Letters to the Editor Jan. 19, 2007

We're glad Mayor Jauregui is running again

Editor:

Tuesday evening's gathering of people in Old Town had all the excitement and hoopla of a good old-fashioned political stump. Mayor Jauregui could even be seeing kissing babies and shaking hands.

Although it was very cold outdoors, the atmosphere was electrically charged with excitement, and crowd support for Mayor Jauregui's passionate words of encouragement, stability and protection of Cottonwood's future.

For those of you that drove by the mayor's rally, it had to put a smile on your face to see children and adults waving re-election signs and hear everyone chanting "Ruben for Mayor."

Dan Engler is right; Cottonwood, indeed, needs to get excited about our upcoming elections.

As the voting day draws near, Mayor Ruben Jauregui will continue to meet with voters at various locations around the city.

Mayor Ruben Jauregui launched his campaign by reminding voters that he was instrumental in accomplishing the annexation of land to increase Cottonwood's area from 5.2 square milles to about 15 square miles, providing room for growth, and for open space.

Mayor Jauregui also spoke of his part in the creation of our new Municipal Water System. Its purpose is to provide for sustainability and the development of new water sources for Cottonwood's future.

Additionally, Mayor Ruben Jauregui spoke of Cottonwood's sustainability through sales taxes, rather than a city property tax. For example, Cottonwood is one of a few cities that can support all its city services and fire protection by income derived through sales tax, rather than property tax.

Yes, maybe our mayor did wait a few days before publicly launching his re-election campaign, but as the saying goes; good things come to those that wait.

J.J. Silvas

Cottonwood

The price you pay

Editor:

I was stricken with shingles three years ago; it was an awful experience. I now suffer from nerve pain in my back, which is a common after-effect; except for a pain patch nothing helps and I have tried several medications.

When we heard there is a shingles vaccine available I called the Yavapai County Health Department. Interested parties should know that the vaccine is $170 and not covered by Medicare.

Frances Heightchew

Cottonwood

Secret Santa made for a very special Christmas

Editor:

This letter is a sincere thank you to our Secret Santa. This Christmas was very different for my three small children and I as my husband is currently serving in Iraq. His absence has been difficult but it seemed especially hard at Christmas, particularly for my 5-year-old son.

As Christmas drew nearer, I dried many tears trying to explain why Daddy couldn't come home for Christmas. That was until our Secret Santa showed up. On Dec. 13, our doorbell rang and we opened the door to find a wrapped gift and not a person insight.

For the next 12 days straight (in the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas) the same thing happened. Each night the doorbell would ring, presents were left, and the gift-giver was never seen.

Our sadness quickly turned to excitement as we eagerly waited each night for the doorbell to ring. I wish they could have seen the look on my children's faces each night.

Because of the thoughtfulness and generosity of two families, our Christmas was filled with joy and great memories. They truly made our holiday special and words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for giving us the gift of the true Christmas Spirit.

You will probably never know how much it truly meant to us.

Jami Bast and Family

Camp Verde

Mayor Gioia best bet for Camp Verde

Editor:

March 13 is when we vote for our next mayor. Is it time to turn over Camp Verde to contractors, developers, realtors and investors? Do we want more cars in the parking lots at our Post Office, shopping center and bands? Think about more speeding drivers who are rude. More barking dogs?

Shouldn't 18 buses be good enough for our school? How about larger loads on our police and fire departments. Our courts are already over loaded with cases. Would you mind waiting over 10 hours to see a doctor at the emergency room? Higher property tax? Would you mind living in another Albuquerque, N.M., type of town with a dry river and dry wells? Isn't Camp Verde good enough the way it is now?

Don't give up yet, there is hope. Tony Gioia is willing to be our mayor another term. He works hard to keep control over development and other important matters. Mr. Gioia deserves our support by voting for him. I will.

Bill Graves

Camp Verde

Rep. Flake is indeed our voice in Congress

Editor:

I just wanted to say a big "thank you" to Dan Engler for the commentary on Jeff Flake. Rep. Flake is my hero when it comes to the political front.

I was born in Cuba and am of the generation that says lift the embargo and the travel ban of Americans to Cuba and also give Guantanamo back to Cuba.

Representative Flake speaks from our hearts that say allowing for trade and travel will pave the way to democracy on the island. I am so proud to live in a state that has a representative such as Mr. Flake.

Representative Flake has been our voice in Congress as he tries to fulfill these objectives.

Thanks again for an article well written.

Elena Espinosa

Camp Verde

Face the facts, scandals plague both parties

Editor:

Thank you for the reprieve from the Bauer-Barber lover's quarrel that has been dominating the editorial pages the last several issues. I personally feel Mr. Bauer and Mr. Barber should debate their points over coffee or somewhere other than the rebuttal filled editorial pages.

I also think Mr. Bauer and Mr. Barber and others who share with the paper with their "liberal" or "conservative" or "Republican" or "Democratic" views are oblivious to the fact that both parties gave up their independence several years ago to the special interest groups.

Scandals plague both parties. In the past years we've seen it more prominently with Republicans, because they have held influential leadership positions. In the coming years the Democratic leadership will be plagued by the same corruption from the special interest groups that the Republicans faced.

To believe that this won't happen is naíve. One only has to look at our political history to prove this point. If you look at some of the most important issues facing our country you won't find leadership from either political party identifying realistic and timely solutions. You will find watered-down, non-specific, drawn out debates with middle of the road solutions that more favor the special interest groups who lobby our politician's non-stop in Washington.

If you don't believe me then why does our great nation of motivated, skilled, and entrepreneurial citizens not have real answers on such long drawn out issues as health care, immigration, or energy, to mention just a few. It hasn't happened because our leadership, regardless of party affiliation, listens too much to those who put money in their pockets.

Instead of real, meaningful solutions, we get middle of the road compromises that neither address nor solve our nation's problems. Until we have real, independent and strong leadership from individuals who are not blindly tied to the interests of their parties and special interests, we will continue to mediocre policies that don't truly benefit the general public.

Brian Allen

Cottonwood

When the well runs dry, it's dry

Editor:

I had the same thoughts as Linda Nelson (her letter appeared in Sunday's editorial page) concerning the outlook for the Verde Valley's water supply, specifically as it relates to the Mesquite Hills development.

It was determined by independent consultants and the City of Cottonwood that the well has an ample supply of water and should be viable for 25 years. Where does that put us, or more specifically, the next generation to live in the Verde Valley, in 25 years?

The short-sightedness of our planning reminds me of a close friend of mine who never seemed to be able to grasp hold of their personal finances. This friend believed that having a check book filled with checks meant that they had sufficient funds in the bank to cover any check that was written. This line of thinking and behavior proved disastrous for my friend and took years for them to recover financially.

We make the same mistake in thinking that just because water came up from a well at a certain rate, that we are guaranteed a sustainable water source. No one can tell us with any accuracy how much water lies below us, how long it will last, and how much it gets recharged. With all of our technology above ground, we still struggle to accurately predict the weather.

There are lots of ways that we can conserve water, but as we continue to grow, even conservation can't save us if there isn't a sufficient supply of water. We are the fastest growing state in the country with some of the most limited natural resources. It just doesn't make sense that our environment can sustain the rampant growth taking place.

I'm afraid our city leaders have excused themselves from properly looking out for the wellbeing of our community's future by not realistically addressing the consequences of the growth that is taking place and in falsely placing too much reliance on reports and studies concerning our water resources that can not be truly verified.

Garin Thacher

Cottonwood

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