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Letters to editor: April 7

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Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 11:38 am | Updated: 3:27 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Legislature: Laws don’t make sense

What the heck is the state legislature doing? I get all excited when they finally pass a law I think I understand, and then, between 12 and 24 months later they are back “watering it down.”

We started out asking for a concealed carry permit... and finally got it! It required registering, a background check and licensed training. We asked for no concealed carry in bars and restaurants. Our wonderful legislature said that the restaurants and bars could post a sign if they wanted to restrict. Now, these 90 mental midgets have decided to press a new bill forward that says “No instructions, no licenses needed and no restrictions!” What is going on?

Now, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, wants people who are arrested on traffic infractions to be able to go to traffic school every year instead of every two years. That way they won’t lose the license for too many points, and their insurance won’t go up. I think maybe it should be every three years.

Following along with this trend of “let’s help our constituents more”, Rep. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, thinks we should start selling booze at 6 a.m. on Sunday now. Why? So a person can buy a drink before going to 6:30 mass? If a person plans to drink early on Sunday, he/she usually buys all needed products on Friday or Saturday.

I’m sure there must be more intelligent people than this bunch that maybe will make sense of the processes after we get rid of this bunch over the next two years.

Chuck Bowman, Mesa

Downtown Mesa Association: Group is helping Mesa

As a property owner in downtown Mesa, a member of the executive board of the Mesa Downtown Association and a native Mesan, I am disturbed by Garin Groff’s one-sided articles about the problems of the DMA and his story of Tom Verploegen’s resignation. There are few readers of this paper who remember what the downtown was like 25 years ago when Tom was hired to bring life back to the town square. The downtown is a vibrant place compared to the dying town that Tom found.

Mr. Groff’s articles would lead one to believe that all of the downtown merchants were in agreement with the disapproval of Tom’s work. Nothing could be further from the truth. To back this up — the closed door meeting in March took no action on the dissidents’ efforts to oust Tom and reorganize the DMA. The Tribune story gave a false picture of the DMA and Tom’s achievements.

Most of the people who are so unhappy have no idea the scope of the DMA’s activities. Do you see graffiti downtown? No. Do you see trash lying around? The downtown is one of the safest areas of Mesa. What are the complaints? The DMA should “work harder on economic development by making the downtown more vibrant”. Did anyone tell them that times are tough out there? Is our city having trouble with economic development? Yes. The article by Mr. Groff said that “successful events have been organized and funded by independent merchant groups, “including the Second Friday”. The Second Friday group received $500 every month from DMA for their events plus help for advertising and DMA support with insurance, clerical help, promotional material and administrative assistance.

I just want to say “Thank you” Tom for 25 years of dedicated service to the city of Mesa. You have done a fine job for us and you will be missed.

Virginia Mitten Berg, Mesa

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