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Taking root

The Ken Burns/PBS series “The U.S. and the Holocaust” shows the deep fear of Jews and immigrants in the U.S. The fear, hatred and lies about those who are not “like us” has come back to America in the form of many groups that recruit members online. The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 733 hate groups in 2021. Wikipedia says there are 38,000 Oath Keepers. NBC reported QAnon groups have millions of members including Arizona politicians. The online publication Arizona Mirror lists Mary Ann Mendoza, Lis Harris, David Farnsworth and Justine Wadsack as sharing the QAnon slogan on social media. ABC News reports Republican Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem “continues to espouse the ‘big Lie,’” and won’t say if he will accept the vote count of an election. Finchem appeared on a number of QAnon talk shows and spoke at their conferences. Kari Lake appeared on the “InTheMatrix” QAnon show. We are much closer to what Germany was in the 1930s than we are to Ronald Reagan’s “Shiny City on a Hill.” Please watch the series.

-Ray Omdahl

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Do the research

I groaned after reading Mark Hinman's Sept. 18 letter, then did a little quick research to confirm things. First of all, Juan Ciscomani's ad doesn't say he'll vote to "remove" Nancy Pelosi. It says he'll vote to "replace" her. A different word which makes a big difference since assuming Ms. Pelosi makes good on her pledge to step down after the 2022 election, she will be "replaced" and the vote will be to "replace" her. Then, it gets better. Mark claims that, if the Democrats retain control of the House, Mr. Ciscomani would not even be allowed to vote. Uh, that's not how it works, Mark. If you'd done the 2 minutes of research I did, you'd learn that Kevin McCarthy got over 200 votes in 2021 for the position of... wait for it... Speaker of the House. Those votes came from Republicans who, while not in control of the House, were still allowed a vote. We're all entitled to our opinions. But, not our own facts.

-Stephen Kindred

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How it works

I chuckled at the latest ad CD6 candidate Juan Ciscomani aired, saying, "When I'm elected, my first vote will be to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker." Guess he doesn't understand how the House works. If the Republicans take the House, Pelosi is no longer speaker, automatically. If Democrats retain the House, he doesn't get a vote, as the majority party makes that decision. Obviously, he either doesn't know the rules, or he's just trying to throw red meat to the MAGA base, who are as ill-informed as he is.

-Mark Hinman

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Tuition and change

Tuition’s cost I always enjoy reading Corky Simpson’s column and had to respond to his Sept. 7 article (“Those school loans then & now,” Page B3). The student loan forgiveness program would not have applied to his situation since the loans being forgiven are for students who received federal Pell loans. Not every student can quality for a Pell loan and not every graduate with a Pell loan will qualify for loan forgiveness. Since Corky got his loan from Elmer at the local bank, he would not qualify. Also, things have changed a lot since we were in university. I chose to go to a private university, having watched others spend more than the four years in public universities. My university promised that if I did my part, I would graduate in four years (which I did). In 1968, tuition was $1,100 per year. Working summers at a retail store, I earned about $500, or about half a year of tuition. After graduation, my first job paid about $1,000 a month; so in less than five weeks, I earned the equivalent of a year’s tuition. That same university last year charged $48,000 for a year’s tuition. Someone working at $15/hour in the summer (before taxes) might earn $7,200, only about one-sixth of a year’s tuition. When they graduate in engineering like I did, they might earn $7,000 per month, so it would take almost seven months to pay one year of tuition. A student who takes out a loan for... (More)