Letters to the Editor: August 15, 2014
Response to Craig Heustis
Craig probably does not know that he was my hero two years ago when he and Robert Garza voted AGAINST making the Temporary Sales Tax permanent. My comments about the Buckeye City Council not showing “financial discipline” were general and not aimed at Craig or Robert. The Mayor and the other four council members voted FOR the Permanent Tax. My opponent Eric Orsborne was one of the four. His campaign literature says he helped “raise revenue and cut expenses” for the city. Most city revenue comes from taxes and fees. This is an interesting admission. As for cutting expenses during his term, most of the cutting was forced by the recession. Since the Permanent Tax was passed there has been a spending binge which I itemized in my last article. Eric is a Republican but should consider putting “in name only” behind the R.
Technically, Craig was right about the property tax rate not changing in the last three years. However the paper clearly indicated in the preliminary budgets of the last two years that it was the council’s intention to raise the rates. As it turned out the city received their 5 percent increased Tax Levy through property valuations. For two years prior to the threes years of home price appreciation the council raised the property rates sharply. Whether through home valuations or rate hikes the last five years have seen city property taxes rise by 19 percent while population growth went up 9 percent.
WOW Mr. P Crocker spoken like a true Anti American thinking Liberal.Sticking to the words of the 1776 Declaration would be a blessing, and solve plenty of our problems today.But folks like you seem to want to twist and spin the words to fit your own political purpose.The Founders never wanted a stronger Government. As for the bill of rights it did correct some errors from the past. The main purpose was to protect the folks just like you and I from a devastating BIG Government as we see today in DC. Neither Obama, Holder, or any of the regime respect or follow any of the founders papers.Also over the last 6 years the USA does not purport to be the leader of anything including the so called free world. Obama has proclaimed us to be one of the weakest, and is succeeding. As for Goodyear if the price is to high there is always somewhere cheaper! Have a great day Sir.
Elwood C Kuentzler
Parents weren’t communist
In your July 29th issue of W.V.V., Jim Terwilliger wrote a very clever letter making it sound as though I was writing about myself. American Christians are being bashed on a regular basis by the far-left in Our nation. I have no idea where Mr. Terwilliger is politically? I can’t believe a man intelligent enough to be reading the letters to the editor, could think that I was writing about my own family. This means his letter had to be poking fun at me. Anyway since I don’t know Jim personally I can’t write to him at his home. Meaning my response can only be through the W.V.V., you know in case he really believed my parents were Communist! Thank you, West Valley View for putting up with the political left and the political right.
Bernard L. Oviatt
Put Jeff Raible on Litchfield council
I would like to encourage those of us in Litchfield Park to put Jeff Raible on the LP City Council. Unlike some of the other candidates for a Council seat, Jeff has a great deal of direct experience with Litchfield Park government. I am particularly impressed with his current leadership of the LP Planning & Zoning Commission where he has led the Commission with a steady hand in these challenging times. In his role on P&Z, he has continuously demonstrated he is willing to do his homework to ensure that the important issues are addressed. I am also impressed with his continued pursuit of a Council seat and with his willingness to go door-to-door to all parts of our community to exchange views regarding our future directions. Please vote for Jeff — Litchfield Park can benefit from his continued leadership!
OMG — Analie Maccree — Do you really think ISIS is an individual?
Hickman just wants money
Clint Hickman would like to be elected to the seat on the Board of Supervisors that he was appointed to in March of 2013. However, in the 16 months he has held the position; it appears that instead of being the advocate for District 4; he has used his time in office to find ways around our building and zoning ordinances. It would appear; Hickman’s oath of office has taken a “back seat” to his family’s egg business. You only have to do a search of public records from state and county agencies to see the extent of his non-compliance with regulations and permits for the family business..
During a recent interview, with Channel 12’s Joe Dana, he tried to convince the reporter that an egg on his campaign sign was an oval. Another circumvention of a County regulation? Arrogant? I think so…
In his zeal to force his “blight of an industry” on what he and his family thought was a small defenseless community; we believe he abrogated his responsibilities as District 4’s representative on the Board of Supervisors…All of this just to make more $$$$. How much is enough? What price, integrity?
Vote for a winner!
As a candidate for District 13 House of representative, Diane Landis clearly understands the importance and special attention required concerning the military presence in Arizona. The total number of all branches of the military in Arizona numbers in the thousands.
The largest Arizona military installations are located at the Yuma Marine Air Station, Davis Monathon AFB in Tucson and our immediate neighbors; Luke AFB in Litchfield Park. All of these military facilities require special attention by the State concerning the security of billions of dollars of valuable defense equipment. Diane Landis is very aware of the fact that Arizona realizes billions of dollars in revenues and jobs as a result of the military presence. As it turns out, many departing and retiring personnel become permanent residents and they share Diane’s constructive attitude concerning the military.
Diane Landis is also concerned about real estate land encroachment around our military installations and eagerly endorses more Federal funding to correct this problem.
Diane’s “Master Plan” concerning the military is to maintain an effective team effort between District 13 and all concerned military organizations.
Diane Landis can and will be a valuable House of Representatives member and deserves your vote made in a single entry on your ballot.
Lopez Rogers endorsement
My wife and I are writing this letter of support for Supervisor Marie Lopez Rogers for Maricopa County Supervisor, District 5. We have known Supervisor Marie for over ten years through the help that she has provided to many of the non-profit organizations that we have been affiliated with and most recently with our shared passion of the “Sweet Science” Boxing. Supervisor Marie has provided all her support, contacts, advice and guidance in helping the organizations and provision to tomorrow’s future leaders our “Youth” to achieve their goals. Supervisor Marie understands the importance of dealing congenially with the public; she is honest, reliable and willing to work the long hours for her position. She is very well liked and respected in our communities and we most admire Supervisor Marie for her selfless volunteer work.
This is the community connection that we need with our County Supervisor and the district she represents. Supervisor Marie has served Avondale well, she brings excellent credentials and now she will serve the county with her caring and commitment to the community. We believe Supervisor Marie is the person best qualified for Maricopa County Supervisor, District 5 because she has devoted her life to serving our community, her generosity, intelligence and dedication to good cause.
With proud enthusiasm, we support Mrs. Marie Rogers for county Supervisor.
Maritza & Duane Mitry
Fabricated facts and law
I see Mr. Peabody has poor reading comprehension, along with his lack of legal skills. (July 22nd) I neither implied nor asserted that he claimed “unanimous Supreme Court rulings cannot be overturned”. I was clearly and expressly addressing Mr. Oviatt’s statement! (July 18th) So the fabricated “facts” are Peabody’s!
(One thing we agree on is that Oviatt was wrong!)
But given Peabody’s track record so far, the consistency with which he gets the Law wrong, I really shouldn’t be surprised that English isn’t his strong point either!
Oh, and Justice Brandeis said nothing remotely like what he claims. I challenge Mr. Peabody to quote Brandeis precisely and in context, instead of putting his own “spin” on it. Here, in fact, is what the Erie decision says (on the very pages Peabody cited):
“Except in matters governed by the Federal Constitution or by Acts of Congress, the law to be applied in any case is the law of the State. And whether the law of the State shall be declared by its Legislature in a statute or by its highest court in a decision is not a matter of federal concern.... the authority and only authority is the State, and, if that be so, the voice adopted by the State as its own whether it be of its Legislature or of its Supreme Court should utter the last word.”
- 304 U.S. at 78 – 9 (emphasis added).
As I’ve previously said, this clearly declares that court decisions are Law, whether made by the State courts when applying State Law, or Federal courts when applying Federal Law. In fact, by denying this Peabody is making the very argument Erie rejected! Once again, he gets everything backwards.
Peabody can’t “educate” us on a subject he so consistently gets wrong!
Gordon P.R. Posner
Hickman’s not representing
Clint Hickman’s family business Hickman egg is building a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in Tonopah. Mr Chickman has excused himself from Tonopah’s issues because his business is a conflict of interest. Mr. Hickman is not concerned with his constituents because he did not ask the Chairman of the Board to appoint another supervisor to be available to his constituents. Mr. Hickman lack of concern is no surprise to the residents of Tonopah.
Do not vote for Mr. Clint Hickman.
There should be zero tolerance for those politicians who lecture us on how people should conduct their lives. The issue of the GLBT community is they have aligned themselves with the liberal left in the effort of following the civil rights movement. The push for gay marriage angers the conservative right and they continue to fight back with religious bigotry in the name of some high moral standard. The question should be why and when did government decide to get involved in the issue of marriage? Maybe these WVV Constitution scholars can answer it.
The problem with the GLBT community has become a liberal lobby group in the world of politics and ignores the prejudices within their own ranks. Everyone ignores or fails to understand that the term sexual orientation is a “behavior” and not a lifestyle. The writer and commentator Rush Limbaugh has craftily been attacking the GLBT community by pointing out that gay population is 2 percent and should not be catered too.
Rush is simply playing partisan politics in support of the conservative movement during an election year and is being a sycophant to the religious right. However, Arizona conservatives passed SB1062 in an effort to give businesses the right to refuse service based on religious beliefs. The governor thankfully vetoed it. Yet, they seem less concerned about Barack Obama’s “Un-American Philosophy”.
If any politician “left or right” has to campaign of sexual issues, gay marriage, and family values they are not worthy of anyone’s vote. Perhaps “we the people” should bring back tarring and feathering. Thank you, Michael Holcomb for your insight.
Thomas M. Brosius
Vote for Debra Undhjem
Litchfield Park friends and neighbors, we highly recommend Debra Undhjem for Litchfield Park City Council.
Debra has been a good friend of ours since meeting Debra through volunteering with Boy Scouts of America in Pack and Troop 90 of Litchfield Park. After her sons became Eagles she continued her strong support of our local BSA as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Litchfield Park Scout Lodge Preservation Inc.
We have worked with Debra on numerous other projects and boards over the years and have found her dedication to our community to be over and beyond even the best volunteers. She has always been passionate about issues facing our community. Remarkably, through thick and thin found ways to solve problems and organize overwhelming projects to support us in the Litchfield community.
We know she will be a great asset to our City Council and encourage you to vote for Debra so we can put her to work on the City’s most important issues.
Tim and Terry Smith
Vote for Darin Mitchell
Early balloting is underway for the primary election. I am writing to endorse Darin Mitchell for the AZ House LD 13 Republican primary. I have met with him several times and find him to be honorable and principled. He puts the needs of his constituents in the West Valley and Yuma first. Darin is a true conservative, which means he believes in limited government. He is a champion of the taxpayer; he has shared with me numerous examples of how he has voted to eliminate wasteful or duplicate spending. The Goldwater Institute and Americans for Prosperity have given him high marks — in fact, rated No.1 — for his dedication to conservatism, small business and free market issues. Darin believes that Arizonans know what is best for Arizona, not some career federal bureaucrat in Washington DC. Vote for Darin Mitchell in the LD 13 Republican Primary.
Buckeye Tax rates & Prop 469
The letter from Buckeye City Councilman Craig Heustis needs to be addressed. He states that Buckeye has kept it’s property tax rate at $1.80 for the last three years, and that if we saw an increase in our property taxes, we need to blame the increase on the Assessors office for increasing our property Valuations.
Does he actually think that Taxpayers are that stupid as to buy that logic? Property valuations in Buckeye have gone up around 50 percent in just the last 2 years. When these elected officials don’t DECREASE the property tax rate as the Tax Base broadens, homeowners and businesses see a corresponding percentage increase in their property taxes. Do the Math. It’s not the Assessors fault for property tax increases, it’s the Taxing authorities fault for not lowering the tax rates.
This councilman is running unopposed in District 5; he doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote with thinking like that, Write someone in as a write in candidate or just under vote that ballot position. Buckeye taxpayers deserves better.
While you’re filling out your ballot this election be sure to vote NO on Buckeyes Proposition 469, the permanent Home rule, tax and spend legislation. The rest of the Buckeye officials also believe it’s the Assessors fault for out property tax increases or our taxes wouldn’t be going up at the rates they are. Guess where this almost 4 million dollars every year, forever, will be coming from.
Nix Buckeyes Home rule prop 469. Vote NO.
No spin letter
I am an American first, and a Republican second, because country should always come ahead of party. Doing so allows me to have an objective world view. Hopefully some of my Democratic friends will take the same approach.
Wait a minute. I forgot I have no Democratic friends.
None the less, I am convinced that invading Iraq was a disaster, both in terms of American lives and the waste of billions of dollars. Sadam Hussein was no threat to us. He acted as a buffer to militant Islamic terrorism.
Today ISIS controls a major part of Iraq, and are a definite threat to our culture. Had Sadam not been deposed, these insane militants would not have such a strategic geographical presence today. President Bush and all the congressmen and women who voted for invasion made a terrible mistake in judgment.
What President Obama is doing, however, is no mistake in judgment. It is a deliberate course of action dictated by his Progressive ideology. He sees us as an imperialistic and bad nation. Therefore he downsizes and weakens our military. He does not believe in peace thru strength. He wants to redistribute America’s wealth to the Latinos, from whom he believes we stole five Western states; to the native Americans, from whom he believes we stole an entire continent, and to the Black man whom he believes are owed reparations for their slave ancestors.
I am convinced Obama hates capitalism; and correspondingly believes it has created a White privileged class. He cares not for American values. All this and he was given a second term to continue to ravish the nation. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Good grief and many wonder why our country is in such a mess today.