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We want to know with all the advertisements of donated turkey for the poor and the homeless: If they’re poor and they’re homeless, how the heck are they going to cook that turkey?
So citizens of the East Valley, how do you like the new sneaky, rip-off additional cost to help the cities pay for broken water lines? It’s sneakily added to water bills. Oh boy, you can’t find them any sneakier than city councils anywhere. Boo hoo, hoo. Just pay it and shut up.
If I were elected president in any government and had to figure out a most fair way for everyone working, no matter at what job and salary for eight hours a day, six days a week, it would be fair for everyone to have to put the first 10 percent into a savings account for the children’s future education. After that balance, a second 10 percent to Social Security and Medicare for their own future. The final balance is for 10 percent for taxes to the government for necessary maintenance of roads, bridges and ports. How about that? You figure that out, some mathematician.
Neighbors and homeowner’s association areas of East Valley just had some landscaping destroyed by out-of-state corporations improving TV receptions. Most users didn’t order or require days of interruption of television and computers. That was the price they had to pay. Only they knew how much it cost them. But this latest out-of-town, out-of-state contract to pay monthly is for insurance in case a city sewer line is damaged in the service to your home. Who allows out-of-state corporations to mess with the Valley of the Sun’s city services? Have you noticed? Don’t you care? If so, speak up—loud and proud.
Guess what? We just flushed out another new service you are free to pay for. It’s called (company name) and it’s based in Tempe. With computerized information about you all over the country, it goes with the out-of-state television helpers and the sewer line insurance. Pay attention to all this garbage mail you’re getting every day. Pay attention to (company name), TV helpers and the sewer line insurance. The police are aware of all of that and there’s nothing much we can do about it, except be informed. Be on your guard. Don’t fall for all this garbage if you don’t have to. Just pay attention to all the warning signs and all the articles you read in the paper. Check and double check and check again—especially those who want more information than you’re willing to give them. I hope it helps someone with crime prevention.
It’s because we live in America that every citizen must understand it’s up to you yourself to be aware and vigilant of your own self-protection. Police do not, will not, come until after a crime has occurred. Be aware and watchful. Be safe.
When you make a mistake in judgment, own up to it. Stop and change your actions. Learn and show courage—not like the whiners in Congress this week. Please remember you’re an American: Stand tall, admit your mistakes and correct them.
I am proud of Sen. Ted Cruz, who stands on his principles, rather than caving to the D.C. elites.
So who at the city water department allowed apartment owners’ lack of payment to drag on for six months without ringing bells to the tax legal collection (department)? Talk about embedded political cronyism. Wake up, city hall. Wake up.
Hey all you 1950s- and ‘60s-raised people of today: You need to remind television (executives) to drop all the sex and violence and replay some of the best of comedy and family shows that you grew up with. Remember when America was a better place? When TV educated as well as entertained and not just blew you away with all the garbage of today?
So the health insurance train is off the rails. It’s only because the young new ones think faster is better. Start over, stop, look and listen. It’s called “experience pays.” Just pay attention.
In today’s news again, male/female/children’s football: Are they just signs of these violent years or just plain stupid public and players? How many do you have to kill to call it a game?
The Obamacare website has cost us taxpayers over $600 million and will cost millions more to make it work. This was a big contract given to a former college pal of Michelle Obama. Interesting, isn’t it?
Every disaster is a terrible, terrible thing—no matter where it is. But you can always see the difference in recovery when some people get out and help themselves and others, and others just get in line and wait. God help them all.
The only thing the nagging detractors in Washington need to know about Benghazi is the fact that we didn’t have enough spies in Libya. Can you understand that now?
Every time a new scandal breaks out, we are told that Obama was unaware of what was going on. What exactly does this president do besides play golf, appear on television shows and campaign?
Shame on corporate greed that keeps taking religion out of holidays for Christmas and Easter, Hanukkah or Ramadan celebrations and makes profit the unholy religion of commerce. Shame on the gullible shoppers.
At last, all the dirty little secrets are coming out in Washington. It was no secret there were people who just wanted the president to fail. They’ve been fighting for that victor ever since day one—the election. Shame on you, you lousy Americans. Shame on you, you lousy traitors. Give the man the information he needs to succeed and stop undercutting the people that know what they’re trying to be doing correctly. You’re all traitors.
Mark Oct. 24, 2013, as another day in infamy. The ignorant have spoken their racial hatred openly in Congress. As if we didn’t already know. Poor, poor America.
The latest news is Chase Bank will pay $5 billion to someone in a fine for poor business practices. Oh, but who will be receiving all that bonus income? Maybe it’s just another mystery in Washington. Somebody’s benefiting. Does anybody know?
I’m tired of you publishing only pro-Democrat views. Wake up, Democrats. You voted for him! You probably won’t print this.
Oh looky, looky all the little kettles are calling the big pot black. Well, if they didn’t spy on each other, no one would know anything except for al-Qaeda. Wise up for pity’s sake, you nit-pickers.
On commercial television, have you noticed sometimes the commercials are better entertainment than the show’s juvenile-minded production writers, who apparently just discovered their bodies and that magic thing called “difference” that must be shown openly and often to the equally ignorant viewers, where modesty is forbidden? That’s interesting.
Can we still say good morning? Just who are these so-called politically correct complainers and their friends? The destroyers of early American children’s celebration of Christmas and Santa, Halloween ghosts and pumpkins patches, Easter bunnies and Thanksgiving, graduation and proms. All stolen for greedy adults for business, buy and sell. Bah humbug on them. Run them out of town.
Well, years ago, many Arizonans mocked former Sen. Sam Steiger’s predictions about the oil problems in the Near East and the electorate Rick Renzi. Well, finally Rick goes to jail, thanks to Sam long, long ago. But Arizona still needs more new bad, old Sam-style predictors.
I don’t think it’s right to discriminate against gay people. I just want to say that many of them are rude and irresponsible in their behavior around people who do not share their sexual proclivities. Many times I have been subjected to unwanted advances from gay males who have wrongly assumed if someone looks good to them, that person is fair game.
Oh yeah, you’ll want to live in America and just work and have a normal life. Well guess what? Learn to speak the English language first. My neighbor’s been here for 15 years and is still waiting for me to learn to speak Spanish. Baloney. Learn to speak English. That’s the No. 1 priority. Goodbye.
More tragedy on the Interstate 10 dusty roads. We rarely had that when the land was growing cotton and grazing stock, and the water still was allocated to the reservation farmers. That’s what greed does for you. But feed those casinos.
What school children today don’t know about only 30-year-ago Arizona is as bad as their equally ignorant parents’ mis-knowledge of history, animals, weather and vegetation. Shame on the present education expert reports.
I think it’s time for the U.S. government to make changes to our federal income tax regulations. Why is it OK for me to have to claim taxes on anything that I win over $600 on a raffle but I am not able to claim that raffle ticket as an expense? And why is the limit so low on having to claim a prize as income? If I work at a job for “income,” I am able to write off certain things as a work-related expense, right? Six hundred dollars is a joke! Have they heard of inflation? It’s been $600 forever! It should depend on what the actual prize is in order for you to have to claim it as income and they should raise the limit! So if I am lucky enough to win a trip to Vegas for two for $605, why should I have to claim that as income? It’s not income! The tickets are nontransferable, so I can’t sell them, so how exactly is that income? It’s just a free trip. It’s nothing steady. It’s a one-time trip. You should not be taxed on any prize except maybe money over $1,500 or more. If I win a car, not only do I have to come up with the money for state and sales tax, but I also have to claim it on my income taxes! How does that make sense? It’s just our wonderful government trying to squeeze the little guy for every penny they can so some “fat cat” in Washington can get free haircuts and trips out of town for free steak dinners with high-priced call girls.
Oh boy, if you heard the story of the radio historical broadcast that panicked the nation in 1938—it hasn’t much changed for the ignorant watchers of television who rush to their Twitters with the unconfirmed dumb rumors that can still panic the ignorant of America.
Well it’s new phone book time and there’s no need to cut trees to print new books. Just use the recycled old books and enough drained ink to color the Sunday advertisement pullouts. See, each one keeps the other circulating ad nauseam. Well, it’s what we’re supposed to be doing—to go green.
Have you noticed in all the advertisements for hearing aids, not one ever mentioned the price? Maybe because the $1,000 is the cheap one? My primary recommended and others start at $4,000 and up. One or two ears. This is the latest advertising rip-offs on the market. No mention of previous condition insurance, either. Lots of luck trying to find one that works.
I really love how I buy three certificates for the “supreme” car wash at a local car wash chain, which has a value of $25 each, thinking that would pretty much include everything because I hate going to car wash places and being pressured into buying “extras.” Of course it couldn’t be that easy! Once again I go in there with my $25 certificate for the “supreme” and the guy is once again trying to upsell me on more crap! You would think $25 would get you a decent car wash! I’m just going to start doing it at home or just take my chance at the ones where you just drive through because honestly, there’s not much difference. I took one car to the auto $3 wash and the other one for the “supreme” wash and, besides a few small water spots and having to vacuum the interior myself, on the $3 wash, there’s not much difference!
I really wish that if a doctor’s office is going to be closed for lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., they would have enough sense to not make an appointment for 2 p.m. or at least unlock the door early. I took my son to the doctor the other day and as a “good mom,” I arrived 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork since my son was a new patient. Guess what? The door was locked! So my son and I had to wait outside where there is no seating until 2 p.m. for them to unlock the doors because we were parked too far away. They should have at least warned me that they take lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone knows that you always try to arrive early when you are a new patient to fill out paperwork.
Your children and grandchildren suffer from federal government deficit spending? Their standard of living will be $200,000 less than you have enjoyed. Demand that the government quits borrowing money from the youth. The government has borrowed $100,000 for every taxpayer. Your children and grandchildren will have to repay the $100,000 and will not be able to continue to borrow another $100,000, thus the $200,000 reduction in standard of living.—Garry Trachsel, Peoria
As a single parent, I sometimes do things to earn extra money, like exit interviews. I don’t make a lot of money and I wish I didn’t have to resort to it, but it helps feed my kids and keeps us off of welfare. If you come across someone while exiting a store and they ask if they can ask you a couple of questions and you don’t have the time or don’t feel like talking, simply politely decline. What I don’t appreciate is the poor attitude and rude comments that are given by certain customers. You’d think I was asking for a pint of blood or $20. All these stores are looking for is honest and candid feedback from their customers. If you don’t want to give it, that’s fine. I just ask that you please be nice about it and say “No thank you.”
While Gilbert cashes in on a gigantic Heritage Marketplace project, the clowns in Queen Creek have not learned their lesson! This after borrowing triple digit millions and putting their eggs in the house building industry, and watched it explode like a giant balloon in their faces! They keep raising my taxes for absolutely nothing! Instead of taking advantage of the Phoenix/Gateway Airport traffic and freeway extension to the north, and building a hotel, restaurants and developing the actual old town facade on an actual town street that currently looks like a ghetto, they are building eight to 10 more home communities. Huh? There are no jobs. The town center has not been developed. There are lots of undeveloped roads. Rittenhouse is still one lane, even by Schnepf Farms. Where are all those potential extra thousands of cars going to go? And Eastmark, Morrison Ranch and scads of other communities are building all around us…The traffic on Ellsworth was bumper to bumper at 2:30 p.m. today. There is nothing to do. No theater, town waterpark/pool, a few corporate restaurants and a huge sales tax. Some vanity project included a horse park that 99 percent of the town doesn’t use. They don’t encourage small businesses by allowing excessive rent, high taxes and very little community support. The dirt storms are epic and it’s like I landed in hell….stay far away from this dirty “burb!” I hope I can sell my house before this terrible idea continues and it drives my house price into the gutter or converts it to a HUD home.
I’m getting so tired of this charity that keeps calling me even though I am on the Do Not Call Registry asking for donations for breast cancer. I am a single mom to two kids and I lost my job. Even after I tell this woman that I don’t have the money to donate she asks if she can put me down for $15! I know her job is to get donations and she probably makes more the more donations she gets. It really irritates me that I keep having to tell these people over and over that I don’t have a job and have two kids to feed!
Interesting. “It’s disrespectful to deny students of illegal parents for their free education” but it’s not disrespectful of those parents who break us laws to bring those kids over the border? Hmm, double standard. Only spoken in Spanish.