Letters published in the Dec. 17 issue of The Explorer.

More than ever, they want park

I feel the need to respond to the letter from Edward A. Marue.

He says that since voters “overwhelmingly” turned down the park, Oro Valley’s leaders are not being responsible in pursuing other financing options for the park.

I strongly disagree with his position. First, although the bond question failed in most precincts, I wouldn’t say it was overwhelming. There were many votes for the bonds, just not enough. And, those of us who would like to see the park are not “nobody.”

Second, from the friends and neighbors I have spoken with, and from the positions I have read, I would say the people are against paying for it with a property tax at this time -- not that they don’t want it at all. With that in mind, and the fact that Arizonans receive a very small share of federal pork, I am pleased to see our leaders go to bat for us.

My wife and I walked through the park property after the election, and were even more convinced that we want the park built. It will be the crown jewel of Oro Valley when it is complete.

Andy McEldowney

Oro Valley

Two shocks in the latest bill from Trico

When I opened my Trico bill this morning I received two shocks.

The first was a notice of a pending 9.47 percent or higher increase in my electric bill . This is an inconceivable reverse Christmas present.

I realize that the application for the increase was filed last August. But since then fuel costs have dropped 50 percent or more. Forging ahead with the rate increase proposal goes beyond what is acceptable.

I will personally attend and testify at the public hearing scheduled for May 20, 2009. I intend to show that this increase is unneeded and simply an attempt to increase rates for no good reason, as it is based on events that have already disappeared.

I call on the Marana Town Council to join me in this effort. If they do not, the town will also incur the same increase and it is likely that it will become the final straw that might break the town budget for 2009-10. As a candidate for the Marana Town Council I suggest that this proposal be carefully examined and that the council officially present their case, along with mine, against this action.

The second shock was that Trico will not deliver any capital credit refund this year. Instead Trico intends that “funds will be reinvested in the cooperative.” What a crock.

Larry Steckler


Green industry can stymie the economic blues

With the economy crumbling, investments in clean energy can provide the structure and jobs we need to repower Arizona, the West and America.

In our otherwise gloomy economy, solar, wind and other clean energy industries have been creating jobs through generating more clean energy. To turn our current trickle of new jobs into a torrent of new economic opportunities, we need to act boldly – and fast.

Regionally, the Western Climate Initiative represents an opportunity for Western States to reduce global warming emissions and become a leader in the green industry by creating incentives for the development of renewable energy resources. With these incentives, the green industry could become a staple of a new economy not only in Arizona but throughout the nation as well.

In rebuilding our economy, Congress should take advantage of the opportunity to begin the shift from a pollution-based economy to a 100 percent clean energy economy. According to the Center for American Progress, investing $100 billion in solar, wind, energy efficiency and public transit could create 37,234 green jobs in Arizona in two years.

Our new president has the chance to boost our economy with clean, green jobs, make our nation more energy secure, and reduce global warming pollution.  Environment Arizona is pleased with President-elect Obama’s focus on clean energy and we look forward to his taking us in the right direction starting on day one with clean energy as a cornerstone of any economic recovery plan.

Walter Sainsbury

Program associate

Environment Arizona

Writer’s tax figures were not correct

In regard to Dave Safier’s Nov. 26 column, his statement on the tax on a million dollars of income is way off base. I would be a “tax and spend” also at his calculations.

The tax would be about $371,470.

His statement does nothing but stir up class warfare against the achievers.

Ward. C. Budzien


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