In the aftermath of the recall election, most people will choose to frame the results in terms of win or lose. I see a different path in the outcome based on what this election brought to ligh…
I am pleased to support
Dr. Ryan Hartung for Oro Valley Town Council. Ryan is an impressive
younger resident, aged 37, and has resided in Oro Valley since
2009. He holds a full-time job as a research chemist, which he has
had for nine years.
I received about a week
ago a publication in the mail full of lies and false statements and
deceit about the four challengers who are running against the
incumbents. I know the people who are running against the mayor and
his team and I believe they will do a very good job in representing
all the citizens of our town if elected. I think the mayor and his
team have acted in a mean spirited derogatory manner throughout
I am writing in support of Prop. 430 which would
include the purchase of 20,000 acres for preservation as open
space. We are blessed to live in a stunning place. The Sonoran
Desert, with its wildlife and vegetation, is unlike anywhere else
in America. Opportunities for recreation abound, and our
economy is supported by tourists who flock here to enjoy our
natural environment. But this treasure is threatened by encroaching
Spending ever more taxpayer
money on education is a point of sacred theology with
Democrats. Dave Safier is true to that belief. However,
nowhere in Safier’s column does he provide any justification for
the increased funding he wants. He implies he’d like to see
more teachers hired and teacher salaries increased. Why? And how
much is enough? How about a plan we can review?
Whenever I see the lovely campaign literature and
signs for Mayor Hiremath and his fellows on the council, I now
think of the densely packed brown monoliths called the Encantada
apartments on Oracle Road.
As a resident of Oro Valley
for the last 13 years, I have seen many changes. Slowly at first,
then more rapidly over the last few years. Not all of it good. I
have watched the political back and forth for the last 10 months. I
attended the Dec. 17 council meeting, the crowd overflowing with
concerned and passionate citizens. (Although the mayor would have
everyone believe we’re a small insignificant bunch) I listened to
the arguments pro and con on the golf course and recreation center.
I was and continue to be against the purchase of this albatross
around the neck of our once small happy community. Unfortunately we
are stuck with it and the ever-growing debt on our community.
In a recent edition of The
Explorer, there was a letter from a lady who spoke of “bullying” by
the challenging candidates in the recall election at the candidates
forum at Sun City Oro Valley. She inferred that Joe Winfield had
withdrawn because of their actions.
One drive through Oro Valley
these days reflects that we’re involved in a political range war
somewhat sharply divided down the middle: Never seen anything like
this so publicly angry with the establishment.
Oro Valley is on the path to
financial disaster and the recalled incumbents couldn’t care less.
Why would they? It’s your money, not theirs. The community center
lost over $1 million in the first three months (not counting
capital). What is cause for panic is this enormous loss is 61.5
percent greater than projected. The town approved the 2015/16
budget June 3. If we cannot forecast our finances 30 to 90 days, we
are in serious trouble.
I am a 20-year resident
of Oro Valley and wish to express my admiration for one of our
citizens. It is Ryan Hartung. I have known him for a short time,
which has been long enough to recognize a person of integrity,
intellect, wisdom and commitment.
Most people are following the events surrounding the
purchase of Oro Valley Community and Rec Center and the current
recall efforts initiated by a group of local single-issue gadflies.
All of the media attention is directed to the mayor, the council
incumbents and the various challengers. But if you do not attend or
open the live Oro Valley town council meeting webcasts held every
other Wednesday you are likely to be unaware of the extraordinary
work being done by two town employees, Greg Caton the town manager,
and Stacey Lemos the financial director.
I wouldn’t be writing this letter concerning Ryan
Hartung were it not for the error-ridden diatribe Dan Klement
published in last week’s Explorer. Based on the inaccuracies and
falsehoods Dan included, it is apparent that he has never had the
pleasure of meeting and speaking with Ryan. Well I have, and I’d
like to use that knowledge to correct a few of Klement’s
For miscreants spreading
half-truths and stone-faced lies about political candidates, the
strategy is simple. Grab on to a deceptive statement and
repeat it a thousand times until people actually believe it to be
The recall for determining
political outcomes should be used carefully, validly and rarely
since a successful recall thwarts a duly constituted election, and
negates the will of the voters of an already held
In Oro Valley, all the hoopla and propaganda that we’ve been
reading could have been avoided. The answer would have been short
and sweet. The council majority 4 of Hiremath, Snider, Waters and
Hornat should have allowed the Oro Valley citizens to actually Vote
“Yes” or “No” on the golf course acquisition. This would have saved
us all a lot of time, effort and money. It is called democracy.
I haven’t heard anyone
ask the Oro Valley mayor and the three recalled council members
what their “strategy” is if the three town-owned golf courses
continue to run in the red and become a major liability to the city
in the future.