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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2007 2:28 am | Updated: 6:49 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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A.J. SCHOOL OVERRIDE

The board screams again

“Mommy, can I have an ice cream? Mommy, can I have an ice cream? Mommy, can I have an ice cream?” A child will badger his parent again and again and again hoping the parent relents from the pressure and says “Yes!”

Hear the Apache Junction School district with their request? “Can I have a budget override? Can I have a budget override? Can I have a budget override?” Just like the persistent child, so too the Apache Junction Unified School District. Again and again they ask, hoping the voters (their parents) will finally say “Yes!” On Nov. 6, we must act like good parents, give the school district a generous helping of tough love and vote “no” on their most recent plea for ice cream (budget override).

Kenny Baker

Apache Junction

WAVEYARD

Recreation losses unacceptable

The irresponsible Tribune editorial “Myths fall to Waveyard’s realities” (Opinion 2, Oct. 7) is an insult to readers who have been educating themselves on this Mesa/Waveyard proposal for over a year. “The Tribune Editorial Board has discovered each argument is based largely on myths and unsupported speculation.” Discovered? Where? From Waveyard hype and “plans” that have been changing daily both since and before the City Council’s June 4 vote on the matter? From Mesa management, which has had more than one year to firm up a new location for the Riverview Park softball complex and is still dilly-dallying three weeks before the election?

One of your myths stated as fact is “the new (Riverview) park would have the same number of acres and would keep all of its improvements.” Really? Are you proposing that the razed improvements of the volleyball and basketball courts be relocated to the Eighth Street curbing, the proposed “linear park” next to Waveyard’s entrance?

Most offensive, however, is your rationalization that this giveaway of our actively used public parks and recreation properties and facilities to a private, for-profit entity isn’t nearly as grim as the $84 million tax incentive to the Riverview retail developers, a boondoggle which the Tribune also endorsed. It’s known as the doctrine of relative filth.

I’m disappointed in the Tribune and will be voting “no” on Nov. 6.

Marilynn Wennerstrom

Mesa

FEDERALISM

Leave health care to states

The federal government has no right to encroach on states’ rights. Yet there seems to be little to no outcry when this happens. Is the national government a nanny, meant to watch over the states to make sure they all get their fair share of money? The problem is that the federal government has overstepped its bounds.

There is no clause in the Constitution allowing the feds to provide health care, education, intrastate roads, or any of a number of things that it currently, and needlessly, funds. The purpose of the federal government is to unite the states. This means providing for the common defense, regulating interstate commerce, and regulating international commerce. The federal government has no right to spend money on anything that the states can easily provide for themselves. Why would the government tax the states, and then give the money right back? That is like taking 20 percent of your paycheck so that they can give you back 10 percent, rather than just taking 10 percent from the beginning.

The beauty of it is that if individual states do their own experimenting, rather than forcing every state to do a national experiment, then the states will find out what works. Remember the alternative fuels fiasco? Think about how devastating that would have been on a national scale. Yet this is what people are asking the federal government to do: to create unpredictable health care systems, to mandate untested education reforms, and to fund uncertain state transit programs. Take the power away from the federal government, and bring it back to where it belongs.

Matt mahoney

Chandler

DIAMONDBACKS

Fans let team down

To the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies and the umpiring crew of the first game of the National League Championship Series:

I’m sorry. I’m sorry that we, the fans, showed such little class at the game on Thursday. If I hadn’t been there to witness it, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’m still appalled.

Throughout this week, many (including Colorado fans) thought we should be embarrassed by our lackluster ticket sales. Well, now we really have something to be embarrassed about.

Although we hoped to showcase the talent of our amazingly young and exciting National League West Division Champion Arizona Diamondbacks to a national audience this week, instead we showcased our immaturity and lack of class as fans.

The Diamondbacks have been a class act all season and we let them down Thursday. The Colorado Rockies just came to town to try and earn the right to play in the World Series. They were greeted by Arizona fans with water bottles and miscellaneous missile-like objects being thrown at them. Their manager had to pull them off the field for their own safety. And then, when the Rockies returned to the field, we booed them.

As fans, we certainly have every right to voice our displeasure with any call that an umpire makes. We can “boo” all we want to show that displeasure. On Thursday night, we crossed the line.

As a mom, as a baseball fan and as a Diamondbacks season ticket holder who has attended more than 500 games in the past 10 years, I hope I speak for most who were in attendance at Chase Field on Thursday night when I say to the Diamondbacks, the Rockies and the umpiring crew, “I am sorry.”

MJ Cornelius

Chandler

SHEA HOMES

Reputation is strong

As America’s largest family-owned home building, and a family that has been in the construction business since 1881, we take our role in the community very seriously. Accordingly, we feel compelled to respond to the recent story that appeared in the Scottsdale Tribune involving a local homeowner (“Scottsdale Couple Battle Developer Over Wall, Tuesday).

Let’s assume the role of David doesn’t always mean the proverbial Goliath is wrong. And notwithstanding the impression left in the story, superior products and excellent customer satisfaction are pillars of our core values.

That’s why Shea Homes has been voted America’s Best Builder, Builder of the Year, National Housing Quality Gold Award Winner and rated “5 stars” and “among the best” in customer satisfaction by JD Power and Associates. We were also selected by “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” on two occasions (including building the home for fallen American soldier Lori Piestewa’s parents and children in Flagstaff) reflect our success in delivering these core values. We feel our reputation and performance records speak for themselves.

There were a number of inaccuracies the Augspurgers, the Scottsdale residents cited in the Tribune article, gave to your reporter.

However, due to the pending legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate to address all of them. But we do feel it is important to respond to one now. We sincerely believe that we delivered a high quality product to Mr. and Mrs. Augspurger. They have a beautiful home in the heart of Troon Village in nsorth Scottsdale. We respectfully disagree with the Augspurger’s assessment of the wall’s condition and note that the actual owner of the wall, the Troon Village Homeowner’s Association, never contacted Shea Homes regarding this wall.

Sometimes good people have legitimate disputes. But what shouldn’t be in dispute is our commitment to excellence.

Buddy Satterfield

President, Shea Homes

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