Recall is based on fiscal accountability
In reference to the article “Oro Valley vice mayor, councilman face recall” in the June 1 issue of The Explorer, when Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath described the recall efforts of OroValleyRecall.com a mere “distraction,” I say poppycock.
I propose we begin using the words accountability, meaning the fact or condition of being accountable, and responsibility, that is, their lack of accountability has corroded public respect.
I say the recall effort is based on accountability. Fiscal accountability. Fiscal restraint. Fiscal responsibility.
These elected officials could have responded to the recall with respect for the process and the laws that empower Oro Valley residents to choose their council members. Instead they responded with the same open, ongoing disregard for residents they have demonstrated in the Oro Valley town council meetings.
The mayor says, “they don’t have a right to be a distraction to town progress.” Oro Valley residents are protected by Freedom of Speech. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects this. (Perhaps I’ll drop off a copy to the mayor.) He claims the budget woes were “inherited from the last council.” He describes this council as “young.” This young council had more than a year to study this budget and form a long-term plan.
OroValleyRecall.com is asking the town to live within our means. Five members of this council have publicly refused to look at proposed budget reductions in spending.
The Hornat response is puzzling. “I don’t understand what they have a problem with.” Apparently the numerous speakers at (the council meetings’) call to the audience and speakers on various agenda items failed to give him a clue to the factual basis for the recall effort.
Mrs. Snider states the recall is “irresponsible” because of the damage to the town’s image. Mrs. Snider may want to reconsider her irresponsible vote to double the utility tax that will cost the Amphi Schools located in Oro Valley (additional thousands of dollars) per year.
Snider and Hornat consistently called to discontinue Coyote Run for the elderly and disabled, then flipped on this issue. It would appear they may flip again on June 15 with the latest motion for reconsideration.
I believe OroValleyRecall.com is responsibly holding them accountable.
Conny Culver, Oro Valley
Why the need to reconsider Coyote Run?
As someone who attended the June meeting in Oro Valley concerning the possible elimination of Coyote Run, I am appalled to see that two council members are considering changing their minds on the vote to keep this stellar operation intact for another year because of too much “emotion.” I, for one, do not trust any politician who makes decisions without it, and there is no better situation than Coyote Run in which emotion should be a deciding factor.
At the open meeting, not a single person expressed the opinion that Coyote Run should be eliminated. Not one. The testimonials given were full of emotion because speaking about our children, our health, our quality of life – that’s emotional.
And this particular service speaks to the needs of our emotion in a way no other RTA operation could. It’s not out of fear of change; it’s out of a belief of knowing we have something special in Oro Valley and don’t want it eliminated for something we know to be inferior.
We understand funding has always been an issue and believe (Oro Valley) transit administrator Aimee Ramsey would do everything in her power to find alternative resources, as long as she is allowed to try. Most people don’t even mind being taxed for something worthwhile.
The people have spoken. Leave the vote as is. It’s the right thing to do.
Charles Rossi, Oro Valley
Would like recall effort stopped
Tough economic times take strong, intelligent leaders with courage to make unpopular but sound decisions. Vice Mayor Mary Snider and Councilman Joe Hornat are two such people. Remember, five of our council voted to work to preserve our quality of life in Oro Valley.
There is small, but loud group trying to hijack our town. They have been unsuccessful before and are at it again. Sadly, some citizens will sign recall petitions without verifying any of their facts. While this small group is busy attempting to recall two of our town’s strong, intelligent, courageous, duly-elected council members, I do not hear any better ideas from (group members) on balancing the town’s budget.
Is this recall attempt really about the budget, a minimal utility tax increase that will maintain the level of services from the town we have grown to depend upon or just more politics as usual leaving the taxpaying citizens with the bill?
I support the efforts of Vice Mayor Mary Snider and Councilman Joe Hornat in their work to maintain the life style to which we have become accustomed. I support the increase in the utility tax. My family’s well-being is worth it.
Linda Shatto, Oro Valley
Opposes recall of OV council members
The proposed recall in Oro Valley makes no sense whatsoever. This waste of time detracts from the serious dialogue that needs to go on about Oro Valley’s overall fiscal health and how the town must adapt to the demands of continued growth. Anyone who has lived in this area for any length of time also knows that a recall would bring back sad memories of years past, when Oro Valley was a laughingstock because of its dysfunctional politics.
A recall of elected officials should only be proposed if someone has violated the public trust to such an extent that they should no longer remain in office. It is both immature and hyperbolic to propose a recall when you disagree with one vote an elected official cast. Recall proponents should instead commit to engaging in thoughtful action and conversation in pursuit of their goals for Oro Valley.
I would also like to applaud the continued public service of Vice Mayor Mary Snider. Her leadership and vision led to the creation of Project Grad at Ironwood Ridge High School, where I worked as an assistant principal for five years. As a result of the assistance she provided to parents at the TUSD high school where I now serve as principal, we are the first high school in our district to offer a “grad night” to its seniors. Mary is someone who is always positive and seeks solutions.
Ron Scott, Northwest Tucson
Man’s words made reader reflect on her actions
When I read comments regarding issues going on in people’s lives, I am reminded of myself about 10 years ago. That was when my opinions were the wisest, my ideas made the most sense. No compromising, no apologies. My passion was my need to be heard.
A gentleman who I respected, Mr. Guy Dority, tremendously brought to my attention my pridefulness, stubbornness and in his refined, diplomatic manner, that I was full of it.
I was so hurt. I couldn’t even make myself feel better by saying that’s his opinion. The fact was it was the truth. He saw through me.
After a couple of days of calming down, I was ashamed of myself. Good, it meant I still had the ability to respect people.
At first, it was so hard to listen, realize I was rude and mostly stop trying to impress. My life has changed. Good for me. I’m nicer. I thought I was nice. I thought I was a good Christian but forgot about “blessed are the peacemakers for they will be the children of God.”
I still make mistakes but I fix them with compassion instead of my ego. At 50, I was having growing pains. Mr. Dority had said our behavior shouldn’t be as it was 30-50 years ago. I agree I did not want to get stuck on ridiculous!
As early as the 16th century, Fitzherbert is believed to have said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That theory has been proven wrong, even for dogs.
Mr. Dority died at 92. He was loved and respected by so many different kinds of people. The life lesson he gave me has worked because these comments would have been written entirely different 10 years ago!
Mr. Guy Dority was a WWII veteran who flew with the first B17 in 1942 to land in Scotland. He completed 50 bombing missions and received many Medals of Honor. It’s amazing how this war hero was such a kind gentleman in his lifetime.
Rosemarie Gomez, Marana
Council members have done due diligence
The right to recall a representative for reasonable cause is a great example of how a republic should work. As noted in the Declaration of Independence, a demonstrated consistent pattern of failing to yield to the will of the people shall justify the removal of a leader. One vote does not constitute a consistent pattern. Vice Mayor Mary Snider and Councilman Joe Hornat have proven they are willingly to do due diligence when considering an issue. Most importantly, they have always been open and available to listen to our concerns and have consistently voted in the interest of the majority of Oro Valley residents rather than special interests.
The current recall activity is divisive, destructive and costly to Oro Valley. We elected them in November and, in such a short period of time, some voters have decided they are untrustworthy. Well, it makes one wonder what the real motivation behind the recall might be. I urge residents to consider all facts before they sign the petition.
Onita Davis, Oro Valley
Recall effort exercises freedom of speech
Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath called a recent effort to recall fellow council members Joe Hornat and Mary Snider nothing more than an "unneeded distraction." Vice Mayor Snider called the group's action "irresponsible."
Last week's letters to the editor sounded similar.
• "The attempted recall...of Joe Hornat and Mary Snider is a needless distraction to our community"... and reeks of pure hypocrisy." "They have a personal axe to grind." Kevin Jones
• "I find this recall activity destructive and unnecessary." Kay Williams
• "The recall petitioners are name-calling and slinging inaccuracies." Donna Winetrobe
Perhaps the recall effort might be an honest attempt by some citizens to exercise their "freedom of speech" guaranteed by our Constitution to question tax increases. Where is the civility that our mayor talks about? Also, it appears an honest difference of opinion cannot be accepted by some of our citizens.
Whatever happened to "living within our means"? Families can't increase their income in tough times, but governments seem to feel that the taxpayers can pick up any "shortfalls." Councilman Bill Garner gave a slide presentation on May 18 on potential spending cuts. Those suggestions were ignored and the utility tax doubled.
The mayor and the council members all stated publicly that Oro Valley needed to change the structural budget revenue problems. They all said they would attack this "structural problem in the future." However, they first needed to balance this budget with a tax increase.
If Oro Valley is to be a "Town of Excellence," we must find council people who are connected with their constituents and work toward their concerns.
Go to OroValleyRecall.com. Please sign the recall petitions.
John Musolf, Oro Valley