Letter: God bless America, now let's save some of it


I've never written a letter to the editor in my life. However, after reading the shenanigans regarding the proposed 10-square-mile annexation by Cottonwood of state trust land along 89A, I feel compelled to join the only discernible voice of reason in the proceedings, Rob Rothrock, in asking some pretty basic questions.

Am I the only one bothered when both our city manager and mayor choose to ignore a lack of water to support the huge development proposed. And I'm sorry, but using Sedona's wastewater or "hauling" in water do not seem to be viable sources.

And I wonder how our former city manager, Brian Mickelsen, would feel about wastewater treatment facilities in the designated "open spaces." I don't understand how our mayor, whom we entrusted our tax dollars and our city to, could say "you shouldn't end the discussion just because there's not water." When then should you end the discussion?

Apparently a reassurance from our police chief that, even if annexation occurs, hunting will still be allowed eliminated the only city council concerns.

I hope my fellow citizens fight this ill-advised plan to the end. As Edward Abbey, an American environmentalist of the first order was fond of saying "God bless America, now let's save some of it."

Ron Grafe



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