OV police officers do what we won't

My wife and I were in our home one night and we heard intermittent loud banging on our front door. I called 911, and within minutes there were four police cars in front of my house and officers walking down the side of my house, in pretty much blackness, looking for signs of an intruder. I honestly never understood, logistically, how they could have arrived in such force in so little time.

So I suggest that before the next person writes another nasty note about the OV police, ask yourself: What kind of a person races to your house then gets out of their car in the dark to seek out danger so that you don't have to face it yourself?

Maybe we OV citizens could show our generosity and appreciation by giving our officers a little break from time to time, do you think?

Barry Tucker, Oro Valley

OV police are keeping town safe, crime-free

I was saddened and dismayed to read the Town of Oro Valley voted to pay $100,000 to a consultant to examine our OVPD, especially when the town may experience a $2M deficit.

My guess is that the people on the council and those Explorer letter writers who have recently been critical of the OVPD have never lived in a place like Los Angeles. I grew up in L.A. and would hate to see Oro Valley head that direction.

Police department funds were (and still are) always so limited, that we did not feel confident that the police would arrive in time to help us with an emergency. I remember as a kid in the '60s, my dad called the police to report a burglary in progress at our neighbor's house. While on the phone with the emergency operator, my dad reported seeing the bad guys enter the house. Fortunately, those neighbors were out of town because it took the LAPD officers two hours to arrive and check out the situation.

One of the main reasons my family and I moved to Oro Valley was because of the safety, low crime rate, and family-friendly community. We moved to Oro Valley 15 years ago, and in that time, we have had many opportunities to deal with the Oro Valley Police Department; whether it was very quick responses for our own 911 calls, the school resource officer programs at our daughters' schools, parent education programs led by Chief Sharp, or community activities where the police were present to help with and monitor the events. In each case, we have been extremely impressed by the OVPD and proud to say we live in this town.

If the members of the council and our town want to have police response like in Los Angeles, please move there. Otherwise, please allow OVPD Chief Danny Sharp and the police department to do their job so Oro Valley remains the safe place we love.

Donna Winetrobe, Oro Valley

Thanks, Dems, for setting rest of us straight

In response to the three Democrat letters in the Nov 25 Explorer, I would like to say to the first letter, I never realized how important it is to abort defective babies in the USA, until I read your letter.

I am sure people like me, after reading your letter, will no longer gag when thinking about America aborting her potential future citizens, but will embrace the idea of abortion because of all the defectives needing to be aborted.

In the second Democrat letter, I see if folks like me could only see America as the imperialist nation that it is, we would no longer think offense is the best defense, and we would take all the military funding and put it into something useful, like nationalized medicine. Just because Stalin and all the other totalitarian dictators around the world have called us an imperial nation, should bring home the truth of it, not cause us to pause at the idea. Wow, am I learning.

The third letter regarding our forefathers putting health rights into the constitution by using words like "promote the general welfare," just shows me how wrong I can be sometimes. I guess I just need to forget books like the Colonial History of the State of New York, 1853, which show how people talked and used words in those days. Gee, they really were for the welfare state all along, how could I be so stupid?

Also, in the third letter, regarding the Post Office and the Defense Department being the first socialist agencies, I guess that means Benjamin Franklin was the first Post Office socialist, and George Washington was the first Defense Department socialist, due to the first secretary of defense reporting to him.

As for T-D going bankrupt, and the unions going in for the kill, the vultures always circle when they smell death.

I am so glad you Democrats are out there and can set all the rest of us straight. Thank you.

Rebecca LoPorto, Tucson

Water carried by police critic is not potable

Ms. Ottoboni, through her letter-writing campaign, continues to carry the water for the tres amigos on the town council who want Police Chief Sharp fired.

But let's test the quality of the water.

She tells us that we should elect a police chief rather than hire a person with a proven, broad-based law enforcement background. For an example of how that would work Google "Ashland's first elected police chief." You should see a May 2009 story about Chief Tony Randall. You will love it.

She further reports that the investigative abilities of the Oro Valley detectives are poor. This is soundly based on conversations she heard at Rancho Vistoso Homeowner Association meetings. She wrote "Their skills were not on a par with the various towns they came from and failed by comparison."

I am not sure exactly what that means but I think it is a slam of the OV detectives.

Amazingly she knows how many police cars should be dispatched when investigating "one small compact car." According to her formulary, five is too many. Whether the small compact car is stolen, contains known felons or was fleeing from a robbery or simply speeding is evidently not important to her. The size of the vehicle dictates how many police vehicles should be dispatched. We may have to buy more cars if we start stopping 18-wheelers.

She then goes on to talk about attending a meeting in SaddleBrooke and listening to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Without mentioning any other sheriff types she closes her letter with, "I remember Mr. Cox stating that in Oro Valley, anyone with enough signatures could get on the ballot, which I presume may be true in many cities, but I am sure the residents of the town or cities are smart enough, as they were in Pinal County, to vote for an individual who has the required background and experience."

Would someone please tell her that Joe Arpaio is the sheriff for Maricopa County. I don't have the heart to break it to her.

The water she carries is not potable.

Don Cox, Oro Valley

This letter was shortened. – Ed.

If attacking chief, PD, deal in facts

Geri Ottoboni seems to have moved to Oro Valley to declare war on a police chief who has served well for the past nine years without her interference. If she is going to continue this tirade, I would like to have her more aware of what she is talking about.

Sheriffs and police chiefs are not interchangeable. To become a sheriff, you need to be a politician and have financial backing. You need no background in law enforcement, no qualification at all as far as a knowledge of law enforcement or being a law enforcement officer, no education, just money to run a campaign, and thus be beholden to your contributors.

To be a police officer you need to be a graduate of a law enforcement academy, which takes about six months, certified in the state where you are applying, have at least a high school education and more than likely a number of college credits. To be considered for a chief's position you need all of the above, many years of experience in law enforcement and usually a master's degree.

When Oro Valley started looking for a new chief they advertised widely, had many applicants from all over the country creating an excellent pool of candidates, and had many interviews for each applicant. Each applicant had to interview with 33 different people on numerous committees which were made up of people from all walks of life. After the interviews were completed the committee made their findings known to the mayor, town council and the town manager, who then decided who would be appointed and in our case it was Chief Sharp. Incidentally, he holds a master's in public administration.

Please deal in correct facts if you must persist in these attacks.

Jeanne Wolff, Oro Valley

Local store stepped up to feed needy

Last year we decided to try to help the hungry at Thanksgiving by pooling some cash and purchasing as many turkeys as we could for the Community Food Bank.

We were turned down by one of the areas largest grocery chains, which cited "corporate policy." Enter WalMart. At the last minute this corporate giant was more than willing to help us at a great price with outstanding service.

Again this year the locally empowered manager, Jeffrey Hughes, and his assistant manager, Paul, stepped up to help the hungry. Over two years we have been able to deliver about 1,500 pounds of turkeys to the food bank.

Thank you, WalMart, for being a good neighbor and a good corporate citizen.

Dawn Kulesa, Rae Ann Morgan and Colleen Stark, Oro Valley

OV town policy calls for study of departments

The Nov. 25 Explorer had an article: "Council asks for study of police department."

The council also decided to include in the search a firm to conduct a management study of the parks and recreation department.

Evidently, that statement would not catch the reader's eye (like the police department) if left out of the title of the article.

The article does state that council policy has been to conduct management studies of all town departments to assess strengths and weaknesses. The town has conducted similar studies of the building safety, legal and library departments. Those studies ranged in cost from $30,000 to $50,000.

Councilman Garner said an analysis done by an outside group was needed to determine departmental needs.

Councilman Al Kunisch, one of the council's strongest supporters of the police department, questioned the proposal. Councilman (Kunisch) said the size ($12.3 million) of the police department's budget shouldn't alone predicate a study. Using that reasoning, legal (about $1 million) never should have been studied.

No unbiased words from Councilman Kunisch concerning the size of the parks department budget?

"I would like to know why this came up?" Kunisch said. "What's broken, why do we have to do this?"

I wonder if the Town of Oro Valley government is also broken since every year the Town of Oro Valley Auditors (Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C., Certified Public Accountants) perform a yearly audit of town government effectiveness?

The other totally unbiased comment came from the police union: "I find it interesting," said Kevin Mattocks, a police officer and president of the Oro Valley Fraternal Order of Police. Mattocks questioned the timing of the proposal in light of recent conflicts between the council and police department, particularly the rancorous budget battles from earlier this year.

"I think if you just changed the wording of that proposal, it's just a way to justify staff reductions in the police department," Mattocks said.

Mattocks overlooks that the budget battles did not result in any police staff reductions.

How many taxpayers were contacted to comment on this story?

John Musolf, Oro Valley

Wall on Oracle 'ugliness at best'

I wholeheartedly agree that wall on Oracle Road is ugliness at best. OV should be ashamed to block the view of the beautiful mountains.

And those branding irons they added for detail only enhance the ugliness. Why didn't they add some color?

Every time we drive past this wall I only wonder about the OV government and their ability to keep OV beautiful.

Dee Brady, Catalina

Founding fathers were career public servants

I appreciated so much the article on Nov. 18, "Bad Arguments from right, left," by Emil Franzi.

There is much to be said regarding our Founding Fathers and the work that they accomplished. Emil correctly stated: "The issue is not how long they served but how well."

I am intrigued with the reference regarding "career politicians" and its relationship to how well they served. Perhaps the reason that they did so well rests with the possibility that they were career servants rather than "career politicians." There is a big difference. Understanding the difference can explain why they did so well.

James Madison and others diligently studied the history of governments, their failures and the results of different forms of government. Some would say that this is what a politician would do. I say that this is what a servant would do in preparation for the significant changes being proposed. There was interest in politics, but that was dwarfed their interest in the success of a new government.

Our Founding Fathers stepped up to the call of service. They understood human nature and what politicians would do: relentlessly striving for power and control of the masses. Power and control are characteristics of "career politician."

The intent of the Constitution was to bind in chains those in authority. The success of our government was paramount to any political endeavors. In 1787, George Washington did not want to participate when called upon from private life, but did. James Madison persuaded (begged) him to be present in Philadelphia in 1787. If he not been there, the entire process would have failed.

Today we have "career politicians" more concerned about themselves and special interests rather than the citizenry. Emphasis on photo opportunities and ego-centered legislative maneuvers has superceded the best interests of the people. A "career politician" strives for power, control and manipulation through deception. A servant strives to limit that power and control and serves its citizenry for that cause.

Our Founding Fathers were career servants whose focus was "We the People." We desperately need political servants today.

Bob Black, Oro Valley

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