Letters to the Editor: August 5, 2014
The fisher of men reigns
Isis in Iraq boldly claimed he’s coming to America for President O’Bama. President O’Bama probably can’t wait so he can bow down to the Grand Caliphate — our borders are so porous, who knows who is entering. Where is Isis getting all his money to carry such grand bold attacks in Iraq and Syria? We know they confiscated Iraq’s equipment, launchers, millions of dollars, but who is resupplying them? Iran? Could be money has been funneling to them from Iran through their back door, like Hamas is always supplied.
Mr President O’Bama should know about back door deals, first the brotherhood, then the release of Gitmo prisoners, now our own borders. Not even allowing their state congressman to see the children, when the state congressman has every right in his own state.
The Jewish state of Israel see’s the situation very clearly and not listening to our Presidents rhetoric or Secretary of State Perry and rightly so. Hamas is emboldened with this president’s policies. Hamas kills their children, to make a point. They are a sick bunch.
Isis’ army is raging killers. Life is nothing to them killing Christians or all who oppose them, with the eyes of the world watching, Isis. Isis thought he would be beneficent and let the Christians in Mosul life, but must leave their homes. Isis’ group proceeded to destroy an 1800 year old church. These Christians are direct descendants of the apostles teaching. We all should shed tears.
Keep your arms America and watch closely this President and the United Nation’s back door deals, until we can say adios. This group is beyond reality. The fisher of men reigns.
Undhjem for council
Dear fellow Litchfield Park neighbors, Having known Debra Undhjem for over a dozen years in various walks of life, we enthusiastically recommend Debra for Litchfield Park City Council.
Our first encounter with Debra had us, and many other community members working tirelessly together fundraising for the then conceptual, Southwest Valley YMCA. Since 2002 we have served side-by-side with Debra on other committees and watched her personal drive for excellence explode into great gain for the causes she undertakes. Whether Debra is helping build a building, plan an event, or supporting our niece’s JDRF fundraising; her dedication, enthusiasm and love of our community and its residents are immeasurable.
When you say you know Debra that usually means you have had the pleasure of being “recruited” by her to be involved in bettering our community. It is a pleasure to say with confidence we feel Debra will represent our city in a professional, considerate and thoughtful manner.
Please take the time to vote for Debra, she not only has great energy and passion for great causes, but she actually executes and creates amazing results. City of Litchfield Park residents would gain a great advocate in Debra Undhjem. We look forward to seeing her in action.
Rob & Amy Antoniak
Avondale needs diverse reps
Avondale boasts a population of 79,000+ and growing. It is also the second-largest Hispanic majority city in the state of Arizona with 50.3% being Hispanic. Hispanics are key players in the economic growth of Avondale and our city benefits from Latino presence. Yet, as I reflect on the upcoming elections, it was surprising to learn that there are no Hispanics/Latinos represented on the Avondale City Council since the departure of our Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers.
As a resident of Avondale, I believe local government should reflect the demographics and diversity of our residents and I encourage all residents to come out to vote in the upcoming August 26 primary. I also challenge our Avondale Latino voters to come out and vote and help lead Avondale into the future.
Early voting ballots will be out July 31 and I urge all Avondale residents to use your vote to bring diversity to our city government by voting for qualified diverse candidates running for Avondale City Council. We need the diverse voices of Avondale residents to be heard and reflected in our City government. Your voice is your vote.
I will be casting my vote on August 26th to ensure diverse and qualified leadership for Avondale. I urge every voter in Avondale to do the same.
Diane Landis’ character
I read the letter from Elise Carrington of Goodyear with astonishment. She states her positions about Diane Landis are of “indisputable fact.”
Perhaps a letter from someone who has known Diane her entire life might enlighten Ms. Carrington and her readers. So, today you hear from me, Diane’s father.
Diane grew up on our working cattle ranch along the Arizona/Mexico border; she is no stranger to guns. I personally taught her to shoot and know for a fact she has held her conceal carry weapon permit for 18 years. She will fiercely defend the 2nd Amendment.
I can tell you she is PRO-life, the exact position Darin Mitchell has-with video to prove that. But more important is the walk of faith Diane has made from her childhood to today. She values life from conception to natural death.
Diane supported Governor Brewer and Medicaid Restoration because she did the MATH. A CPA, she understood that without it the state would be bankrupt in about18 months. She is already focused on replacement private market solutions for this situation.
Diane supports local control of our schools and school choice. She values a strong education and knows that job creators need an educated work force.
She has served locally and on a national level, as the White House Liaison for the Department of Veteran Affairs when it was operating properly, and in the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Finally, during Diane’s tenure on the Litchfield Park City Council, the City has been in great financial health. They remain without a property tax-a promise to voters Diane made and kept.
I might be biased but I tell only the truth in my statements. Shame on those who are passing intentional misinformation. I’ll let that speak to their character.
Support Debra Undhjem
It is often said that “all politics is local,” and you should keep this in mind when deciding who deserves your vote for Litchfield Park City Council. This election there is one candidate that definitely deserves your vote; Debra Undhjem. In order to determine what an elected official will do once elected, you must reflect on what they have done in their past. Debra Undhjem has served the Litchfield Park area in a multitude of ways.
1. Debra Undhjem founded the IMS Marathon, the premier charitable running event on the Westside. Through Debra Undhjem, the IMS Marathon not only raises money for scholarships, but also raises money for schools, scouts and servicemen.
2. I had the pleasure of serving with Debra Undhjem on the IMS Health Foundation board, where Debra was in charge of the scholarship program that assisted those wanting to enter the medical field.
3. Debra Undhjem also was instrumental in raising funds for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Westside location.
4. Debra Undhjem also helped raise funds for the Southwest Valley YMCA, serving as the chair of their Board.
5. Debra Undhjem served as the President of the Rotary Club of Litchfield Park.
6. Debra Undhjem is a graduate of the Leadership West Program.
7. Debra Undhjem served as the President of the Luke Air Force Base Spouse’s Club.
8. Debra Undhjem served as a Litchfield Elementary School Board Member.
What makes Debra’s accomplishments even more amazing is that she has provided all this service to the community while employed at Southwest Airlines. What makes her accomplishments possible is her background as a veteran of the United States Air Force. There is no doubt the Litchfield Park City Council could use someone with a service record like Debra Undhjem.
Vote for Landis
Please vote for Diane Landis, LD-13, AZ House on August 26. Diane is a long time resident of Litchfield Park, where as her opponents, Mitchell and Montenegro are Carpet-Baggers from Avondale. Neither owns a home in LD-13. Montenegro continues to own a home in Avondale and Mitchell spends most of his time at his finance’s home up the street from the Montenegro home. Mitchell rents a “Gracie Mansion” style home in Litchfield Park used for political functions and Montenegro uses a P.O Box as his official address. This probably satisfies Arizona Legislature requirements but is not what the framers intended. . Neither ran for 2015 Republican Precinct Committeeman which qualifies them to vote in Party Elections. Montenegro exhibited real “Chutzpah” in endorsing Robert Graham for State Chairman as he will be unable to vote for him.
Diane puts Arizona First. This is her first campaign and she is depending on political contributions to fund it, unlike M and M who used tax payer (Clean Elections) funds for their first runs. Diane is endorsed by Governor Brewer while M and M are suing the governor over Medicaid Expansion which is providing health insurance for 300,000 low income residents and saving hospitals huge sums previously spent on uncompensated care. This is our tax dollars returning to Arizona, not Obamacare. Diane will not starve the Schools and municipalities as Mitchell and Montenegro have done. Frequent local school tax over-rides and municipal tax increases are the results of M and M tax policies of keeping state taxes low and letting school districts and Municipalities fend for themselves. Diane Landis is the best qualified candidate and deserves your vote.
Bobbie M. Watts
Our family will be voting for Clint Hickman for County Supervisor. Our kids have been a part of his campaign trail and happily pointing out his signs, watching him on TV recently, and reading about him in the paper. We will be active voters and are going to be watching him win on August 26th.
We are “ovally” eggggcited!
Vote goes to Orsborn
Thanks to the West Valley View for the candidate profiles for Buckeye City Council District 6. It appears to me that Buckeye is headed in the right direction which is why we moved here a couple of years ago.
We are going to support Eric Orsborn to continue to be our city councilman. We believe he will help keep Buckeye moving in the right direction. His experience professionally, in community service, and involvement in the community are all valuable to providing good leadership on the city council. He has our support.
Mr. Smith on the other hand seems to have answers and says he wants to keep taxes low, but his answers for attracting business all come with high costs for taxpayers. Incentives for high wage jobs, upgrading downtown, suspending taxes & fees, offering cash grants, even gifting land. Evidently Mr. Smith has a money tree in his backyard! Has Mr. Smith even been to Buckeye City Council meetings Not recently, just reads about them. I don’t think that is being involved or gives him the knowledge needed to be on the City Council.
Our vote is going to the guy not talking out both sides of his mouth, Eric Orsborn.
Wickenburg will take eggs
Mayor JOHN COOK of Wickenburg has a solution to the problems in Tonopah.
At a candidate forum held 7-28-14 at the Wickenburg City Hall, Mayor Cook came up with a fantastic solution to the issue of placement for the Hickman Egg manufacturing plant that is currently being built in Tonopah.
After hearing Clint Hickman’s presentation as to the reason why he should be elected as their next District #4 Board of Supervisor representative, Mayor Cook stated that the town of Wickenburg would be glad to have the Hickman Egg manufacturing plant in their town. Apparently he doesn’t seem to mind the 12 million stinky hens with their flying feathers, dander, rodents, flies and mosquitoes. He doesn’t worry about the contamination of the town’s water supply. He doesn’t worry about the devaluation of the property values.
Hooray! This will be a WIN-WIN for both communities. Tonopah can go back to being a sleepy country community, and Wickenburg can benefit from all the tax base and employment opportunities that Tonopah is willing to give up.
Thanks Mayor Cook. I’ll be in touch
I am not allowed
Your comments speak directly to my point although I do agree Google is a very good research tool. In my July 22nd letter I did state what you suggest that I could register with one of the four parties listed on the ballot and then vote for that party’s candidates. I know this because I received a preliminary form in the mail that gave me the opportunity to register with one of the parties listed by July 12, 2014. I did not return the form. I feel that it is unfair for any tax paying citizen to have to meet a prerequisite of party affiliation to be eligible to cast a vote in any state sponsored election.
I chose to be an Independent because I do not believe in political parties. Unfortunately, the parties control the primary format instead of the voters. If the parties truly wanted voter participation, I would not have been inclined to write a letter to the editor expressing my displeasure with the current format.
Open primaries would give all voters the ability to exercise their right and responsibility to participate.
That is the foundation of “consent of the governed”.
Anything else falls short of this critical balance of power.
Ms. Green, I want to be able to vote for the person I feel is the best candidate for the job regardless of party affiliation. I also feel that an open primary format would encourage more people to run for office.
If you believe in citizen involvement to address and solve the problems we face as both a state and a country, the first step to that involvement is open primaries. I hope you will exercise your right to vote on primary day. I will be there in spirit.
Clint Hickman is a 4th-generation Arizonan and part of a successful family business. He has extensive business and community service experience. Clint has brought these, along with his integrity, ethics, and conservative values to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. He has proven his ability to provide protection to the unincorporated areas of the county, while keeping costs to a minimum, by increasing the resources available to Sheriff Joe Arpiao. Clint has effectively represented the far West Valley in issues pertaining to economic growth and employment opportunities. He is a good steward of our taxpayers’ money.
Clint’s opponent, on the other hand, has already threatened other Republicans with lawsuits for slander. What we don’t need in the Board of Supervisors is another person who may cost the taxpayers almost a million dollars due to law suits.
We urge you to keep Clint Hickman as your Maricopa County Supervisor. Please vote for Clint in the primary election on August 26th.
Fred and Jan Amator
Recently while watching TV and being inundated with Politicians and there soap box reasoning why they should be Elected. I watched one commercial that stood out from the rest.
This commercial is pointed to a business owner who tried to create jobs and failed and had to do bankruptcy. This Politician also stated that he voted for the law that allows Bigotry towards others. I take no stand on GLBT, but I will take a stand on freedoms. If a business does not want “certain” people in their area then lets put USA back into racial riots. As a previous business owner who was I to judge a person. Judge not unless ye be judged.
In short, I would rather vote for someone who tried to create jobs rather than vote for a Bigot.
Lets remember most businesses who others look at as a role model had also filled bankruptcy.