BOUQUETS to the Mesa City Council majority for voting to keep new homes away from Williams Gateway Airport and to preserve the current industrial and commercial zoning.
And a BRICK to Councilman Tom Rawles for voting on Tuesday to allow residential development under the flight path.
BOUQUETS to David Udall and Susan Carland, Mesa’s man and woman of the year. As Saturday’s Tribune noted, Udall, a former city councilman, was one of four who wrote Mesa’s City Charter in the 1960s and helped found East Valley Partnership. Real estate agent Carland, a board member of the local YMCA for nearly 20 years, was the second female president in the Mesa Rotary Club’s history. She also a past recipient of Mesa’s Current Business Leader Award. You’ll find no two finer people in the 71-year history of these awards.
BOUQUET to Bill Wohl of Scottsdale, profiled in the cover story of Friday’s Life magazine inserted in the Tribune. Heart patient Wohl is on his third heart, and, as writer Abraham Verghese reported, is alive and well today significantly because of his second heart, an artificial model recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Because the improved technology of his artificial heart was able to keep him alive for 159 days, a donor human heart was found for transplant. Wohl, 58, an inspiration to others similarly afflicted.
BOUQUETS to anyone who is employed, ever has worked at, ever was born at or ever was treated at the East Valley landmark known for decades as Mesa Lutheran Hospital. What is now Banner Mesa Medical Center will close sometime between now and 2007, Banner officials announced Thursday. Progress sometimes stings, but Mesa Lutheran should always be remembered as one of the pillars of this community in its growing years.