Letters to the editor from the Aug. 27 issue.
Vote for Democrats in key races
Like many other voters, I will be casting my first ballot in an Arizona election this November. Also, like many other new voters, I chose to live in Tucson, Ariz., because of the quality of life.
We must work to maintain and improve our Arizona quality of life. It does not just happen. One way we can do it, is by electing people to the state legislature who will work for us.
We are fortunate to have Cheryl Cage running for state senator, and Don Jorgensen and Nancy Young Wright running for state representative. They are energetic and dedicated candidates who will be our voice in Phoenix.
Avoid the temptation to vote for Republicans with a Democratic facade. If you want someone who has your real agenda at heart, vote for a real Democrat. They have a specific agenda which you can believe in, that gives hope for the future of our state, and they will fight for this agenda. This includes :
1. Improving the economy of Arizona.
2. Attracting alternative energy and high technology businesses to relocate to Southern Arizona.
3. Making health care accessible and affordable for all Arizonans.
4. Planning regionally to ensure a safe and sustainable long-term water supply for Southern Arizona.
5. Providing tax credits or incentives for large scale solar projects.
6. Utilizing 21st century technology to help our children learn and develop effective critical thinking skills.
7. Fixing a broken immigration policy, expanding guest worker programs, and pursuing federal funding so that Arizona does not bear the burden of the federal government’s failure to establish meaningful immigration reforms.
8. Fighting for federal compensation of hospital costs for emergency care for undocumented immigrants.
9. Strengthening laws to protect Arizonans from identity theft.
For these and many more reasons I encourage new and long time voters in Arizona to vote on Nov. 4, for Cage, Jorgensen, and Wright for the Arizona Legislature. You won’t be disappointed.
In OV, a $203M budget appears to be inadequate
The Oro Valley Town Council just approved a 203 million dollar budget.
Let’s spend more.
The Tucson Museum of Art has outgrown its downtown facility and is in search of new space.
Last month, museum officials began informal talks about relocating to or opening a branch in Oro Valley or Marana. I believe the museum is using TOV as a bargaining chip against Tucson.
The town manager said he would try to bring the matter before the town council in September, setting in motion a plan to bring the museum to Oro Valley.
TOV may want to spend time and taxpayer money for a plan and hire a consultant.
The TOV would also want to give the museum tax incentives and include it in a future phase of the Naranja Town Site and add more to the proposed secondary property tax.
Another way to spend our tax money.
Higgins refutes Day’s claim
Joe Higgins, the Republican challenger to incumbent Supervisor Ann Day in Pima County District 1, is refuting Day’s Aug. 20 claim that he is “not interested enough in civic affairs to even vote.”
“Her remarks are false,” said Higgins, who said he voted in the 2006 primary, general and Regional Transportation Authority elections. “It is sad that a longtime incumbent like Ann Day has to falsely accuse me of not being involved in civic affairs.”