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Letters to the Editor: February 28, 2014
Submitted by West Valley View on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:00am
Disappointed in Estrella
In response to John Brothen’s letter defending the HOA and community for the Coot removal. The HOA did go to great lengths to to get community consensus from a small portion of the community (The Whiner’s) to remove the birds, but I believe the greater portion would not allow this to happen. There is never a good reason to destroy wildlife, but there are alternatives to fixing the problems the birds may create. I am appalled by the decision to kill these animals and very disapointed at my community for allowing this to happen. I have lived and worked in Estrella for 14 years and I have never considered these animals to be be a problem in any way to warrant their killing. Nor do I approve of money from dues that I pay in to the community to be used in such a manner. Estrella used to be an outstanding community but no more. I will never recommend this place to anyone for their home as long as this behavior continues.
Buckeye traffic a pain
Buckeye!, why would you clear up one bottle neck stop sign at yuma & Verrado way with a new traffic light and a short time later Add a stop sign less then a half mile away at Yuma & Dean???? Now in the morning on the way to work or dropping kids at one of the schools in the area, we wait in a massive backup of vehicles at this 3 way stop! Does a member of the council live south of Dean rd. that called in a favor? Come on folks, let the “City” know what a pain this is. If you must, add another light at this intersection to control traffic also.
Far right is anarchy
I can only take so much. Three recent writers responded to my letter (2/7/14) advocating reasonable debate about how much role government should have in our lives. Somehow they took offense to the concept of “reasonable”, preferring terms like Communist, Atheist and TYRANNY! (pardon my shouting)
Their side seems to think that any government action is an unconstitutional power grab of our freedoms. They criticize President Obama for not creating enough jobs or not reducing taxes, even though those are responsibilities of Congress. They fault him for issuing executive orders, even though he has done fewer than Bush or Reagan in their first five years in office. They claim Obamacare is unconstitutional no matter what the Supreme Court says.
And what do they propose instead? A return to a health care system controlled by insurance companies that can cancel coverage at any time. A longing for the good old days when kids could be beaten if they misbehaved. The freedom to refuse service to gay people in employment, restaurants or stores. Obstacles to make it more difficult for poor people and minorities to exercise their voting rights. A return to the “back alley” abortions of forty years ago. Refusal to grant driving rights or in-state tuition to young adults who were brought to this country as children. Intolerance of anyone who doesn’t agree with their version of Christianity. The right to “stand your ground” and shoot anyone who bothers you at a theater, business or parking lot.
The views of the far right are not consistent with traditional Conservatism. The comments of people like Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh and Sen. Cruz promote anarchy and are almost treasonous. Sadly, they are the kind of rants expressed in too many WVV letters.
Hickman’s is a CAFO
The dictionary says a farm is a tract of land, usually with a house, barn, silo, etc on which crops and often livestock are raised for food. A factory is a building or group of buildings with facilities to manufacture a uniform product.
My opinion is that Hickman’s egg farm is a CAFO. Confined or concentrated animal feeding operation. The Hickman’s CAFO will be a massive compound, 28 large hen houses and 2 central egg processing plants and 2.6 millions hens. This is phase 1. There are 3 more phases to this CAFO. Is this agricultural? Is this a farm?
Livestock operations do not have the same guidelines as manufacturing industries where they have strong regulations concerning the environment.
Factory farms are major contributors to water, air, and land pollution. CAFOs are responsible for discharging millions of tons of contaminants from manure into the environment.
The Hickman CAFO will have 2 lagoons on their site. Waste water is the number-one form of well-water contaminants in the United Stares. People can be exposed to dangerously high nitrate levels in their drinking water.
Do you see why the Tonopah residents do not want this in our community?
The residents of Tonopah are committed to stop the Hickman’s from building this abomination.
I won’t mention names but somebody out there did not like governor Jan Brewer shaking her finger in Obama’s face at Sky Harbor airport. I thought it was PRICELESS! ......Shaking her finger in the face of socialism before he even had a chance to come inside the airport! That photo should be displayed along side the Mona Lisa!......You go girl!
To local duck, geese lovers
You are kidding right? I have now read it all. I have lived across the country (Washington State, Alaska, Pennsylvania and now Arizona) and the Geese (and Duck) population is way out of hand everywhere. These migratory birds once flew south for the winters, while doing so I am sure there were more than a few that didn’t make it (thank you mother nature and hunters) and a few stayed where it was warm and the remaining flew back north in the summer time. Now in modern times these birds have decided not to migrate (ever) and have become nothing but a nuisance. Yes, we humans have done an injustice for we have built golf courses, business campuses, parks and housing developments which happen to have ponds, green grass and ample nesting grounds. Now these pests have taken up residence where they don’t belong and the government has protected them. The geese most of all are aggressive (I have seen them chase off large dogs), destructive (they eat grass down to the dirt), poop everywhere, have polluted every pond country wide and are dirty and disease ridden. They are so foul one can’t even eat them. They have even been known to cause jets to emergency land for there are so many at airports the planes aren’t safe to land or take off at times. So I say to all you sympathetic, tree hugging Geese and Duck lovers, how about we cage them all up and let them live at your homes. That way you can protect them from geese and duck genocide.
As if there aren’t more important issues you should focus on!!!!
The recently introduced HB 2547 will reimburse the City of Glendale for public safety expenses for the Super Bowl in 2015. This cost is estimated to be about $4,000,000. That is right 4 million.
Now consider these facts:
The commissioner, Roger Goodell, was paid 44.2 million dollars in 2012 as compensation. That is right $44,200,000.
The NFL reported 10 billion dollars in revenue for the same year.
The NFL operates as a legal non-profit monopoly, a 501c status, set up by the tax code. It operates a a legal non-profit monopoly, as do all the major sports leagues. This was set up the Congress of the United States.
The league paid ex-commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, $8,5000,000 in 2010, talk about a pension.
Now I ask you why do the residents of Arizona have fork out the money for the City of Glendale when these millionaire and billion dollar operations can well afford to do so?
Consider these options:
The commissioner contributes 1 million dollars.
The NFL contributes 1 million dollars.
Each team in the NFL, 32 of them, each contribute $70,000. That equals 2,240,000 million dollars.
The combined total of this is 4,240,000 million dollars for Glendale’s public safety, and the taxpayers are off the hook.
The other option is to put the price of public safety for Glendale in the price of the ticket. It is so high now that only corporations and the fat cats can afford it. What is another $50 in the price of a ticket?
To the politicians of Arizona quit giving up your first born to get these events that the taxpayer has to foot the bill for and gets no benefit. The taxpayer gets no benefits, as only the NFL, hotels, bars, restaurants, cabs and adult clubs get the benefit.
James and Marian See
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