Sandefer’s response to readers
As I explained in the article (In The Explorer April 4), I have respect for pharmacists and rely on their extensive knowledge of medications/interactions/side effects/etc., especially when I’ve been prescribed a new medication by one of my doctors. However, as I also clearly noted, this didn’t happen to me. In this instance it happened to my friend. He wasn’t changing medications, simply getting a refill for one he’d been using successfully for over 10 years and gave no thought about having it denied. If the pharmacy manager in question hadn’t stepped over the line he would still be on the job. But since he was quickly removed from the pharmacy and my friend’s prescription was then filled as written and without question. A reasonable assumption would be that the pharmacist did, in fact, act inappropriately by not filling it or at least contacting the physician that wrote it to discuss his concern with it. My friend believes this was a rare action, not a typical one in the pharmaceutical profession. Nonetheless, non-typical actions can and do occasionally occur in any profession and at any level. We, as patients, must be vigilant and pro-active in our medical treatment in order to sustain our health and quality of life.
James Sandefer, Tucson
In support of the F-35 simulator
I recently read about the F-35 cockpit simulator event at Sargent Aerospace, and was so pleased to see our Mayor and council in attendance for support of the program. I’m glad that our locally-elected officials realize how important this program is to our community. The F-35 has a tremendous economic impact on our town. The jobs it creates helps our area grow. I hope the rest of our leaders here in southern Arizona can throw their support behind this program, because it’s critical to the future of the air bases of our state.
Kelly Stein, Marana
Disagree with contraception bill
So HB2625 concerning health insurance concerning contraception, with promised amendments (?), is scheduled to go to committee and in all probability become law. The Democrats are trusting that the promised amendments will fulfill their expectations. Lots of luck there.
I have written to each of the female legislators about HB2625 with my feelings about the Bill. I feel that if an employer decides, for religious reasons, not to include contraception in his/her healthcare package, then they - the employers - are obligated to inform their employees of this fact, and not only that, if their religious beliefs are that strong, they should make their intentions public. This will provide prospective employees of their stand on the subject. Of course if employers are not concerned with being up front about their religious beliefs, they won’t bother with either course of action. I have yet to receive a reply from any of these women.
I would like to hear from employers who will not provide this coverage, or are the women in the legislature just putting words in their mouths by saying this is a religious freedom issue. What do the employers really say?
Senator Al Melvin, speaking about HB2625, says that opponents of the bill are trying to put a smokescreen to the real problems - President Obama’s inability to manage the economy. As usual Melvin is comparing apples to, well to..... potatoes, if anything.
Jerry Lujan, SaddleBrooke
Golder Ranch shouldn’t annex CF area
The Golder Ranch Fire District, which serves mainly Oro Valley and the southern portion of Pinal County, is attempting to take over a large area of the Catalina Foothills by leaping over the Coronado National Forest.
The GRFD impact statement clearly states that there would be a large financial gain to the existing residents of the GRFD at the expense of the residents of the proposed annexation. To put this into perspective, GRFD projects first-year revenues of $2.16 million that they would receive from the proposed annexation area.
This new source of revenue is considerably in excess of the cost of providing services. Foothills residents need to be aware that it would not be in their best interest to sign the annexation petition.
To accomplish the annexation, GRFD would need to obtain signatures from more than 50 percent of the property owners and from owners of more than 50 percent of the assessed valuation within the proposed annexation area.
For the past 40 years Rural Metro has provided prompt and excellent service to the Catalina Foothills. Rural Metro Station 80 is located in the heart of our area and will remain regardless of the outcome of the annexation attempt.
Currently, property owners have a choice whether or not to select fire coverage from Rural Metro. Choices include plans with discounts for alarm systems, sprinkler systems and master contracts for homeowner associations. If the annexation is successful, there will be no choice. Regardless of the outcome, Rural Metro Station 80 would remain to serve the Foothills area east and south of the proposed annexation.
Rural Metro bases its annual charge on the square footage of your home or business. GRFD will impose a property tax based on the assessed valuation of your home, which will increase as property values recover and increase. Homes within the Catalina Foothills will pay GRFD at least 15 percent to 200 percent more than what they currently pay depending on the valuation of the property.
GRFD will also assess a tax on vacant parcels at a considerably higher cost than the annual $71 optional coverage from Rural Metro.
At recent meetings held by homeowner associations and GRFD, it is very clear that the citizens attending these meetings do not support the GRFD effort. There is no reason to change, unless you want to enhance the coffers of GRFD.
We urge GRFD to re-consider its efforts and drop its attempt to take over our area through annexation. We urge our neighbors to reject any annexation petition passed by GRFD. If you sign the petition, it is your approval of the annexation.
Keeping Rural Metro and continuing 40 years of outstanding service is simple. Do not sign the petition. End of story.
David Nathanson and Robert Burch, Tucson
The need to reduce imported oil
Mr. Hymers was very correct in the April 11 Explorer that U.S. gasoline prices are dependent upon worldwide supply and demand of crude oil. But, the big point he missed was how U.S. production of crude oil can affect U.S. prices separate from the rest of the world. If our oil companies were allowed to expand production so that we dramatically reduced our percentage of imported oil, our U.S dollar would be a lot stronger, which in turn would lower the U.S. price of gasoline relative to the rest of the world. Since we import a tremendous amount of oil from Canada, an alternative solution would be to talk Canada into adopting the U.S. dollar as their currency.
Randy Park, SaddleBrooke
Do we need to audit the police department?
I have been a year-round resident of Oro Valley for over eight years, and a Tucson area resident since 1982. In my lifetime, I have lived in many towns and cities in the United States and all over the world. Oro Valley is a wonderful place to live because of all the town services. Let this matter be resolved by the Town council, not in the media. Write your council member, and tell him or her, what you think should be done about this issue, and other issues that concern you and the Town.
The advocates of the audit of the police department have made it clear that our law enforcement agency and responses to the needs of the town are superior to other law enforcement agencies in Arizona. I am happy to agree with that evaluation of our police and the job(s) that they do each day to assure the safety of residents. Do the residents of Oro Valley want law enforcement that is the same as, or less than that of other communities in Southern Arizona?
Before taking dollars from the Town budget, take time to consider what we have. Our town is safe, clean and has a low crime rate compared to our neighboring communities. We want to have those wishing to vandalize, burglarize, assault or injure any person or property to avoid our Town.
Do we want to audit a nationally-recognized, superior police department? Let those who wish to audit raise the funds for the audit, and publish the results. The Town does not have funds to waste on such a meaningless and unproductive audit.
Al Price, Oro Valley