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The following has been transcribed from our Sound Off line during the past month. Sound Off is a monthly editorial feature of The Times. We encourage participation.

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I think it’s hilarious how my neighbor starts to come out her back door with her dogs but then sees me on my back patio so she runs back inside so she can take them out front so she can go to the side of the building to let them poop so no one sees her not cleaning it up, which is actually against the law in my city. Dog owners can be so lazy.


I keep reading about Scottsdale’s General Plan. Here we go again, we got the last plan, this plan and next plan and all we do is talk about it. What happened to McDowell? Now they’re talking about WestWorld and a western museum? All we have to do is have tours of downtown Scottsdale and we’ll see all the west we want. Let’s do what we’re talking about instead of just talking about.


Right now it’s Monday, March 10, and they’re running the funeral for Sgt. Hobbs, who was murdered by a punk. In returning fire on this guy, Sgt. Hobbs used an AR-15 issued by the police department. I haven’t heard a mention of this. Awhile back I was searching for info on David Spade and he donated approximately—if my recollection is right—$30,000 to help arm police with AR-15s. I think that that donation could have been very crucial in having the officers armed properly to engage this felon. I think thanks should be shouted out to David for giving that generous donation.


Well here we go again, when are people going to learn? All these apartment owners and managers better have a lot of money in the bank and a good lawyer because another child was mauled by a pit bull. My neighbor’s dog was killed by a pit bull. Another child was mauled by a pit bull and nothing was done about it. The owners could care less. Step up and realize these dogs are dangerous. Yet we continue to let them in our apartments. They become our neighbors and we are terrorized by all these pit bulls. Scottsdale has to put a stop to it before it gets any worse.


I’m shooting a message at all the wonderful Democrats who voted for a myriad of really, really bad legislators. Now, we have a president who’s totally unqualified for the position. Thanks a lot and shame on you. Hopefully we get back to a government under control, instead of the monstrosity it’s turned into in the last six years.


Churches in my neighborhood where I’ve lived for 25 years have used my mailbox to leave advertisements for their church activities. The post office offers them a nonprofit rate, but they’re too cheap to pay for actual postage. They apparently ask their congregants to distribute fliers and post cards that advertise their services. They also leave bumper stickers on people’s cars that advertise and when one of these people pulls into my drive on a Sunday morning and disturbs my peace because my dogs bark when there’s a stranger, they badmouth me because I try to point out that they’re on private property. She had to pull over on my property because parking on the bike lane would have been illegal. There are two no parking signs in front of my house and a cop on the corner. If they’re going to drive around with a church bumper sticker, they should act like a Christian representative of the church. Where’s the humility? As far as I can tell, there was no emergency. She did talk to the police officer briefly. I’m not sure what that was about.


Hi. I don’t know if you’re plagued with endless mailings from the AARP. If so, I did something about it today. I looked up on Google search and got the 800 number to contact them. It took a five-minute phone call at (888) 687-2277 and I got ahold of a membership person and had them take me off their mailing list. She said it’ll be four weeks before all the mailings are ended. Fingers crossed it works. I would never consider joining the AARP. I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America.


If you ever needed proof that what happened with Obamacare is a complete scam, look at the plethora of advertising that’s come up. They’ve put a deadline on people to sign up for this insanity. Now they have a whole bunch of ads running on television, which costs millions of dollars. I’m sure the TV people don’t give a darn about what’s right and what’s wrong. They just want the dollars in their coffers. That’s proof right there that this thing is not anything anybody would be involved with. It’s just guaranteed that it’s a bad idea and participating is a bad thing to do. Hopefully, if enough people say no, it’ll be rethought, reconsidered and done away with. America needs to stop this insanity.


Hey Russian Empire dreamers, have you noticed yet that any threat to America only brings the politicians together “one nation under God/with liberty and justice for all” against all bad boy threats. Pay attention now, fellas.


We’re not spending enough money in the schools. Now we have Spanish immersion, trying to teach these kids Spanish instead of teaching them English which they should learn to begin with. As soon as they get out of school, they get home and they don’t speak English they speak Spanish. We’re wasting all our time. Our kids are getting pushed back because we got to teach them Spanish. What’s going on? Is this United States of Mexico or what? We’ve become a Third World country because nobody cares what’s going on. This is the United States of America. Learn English or don’t learn at all.


Russian people want democracy; only Putin wants to live in 19th century Soviet Union Federation.


How come these rude loudmouth Republican sore losers aren’t noticing they’re just copycat Putins? Shame on them. They need to mind their manners.


Last week was the Chandler parade. I guess this is the last year I’m going to the parade. Every year it gets worse and worse, with less people. What used to take four hours, three hours, two hours, now it was barely over an hour this parade and hardly nobody (was there). What happened to ChandlerHigh School? What happened to all these other schools? I just was really shocked that in an hour it was over and hardly nothing. Things that we’re used to seeing, all these people with their cars, crazy bicycles, all the schools were participating. Nothing. What? Two schools and that was it? That was so embarrassing. I’m glad I don’t have friends and family who come over to my house to watch the parade because there’s nothing there. And the Ostrich Festival, I don’t even go to that. It’s ridiculous. You have to pay to park to go there. You take away the business from downtown Chandler. If Chandler wants to be high and mighty, let them be high and mighty. My kids don’t even want to come to these things because it’s so embarrassing. That’s the way Chandler is. It’s turned into Snobville.


I got stuck behind a truck with a bumper sticker that went this way this morning “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.” It obviously was a guns right person. They were doing five miles an hour for a block apparently trolling for an address. They didn’t use a right-turn signal when they finally hung one. Essentially these are the people who are so unlaw-abiding that they think they can handle life with a gun.


If everyone’s supposed to have a cellphone, why is nobody looking for cellphone messages between Chinese family people on the plane and on the ground? Did they all lose their phones? Were they confiscated? Is anybody curious at all? How dumb can these supposed experts be?


The Student Revolutions: They say we are too young to understand, too ignorant. Examine the world we inherited courtesy of the generations past: did they do an adequate job preparing a way for us to live in a world where we might “not know the horrors of war?” If I must write the answer, then we truly are that ignorant. The time has clearly passed for the previous generations to fix the numerous damages done to our society, education, national “defense,” freedom from persecution and religion, “right of the people peaceably to assemble,” economy, foreign affairs, laws, fight for equality, free speech, freedom of the press, right to privacy––our right to the pursuit of happiness. These fundamental rights––those certain “unalienable rights” guaranteed to all U.S. citizens––have been abolished. Now it is our problem, our responsibility to fix. Those who govern, “protect, and serve” us have failed us. By show of hands, how many citizens out there can honestly say that they trust the government we live under? The FBI? The CIA? The NSA? Our police? I thought not. The Venezuelan and Ukrainian uprisings in the past few days are mirrored by the multiple plane hijackings and crashes in the past few weeks: first a Nepalese passenger plane crashes into a forest, killing several government officials followed by the Ethiopian airline hijacking that eventually landed in Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva, of all places; neutral Switzerland. What’s next––the Hague? This bombardment of devastation is akin to only one thing: the standards of living around the world.


Here’s another example of media bias: former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted of 20 federal corruption charges. On NBC, ABC and CBS, when this was reported, they neglected to mention that Ray Nagin was a Democrat. If he was a Republican, it would have been mentioned time and time again. Media bias is alive and well in our country unfortunately.


Twice Lois Lerner of the IRS appeared before Congress and both times she took the Fifth Amendment. It shouts guilty, guilty, guilty. Why would someone take the Fifth if they had nothing to hide? This proves that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups. She needs to be subpoenaed and forced to testify.


Obamacare was the usual example of Washington, D.C., haste makes waste, and cart before the horse. Give them time to move the horse into its traces and get on down the track eventually. Give it time like they had to do with Social Security. Oh no, you’re too young.


Great. The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics will be forever remembered as having fantastic engineering and superior camera presentations. As usual, it was spoiled by the ignorant, poor timing of commercial interruptions. Will sponsors never learn public good manners for better business?


If Obamacare is so wonderful, why is the Obama administration spending over $684 million in taxpayer money to run commercials encouraging people to sign up?


Personally we don’t care to connect with the busy body strangers around the world on Facebook or anything else. It’s still nice to be able to pick up the telephone and hear a friend’s voice or send them a birthday card through the U.S. mail. When we’ve lost that, we’ve lost America.


Amazing! parents and coaches are finally learning soccer can be played without using headshots. Oh boy, just use the brains inside those skull shells.


If Mr. Romney made the Affordable Care Act work in Massachusetts and everybody has insurance, why do the rest of the GOP Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot and him in the back?


Professional versus the bully, diplomacy versus aggression, social media versus censorship: who would you follow over any red line? Think about it.