Consider a lower speed on new bridge
Yesterday evening I took the opportunity to walk across the new bridge spans connecting Twin Peaks Road with I-10. It is a beautiful piece of workmanship and will greatly alleviate the congested commute drive along Silverbell and Cortaro roads. I am looking forward to using this convenient access route in the near future.
However, there is one concern that needs to be expressed. That is the speed limit of 45 mph that will be posted along the bridge spanning the Santa Cruz wash. This appears to create a situation just waiting for many accidents to happen.
Just imagine vehicles increasing their speed to 45 mph, then hitting the residential area along Twin Peaks Road where the speed limit is 35 mph. All in a distance of less than one mile. Some people will slow down, others will not, creating the perfect scenario for numerous rear-enders.
I encourage those responsible for this decision to reanalyze this speed limit. Setting the speed limit to a uniform 35 mph from the I-10 interchange west along Twin Peaks Road is a better solution.
Thank you for listening.
Paul Eyssautier, Marana
After vote, a break for the recycle bin
We might not know exactly where each candidate stands on each issue but one thing we can know for sure. All of them support the U.S. Postal system by the amount of "mail" we have been getting.
After the election, some of us might be sad, since our recycling barrels won't be seeing as much action. Back to the bills and insurance offers again. Just won't be the same without the unflattering pictures of all the candidates.
Heidi Aranda, Marana
People with pools should pay more
This letter was addressed to the Oro Valley mayor and council – Ed.
I would imagine you are getting a lot of mail on this issue. The simple fact is this annual increase has become absurd. There is less demand on the water utility in this current economic climate, therefore rates should be going down not up.
In lieu of an increase, I would also ask that you consider a surcharge for homes that elect to have a swimming pool. The loss by evaporation combined with the water and sewer consumed by the operation of swimming pools impacts the decline of our precious limited water supply. This fee would eliminate a need for any increase to responsible, water-conserving customers.
Typically, I support fewer regulations by government. I believe this to be an exception when I consider the number of Oro Valley residents I know who have been negatively effected by this economic recession and can ill afford another increase in their utilities and the associated unnecessary utility taxes.
Town records combined with the county real estate records will quickly reveal the number of pools in Oro Valley. The pool owners who purchase a cover to control evaporation and reduce the water needed to maintain the pool could be rewarded by a credit to partially offset the monthly surcharge.
I would not include community pools in this surcharge as I believe they serve a large number of residents and decrease the need for pools in private residences.
Conny Culver, Oro Valley
Let residents adopt pieces of public art
Re: Oct. 14, "Council overrules dictum from art commission:"
I was delighted to read that the OV Council voted to continue to bring more public art work to our community. However, my concern is for the preservation and maintenance of the public art that already exists in our community.
In these tight financial times, we need to be creative in how to designate dollars to preserve an important visual impression of our community.
My husband and I are great admirers and supporters of the public art steel sculpture, "The Tree of Knowledge," located outside the OV Public Library. I have been pursuing the library, the art review commission and the OV council to consider setting up a program that would allow citizens to "adopt" a specific piece of sculpture and put forth the dollars to pay for the maintenance and preservation of that piece. "Citizen Sponsorship for Preservation of OUR Public Art."
We have offered to start such a program by sponsoring "The Tree of Knowledge." We hope the council will consider such a program so that other citizens can step forward and do the right thing to preserve our public art from apathy and "rust."
Diane Uhl, Oro Valley
Landscaping at Marketplace is outstanding
Frequently we as citizens write to complain.
I would like to compliment the Oro Valley Marketplace shopping center on the outstanding appearance of the landscaping. Everyone should drive through the property to enjoy the lavender color theme while the bushes are in bloom.
The center is an asset to our Oro Valley community.
Linda and Dillis Ward, Oro Valley
Rescue of 33 miners touched all of humanity
Like millions of others around the world, I sat transfixed watching the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. This was an unfolding story that touched all of us on a basic human level.
When Chilean President Sebastian Pinera learned the miners were still alive after 17 days, he made a commitment to the Chilean people that he would do everything he could to save them. He asked the world for help, and it responded in droves including NASA and two small businessmen in Pennsylvania who provided the technical solution for drilling the escape shaft.
When the day arrived to begin the rescue, President Pinera stood there to take responsibility for what could either be a tragedy or glorious triumph. When the first rescuer entered the FENIX 2, we all held our breath wondering if this brave man would ever be seen again. Then we were amazed to see the miners below waiting for the escape capsule and we all let out a collective sigh of relief when the FENIX landed.
When the first trapped miner, Florencio Avalos, emerged into the arms of his little son and wife, we shared in the relief and joy and tears of the Chilean people. As each of the 33 miners emerged, he was met with this same joy and enthusiasm. President Pinera told them "Welcome back to life." And indeed each rescue was like a rebirth.
Luis Urzua was the last to emerge. He was the shift foreman who organized the miners and kept them alive for those first 17 days. He wanted all of his men on the surface before he left the mine — he was the captain of the ship and like Sully Sullenberger would not leave until everyone was safe. When he arrived on top, all of Chile erupted in a tumult of national celebration. He and President Pinera led the assembled crowd in the singing of the Chilean national anthem.
What a wonderful and happy story for all of us. We saw determination, ingenuity, comradeship, bravery and a national will to accomplish the impossible. I will never forget what I saw and felt. All I can say is Viva Chile!
Alex De La Garza, Oro Valley
Despite what she says, plan is not paid for
I was disappointed that Dave Perry and the Explorer ignored basic honesty and integrity with their endorsement of Gabrielle Giffords.
She stated empathically several times during public debates that Obamacare was "paid for." Obamacare is not paid for. Over half of the federal part of Obamacare, estimated by the Congressional Budget Office at $940 billion, is paid for with loans from the Social Security Trust, the new Class Act Trust, and most notably the Medicare Trust fund.
The part of Obamacare that must be paid for by 49 of the 50 states will require hundreds of millions of dollars per state to cover another 16 million individuals. The states' portion of the expense has not even been forecast yet.
What is known is that unlike the federal cost, the states will not be able to dump Obamacare expenses off to future generations. Like Arizona, the states will have to raise taxes or cut other areas to pay their bills. Not one of those 49 states has "paid for" the Obamacare load dumped on them by Obama, Pelosi, and Giffords.
Obamacare is the most financially fraudulent, politically corrupt legislation in our nation's history. Your failure to recognize Giffords' total lack of character, honesty, and integrity on this matter is a serious breach of the public's confidence.
Robert L. Ratliff, Tucson
Council's acts will have a negative impact
Recent town council meetings reinforced my concerns with new council members and Mayor Hiremath.
The mayor and council had temporarily delayed their plan to eliminate most or all resident-staffed commissions, boards and committees. However, during the last council meeting, disrespect for the residents' participation was again exhibited. The mayor and non-elected Councilman Solomon led a vote to override a decision made by the resident-staffed arts review commission.
The commission members had rejected some art proposed for the new retirement residence on Lambert Lane. The decision was within their authority and wouldn't delay the construction of the complex. The information presented by both sides clearly indicated a misunderstanding. Under these circumstances, even the most junior business manager would have sent the two parties back to resolve their misunderstandings.
However, the commission members' decision was overridden. Why were the art review commission members thrown under the bus? Was this another step to elimination of this commission? Will this council reduce the responsibilities of commissions to an insignificant level, thus allowing business owners, developers, builders, and the real-estate industry to set the direction of matters involving general plan, codes, ordinances and governing structure?
The council is in the process of studying and approving an updated sign code. The Sign Code Task Force and staff, for the most part, have done an excellent job updating the Oro Valley sign code. Will the council and mayor accept the recommendations, or will they make numerous changes, again letting business owners, developers, builders and the real-estate industry set the direction of matters involving general plan, codes, ordinances and governing structure?
Will the council and mayor create a code that will make Oro Valley the sign-blighted capital of metro Tucson?
My concerns lead me to believe that actions of this council will negatively impact Oro Valley's future. Who is running Oro Valley? Do you want the future of Oro Valley to be crafted by special interest groups or residents? It is time to let your elected officials know what you expect from them.
Donald Bristow, Oro Valley