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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… Comments (1)
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 this campaign.
For several months I have been listening to and reading the comments made by Oro Valley’s incumbent elected officials.
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 development.
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.
If voters say yes in the November election, the associated property tax increase will come on top of any property tax increase the supervisors approve with the budget.
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 assertions.
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 truth.
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 election.
This letter is in response to Don Klement’s letter entitled, “A wolf in sheeps clothing.”
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. Enough said.
We are so saddened by the level of behavior in our town and county: