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I read Buffy Pollock's article regarding water rates in Phoenix, and I found it lacking on several points. Buffy neglects to mention that apartments and mobile home parks are charged for the number of units available, whether or not they are occupied. A vacant unit is still charged $33.50 per month. At Bear Lake, where I live, they are billed for two empty lots.

Another point totally missed was the fact that Home Depot, the largest water user in Phoenix, pays the same rate as a residence. In fact, to equal Mrs. Steinhoefel's 32-unit apartment complex bill of $1,072 for 160,000 gallons, Home Depot with only two meters would have a monthly average usage of 446,000 gallons per month. Where is the fairness?

As to Eli Nafahs comment of only $1 a day, it has no bearing on the Water Rate Fairness issue. To an elderly, low-income person, $1 a day might mean the difference between pills and food. The $33.50 base rate is wrong, it will go to $34 in a couple of months and the way multi-unit dwellings are billed is wrong. Lets get fairness on the table. — Gail B. Schulman, Phoenix

I must commend Ted Krempa ("The liberal double standard," Feb. 10) for voicing the facts regarding the ultra-liberal Representative Buckley. Growing up in the '50s and '60s, Southern California was a wonderful place, then the tidal wave of illegals breached our boarders, pulled the plug on stable and growing property values, killed and seriously wounded thousands of innocent people while driving drunk with no insurance.

Sheriff Winters is the real deal. How do I know? I've been there. Any planned state legislation to reward illegal, and I mean illegal, aliens is a violation of federal law.

And to Ted Krempa's last paragraph, "I wonder if those who criticize Sheriff Winters will be equally outraged at Buckley's misguided legislation," the answer is a very sad-for-our-future no! There are none so blind as those who choose not to see. — Bill Schrouder, Jacksonville

I guess free speech is for the extreme far left. I don't know what persuasion Judge Barnack is, but I agree with his words of condemnation toward Richard Taylor, the man he sentenced to life without parole for pedophilia.

Society needs to take a much sterner approach to those who prey on our children. As far as I am concerned the rights of a pedophile end the moment that person engages in this horrible activity. The Oregon Supreme Court may have slapped your hand, Judge Barnack, but let me shake it. — Don Paul, Ashland