Letters to Editor

Bon voyage, my friend

Last week, I attended a Celebration of Life for Stan Winetrobe. I am not good at guessing numbers but I would say there were about 200 people in attendance. 

In the grand scheme of things, I had not known Stan for a long period.  I think I met him about four or five years ago during the course of some local political event. Subsequent to that, Stan started attending the ‘Tuesday Morning Coffee Social’ at Fry’s. That’s one of those gatherings where most of the town’s problems are solved by a group of men who talk loud due to hearing issues and gather the following Tuesday and try to remember what took place last week. You know the kind I mean. 

Anyway, Stan usually sat at my end of the table, and we got to know each other pretty well. Stan was the youngest member of the group, and therefore frequently had a less jaded view of things. Stan was also an engineer, and in most cases framed his discussions as such. He would usually ask questions that required some numeric calculation which, of course, he had already solved. Most of us would just nod our head in agreement. But he was usually right, so we were on safe ground.

Stan was also a great volunteer in Oro Valley. He worked on Project Graduation every year. He was the Chairman of the local Citizens Police Academy Association. He tutored kids at Ironwood Ridge in math. He was an avid photographer, and spent a great deal of time recording events in Oro Valley, and was always happy to share his work with others.

But, most of all, Stan was just a really, really good guy. He had a tremendous sense of humor that he guarded closely. His smile was infectious and always made you think he was up to something.  

I miss Stan. We lost a good one last week!!

—Don Cox


Love that hockey

Thank you for the ongoing coverage of the Tucson Roadrunners. This is a very high level of hockey team (just one step below the NHL). 

I grew up playing hockey back east in upstate New York and the Boston area. I did play some hockey here in The Old Pueblo with our Raytheon Hockey club before I was side-lined with a chronic illness.

It is too bad that we no longer have a “simple” ice rink for the community after the twin rinks on Kolb and Speedway closed.

I am glad you are spreading the word about this great sport!

—Mark Taube



More hockey!

I want to thank you for the coverage you are giving Tucson Roadrunners hockey.

I believe you are contributing to the enhancement of the greater Tucson area. If we do not publicize all of the things that offer entertainment, and all activities we can access, they will wither up and blow away. As a second year season ticket holder, I truly hope we, as a community, are able to sustain all the wonderful options but especially something so unique, or yes, “asinine” as hockey in the desert.

I hope and encourage you to continue the Roadrunners coverage.

—Ted L. Mastos



Fixing golf?

The Town of Oro Valley bought the El Conquistador property in May, 2015. The town will have lost at the operating level (revenues less expenses) $8 million by June, 2018. On average the town has lost $200,000 per month or $10,000 every year per golf member since the purchase.

The town approved a $50,000 study by the National Golf Foundation to review the golf facilities, competitors, golf market and recommend actions Oro Valley could take to reduce the $2.5 million in annual losses.

The study concluded that the town’s 45 holes of golf greatly exceed demand, and proposed options to close or downsize the courses, indicating the local golf market will barely support one 18 holes course.

The problem is more than capacity. The town is attempting to mix a public owned and open play golf course with country club memberships. The operating costs are consistent with a private club, and not like public courses struggling to break even.

A public golf course charges everyone the same daily fee every time they play. No amenities or unlimited play are included in the daily fees. These courses provide a positive golf experience at little or no government subsidy. However, the El Conquistador Golf Club was private when purchased, which is why the town has been drawn into this unworkable model.

The choices are straightforward. Either downsize town golf courses to 18 holes and operate as a public golf course without subsidies, or close the courses and create neighborhood parks connected by trails and pathways.

— Chet Oldakowski


Nice town

This week, my family learned what a incredible community Oro Valley is. 

On a trip to Starbucks at the Oro Valley Safeway for morning coffee, my husband headed home with his wallet containing credit cards and cash on the car roof. The wallet disappeared en route, and we thought all was lost. However, we were told that “people are really nice around here” and that we should check with police to see if it had been turned in. 

Amazing! It was returned to us by police later that day all contents intact and we still can’t believe it. There are a lot of reasons to feel negative about the world these days - this experience will keep us feeling great for many days to come. 

Thank you Oro Valley!

— Barbara Brady-Fryer; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



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