<center>Letters to the Editor</center>

Servicewoman longs for Williams

Thank you, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, for the box of treats. What a delight when I picked up the box.

Being away from family and friends is difficult, especially around the holiday season. Looking at the magazine (Arizona Highways) and reading the Williams paper brought back so many wonderful memories.

How I long to camp and fish with my kids and brother in Dogtown. I can smell Williams through the pine limb. I can picture sitting at Denny’s with my grandmother, Margaret Otero, and enjoying a delicious all-American hamburger and fries. Thank you for the memories.

Prior to leaving the states, I took so much for granted. Being away makes me realize how proud I am to spend my holiday with family, enjoying the train ride with snow lazily falling to the ground. However, if I didn’t — as well as the other soldiers didn’t —sacrifice for our country, I wouldn’t be able to dream of taking a train ride through beautiful country.

I was unable to attend my aunt’s funeral, Carmen Lugo Hutchins, and how much it hurt not to be there to offer support to the family. I would like to say thank you to the city of Williams for your love and support to my family and to me during this time.

Thank you. I hope to see Williams in the summer of 2004.

1 Lt. Carla Lugo

United States Army

Care and concern much appreciated

I would like to thank the ESA ladies very much for the Christmas care package. It was a wonderful surprise to receive a hometown gift.

I especially enjoyed the homemade treats and decorations. Thank you for thinking of me during the holidays. I appreciate your care and concern.

May God bless you.

1 Sgt. Raymond Konkel

Army National Guard

Telecom rules unfair to patrons

Like many consumers navigating the new world of telecom, I remember the day when I paid a single bill for service for my wall-mounted phone. Now I have Internet access, a cell phone and a wireless handheld, too. I am excited about all the choices and innovative products and services available in the new communications marketplace. But like the rest of the world, I like to shop around, get the most for my money and pick the service that’s best for me.

That’s why I find the latest news regarding telecom regulation so troubling. While cable and wireless companies are allowed to invest and compete freely, local telecom providers are limited by outdated regulations established before the rise of the Internet and today’s competitive marketplace. While this seems unfair to local telecom companies, I’m more concerned about the fact that it’s unfair to you and me. Surely consumers have more to gain the more companies compete head-to-head for their business.

As a consumer, I know that the more companies have to compete for my business, the greater the value, the faster the innovation and the better the service I am likely to receive. Why is the government allowing outdated rules to limit the choices and services available to me? Don’t I have the right to get even more innovations from the companies I choose?

It’s time the rules caught up with the realities of the exciting world we live in today. So long as outdated policies prevent real competition, we put off the full potential of this new world of communications — for consumers and for our economy. With so much depending on telecom, and the promise of even more to come, it should be a priority for the nation to make sure true competition and the choices it delivers to consumers set the pace for the future.

Todd A. Bradford

National Federation of Independent Business

Assistant State Director



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