- Your Voice
I recently learned I am no longer a patriotic veteran, but rather have been relegated to the “Basket of Deplorables.” I am irredeemable, un-American, racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and Islamophobia.
Don Cox, with all your blustering, you must be exhausted... Take a deep breath and hold it for 20 minutes.
I absolutely can’t buy your call for “Kumbaya” time now that the primary election has been completed. How convenient. You along with your Ally Miller hater, Jim Nintzel’s attempt on an almost weekly basis to promote and accommodate the bought, paid for sham candidate for Dist. #1 BOS failed miserably.
Much has been written on these Explorer Opinion pages in the past 6-8 weeks about the Oro Valley Town Council election. I have written expressing my support for the three challengers while giving the readers reasons to not support the incumbents. Other have taken to this medium to vilify me, call the challengers liars and make an attempt to justify the berating one of the finest police departments in this state and country.
It is after long thought and deliberation that we will no longer be producing the Oro Valley Holiday Parade.
I wish to point out Patrick King’s politically incorrect reference to a single-parent family as a “broken home”. That generalization is unfair and insulting. Thankfully, that term quit being used by most people in the ’70s and ’80s.
With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food. That’s right - school food!
I recently attended the first Oro Valley General Plan public meeting on August 23rd after being unable to attend the various scoping meetings. The first item, even before discussion of the General Plan, was a non-related issue where owner-developer representatives were making the case on a vacant, hi-profile property—for a change in zoning from commercial back to residential. Usually it’s the reverse. However they openly indicated on record, “Oro Valley’s economy won’t support commercial development (at this time).” Anemic economic growth; this is a biggie, and was in no small way coincidental to my own input. After this part ended, the General Plan input portion barely mentioned a key linchpin in future municipal infrastructure. One that will affect everything across the spectrum of the entire developmental cachet: that being Broadband Internet. Broadband defined as one gigabyte or better upload and download speeds; something absolutely necessary for simultaneous voice, video, and data transmissions. Without this infrastructure aspect, OV can kiss goodbye to the kind of planned & controlled, advanced economic development everyone seems to want. Here’s the ominous consequence: without a specific Broadband input in the General Plan, all of Oro Valley’s glorious built-out settings, plans, parks, buildings, natural beauty, etc. will just render it to a dumbbell-shaped future. One side will be “Geezerville”, and the other nothing but a “bedroom community” of tens of thousands of younger commuters, daily clogging the traffic arterials to and from jobs elsewhere. Do you really want this? Broadband is the urban glue of the future; it’s the magic “secret sauce” that will allow Oro Valley to reach its full potential—that being a technologically adept, self-contained, economically vibrant community with a clear orientation to the challenges ahead. So OV needs a plan that puts a civic expectation on the cable cartels for constant technological upgrades. Make no mistake they will resist this in the most aggressive way possible. Sans a clear, unambiguous Broadband plan, firmly committed-to in the General Plan documents, the city will just have to take what the cable cartels give you, all the while telling you, it’s “the best we can do.” Right.
There are voices out there that would have you believe that if I jumped in my pool 10 times, there would be 10 people swimming. Similarly, walking into a gym 10 times does not translate into 10 members. That’s spin, and indicative of a convoluted and dishonest thought process. As such, the Community center stats are not an accurate representation of memberships.