Letters to the editor published in the March 3, 2010, edition of The Explorer.
After meeting on cell tower, she'll move from OV
The cell tower meeting in Oro Valley was a big revelation to me, as I am not familiar with the political game and how it is played.
Nor am I friends of those types of players who would rather look the other way and let others do whatever they want to make lots of money, negating any moral or health responsibilities to those whose lives the work they do impacts.
Rather, I live in a world that helps people be the best they can be, who have and feel a moral obligation to do good. It is a way of life rather than an obligation. I too enjoy making profit, as I also enjoy spending it, but not at the expense of others' health and well being.
It appears there are no rules that anyone has to follow. Oro Valley does not care if a tenant put 50 cell towers or dishes on each and every pole they have erected on the TEP property. I believe I have counted about 14 poles that have already been put up. You see, it is cheaper to put as many as possible on each pole, and that makes it OK.
When I first moved here to Oro Valley, I was very proud to say I live in Oro Valley, where they do business in a good way. Well, I do not feel that way any more.
If they all get their way and fill all of those poles up with all sorts of cell towers and dishes, Oro Valley will not be a safe environment for anyone to live in. I asked "where do you draw the line and say 'enough,'" and I was told there was no line to be drawn; everything is FCC approved.
Pretty frightening and not very good for the future health and well being of all of the people living here.
I will have to sleep on this and pray I can sell my home and move. Don't know where, but with that kind of attitude and thinking, it won't be in Oro Valley.
Marjorie Moody, Oro Valley
Waters has much to offer OV as a town councilman
As people consider their choices for Oro Valley Town Council, it is important that voters consider the experience and philosophy the candidates bring to the ballot and that would guide them if elected.
I have decided to cast one of my votes for Lou Waters. His background as one of our country's premier journalists, coupled with the pragmatic, common sense approach he would take to the job, have convinced me that he would do an outstanding job as our voice on the town council.
Lou had a 40-year career as a journalist, and was an anchor with CNN from its inception in 1980 until he left the network in 2001. He received numerous awards and commendations during his career. As a member of town council, he will ensure that the public is always kept informed, and that the operations of town government are both open and transparent because that was the standard he held other elected officials to when he was a journalist.
Since returning to our area, where he continued his career with KOLD-TV, Lou has served as a volunteer for many charitable and service groups. He has immersed himself in the study of our town's issues and concerns, which is one reason why he has already earned the trust and endorsement of police officers, firefighters and the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce. His commitment to ensuring the quality of life that brought all of us to Oro Valley and his focus on the provision of basic town services as the essential work of the town council speak to the non-ideological, practical and collaborative approach he would take to his duties.
Lou Waters can point to many remarkable achievements in his life. It is admirable that he has returned to the place where his career began to live and to lead. I can think of few other candidates who offer the experience, skill set and vision that he would bring to the Oro Valley Town Council. He is an admirable and qualified candidate with much to offer Oro Valley as a leader.
Jackie Devery, Oro Valley
Strength comes from the people, not government
Ms. Pastryk's fever dream of Michael Steele representing a constituency of callous, uncaring millionaires pays short shrift to the hard-working, spiritual people who build families, homes and businesses.
The left's continuous screeching that Republicans keep their thumbs on the low-income defies logic and fact. From Johnson to Obama, the Democrats have institutionalized poverty in this country by supporting and encouraging the dissolution of the family through generational welfare.
To Pastryk and the left, the government is the parental figurehead, disciplinarian and benefactor. Every benefactor needs deep pockets, so the federal government uses its disciplinary powers to impose taxes. The 2007 IRS audit shows explicitly that just 53 percent of American earners pay any federal taxes. Families with just $66,000 AGI and up pay more than 86 percent of all federal taxes.
"Trust me, after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money," stated Michael Steele. He then asked his audience how many would like to earn a million dollars. American entrepreneurs running Subway franchises to hair salons may have yearly revenue of a million dollars, only to see nearly 40 percent evaporate before state taxes, leases, equipment purchases and salaries kick in. That million is drying up fast now.
These Americans put their shoulders to the mill stone to earn that money, not the government, and not Ms. Pastryk.
Surely, Ms. Pastryk is targeting just those millionaires with disposable dollars to splurge on Street of Dreams homes? Her tirade must be aimed at people like George Soros, the Democrat Party's valedictorian of campaign contributions, who made $3 billion on the American market crash and gave early and often to the Obama campaign through hard money and 527 MoveOn contributions. Or perhaps, Pastryk's anger is focused on Obama supporters like John Griffin of Blue Ridge Capital, who made $625 million in 2007, and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, who made $1.5 billion.
Why do the left and the Dems despise individual success? They have a common cause to keep us in our government-mandated class structure.
Strength comes from the people Ms. Pastryk, not the government.
Keith Smith, Oro Valley
Override is investment in greatest asset
Many thanks for mailing your "yes" vote by early ballot or voting "yes" on March 9 to pass Proposition 400, allowing the award-winning Marana Unified School District to replace their 10 percent 2007 override and add an additional 5 percent.
If passed, taxpayers will see no impact to the secondary tax rate in the 2010-'11 tax year, as MUSD intends to utilize existing debt service monies.
An increase of 5 percent brings in an additional $3.1 million a year beginning July 1st to help offset future cuts and deal with recent major statewide budget cuts. More than 12,900 students and 1,900 staff along with their families depend on your "yes" vote.
Many Maricopa County public schools and a few Tucson area districts (Catalina Foothills, Tanque Verde and Indian Oasis) in the last election were fortunate to have voters pass both budget overrides and bonds. Little did they know that on Thanksgiving "Eve," the governor and the Arizona State Legislature would slash $144 million to public education K-12. This and previous budget reductions along with economic factors have resulted in a loss of $8.6 million in the last two years to the MUSD general fund budget.
Families with very young children to college-aged young adults worry about the impact of legislative cuts on classroom sizes and available programs that support student success.
Many business leaders and educators acknowledge that the quality of our public schools K-12 and our state universities will determine the future success of our nation. State funds to education must be prioritized for the benefit of the public good.
Due to the budget crisis, district schools have tightened their belts and will appreciate your "yes" vote to help MUSD maintain quality classroom activities preparing tomorrow's leaders for future challenges.
The legislative actions to privatize public programs, including investments in education, will prove detrimental to Arizona's future prosperity unless outraged voters speak out. Do not let the elected state leadership turn a deaf ear.
Proposition 400 will lighten the burden caused by recent state budget cuts. Invest in our greatest asset, our youth. Vote "yes" on March 9th. Thank you, voters.
Milani Llorin Hunt, Marana
Maybe they're simply weak candidates
Recent letters to the editor and comments in the local social media have warned Oro Valley voters to beware of candidates running for office who have received endorsements from various local organizations.
The assertion is that if elected, those candidates would be beholden to the organizations that endorsed them. Some letters have called for the candidates to disclose their campaign finances, so the public can see who has made contributions to their campaigns.
Well, one could assert that those candidates who have not received endorsements are not considered worthy of endorsement by local organizations because they do not possess the necessary skills, experience or abilities to lead our town and as a result, are not qualified to hold the office they are seeking.
Oro Valley voters have had the opportunity to attend candidate forums, read candidate statements and responses to questions in the local paper, visit candidates' websites, and even ask candidates questions about where they stand on any given issue. Voters can then make informed decisions rather than making assertions about who may be beholden to organizations, or who may not be qualified to hold office.
Candidates for town council (and mayor) must comply with state campaign finance laws, which essentially state that the candidates must disclose all of their campaign contributions. These are public record, and are available at the town clerk's office at the Town of Oro Valley. In addition, candidate campaign financial information was published in the Feb. 24 edition of The Explorer.
Get the facts and then be sure to vote.
Stan Winetrobe, Oro Valley
Bill requiring recess didn't get a hearing
Unfortunately, HB2408, the elementary school recess mandate for 30 minutes/day physical activity, did not even get a hearing in front of the House Education Committee.
Chairman Rich Crandall, Republican from Mesa, told Rep. Frank Antenori, who introduced the bill, that he did not have the votes.
Several of the committee members, both Democrats and Republicans, sit on school boards and they put their local control philosophy ahead of the health and wellbeing of the children.
Antenori along with Rep. Nancy Young Wright worked very hard with me on this mandate in a nonpartisan fashion, but the committee members would not budge. I even compromised on the bill by allowing after or before lunch recess to count as part of the daily 30-minutes requirement, but to no avail.
However, I am on the agenda for the April meeting of the TUSD Governing Board, and hope to convince them that this mandate is vital for the health of the students.
Dr. Steve Gall,Tucson
Too many fire at the wrong U.S. targets
"Cease fire" yelled the firing-range master at Biggs AFB, Texas, as he stopped all of the ROTC cadets trying to qualify on the M-1 rifle. Someone was firing at the wrong target.
Today, many people are firing at the wrong target: our President, his administration, and all Americans who elected him. They use bullets of hatred, fear and lies to demonize us. They call us Nazis and communists and put Hitler mustaches on our President. They target those who are trying to clean up the elephant's mess, instead of the clowns who instigated the rampage.
Republican legislators resist efforts to revive our economy. They want our President to fail. They say they are fiscal conservatives, yet have not submitted a balanced budget in 18 years. They are for tax cuts; that is the easy way to win elections, and keep government small so no-one investigates their free-wheeling benefactors. They avoid controversial votes on issues; they can't risk losing their power. They must have the keys to city hall and they will do or say anything to get them. Once in power they upset the economical equilibrium by legislating for their rich friends. Every Republican administration since 1929 has started a recession(s).
It is time the hateful dissidents "cease fire" and acknowledge that their votes almost brought our government down. Their votes also enabled the Supreme Court to allow corporations and unions to influence our future elections. With Republicans stubbornly doing what they do best, blocking all Senate action, our American dream of government by the people is in peril. If the people can't choose the correct target, one that scores for all Americans, then they are shooting themselves and everyone else in the foot.
What happens next if you bring our President down and throw out all legislators for the people? Republicans offer nothing new. They will not share power with another party, not in Washington or in Phoenix. They boast that they ignore public opinion — they are the deciders, never mind that constitutional stuff about "we the people."
Please check your target carefully this November.
Benjamin F. Love, Oro Valley