BOUQUET to U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., for telling the Federal Emergency Management Agency Thursday it should look into rules responsible for the suspension of the Phoenix Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team.
The team was accompanied by armed Phoenix police officers, in violation of an indefensible FEMA regulation barring rescuers from possessing firearms. In his letter Kyl correctly pointed out that the safety of first responders must be of utmost consideration, particularly as the Phoenix unit was in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, a frightfully dangerous environment by any reasonable definition.
BOUQUET to the U.S. Mint for giving us a grin. In contrast to the universally grim faces (some say that at times, they appear to be constipated) on our money, a new nickel to be issued next year features a portrait of President Thomas Jefferson with the slightest hint of a smile. Let’s hope these designs stop there. Smiling money is one thing, but most of us wouldn’t like parting with cash that is laughing at us.
BOUQUET to Scottsdale Road property owner Evans Rust for several months of patience while the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation readied to assume ownership of two World War II-era barracks on his land. Rust delayed his plans to develop the property south of Thomas Road until the last two of five original barracks — used to house German prisoners of war at a camp near the Papago Buttes — could be purchased.
And a BOUQUET to the foundation for stepping up to take possession of the barracks; it is looking at Tempe’s part of Papago Park for a permanent home.