Pima County’s Neglect toward Roads

Pima County for many years has played fast and loose with our tax and bond dollars. It would seem even during the boom years the County wasn’t too worried about road maintenance, as they believed the HURF funds would be enough to keep county voters happy. Well it hasn’t, for the last 10, maybe 12 years, Pima County has deferred maintenance. Instead of saving money from the boom years, they continued to mismanage and now that the problem has gotten so bad they have no choice but to deal with it. Administrator (Chuck) Huckelberry has said it was the state’s fault for lowering our HURF fund allocation, but those funds were never designed to be the only funding for street repair even when it was at its highest in 2007 the county was barely doing any road reconstruction/maintenance. The people in Catalina know that for a fact.

Our taxes are much higher than Maricopa’s, but to be fair we have a larger unincorporated population. So, OK we can understand a higher tax, but please have something to show for it. Now we are in a big hole the county has dug for us. Cut spending in areas and shift funds to roads. If our county leaders cannot find solutions to basic problems such as roads it is time for new leaders.

We elect our leaders to lead not to whine. If the county can’t take care of the roads we have, what will be the fate of our new RTA roads in a few years?

Sergio Mendez, Catalina

Disgusted by reaction to Limbaugh

I am disgusted to once more be ‘represented’ by a female claiming to be insulted for her granddaughter and all women (Disgusted by Rush Limbaugh in The Explorer on March 28.)

I was listening to Rush that day and thought that he went on way too long about this faux feminist activist fluke. I am a working mother and grandmother. I worked my way through college and graduate school. I have been working since the age of 16. I do not want to be told what to think.

I do not want to lose my religious freedom and the freedom to speak for myself. There is no reason to take Rush off the air when there are so many spouting lies and insults-Bill Maher, Keith Obermann, Joy Behar, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Ed Schulz; Hollywood stars like J. Garafalo, Jon Stewart; and politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wassermann, etc. who remain unchallenged.

Who will speak for the rest of us? Should we silence someone just because one person doesn’t like what was said? I am ashamed that more Americans don’t keep up with history, and not just the one revised version. This is especially true for many teachers today. If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

I want my granddaughters to know that in America you can achieve if you get an education and work hard.

Nothing is free.

Cheryl Cardwell, Marana

Sun City Vistoso Aquatic Center issue decided

The $2.5 million AFC vote has been counted, and more than 90 percent of homeowners voted, which is an unprecedented historical turnout. There were 45 percent of the residents in favor, and more than 55 percent of homeowners said no. An overwhelming defeat of the proposal. Wow, what a polarizing battle over the past year. It is finally over as homeowners have at last had the opportunity to express themselves at the ballot box.

Our community will, over time, heal the wounds of this confrontation with the SCV Board. We can now get back to being the friendly community that we once were before their proposal surfaced. In the future, we can and will have a civil discussion about our sports complex, and we will do so in a way that is in the best interest of our community and its residents. All of our residents.

It should be mentioned that ours is a seven-member board. Of the seven members, five were passionately promoting the AFC proposal, two opposed the project. Board members favoring the project included: Debra Arrett, Fred Bjorling, Ruth Gitzendanner, Dick Brammell and Robert Hefner. Board members, Janice Strassburg and George Williams took a more conservative approach favoring to remodel, refurbish and update the existing, near 9,000-square-foot facility.

As the community has spoken, there is no doubt that had the board’s proposal been more fiscally responsible they would have had the support and respect of the community. This board should have surveyed homeowners before attempting such a controversial undertaking. Had they done so, they would have realized early on, where homeowner support was and more importantly, where it was not.

Through their belligerent, arrogant, bullying tactics, they angered the majority of the community. Future boards should take heed and learn from the mistakes that this board made in their pursuits of this project without first testing community support. This board needlessly spent $20,000 of homeowner funds on architectural and marketing promotion.

Micheal Burk, Sun City Vistoso

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