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Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008 9:12 pm | Updated: 11:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Better uses for money

I’ve been thinking about the recall movement to oust several Apache Junction City Council members. It would appear that if those people seeking office were to win a seat in a recall election, they would only be in place for a few months before the scheduled election were to take place. To me, this shows a disregard towards taxpayers. By insisting on this recall, tax monies are being wasted.

Why not wait the additional few months and prepare a proper campaign? Why give the constituency (taxpayers) the perception that the waste of taxpayers’ money is acceptable? A recall election requires city employees to take time from serving the public, to instead, prepare for a recall election. This forces the citizens of Apache Junction to suffer the consequences of delayed service. Which is better for the city? The good of the masses? Or the good of the few? Patience is a virtue!





Selling to the utilities

Last week, Arizona came one step closer to making solar panels on rooftops as prolific as swimming pools are in backyards.

The Arizona Corporation Commission approved net metering, which requires utility companies such as Arizona Public Service Company to pay homeowners and businesses who own solar panels fairly for the excess electricity that they produce from those panels.

When solar panel owners are away from home, but are still producing electricity from their rooftop solar systems, that electricity goes back onto the grid and is used by the entire neighborhood. When the ACC’s rules are fully implemented later this year, solar panel owners will have their own electricity bills reduced (net metered) by the fair value of the electricity they are producing.

What is more, the net metering policy adopted by the commission has been described as among the best of its kind in the country because it does not set severe limits on the amount of energy a solar owner can produce.

Our net metering policy follows on the heels of the passage of the commission’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires the state’s electric utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy by 2025 and sets out ambitious requirements for the deployment of rooftop solar panels.

As a result, solar panels in Arizona will become even more economical, and Arizona will shoot to the head of the line among states that are promoting solar energy use.

Adopting net metering is a net victory for Arizona.




Contraception sets the trap

Having worked as a volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center for the past 25 years, I was very interested in the article on teen pregnancy (“Movie babies and single moms,” Feb. 26). The writer highlighted very well how sad and difficult the lives of these moms and their kids can be.

However, I was so disappointed that her only solution is contraception! Please, this is far from a solution, it’s actually the cause of the huge numbers of teen and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.

In all history there has never been such an epidemic as this, along with the very serious sexually transmitted diseases, the loss of self-respect, resulting in emotional damage, children being raised without fathers, and so on.

It all started in the 1960s with the introduction of the pill. Putting young women on the pill sets them up for all this, as well as for the very real risks of taking a pill to cause changes in a young woman’s normal hormonal system.

If for most of history women were protected by the expectations and norms of society, we can and must return to those expectations, and support and educate our young people this way.




Bills are step backward

Rep. Bill Konopnicki, R-Safford, has proposed several House bills to water down the employer sanctions law. I have exchanged several e-mails with him regarding his proposed legislation. He initially told me his bills would strengthen the employer sanctions legislation but after advising him I had read the legislation, he no longer stayed with that premise.

His real issue is to provide for a guest worker program for employers, which he has stated in his subsequent e-mails. However, the proposed legislation would weaken the employer sanctions law and gut enforcement. I believe this is his real goal, to allow employers to hire and prevent enforcement of the law.

Please call and write your state senators and representatives if you believe, as I do, that this legislation would be a step backward and provide more than amnesty. Employers would no longer fear the loss of their business license but could hire without regard to the legal status of the employee.

This needs to be stopped. Ask your state senators and representatives to vote “no” on House Bills 2341 to 2346.




A new Lowe’s

Congratulations to the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board. They approved of Lowe’s building and operating one of their stores on Country Club Drive just south of Baseline Road. Lowe’s has really bent over backwards to placate the residents of nearby Rancho Del Mar and I believe they’ve done a superb job. The board listened to the residents and made their decision based on facts, not emotion, and voted 7–0 in favor of approving the project.

On several other occasions I’ve seen the board do some screwy things like abusing property rights, but ths time they really did what was in the best interest of the community and the nearby residents. Lowe’s has planned to locate their store over 200 feet from the existing neighbors, with landscaping in between to further reduce the impact of the store. Of the 23 acres on the site, Lowe’s will only build on 15 acres. Wow — what an investment! I believe the residents will, in time, approve of the store and be thankful something less desirable hasn’t tried to build on the vacant acreage.



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