation to establish the Sedona-Red Rock National Scenic Area to provide the area permanent protection. Please join the Center, Keep Sedona Beautiful and other local citizen groups and citizens in calling on Senator John McCain and Representative Rick Renzi to introduce this much needed legislation.

Michelle T. Harrington

Rivers Program Director

Center for Biological Diversity


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