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Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2008 10:15 pm | Updated: 11:29 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Griswold knows Mesa

I can’t afford a burglar alarm, can’t afford the delay in police response time, or the fine for false alarms. It is real high to deter alarm use. You see, I live in Mesa. The city can’t afford regular police patrols. I don’t expect things to change because old-time civic leaders and other backward-looking types are supporting Scott Smith for mayor.

Smith was not supportive of the tax-sharing incentive for Riverview. It sounds like Smith is not interested in competing with Chandler or Gilbert for developers, only interested in “high standard development.” There is no doubt that Smith’s recent success came as a result of the building boom.

Now that the market has turned around, can he afford to devote the time to be mayor? He does not recall how he voted in the Riverview special election. Where was he when we lost the stadium?

We need leaders for the future not afraid to offend followers if necessary, that is why I am supporting Rex Griswold for mayor. He knows Mesa city government is the biggest business in town. We need someone with his council and business experience, willing to devote the time and courage to say and do what is necessary to make a large city great and able to perform its functions.

Unlike Smith, Griswold knows what is involved, is willing to question motives and expose the good and bad of an issue. Griswold knows Mesa will be a bigger city with bigger problems. The top job is not a place for on-the-job training.



Dedicated servant

Being a resident of Mesa for 25-plus years, I have observed many changes in the formulations of city politics and the growth of the city itself. I’m not a politician or even a student of politics, but I do feel that my judgment of people who are in that category comes from “age-old” wisdom and observance of our community and the dedicated civil servants we have had during these years. There is one who stands out above the rest in the capacities necessary for good government and that is our mayoral candidate Rex Griswold.

I have is known Rex for many years and found him knowledgeable and fair-minded in all his duties as councilman, neighbor and volunteer service of civic affairs. His ethics are above reproach, as evidenced as a leader of our church. Being from a military family, Rex has a great knowledge of the problems of veterans. Rex deserves your vote on Tuesday, and you’ll never be sorry you did.




Illuminating debate

Watching debates may not be very entertaining, but you can learn a lot. Did you know that if Tempe City Council does not act, Tempe citizens are about to take a hard hit in the wallet? Property valuations have gone up over 75 percent in the past few years, but taxpayers are protected by a 10 percent limit of increase each year. This gives the council time to adjust the tax rate down to prevent the increase. But the council did not have the votes to dial down the rate last year. Two of the four candidates for Tempe City Council have said they care enough about this problem to lower the rate, Hut Hutson and Julie Jakubek.

We need them both elected to get this done. There are already millions of dollars of property taxes in our coffers that need a bond to be spent, and the other two candidates are happy to find things to spend these and more millions on. For those who feel we should not have a massive tax increase in Tempe, the choice is clear and vital: vote for Hut Hutson and Julie Jakubek on Tuesday.



Hutson did nothing wrong

I have to give credit to the Tribune for really getting to the meat of the problem. Having known Hut Hutson for 30-plus years and finding out that he “accepted funds” from a personal friend (Tempe 911 provider funds Hutson’s re-election bid,” Tribune, Thursday) is just incredible and the reporter, even after all his hard work, doesn’t know when this took place. I shudder to think that Hut took those funds even when the vote was a close 6-0 decision. Tribune, go find some newsworthy information.

Hut has been on just about every board in the city. He helped the Tempe firefighters to get reduced hours and better working conditions. He donates more time to groups in this city while most people watch sit at home and watch the news. You might wonder how I know this. I was one of about 35 Tempe firefighters that were employed on July 4, 1975, when we got those shorter hours, the same schedule that they still work today, a 56-hour work week.



Woods values sustainability

Struggling to distinguish one City Council candidate from another? Let’s look at Corey Woods, the only candidate promoting a sustainable Tempe. Woods calls for Tempe to join with 600 other cities (including Phoenix and Tucson) to sign and implement the US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, a pledge to reduce global-warming pollution in cities by 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

As a member of the Tempe City Council, he would fight to reduce our city’s carbon emissions through energy efficiency, renewable energy, greening city-vehicle fleets, land use, transportation, water conservation, and educational outreach.

With Corey on the council, we will have a strong majority advocating for a greener Tempe. We need his voice. Please vote for Corey Woods for City Council on Tuesday.



Woods can’t cut it

I was insulted yesterday by the writer of the slick, glossy, expensive postcard sent out by the Corey Woods campaign. The writer says that Woods has experience, inferring that the experience is valuable to Tempe.

His experience, by his admission, is that of a professional student who has never supervised people, never managed a business or a budget. He has now become a lobbyist for a nonprofit.

Woods’ main ability is to be able to talk for hours and not say anything and his ability to join various clubs and ingratiate himself with his charm.

With the troubling times we all expect in the next four years, we need seasoned councilmen with real-world experience unfettered by unions or out-of-town mentors. We cannot afford to have Woods get some experience at the city’s great expense.



Newcomers have bright ideas

Of the Tempe City Council candidates, the most outstanding candidates are definitely Corey Woods and Joel Navarro. Both of these individuals have tremendous concern for the city of Tempe. Each of these candidates also has the intellectual background to effectively address our city’s critical needs.

Corey Woods, through his many community involvement efforts, has spent a great deal of time working on behalf of the Tempe community. Joel Navarro, as a captain firefighter paramedic, has a very strong background in public safety issues, and community involvement as well.

During this campaign, Woods and Navarro have both demonstrated a strong understanding of the fiscal issues facing our city. They have articulately promoted solutions that would enhance the fiscal position of our city, not weaken it.

Corey Woods and Joel Navarro would make an excellent addition to our Tempe City Council. On behalf of positive change, I urge the residents of Tempe to join me in voting for Woods and Navarro in the upcoming election.



Jakubek a good bet

I encourage voters to vote for Julie Jakubek for Tempe City Council. Her successful business has earned her the 2006 Tempe Business Woman of the Year Award. Jakubek is interested in supporting the arts, sports, and keeping Tempe beautiful. She and her husband have been involved in improving home and neighborhood. As a result of their work they have received the Tempe Beautification Award. Jakubek wants Tempe to be a safe place to live. She encourages education about, and support for, the police and fire departments.

She has worked hard in her business, and for the community.




Tough choices, weak party

This is not an endorsement for Republicans, not by a long shot; it is an indictment of Democrats. Today’s Democrats are weak in just about every way. America needs both parties to be strong, she can only be as strong as her weakest link, and the Democrats are by far our weakest link.

What ever happened to the tough-minded Democrats of the past? The only thing a Democrat seems to dislike is a Republican. We are in incredibly serious times and need only serious leaders and they are not serious people. I could go on and on about their total cowardice on fighting radical Islam, with their lack of even using the term, should be crystal clear. If they had any core strength, they would be able to cut government spending, but they are weak and choose to simply raise our tax burden.

To obtain energy for America, it takes fuel. Dealing with the realities of fueling the 300 million and growing population is a nasty and tough business. Democrats have proven, again, weak and incapable of doing the tough work of dealing with it and now we are weakening as a nation and literally sucking up to scummy thugs and murderers for our fuel.

Entitlement programs are crumbling and the Democrats are too weak to confront them, and instead, they keep taking the easiest route possible, and that is to do nothing.

Situation after situation, I could go on and on. To be strong, one must sacrifice. No pain, no gain. I don’t see the Democratic Party sacrificing anything but their dignity for votes. I know there are Democrats who are tough in their personal life, I just wish it would translate into a desire to strengthen America, as it deserves. If this letter offends you, toughen up.




Inexplicable spikes

We ordinary people are always kept in the dark whenever consumer pricing is concerned. Example: gas prices are raised whenever the price of a barrel of oil is raised, long before that oil ever reaches a refinery.

What confuses me even more is the pricing of crude oil. I have been under the impression that the price of crude depends on how much our oil companies are willing to pay. Have they been bidding the price up to guarantee a greater profit? I can’t believe that the oil producing countries are pushing the price up knowing that the United States and many of its allies are using all of the facilities available to them to find a suitable substitute that will replace what they have to offer.

Does anybody have the answers to any of the above?




A guaranteed fix

Thank you for focusing some attention on the poo problem at Cosmo Dog Park, via your recent article and the May 2 editorial. However, I doubt that very little will change until the park rangers are authorized to hand out tickets and then start doing so. The lazy, irresponsible few always ruin things for the rest of us. We used to enjoy taking our dog to Cosmo, but don’t anymore because it’s just too nasty.

People generally don’t respond until you “slap” them and get their attention. Handing out tickets will surely be the slap needed to fix the problem. My suggestion is that the punishment for people caught and cited for not cleaning up after their dog be a sentence of two or three hours of dog-poo scooping at the park. I guarantee you that will fix the problem.




Decades of discussion

I was very pleased to see your article May 4 “Cover to Cover: A good book club requires more than turning pages.” It is too bad you only spoke of newly formed book clubs and those meeting in bookstores. Some of your readers have decades of experience in forming and maintaining book discussion groups in the East Valley. I cannot imagine how barren and drab life would be without books, music, art and book discussion groups.

The Contemporary Book Club was founded by me in the fall of 1983 (yes, 25 years ago), I went door to door when we first moved to Tempe as I wanted a book discussion group. I was co-founder in 1989 of the Night Book Discussion Club. Both of these groups are going strong, still meet monthly and both have room for two or three additional participants.

My life has been greatly enriched by reading and by the book discussion groups, and the deep and lasting friendships I have made thanks to books. I am in two longtime book discussion groups in the East Valley. The purpose of both the Contemporary Book Discussion Group for Non-Smoking Women and the Night Book Discussion Group for Non-Smoking Women is to read and then discuss those books selected, and read, by all members. The participants read all books selected, including those she/he would not have read if not selected by the discussion group. One goal is to read books we would not normally choose for ourselves, thus expanding our horizons and knowledge.

Both groups have room for two or three additional participants. I may be reached through my web site http://www.carcinoidinfo.info (on left side, click on the “books” tab).




A good deal for all

Fourth-century philosopher and theologian St. Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Not only does travel influence our minds, but also our health and wellness, our relationships, and even our creativity. As we recognize National Tourism Week May 10-18, we celebrate the personal benefits gained through travel.

Data released by the Travel Industry Association of America demonstrates these benefits. For example, travelers rate their overall health one full point higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) while on vacation. They also get three times more deep sleep after a vacation. At least four out of 10 travelers feel more romantic on vacation, and more than half of employed Americans say they come back from a vacation feeling reconnected with their family.

According to a study by American Express, more than a third of small-business owners say their best ideas — the ones that lead to business growth – come not at work but during their downtime.

In addition to the rewards we receive when traveling, we actually see personal benefits when others travel to our community as well. These benefits include increased tax dollars going to the city to pay for essential services such as fire and police protection, road work, parks and recreation, and more. These extra dollars coming into our city also can help keep money in our own pocketbooks.

One out of six people in our community have the benefit of being directly employed by the tourism and hospitality industry, while another 23 percent have jobs that are impacted by the tourism industry, such as commercial real estate agents and construction workers.

During National Tourism Week, I invite you to travel within your own community for some relaxation and rejuvenation to improve your health, relationships and productivity, all while adding to the local economy.




Don’t forget Paradise Valley

The week of May 10-18 is officially National Tourism Week, and in keeping, there is no better to time to reflect on the positive impact of tourism on Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and the entire Valley. In Paradise Valley 47 percent of revenue for the town comes directly from sales, bed and use taxes, according to the 2008 fiscal year budget.

Ongoing construction at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa site will soon give way to the launch of a new world-class resort in the heart of Paradise Valley .

Imagine a world without tourism — without the opportunity to see the world, escape from the chaos of life in a tranquil resort or spa setting, reconnect with your loved ones, celebrate life’s greatest moments at weddings and family dinners, or simply begin your career and dream of your future discovering the world in a job at a resort or hotel.



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