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Negative campaigning turned this voter off

EDITOR:

The number of negative ads that both Republicans and Democrats sponsored during this election has persuaded me to cease being a registered Republican and to become an unaffiliated voter.

Being the eternal optimist, I hope that this will give a message to the Republican Party that, while this may be an effective elections tool, it is a tool that is harmful to my country.

While I can't have the same effect on the Democrats, my optimism tells me that some Democrat might join me in my effort to reverse this trend.

Robin Hansen

Prescott

VFW Post 541 will miss faithful fellow member

EDITOR:

Today my heart is aching for Gertrud Wrigley, the widow of John Wrigley.

Everyone will surely miss him at the VFW Post 541 and home of the Cooties, Pup Tent 23.

John and Gertrud were (are) our best Poppy Buddies. They worked long hours outside of Wal-Mart with the poppies and did so much for the VFW Post.

Anyone who knows the couple, please say a prayer for them both. Even if you didn't know them, please keep Gertrud in your prayers to help her get through this terrible time in her life. I thank you.

Jessica Nelson

Prescott Valley

Tax credit donations help taxpayers, schools

EDITOR:

The Arizona Tax Credit Initiative allows all married couples filing a joint tax return to donate as much as $625 to a qualified private school tuition foundation and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their state income tax return!

Single heads of households may donate as much as $500. Schools must use this money for scholarships at qualifying private schools. In Yavapai County, the Orme School and the Primavera School have joined together to form the Orme Primavera Schools Foundation; Prescott Christian School Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to Aletheia Classical Christian School, and Christian Academy of Prescott.

Donating your tax dollars to support education directly benefits everyone involved. Donors receive as much as $625 in state tax credit and a federal tax deduction to a non-profit organization 501c(3); the schools benefit by directly receiving more than 90 percent of these tax dollars in scholarships.

Thus, more of our young people will have the opportunity to benefit from a private school education. Depending on the amount of your state liability, a married couple may take credits as much as $625 to either foundation and as much as $250 to the public or charter school of your choice to support extra-curricular activities. We urge you to help both our public and private schools here in the Prescott area. The deadline for donations is Dec. 31, 2002, for credit on this year's tax return.

Thank you in advance for your continued support. For a donation packet, please contact: Carol Darrow, (928) 445-5382 Tom Magill, (928) 632-7601 or Bill Warren 771-2018.

Carol Darrow

Vice President

Orme Primavera Schools Foundation

Bill Warren

Chairman

Prescott Christian School Scholarship Foundation

MADD educates instead of espousing prohibition

EDITOR:

In response to Earl Dublin's Nov. 2 letter, I'd like to share some facts on Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The mission of MAAD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. We are not a prohibitionist organization. Our country tried prohibition. It didn't work.

Drinking alcohol is a private matter that becomes a public matter when you decide to get behind the wheel of your car. Yes, there are many alcoholics out there, but there also are many social drinkers who have gotten the message that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and, therefore, make responsible choices.

I'm sorry Mr.Dublin suffered abuse at the hands of an alcoholic. But that does not mean he can lump every person who consumes alcohol into that category.

Many fine organizations in our community are committed to helping those addicted to alcohol and their families. I suggest Mr. Dublin get involved with one of these organizations and share his experiences so others may benefit from them. It may provide healing for him, as well.

Regarding Lori Kaseburg, my friend and fellow MADD volunteer, it is very unfair of you to judge her based solely on the fact that she drinks occasionally. She speaks to offenders at our Victim Impact panels and this includes teen-agers facing the temptation to drink whom Mr. Dublin mentioned.

As a registered nurse, she has seen the devastation of drunk driving crashes first-hand and has devoted many hours toward research for a book she is writing.

There seems to be a lot of strong feelings regarding this subject in our community. I hope we can come together to make positive changes in regard to drunk driving as well as substance abuse.

Kathy Glenn

MADD Yavapai County

Prescott

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