No choice for cd8 Democrats

A lot of people say that there is no difference between the Democrat &

Republican Parties. How about this? On June 16, there will be a General Election to fill the recently vacated CD8 seat for the remainder of the term.

The Republicans are offering voters a choice between 5 candidates in an April 17 Primary Election. The Democrat higher-ups have anointed one candidate to run in the general election, avoiding the bother of a “messy” primary.

In fact, one experienced Democrat legislator “voluntarily” withdrew his bid for the candidacy after he had previously entered the race. Apparently, one party trusts its voter’s judgment, while the other prefers to do the thinking for its voters.


Tom Vana, Marana

Something to consider before voting

The six candidates running for the non-partisan Oro Valley Council expressed themselves well at the Sun City forum and no doubt all are sincere in their hopes for the continued improvement and growth of this wonderful town.

However, I think the residents of Catalina Shadows, Palisades East, and Palisades South (who all share the same main road to their homes) should listen more closely to what the candidates are saying (or not saying) regarding the huge Kai property along First Avenue from Palisades to Tangerine Roads.

Should any future council members vote to support changes in the present zoning laws, ie: more houses per acre, our three bucolic communities would become a nightmare with perhaps hundreds of new homes abutting our communities.

It’s interesting that the Kai estate allowed only two of the candidates, Mark Napier and Fred Narcaroti, to place their election signs on their properties.  It worries me that if these two men are elected and the Kai property lawyers once again ask for a rezoning, I might watch our three communities change from a two lane Palisades Avenue access to a three or four lane highway to wherever.

Something to think about before submitting our ballots.

Allen J. Pastryk, Oro Valley

No more No Child Left Behind

Arizona needs to move quickly to remove the yoke on its traditional public schools brought about by the Bush No Child Left Behind legislation of a decade ago. No Child Left Behind is a failure. Schools that cannot keep up with its unrealistic testing requirements face increasingly tough consequences, from busing children to higher performing schools, to offering tutors or replacing staff. According to the Center on Education Policy nearly half of the public schools in the U.S. cannot meet the requirement.

The 11 states that have already obtained the No Child Left Behind waiver will, starting this fall, no longer face the prescriptive actions spelled out in the act. They will have more flexibility in development of education programs and preparation for college and careers, set new targets for improving student achievement, reward the best performing schools and focus help on the ones doing the worst.    

Arizona needs to get to work immediately to get the No Child Left Behind waiver for its public schools.

Disclosure: I am a candidate for State Legislature.

Jo Holt, Oro Valley

Republicans offer a balanced budget

Just like the Republicans in the state legislature led us out of our recent state fiscal crisis, the Republican-led legislature is proposing a responsible budget once again.

Only two years ago our state budget was over $3 billion short. Now, the state has excess cash. This success was caused by making difficult, but responsible decisions. Unfortunately, mandates placed on our state by Obamacare are predicted to cause a $675 million shortfall in FY2015.

Our new budget plan saves money to help fill that gap. While some believe we should be spending our excess money, my fellow Republicans and I believe we need to save it for a rainy day.


House Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, State Representative, District 9

Dissention in Sun City Vistoso – Vote No

The dissention in Sun City Vistoso over a proposed $2.5 million expansion to the Sports Complex is palpable.  Hopefully after the votes are counted on March 27 some friendships that have been torn asunder will be repaired. There are feelings that the playing field has not been even. Rules & by-laws seem to protect those in favor of the project and the persons on the anti side of the project have felt their civil rights have been ignored. The use of meeting rooms is limited to standing committees or clubs so that precludes their usage by the anti group. Communication on the pro side has been going on for the past six months with only one opportunity for the anti side to voice their thoughts. Political signs supporting a Vote No agenda are not allowed. Does state law trump HOA rules? The project is primarily opposed because of its size and the unwillingness of the sports complex committee to be open to scaling down the size.

We are a community of about 3,500 people with 2,488 homes so 17,000 sq. ft. of complex is overkill based on what our so-called competitive communities have for their sports facilities. Basically, if you have an opinion and do not want to pay a $767 assessment then be sure to vote NO.

Advocates for Fiscal Responsibility, Sun City

Melvin’s plan on track for Arizona

Ben Love’s letter in the Feb.15 Explorer contains several serious misconceptions and outright untruths. I don’t have the space here to give expanded arguments to refute Love’s statements, so I’ll just cover his letter, in brief, point by point.

Senator Melvin has not ignored K-12 public education. His nuclear project offers a built in, shielded, revenue stream to K-12 and universities of $100 million every year for up to 50 years. That’s why the program is named ‘Arizona Nuclear Energy-Education’. Energy is not ‘free’ from the sun and what does that have to do with effective salt repositories?

The largest reactor site in the nation is our own Palo Verde complex that uses treated municipal water, and is located in the desert 40 miles west of Phoenix.

But, in any case Melvin’s nuclear-education project is not about generating electricity, it is all about management of spent fuel through recycling and repository storage. Love’s lack of understanding the issues is baffling. He goes on to say the ‘salesmen’ were deceptive about not mentioning costs of generating electricity at the WIPP facility in New Mexico. Mr. Love, that’s probably because there is NO reactor producing electricity at WIPP, never was. He keeps going on about the non- existing reactor and the missing data about cooling this ghost. Love calls the ‘4 percen unburned’ but there is no such thing. The 4 percen is part of the recycling separation process and is stabilized in vitrified form and can be stored safely in a repository. It contains no fissile material. Love refers to a ‘recycling’ reactor. Recycling facilities, as in France, are not reactors generating electricity but work to produce new fuel.

The Wikipedia I queried about the USS Thresher and Scorpion revealed that neither loss was related to the nuclear reactors aboard. Our Navy is monitoring both sites that continue today and they show no significant release of nuclear material.

Mr. Love’s statements in his letter of February 8 reveal his vision of misconceptions and blatant untruths.

Vince Leach, Tucson

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