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Letters to the editor published in the November 10, 2010, edition of The Explorer.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:00 am

We don’t want pot shops on every corner

Re: “OV approves zone rules for medical pot.”

Thank you to the town of OV for setting up rules to prevent “pot shops” from cropping up on every corner, or being “dispensed” at the local convenience store.

Thanks to Barbara LaWall, who has noticed how unbelievably easy it is to have a dispensary in the state of California.

I have to say that the stay-at-home mom who disagrees with these restrictive rules has it all wrong. Pima County wants to make marijuana nothing like California. If anything, Pima County would look to New Mexico to establish medical marijuana dispensaries. New Mexico has strict guidelines and policies in place for who is allowed to receive medical marijuana. There are limited qualifying events, and amounts.

Ms. Haslett states that “The people who would be coming to these dispensaries are your neighbors.” How could she be regulated from selling to the kid from down the street who broke his foot? He’s a neighbor. Plus there is the whole concept of DUI — does that apply to medical marijuana?

Clearly, most Arizonans don’t want California’s version of legal marijuana here.

Cindy Waller, Marana

Anyone can run; fewer are qualified

The recent election cycle in Arizona produced a number of candidates without formal higher education and no public governance experience. Apparently they felt that they were qualified to run for public office.

It has become apparent to me that public office in Arizona is sought after by individuals making decisions from internal organs below the neck. I now understand that education, to these individuals, is irrelevant. Can anyone doubt that Arizona’s low standing in support of education is breeding another generation of uneducated individuals to seek public office?

The citizenry of Arizona needs to wake up and realize that a qualified candidate for public office needs to understand the governance issues to make important decisions that will impact our population. There may be exceptions to my perception, but they are few in number.

In a democracy, anyone may be eligible to run for public office, but not everyone is qualified for public office. I hope we can keep this in mind when the next election cycle is upon us.

Herb Tinow, Marana

Marana council serious in its deliberations

I want to thank the Marana Town Council for all their hard work, especially concerning their recent vote on the re-zoning of the Marana Regional Landfill.

I was moved by the serious consideration that the council used while deliberating. This was a most difficult decision for the council, especially since, as Councilmember Post mentioned, some of their friends and family oppose it.

It was obvious while sitting in that meeting that the council did what they thought was right, even though it could cost them their jobs, as Councilmember Clanagan said.

I respect the mayor and council for their courage and leadership in the community, we need more leaders like them. I believe they made the right choice.

Whitney Misenhimer, Tucson

Marana shows it is, and will be, pro-growth

The citizens of Marana have a lot to be thankful.

The city of Tucson asked its citizens for a half-cent sales tax on top of a state half-cent sales tax; no wonder the citizens of Tucson voted it down. With the failure of the half-cent sales tax, the Tucson City Council will now have to lay off 400 town employees, which 100 will be police officers. The city of Tucson has always been seen as an anti-growth city and today the city council is reaping what it sowed.

On the other hand, Marana on Wednesday night approved a regional sanitary landfill in Marana. Additionally, on Nov. 18, the new Twin Peaks interchange on I-10 will be open for traffic. This new I-10 interchange will join Dove Mountain with Continental Ranch. With this new interchange it will give Marana a big stimulus boost. Spectrum Mall will soon break ground and now that the council approved the landfill, other businesses will want to join in Marana success; because Marana is a pro-growth town, it always has and always will be a pro-growth town.

A pro-growth municipality spells jobs, jobs, jobs.

David Morales, Marana

Mayor, council do right things for Oro Valley

In the Nov. 3 Explorer, one writer called for residents to “let your elected officials know what you expect from them.” I agree.

Mr. Mayor and council, I support the actions you have taken to streamline the operation of our town government. I am pleased to see that our elected representatives are making decisions instead of forming committees for excruciating, exhaustive study of matters that in many cases are trivial. Thank you for recognizing that you were elected to make decisions, not to refer every idea to an array of boards and commissions of appointed (not elected) individuals.

You have good taste and are a well-rounded group. Keep up the good work.

The “special interest groups” some writers vilify, also known as job creators, have been maligned for far too long in our community. Let us not forget that business residents are tax payers, too.

Now that we have seen a little more real balance in our town leadership, the decisions they are making show our business residents that our community welcomes them and the security their ventures bring. Business is fleeing our big neighbor to the south and coming to a place where they are wanted. Small business owners are voting with their wallets and are beginning to occupy the vacant storefronts; larger business operations are hiring people and the largest of our employers are creating large numbers of very well-paying jobs that will result in a strong demand for quality housing, services and retail shops.

So the next time people wonder how much their home might be worth if they sell it, stop and ask, “can anyone afford what I want to sell it for?” Mr. Mayor and honorable council, please don’t let a vocal minority affect your sense of what is right for Oro Valley.

Mark Finchem, Oro Valley

The big picture about these election results

I’ve seen a lot of comments regarding the outcome of the recent mid-term election, but I fear we are totally ignoring the big picture.

The big picture is that the large greedy corporations just paid out a ton of money to be the puppet-masters of the candidates to whom they donated the copious funds.

The result of this is that if you thought Congress was gridlocked before, well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Basically, the rich can expect to get richer at the expense of the middle class, and would like to cut programs on education, healthcare, Social Security and other valuable, socially responsible programs that many rely on — so nothing really new.

But the true tragedy, as I see it, is that there will be no new meaningful legislation to protect the environment and level-off global warming. It has been projected that if we don’t make large meaningful changes by 2015 (meaning changes implemented and working by then), that in 40 or 50 years the Earth’s atmosphere will be too toxic for humans and many other higher-functioning species to support life as we know it. Got it?

Let me put it another way… because of the greedy corporations that are pulling the strings of their puppets in Congress, in about 50 years it is very likely the human race and most other earthly species will become extinct.

My advice: If you care, don’t have any more children; and start stockpiling oxygen tanks and cannulas for you and your families to use when the air is no longer breathable.

Personally, I think it’s a shame that the majority of people can be so easily manipulated and controlled by the small percentage of obscenely greedy and wealthy people on this planet.

The sad thing is that we currently have the alternative technology and know-how to avert this dismal end. But I suppose it would be too much of a hassle to change over to systems that don’t pollute — plus it would cut into the multi-billion dollar profits the oil companies are enjoying at our expense.

Frank Alles, Oro Valley

No treat in 1 neighborhood this Halloween

In response to your “Howling Good Night in OV,” I want to share with you what my family experienced on Halloween in what I had believed to be an absolutely wonderful and distinguished neighborhood.

My granddaughter (not quite 4 years old) was just recovering from an emergency burst appendix, having been hospitalized for one full week. Since she was in such a weakened state having just come home from the hospital, my daughter, a resident of the neighborhood, decided to place her in a stroller in her pretty pink princess costume.

One of the homes in the ‘hood decided to ask each one of the trick or treaters to “spin around once” in order to receive their treat. My granddaughter naturally was forced to decline this instruction, only to be told by the lady of the house that therefore she is not entitled to any of her candy.

My even younger grandchild (only two years of age) does indeed perform the twirling for her treat, but her older sister is now literally turned away by this grouch (grinch?). It is a shame that this lady has failed to recall the concept of trick or treating, which has always meant (at least to me) that if no treat is to be given to the child, then as a substitute, a trick will be performed by the homeowner.

Yes, my whole family truly looks forward to each and every Halloween in making the rounds with the kids. This neighborhood loves the idea of sharing the holiday treats with all of Tucson, along with the elaborate decorations which each house displays. However, when the Scrooges of the world infect the spirit of the holiday in the manner described above, this does leave something to be desired.

So, though I do agree that it is a great community, this incident does indicate some room for improvement.

Steve Bleicher, Oro Valley

Hunting a big contributor to Arizona

Prop 109, The Right to Hunt, failed at the polls. But there are still a lot of reasons to support hunting in Arizona.

Arizona hunters spend $211 million to hunt. This is a staggering amount of money that most people do not realize. Elk season in this state helps the economy of towns and cities like Show Low and Payson every year. In these towns, just to name a couple, hunting is essential, it brings in money and supports jobs.

One group is trying to get the word out about hunting and how it affects our economy —Hunting Works for Arizona. I for one am glad to be a part of the effort to tell the story of hunting in Arizona.

Even with the loss of Prop 109 at the polls, I hope everyone will take a minute to consider the ways hunters affect them through dollars spent in their town, or on many conservation projects funded from hunting licenses and much more.

I believe that hunting in Arizona is important to the Arizona overall and I think this is an important message that all Arizonans need to know. Not only the money that is important, but the opportunity for our kids to get involved with the outdoors and experience the wildlife even if they do not hunt. The programs that the hunting dollars support give them that opportunity.

Thank you for considering this point of view.

Darrell Berno, Flowing Wells

Marana council made deliberate ‘fill decision

The Nov. 3 Marana council meeting on the landfill re-zoning issue was an eye-opener for me.

Passions ran high on both sides, but I was disturbed at some of the comments made by the anti-landfill people, both at this meeting and the two others I attended. Among the comments were not-so-veiled threats to vote the mayor and council out of office over this.

The mayor and council took 10 months to look at all the data and at all sides of this re-zoning question. Their decision did not come lightly and did not come about for any other reason than it is in the best interests of the community of Marana.

I think if the voters of Marana would go to a council meeting, they would see what I saw, and would be impressed with their elected officials.


Rebecca LoPorto, Tucson

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