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Lack of zoning cohesion frustrating

Editor:

Since the general plan involves money, Camp Verde residents need to see where it is coming from now before we can see where we want it to come from in the future.

Two accurate maps are needed (current and proposed) based on county tax records.

Yavapai County and Camp Verde Town zoning are not the same. We are assessed by and pay our taxes to the county as determined by their zoning, not the town's. For instance, one can be classified "Agricultural" by the county and "Estate" by the town. They will be taxed as "Agricultural." So what then does "Estate" mean on a map?

It doesn't equate to revenue. For that matter, what do "Mixed," "Commercial," etc. mean?

It appears that a lack of zoning cohesion must waste an excruciating amount of time and taxpayer money? More disconcerting is that it creates great potential for confusion, deception and justifiably, a very suspicious public.

Gary & Joanne Hastings

Camp Verde

Mr. Ogden, no doubt, wears a white hat

Editor:

In his letter (column full of inaccuracies), Frank Ogden dismisses Barb Hahn's column as " leftist slurs." I'm sure Barb can defend herself, but I must rise to her defense.

Why must the Ogdens of this world dismiss all opponents of their idealogy as liberals and leftists? Once they railed about "Godless communists," then it was "socialists." Now, it's "liberals." Always the name calling. Always the labels. Always the absolutes.

Well, I have another label ... Political Fundamentalist. You can qualify for this label if; you deify your political leaders, assert that all political opponents are wrong by definition, and you label all dissenters of Bush's war as un-American.

The fundamentalists will say " you're either with us or against us." White hat or black hat, take your pick, as this is a crusade.

God's on our side, they imply.

Mr. Ogden no doubt wears a white hat. I, in my liberal ignorance, see myself as wearing green or gray depending on the subject.

I suspect Barb Hahn's hat is a stunning plaid!

Robert Brookes

Cottonwood

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