Letters to Editor

Come on, Lou

Regarding Feb. 7 story “All four incumbents seek return to Oro Valley…”: Lou Waters says the Oro Valley council always does what is best for Oro valley. This might be his propaganda, but in common language, it is B.S.  

The Oro Valley council does what is best for the developers. Why? Is there some relationship they want the taxpayer to ignore? High density and high rises are not in the taxpayers best interest.  

Most of us want to keep Oro Valley a town, not a California ghetto. It will be a cold day in Hell before I vote another term for any councilmembers, and most certainly not for the current mayor. We don’t need this Main Street either.

—Norman Hansen

 


 

Change the tax system

Regarding Feb. 7 article “Nonprofit on a mission to revamp Arizona’s tax code”: Everything Reporter Danyelle Khmara said, I have said over and over again. In fact, I sent a letter kind last week to The Explorer about this same thing. 

Only, my letter was more in line with sales tax not being collected. But, I think Khmara and my opinions are on the same page. Over-reliance on sales taxes (read regressive taxes) and then not being able to collect $350 million in uncollected sales taxes (this in my letter). If this is not bad enough, then we had the state lay off all but four corporate auditors. This has got to tell all Arizonans something about the way Republicans are trying to crush the poor and middle class with reliance on regressive taxes, while going ahead  cutting corporate taxes down to zero. 

Here is what I pointed out in my letter about State Rep Eddie Farnsworth. Farnsworth just last year admitted, “that more money generated from sales taxes, the less money to depend on from the income tax.” 

One last thing in the article from The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy for the State of Arizona, Arizona is ranked 8th as the most regressive for state and local taxes. 

—Clyde Steele 

Editor’s Note: Last week’s story referenced in this letter was not an opinion piece.

 


 

 Golf to parks

We live near Naranja Park, and watched with dismay as the town pushed for a $17 million bond to build a sports and event tourist venue in our community park. Fortunately, town residents were smarter than our leaders, and voted it down three to one.

We are now learning that these same seven council members are planning to “invest” millions more to reduce the $2.5 million in annual golf losses to “only” $1 million every year, forever! This is based on the town funded $50,000 assessment and recommendations study by the National Golf Foundation and WLB, a council contributor.

These consultants were tasked with evaluating three downsizing options. However, the report also included an “Option D,”  closure of all 36 holes at El Conquistador. This could allow the conversion of the 146 acres into town parks and natural desert. Think of the benefits residents would gain from hundreds of acres of accessible parks around their neighborhoods. The 18-hole Cañada and 18-hole Conquistador courses are located such that families in a four square mile residential area could walk or bike to them. That’s an area from Tangerine to the CDO wash bounded on the east by Naranja and Riverfront parks and on the West by Wilson K-8, and Ironwood Ridge High School.

If mayor and council want to make Oro Valley a truly great place to live, they should pick Option D and convert the golf courses from a heavily subsidized ($10,000 per member, per year) country club for fewer than 250 members into neighborhood parks all residents can enjoy.

Then the millions of dollars not wasted by doubling down on golf could be effectively spent improving our community center facility. First to make it code compliant, then upgrade and enlarge the structure and finally to replace the exercise equipment and machines.

—Theresa Fitzgerald

 


 

More Marana news in Marana News

Having moved to San Lucus community in Marana about two years, we started receiving Marana News each week. 

However, most of the articles are about Oro Valley and planned development within Oro Valley. The community article on the front page of this week, your Feb. 7 edition, says see Marana, P14. Which has an Oro Valley story. I see plenty of good things happening in Marana which are not covered weekly. I suggest Marana News be about Marana, as I have seen Oro Valley has a paper of its own, and if I wanted OV news I would obtain a copy. 

New businesses in Marana and planned updates within Marana deserve coverage in the Marana News. The chamber for Marana would be a great place to start for news along with various council members. Toot our own horn.

—Howard Lauer

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