Letters to the editor published in the February 17, 2010, edition of The Explorer.
Unfair to label candidate Zinkin a political novice
I am disappointed in the Explorer's coverage of the three mayoral candidates.
I believe that you have a responsibility to be fair. Characterizing Mike Zinkin as a political novice is unfair and incorrect.
Take a moment and compare Zinkin and Hiremath's Oro Valley experience. Zinkin has attended the Citizen's Planning Institute twice, served on the Developmental Review Board for two years and was its chairperson. The only experience that Hiremath has is with the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council. While I am uncertain as to his service with that council, it seems that little time was spent learning about the workings of Oro Valley government.
When it comes to meaningful experience, Zinkin is not the novice you portrayed him to be. His experience in Oro Valley government has prepared him to be our next mayor. The same can not be said for Hiremath.
Chuck Davis, Oro Valley
OV is at a crossroads; vote business
Oro Valley is at a crossroads.
Our once quiet small town, Southern Arizona's best-kept secret, has become a bustling community, a world-renowned community with the addition of Roche/Ventana and Sanofi Aventis and other international companies.
Once to be considered the retirement community in the USA, Oro Valley is now a vibrant family-filled community. This is the community I live in, where my children go to school and, yes, where my business is located, too.
And the reality is we need to raise money for our existing services. Cutting services is out of the question. Where do we get the money? Raise property taxes? I think not.
We found someone to pay the tax bill and that is local business.
That will only happen if the voters unshackle our ability to grow.
Change the mindset of town hall. Get a sign ordinance on the front of the agenda, work together for solutions that everyone can agree on.
Vote business this week. That's the future of Oro Valley.
For council: Mary Snider, Lou Waters, Joe Hornat
For mayor: Satish Hiremath
Michael Quinn, Oro Valley
Comparison of 'retirement' like apples, oranges
A recent issue of The Explorer included a "Best of the Northwest" section covering various categories in the area. I found the "Retirement Living" category to be a comparison of "apples and oranges." Splendido is listed as #1, and under Honorable Mention, Sun City Vistoso, SaddleBrooke and Mountain View Retirement Village.
Firstly, Splendido and Mountain View are facilities providing housing, food service, assisted living and continuing care for a limited number of occupants in the range of a few hundred.
Secondly, Sun City Vistoso and SaddleBrooke are communities with golf courses, tennis courts and amenities for active adults over 45. The residents live in individual homes or in duplexes.
Sun City Vistoso is a community of 2,488 homes and SaddleBrooke #1 consists of some 2,100 residences with expansion continuing in adjacent SaddleBrooke areas.
The first are facilities. The second are communities. The two are distinctly different.
Nancy Davis Greenway, Oro Valley
OV in need of strong leadership
In last week's Explorer, Mayor Loomis made it clear how the town has gotten into the budget crisis we are in. He proudly stated that in his 12 years of leadership the Town population grew by 60 percent, 15,000 people, while he and the rest of our elected officials allowed the budget to grow by 254 percent, $17.9 million.
We need a sound businessperson who understands conservative fiscal restraint and realizes that we have to live within our means and not treat the city money as monopoly money.
Satish Hiremath is a dentist and a businessperson who knows you have to plan for economic changes and not allow expenditures to get out of control. If he ran his office the way our elected officials run the town, he would not be able to keep his office open. We need strong business leadership now, not the same old thing as the last 12 years.
Ronald O'Neil, Oro Valley
Both sides show nastiness
In "GOP Immigrant Bashing May Get Worse," Mr. Safier gets things half right.
Certainly, reactionary Republicans have much to answer for. Yet, he misses the other equally rotten half of the equation.
The nexus of opponents to needed reform includes organized labor and its elected minions. In addition, there are folks on both sides of the aisle who are just plain racists.
What is needed is free trade in goods, capital, and labor between the NAFTA nations. In a retrograde step, this week, the Obama administration ordered changes in labor law (the H-2A program) that pander to organized labor and will ineluctably lead to higher food costs in the USA, as well as, more "illegal" immigration and its attendant misery.
I find it utterly hypocritical for Mr. Safier not to have beaten up on both sides of this nastiness.
Lawrence Glenn, Tucson
Safier missed the point on GOP, illegals
Dave Safier misses the point in his column concerning GOP immigrant bashing. Those opposed to the "immigrants" are mostly opposed to the illegals who steal into this country. They are no more "immigrants" than a thief in your house is an "uninvited party guest."
It may be true that most illegals are law-abiding people, but some are not, and it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens. One of the ways they do that is by screening people who want to lawfully immigrate to this country.
If he is concerned about the children who are here illegally being left out on their own, he can set up Dave's Day Care and provide all the entertainment he wishes, as long as he does not coerce money out of his fellow citizens, including in the form of taxes. (Taxes are coerced; try not paying them and see what happens.)
The tragedy of Mr. Safier's view on illegals is the cost of human lives. His view creates an attractive danger. It is very dangerous to try and steal your way into this country, and many people are fooled into thinking it is an easy journey. If the truth of the journey were to be made available, I suppose a lot of them would not make the journey.
If Mr. Safier is concerned about the welfare of the people who are stealing their way into this country, he and like-minded folks can go south of the border and set up schools and whatever else he thinks they need to improve their lives. If he thinks the government of Mexico, or any other country, is not looking out for the best interest of its citizens, he can work to improve that government.
Andrew Woodward, Tucson
His brand of conservatism is a disorder
A recent letter to the editor from Mr. Cunnington reminds me of a letter he wrote to the Tucson Weekly sometime ago in which he said, "There is nothing but hatred, vitriol, irrationality, small-mindedness, ignorance of reality, illogic and simple basic cognitive dissonance oozing from every page of every issue."
He must have taken that to heart as the same can be said of every letter he writes to the Explorer. Mr. Cunnington is convincing proof that his brand of conservatism is a mental disorder.
Greg Steed, Oro Valley