Tolleson’s resolution not very sporting

by Cary S. Hines

Managing editor

When it comes to gun control, Tolleson is loaded for bear, albeit a dying bear.

The tiny West Valley city recently passed a resolution supporting the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 and the Fix Guns Checks of 2013 — bills that require background checks for every gun sale and ensure that anyone who is prohibited from buying guns is listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The resolution also supports legislation that keeps military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines out of civilian hands.

Tolleson’s mayor had made assurances that it’s not an attack on the Second Amendment, and I agree, it’s more of a desecration. You can’t attack something that’s already dead.

OK, I admit, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it’s not completely dead, but it is dying.


Buckeye veterans need a local clinic

The Veteran’s Affairs health clinic in Buckeye is scheduled to close at the end of this month.

Health Net Federal, the contractor that ran the clinic for the VA, decided not to renew its contract. And we would have to assume that it was not profitable for that company to continue to provide services in Buckeye.

The VA put out a call for bids but there were no bidders. So the VA decided to close the facility. It says it is temporary but it won’t elaborate on how it might reopen it.

Alternatives may exist. Dr. Rohit Malhotra owns the Buckeye Medical Clinic, the building the VA clinic is in. He had been one of the doctors who actually treated patients for the VA working for Health Net Federal. He found out that no one had bid on continuing to provide services after bidding had closed. He wants bidding reopened so he can have an opportunity to submit a bid.


No new rules

We want to acknowledge what we think are some good choices made by some local leaders.

First, kudos to our new county supervisor, Clint Hickman, who initiated a freeze on new county regulations. We think of this as just benefiting businesses but it also benefits individuals as well. Governmental entities have been passing laws and ordinances since the time immemorial.


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