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I am so glad they got rid of the automatic 20 percent added gratuity joke at restaurants because guess what? Tonight at dinner my waiter actually worked for his tip! I still gave him his 20 percent but I can guarantee you I would not have received the good service I got tonight if it was automatically added.
I was just reading Sound Off East Valley where the gentleman said no chocolate, no fresh flowers or lingerie for his wife. He’s going to be getting her a washer and dryer. That is very sad. Unless you’re very young or very old, no one wants a washer or dryer to make them work more. You appreciate the person you love on Valentine’s Day with a rose, chocolate, something nice. Happy Valentine’s Day to everybody.
I’m reading this month’s version of the East Valley Times and it strikes me that the place is populated by intolerant folks, closed-minded folks, grouchy folks, boring folks, when-are-you-going-to-get-off–my-lawn-type folks and, overall, a bunch of unhappy people. I don’t know why anybody would want to live in Gilbert or Mesa. It has a well-deserved reputation as a backward community. Thank God I don’t live there.
I am absolutely amazed to see that Scottsdale is adding a new sister city in Kenya or that vicinity. Like Mayor Lane really needs a trip to Kenya paid for by the taxpayers. I’m really, really upset.
How can the mean-spirited Republicans close their eyes to the poor? They have the guts to tell you that anyone on food stamps, welfare, unemployment or Medicaid are crooks when the fact is two-percent are cheating the system. Yet you would think that half the country is having a party on your dime repeating the same lie over and over makes you believe it. It doesn’t make it true just because they brainwash you. Just not true.
My complaint is with my lazy neighbors who own dogs. I live in a condo within a gated community and these lazy people like to just open their back doors to let their dogs run around the community grass and poop all over the place and not pick up after them! Please do the rest of your neighbors a favor, if you can’t be bothered to clean up after your dog then let it poop in your house so I don’t have to see or smell it and then maybe we also wouldn’t have so many flies flying around our complex! Or better yet, maybe you’ll get the hint if I start picking up after your dog and start a nice pile for you on your front porch?
Hi. I have a rebuttal for a person who actually sent in “DUI laws are over-enforced.” I think they were actually drunk when they sent it in because what they said didn’t make any sense. First, they were talking about a motorcycle almost wiping them out. Then, somebody almost hit him, he caught up to her and started screaming at the lady that it was her fault. He could tell she was drunk. Then, he makes the comment—here’s the winner—it’s one of those things DUI e
nforcement wouldn’t make a difference whatsoever. Um, really? No. He needs to get familiar with the laws before they go quoting them. If that person was drunk, they would have been arrested for extreme DUI, depending on level. It bugs me a lot when people make comments about something and they don’t know what they’re talking about. The other comment is: they can’t catch everybody so just because they didn’t catch that person—thank God no one was hurt—it doesn’t mean the laws aren’t enforced correctly.
Oh sure, give the teachers a gun so the next time that annoying brat upsets the classroom, just shoot him. After all, you’re only taking care of your own safety. It’s the law in Florida. Why not everywhere? You don’t like somebody? Shoot them. Oh yeah, that’s right I forgot—it’s all going on already. Too bad America. You just lost yourself to the idiots.
“Sochi happens,” best describes the recent winter Olympics.
I love the fact that I can’t even go outside and sit on my back porch and enjoy the fresh air without my neighbors also on their back porches enjoying the fresh air with their nasty cigarettes! If you love your cigarettes so much, why don’t you just sit in your house and smoke so you can enjoy the smell all day and all night? By the way, in case no one told you, smokers, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: Your breath smells, your teeth are yellow, your hands are stained, your clothes smell like a cheap hotel, your hair is dry and brittle and your skin looks like leather. You’re welcome.
Who’s running this country on television anyway? Another shooting in Maryland and the dummies reporting can’t even spell “pressure”—police pressure is on in the Maryland mall. Learn to spell if you’ve gone to college. If not, even your spell checker is stupid. Disgusting. That’s what’s wrong with this country. Even the idiots are in charge.
To the person giving the washer and dryer to the wife: How romantic! Geez, I mean if that’s what she wants then so be it but don’t you think your wife would appreciate something a little more personal besides a household appliance? No one says you have to spend $500 on anything fancy but wouldn’t you like to do something nice and personal for her to make her heart flutter, to let her know just how much you love her and how much she means to you? A love letter? A card? A single rose on her car windshield? Maybe the romance is totally dead for both of you and, if so, I’m sorry and hope she enjoys her new washer and dryer.
I can’t believe that I am on the Do Not Call List and some guy just called my home cold calling trying to track down my neighbor who I have never even met before in my life! I answered the phone and he asked if he was speaking to me by name. I said ‘yes.’ I live in a condo and all our addresses are the same except for the unit number. He asked if I knew of a certain neighbor and gave me her name and unit number. I told him I didn’t know her so then he asked my unit number so I asked why and he said that because he was an investigator. So I said, “Oh let me guess, you’re an investigator for a bill collector and now you’re cold calling all her neighbors to track her down?” So then he says, “Well, I’m sorry if I dialed the wrong number.” What? He knew he wasn’t calling the right number! It is absolutely ridiculous that I get called trying to track down my neighbor who I have never even met before to pay her bills! I am reporting him to the FCC! That is wrong! You cannot go around calling the whole neighborhood trying to track someone down to pay their bills unless you are listed as a personal reference, which I am not!
I hate how some grocery stores put meat on sale for a real low, good price but then they put the screws to you by making you buy the “value pack.” So now those pork chops that are $1.59 a pound are now going to cost me $15. I don’t like freezing my meat. I like it fresh but I only need four to six pork chops at a time, not 10 to 12.
So John McCain is going to be censored. That should have been done when J.D. (Hayworth) threw his hat in the ring. Was everyone sleeping?
Hello legislators who might be reading this. I think you need to pick an age and have mandatory retakes on the driving tests in order for a senior citizen to renew their driving license! I almost hit three cars today while driving, and why? Because older drivers could not judge correctly and thought they had enough time to pull out of a driveway and into my lane. They could not sense that I was going 45 mph and that they didn’t have enough time to safely enter the roadway. I had to slam on my brakes twice and swerve into the lane next to me the third time. This happens to me all the time and I am sick to death of it. Keep it up, old folks, because I promise you that if you pull out in front of me and I hit you because you can’t judge correctly I will sue you for every penny I can and I will make sure you never drive again! Yes, as you can see, I really am very tired of this! I understand some of you don’t want to lose your independence but I don’t want to lose my life or my family’s life!
Like a good many others, I feel that the federal government is broken and is incapable of fixing itself. Washington, D.C., has bankrupted us, seized state power and stolen our liberty. Even good politicians are handcuffed by the burdens of bureaucracy.
It absolutely amazes me just how stupid people can be sometimes. I live in a condo and my next door neighbor decides at 11 p.m. that it is a good time to start hanging things up on the wall that separates her wall with our bedroom walls. All I can hear is the banging of her hammer as we are all trying to go to sleep! Again, absolutely amazing!
There are quite a number of candidates running for governor. I looked into each candidate because I’m concerned about the state I live in. I couldn’t find anything on a lot of the candidates. Molina: We’re to use our local resources to increase jobs? We don’t have any local resources. Also, he wants change. What change is he wanting? Melvin: If we have big enough ideas, we can do anything. Nothing solid there. I wrote to a Ms. Jones and still haven’t heard back. Riggs was ousted out as congressman in California, so why would we want him as governor? Smith: Joined forces with the Clinton Global Initiative which embraces: We can’t grow our own food, tells us how many children we can have and what food we can eat. Thomas has been the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation regarding abuse of power and unethical behavior. Mealer: His initiative is on his website and has a solid campaign foundation. He talked to me as a person of his peers. He has concrete plans for Arizona as well as who is in his corner to make things happen. He encourages people to call him.—Gloria H., Bullhead City
I attended a meeting last Monday night in Mesa where Michael Farris, head of the Convention of States Project, was the keynote speaker. I came away tremendously enthused to think that there really might be a practical way to reverse the course of our nation’s governance. There’s been quite a bit of talk about an Article V Convention of States lately, and rightly so. The founders knew the Constitution might have to change. For this reason, they provided two ways constitutional amendments can be proposed and ratified: first, through Congress and second, through the states. Unfortunately, the federal government has departed from these prescribed amendment procedures. Instead of using one of these processes, Washington, primarily through the Supreme Court, has decided which parts of the Constitution need to be changed—or, as they call it, “interpreted.” Our government has interpreted specific constitutional clauses as “living” in order to advance its interests, a separation from the original charter of our national government. It is logical to assume that Washington, D.C. will not limit its own power and bound its own jurisdiction. This is precisely why there are two paths to amend the Constitution. The second path—amendments through the states—assumes that elected federal officials do not align themselves with the will of the people. Recent congressional approval ratings are around 9 percent; how clear can it be that they are operating on their own interests? It is time that the people of the United States of America act on their opinion of Congress. It is time that the scale of power be balanced and brought more in line with a civil society—where the individual has more authority over their own lives. There is such an organization that believes in those same virtues. Citizens for Self-Governance is a national organization that has started a project to bring about the limitation of federal authority. The Convention of States Project has formed state leadership teams to energize citizens at the state level, and the great state of Arizona has a leadership team in place to spearhead this movement. To get involved visit our website: www.conventionofstates.com.