Viable activities being denied

Where and when is a community center not a community center? In Continental Ranch and when HOA members meet there. The Board of Directors decided on a new policy of rentals for the center, which is one of the several common areas the homeowners pay assessments to maintain, but the only one, which must be rented. Our swimming pools, spa, picnic areas and soccer fields can be used without a fee.

For 19 years the Senior Club, made up of seniors and retiree homeowners has used the community center for its Thursday morning meetings. Here, they plan activities, which include much volunteerism for their own community, Marana, and Tucson. They conclude their meetings with games, cards, and sociability. Many of these seniors have these Thursday meeting for their only social activity because of health issues. They come with walkers and in wheelchairs. 

If the Senior Club is to continue the use of the community center, they will be charged rent that would be a hardship for some of the members who live on a fixed income. The Board of Director has been asked for a waiver of the rent but they disallowed it.

A viable community activity has been denied free use of the community center. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Board declared the community Center not a community center. Instead they decided to use it for profit making.


Gladys Pope,

Continental Ranch


Disappointed by Babeu

There he was, yet another Arizona politician embarrassing the state in front of a national audience.  When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu appeared on local and national TV stations last Friday to say he’ll defy any gun laws that President Obama “legislates,” he showed his ignorance—not only of what the President has actually done, but of the Constitution itself.  First off, executive orders issued by a President aren’t legislation.  Second, there’s nothing unconstitutional about executive orders, as Babeu tried to imply.

But I have to wonder, if new gun laws actually are enacted by Congress, as many of us hope, doesn’t the sheriff realize it’s his job to enforce the law, whether he agrees with it or not?  He’s not in a position to either make laws, interpret them or disobey them.  So please, Sheriff Babeu, stop trying to make a name for yourself on the national stage and stick to what you were elected to do in Pinal County—being a lawman.  That way, maybe we won’t be embarrassed by you in the future!


Karen Schickedanz,



Be tolerant for the handicapped

Lou Waters’ views on aging on page 16 of your Jan. 23 edition shows a surprising lack of maturity for someone 74 years old.  I agree that a lot of illnesses are the result of lifestyle choices, but denigrating people who use canes and walkers and who park in handicapped spaces came off as rather flippant.  I envy Waters’ good health.  At 78 I am in reasonably good health, but I have spinal problems and arthritis that often make every step I take painful.  Am I one of those people he sees using a handicapped parking space, but who doesn’t look handicapped?  I walk upright, and if I need to take only a few steps to enter a store I can do without my wheeled walker - as long as I know there are wheeled carts inside the store.  To assume I can park in the farthest-away space and somehow that exercise would allow me to regain normal mobility is wrong.  Perhaps when Waters suffers his first debilitating disease, he will become more tolerant.


Barbara Tidyman,

Oro Valley

Importance of acquisition


he Town of Marana, on its March ballot, is seeking permission from its citizens to own and operate a wastewater treatment plant in the town’s northwest.

This acquisition will give Marana the ability to control a large water service territory, one covering almost 120 square miles. With it we will be able to efficiently and quickly provide water and sewer services to many new businesses and residents.

A decision by voters allowing the town to operate its own plant will mean millions of dollars in water savings for its citizens. Marana has a long history of making solid financial decisions, earning it the respect of other Arizona municipalities. Our budget is balanced and our forecasts, prudent. This decision has been studied by town staff and is something we can, and should, do.

Marana’s advantage will be even greater when we can give local approval for all utility connections when approached by businesses and developers, giving us the ability to make things happen quickly.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is supportive of this decision as well. Marana and Pima County anticipate an amicable resolution to their issues very soon. We appreciate the county’s many efforts in this regard, and look forward to a continued long and mutually beneficial partnership together.

I hope Marana’s citizens will vote ‘Yes’ on the March ballot, showing their continued support for its leaders and allowing them to plan for its bright and growing future.


David Bowen,

Marana Town Council

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