Charlie Hurt, Melanie Barrett, Tom Drzazgowski and I have worked with Bill Rodman on the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission at various times during the past 4 years. Each of us enthusia… Comments (0)
The words “Help Me Rhonda” by the Beach Boys is very appropriate for the Town of Oro Valley today. It is time for fresh voices to be heard and new faces to be seen on the dais of the Council Chambers. Rhonda Pina is that leader who will bring extensive financial experience at both the personal and business sectors to the Council. She understands financial statements and budgeting practices and will make the difficult decisions on what revenue and expenses make common sense for not only the immediate but also for long term solvency of our great community. As an independent thinker she has been a highly successful banker in assessing businesses and making tough decisions based on facts. Rhonda is a long time member of this community who as branch manager of both Wells Fargo locations helped establish the business climate of the Town. Her influence is not restricted to Oro Valley but extends throughout the region. As a member of the Pima County Small Business Commission she assists small businesses succeed throughout the county. Rhonda has been approved as a Commissioner for the Pima County Animal Care Center Commission which directly impacts the care and treatment of animals within the region.
I read with some interest the July 6th Letter to the Editor by Brendan Burns.
“Sick of the deceiving antics”
The article about the Giffords, Kelly push for ‘common sense’ gun laws made the point of the tragic loss of life by suicide. The loss of life that results from violence should be just as concerning. Just what is ‘common sense’ ? I would submit that like beauty, every one would have a different definition.
As a longtime resident of Oro Valley, I am sick of the deceiving antics of this incompetent mayor and his three council puppets. Yep, they all vote alike because their developer donors tell them how to vote. Their developer pals are the ones who gave the Gang of 4 a whopping $200k to get reelected. The spin, babble and pure deception over this community center and golf course purchase is continues. It’s just insane.
I began reading Maggie Romance’s letter to the editor with curiosity, but finished it with disdain. There are many things that police and fire personnel can be doing at one in the morning, most notably responding to real emergencies. I am reminded of the time OVPD and Golder Ranch responded quickly when my father stopped breathing in his sleep at one in the morning on another night. It certainly gives me peace knowing Golder Ranch firemen were able to respond quickly and did not have to wrap up entirely inconsequential tasks before moving on to the core of their existence: attempting to save lives actually in danger of being lost. If a verbal reminder of what firemen are and are not there to do was the only cost to Ms. Romance for an otherwise free and near-instant appliance repair, she should have taken that in stride and moved on with her life, perhaps keeping such things in mind before again attempting to needlessly tinker with a gas appliance at one in the morning. Next time, she might consider calling Southwest Gas or perhaps even a real 24 hour appliance repairman. Her snide insinuation that firemen wish only to be heroes is simply disgusting.
John Officer is running for Marana city council, August 2016.
To ArMA and Arizona Community:
Last week we responded to a resident, Ms. Romance, who had requested our services because of her sound judgment and excellent instincts. She had been cleaning her gas stove; put the knobs back on the stove only to discover that it wasn’t operating properly and consequently was concerned about the dangers of natural gas from the stove. Ms. Romance did the appropriate thing by calling 911.
In reply to John Winchester’s letter to the “You Say” column in the Explorer on June 1, Ally Miller is a lone voice for the taxpayer in opposing crony capitalism and sweetheart deals for the select few
I missed something in the 18 May Explorer. A front page story about the USS Arizona, in eternal rest with hundreds of Sailors and Marines still onboard beneath the surface of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the 7 December, 1941 attack that nearly destroyed America’s Pacific Fleet. The report centered on the sneak attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, and included a fund raising appeal for the Arizona memorial on the U of A campus.
John Winchester, the “Johnny Come Lately” grossly unprepared and unfit candidate for Dist. 1 Pima County Board of Supervisors op-ed (Explorer 6/2/16) was replete with platitudes, unattainable ideas and condescending on economic issues. The only intent of his diatribe was a very debatable hit piece on incumbent Ally Miller.
It was 1 a.m., before heading to bed, I put the knobs back on the gas stove I had been cleaning. One, then two, then three. Clicking started. I turned the gas on and they popped immediately to beautiful blue flame. I turned them off. Gas hissed. I turned them on again, then off. I couldn’t get the clicking to stop so I pulled it apart to discover the igniter was sparking, not just a low spark, but one that jumped out of each burner. The last thing I wanted to do was to place a call to you, surely I could fix this. I got a screwdriver to get inside the equipment and stopped an inch from the screw. What if it is serious and I create a spark outside the area? What if there is gas build up? I better error on the side of caution and ask for hel... as the public service announcements play in my head.
Golf has been underperforming at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center since it’s inception in May of 2015. None of the rosy forecasted revenues for fiscal year 2015/2016 have been met. Ten monthly forecasts so far. All of them wrong.
I write a lot of letters to the Explorer and I am grateful to the management of the paper for allowing most submissions from the public to be printed.
Recently, houseguests interested in moving to Oro Valley took a morning walk through the Naranja Park trail system. To their astonishment, they were greeted with shouting from walking archers. This is not the first time I have heard that some archers view the multi-use trails as their sole property and deride those without a weapon in their hand. However, even worse, the visitors happened upon a saguaro with an arrow through it. The picture is enclosed. Better the tree than a human or dog. But isn’t desecration of saguaro cactus against Arizona state law? The town website posts an industry brochure hyping the safety of archery. It proclaims “Archery is safer than Golf!” However, the piece is concerned only with the safety of individuals participating in their respective sports—not the unlucky by-stander at the wrong end of an errant shot—like our poor saguaro tree.
I was very upset to see the close-up photo of a mother javelina and her baby in the May 4, 2016 Explorer in the space where readers send in photographs. I doubt there could be a zoom lens strong enough to get such a close-up, so I believe this photographer must have been setting out food for them. This is extremely dangerous and I am disappointed that your newspaper would condone this.
Is there anyone else in Oro Valley that finds it amazing that the Mayor, Mary, Lou and Joe agree on virtually everything when most of us can’t even get agreement on everything in our own household. How can you get four people together, that agree with each other on every issue. It seems impossible, but wait, there is one thing that makes this possible, self interest. That is a powerful motivator for politicians.
I enjoyed the article last week addressing the divided government in our Town of Oro Valley. I’m pleased that some time and space was devoted to this issue, of which the majority of residents involved with our city politics are concerned about now, and especially the future with a town council election coming up. What I learned from the article confirmed my belief that the mayor has no idea that it is his job, as mayor, to be a unifying force in our city government with those that oppose his positions, as well as those that support him. Mr Mayor, this is not your dental practice where everyone has to agree with you. You knew taking the job that you would have to deal with opposite views on the direction of the city. In the five years he has been in office he has created an alliance with three other council members forming a majority, allowing him to move forward with his ideas, ignoring opposing council members and the people of Oro Valley their say. The mayor is supposed to be above petty bickering, grandstanding and political posturing, and he should be willing to actually work with, and bring together all elected officials. He was elected to do that. Instead, he chooses to attack his opponents on the town council in any way he can, in thinly veiled efforts to portray them as people of questionable character and obstructionists unworthy of serving. The mayor’s idea of bringing unity to the town is to support the candidates running against the incumbent town council members that have opposed him, so that he can have a super majority block, which would effectively make him the “King” of Oro Valley. He will have the power to do virtually anything he wants with the town. His current 4-3 majority gives him a lot of power and control, but if he gets his desired super majority, we the residents will have absolutely no say at all. I would ask the residents, do we want a monarchy in Oro Valley? I’ve lived here for ten years and nobody loves our town more than I do, but with what has happened here the last five years and what could happen going forward, makes me want to sell my house and move to Catalina.