In regards to Mr. Zinkin, please quit catering to the special interests in Oro Valley. Mr. Zinkin was elected by the taxpayers of Oro Valley to get more fiscal responsibility in its departments. He simply questioned the overtime spending, and has since been attacked by the special interests. Why wasn’t he attacked prior to this? I wonder? The people of Oro Valley are not third graders, and can see beyond your front page slamming of Mr. Zinkin. You know, the extremely minor, no damage parking lot collision.
In the Nov. 20 edition of The Explorer, two letter writers express concern over an article written about Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin and his failure to report an accident that occurred at CDO High School. I find it interesting that both letter writers take issue with the reporting, but do not defend Zinkin’s actions. It is apparent to me that they know Zinkin was wrong, but they needed some way to deflect and otherwise distract the community from looking at an elected official that definitely has serious character flaws.
The column Nov. 20 by Ray Lindstrom on the day in Tucson after the Kennedy assassination was touching and memorable. It showed real people caught up in the confusion and grief of a moment that proved a hinge of history, between the innocent 1950s and the strange era we now live in, with so, many events with this feeling. I am Ray’s age, and I think Ray did a great job letting this story tell itself; it’s my favorite touchstone for this day, this year.
We have “twisted” headlines, letters of hearsay and innuendos to rely on in this recall of Councilman Zinkin. Two years ago the incumbent mayor labeled the attempted recall of Council members Hornat and Snider as mean-spirited losers who were wasting $70,000 of taxpayers’ money. Now this same mayor encourages his close friends to institute a recall against Councilman Zinkin. Why?
When Councilmember Mike Zinkin backed his car into a truck owned by Zachary Tarbet, The Explorer deemed this non-story worthy of 37 paragraphs, beginning on the front page of the Nov. 13 edition, despite the fact that Tarbet’s truck was not damaged.
Mike Zinkin - a councilman whose duty it is to represent the citizens of Oro Valley - has, since taking office a year ago, had several sexual complaints against him, filed by female town employees. Public documents show him to be a man who makes derogatory comments about minorities, who offended the only female council member with vulgar language in a private meeting, and who now, we learn, can’t even take responsibility for backing into another man’s vehicle at a football game and leaving the scene without filing a report with police.. Zinkin always seems to have a ready excuse and a pointed finger, blaming others for his actions. Now he blames Oro Valley police for his “(hit and run incident”). The Pima County Sheriff is handling the Zinkin case. Maybe he should blame them too. I find this morally bankrupt man to be an embarrassment to Oro Valley. I support the Mike Zinkin recall.
As a former Journalism teacher, I applaud Chris Flora’s first paragraph that states the Who? What? When? Where? (“Councilmember Zinkin claims no criminal intent in accident,” November 13). The last sentence, however, says it all. “...any pending charges have since been dropped by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.” It was a good summary for the Police Beat blurbs, not the first page.
What was the purpose of the front-page Explorer article, on Nov. 13, about Councilmember Zinkin? Why on Nov. 13 was the Explorer reporting old news, nearly two months after the event? The front-page headline implied there might have been criminal intent. The headline could have read, “No Laws Broken”. Who initiated this article? Was the intent to lend support to the unwarranted attempt by the Oro Valley Police Officers Association to impugn and discredit Councilmember Zinkin? Was the intent to lend support to the recall effort backed by some Oro Valley Council members and their friends?
I read with interest the recent story detailing the facts in the latest string of missteps of Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin. After reading the facts presented by the Explorer, several things are reasonably clear.
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