Mailbag: Aspiring senator clearly isn't ready

It makes perfect sense that Carly Fiorina, supposedly a conservative Republican, is against government stimulus packages ("Senate hopeful slams project," Sept. 14). She may have been happy to do business with the federal government while she ran Hewlett-Packard, but she can't stand the idea of taxpayer funds supporting a day care for low-income families.

Thus, we should not be surprised that Fiorina took the opportunity, while in Glendale, to strongly criticize the failed New Horizons Family Center. Rather than viewing the loss of a much-needed center as tragic, Fiorina blamed Sen. Barbara Boxer for wasting federal funds.

But wait! Someone pointed out that the stimulus funds in this case were given to the city of Glendale, which was responsible for deciding how they would be spent. As the Glendale News-Press pointed out on Tuesday, "last year, the City Council allocated $131,000 of Glendale's stimulus money to New Horizons." Nevertheless, Fiorina continues to hold Boxer responsible, stating that "I expect her to know the facts" about projects paid for with stimulus money.

So, let us try to understand what kind of senator Fiorina aspires to be. Suppose that she becomes our senator, and that Glendale receives future federal funds (obviously against her wishes). Unless she plans to be just like Boxer, she must plan to micro-manage things — to interfere with local government in allocating funds for which it is responsible.

This is hardly the attitude of a conservative. Rather, it is the attitude of someone who does not understand the role of a U.S. senator. We've been warned by the candidate herself to cast our votes elsewhere.

Alan Kleinsasser


Tired of the phobic segment of citizenry

I must take heated exception to the Sept. 14 letter titled "Keep Obama speech out of the classroom."

Since when is it inappropriate for the president to tell our children to study hard, stay in school and take responsibility for their education? If ever there was a positive role model, it's the president of the United States, who did just that.

To state that "a president has no place in a classroom, taking valuable teaching time away from students" goes beyond all reason. A presidential speech addressed to schoolchildren is an example of history in the making and can be the stuff of memories for many.

To suggest that President Obama's speech might be in danger of pushing a political agenda is a sad indication of the mistrust and suspicion leveled at government by a phobic segment of the citizenry.

Joan Godell


President Obama is a positive role model

I disagree with Debi Devens' letter opposing the televising of President Obama's speech to public schools, which are, after all, "government institutions" whether you like it or not ("Keep Obama speech out of the classroom," Sept. 14).

So what's wrong with getting a "pep talk" from a government official like the president of the United States? Young people need positive role models to look up to, and I'm sorry Debi, but the O.J. Simpsons, Tiger Woodses and Lindsay Lohans just don't cut it anymore.

David Lee Williams


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