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County supervisor supports measure

The County has a proposal to sponsor a Parks, and Open Spaces Program on the ballot.

Locally, in Williams, we have $725,000 in this proposal to fund renovating and improving Cataract Lake County Park for both the residents use and the visitors. Tourism is Williams’ primary source of income, and this enhancement will help.

Regionally as a county we target key resources threatened by growth with special attributes such as wetlands, wildlife, cultural, and archeological sites. A regional example such as Rogers Lake is a key food supply to large game that range from the Peaks to the Verde Valley. Any hunter in the area can attest to the importance of this resource, while local businesses benefit during the season.

Our Parks and Recreation program has had a lack of funding. Over a 25-year period, our county fairgrounds and Cataract Lake have fallen into disrepair. There is limited money for capital, impacts of growth upon unique and special resources, and the desire in our communities for us to take a more active role in these areas.

We did a survey of county residents to determine which mechanism to use. Property taxes were shown to be the least desired mechanism. Sales tax was the preferred means with visitors sharing in the cost.

We did not want to cause significant impact upon the private businesses in the county. We kept the proposed tax to 1/8 of one cent. That equals just under 13 cents on a $100 purchase. It limits the number and size of the projects that we can fund. However, it provides a way to baby step into implementing and growing a successful program.

It’s the people’s choice. I ask you to help us build this program by voting yes on parks and open spaces.

Matt Ryan

Coconino County Supervisor

Technology makes carpet bagging easier than ever

The 1789 Constitution authors granted States an equal voice via representation when everyone rode horses and no one envisioned flight or two homes.

Technology presents us with a dilemma. What resident life and work experience entail sufficient knowledge to represent the needs of constituents? The law states one-year “residency” — meaning get junk mail here but live elsewhere.

Technology has enabled a new politician. Hillary Clinton proclaimed New York residency and Elizabeth Dole, a Kansan, runs for Senate in Tennessee. I own property in Missouri, so a mailbox should entitle me to be a Missouri representative.

In District 1, a wealthy, urban real estate and insurance magnate from Virginia says he is from rural Arizona. Though legal by antiquated law, nothing could be further from the truth. The Renzi’s (all 14) have gone to school and church in Virginia for 20 years. Walking local parades doesn’t make Renzi knowledgeable of Arizona issues. Nor can Bush or Cheney make him a resident. Further, Renzi has never worked a day in Arizona District 1.

Who supports Renzi? The money to buy signs (on East-Coast corporate-chain hotel’s lawns) and slam TV & radio advertising are debts Renzi owes to the same corporations. Renzi is paying over $500,000 to accuse Cordova of not paying a $900 tax the IRS has publicly stated Cordova doesn’t owe. That money didn’t come from Arizonans.

It boils down to money, ethics and control of Congress. If you feel Virginia needs another Congressman and east-coast corporations more control of Congress, then vote for Renzi. But if you believe in the Constitution as I do, then vote for George Cordova, the man who will represent Arizona.

Bryan Bates

Flagstaff

Not all villagers qualify in raising children

In response to the editorial dated Oct. 16, I would like to offer my opinion. I agree that it “takes a village to raise a child,” and, yes, “parents are villagers, too.” Clearly, not all parents are living up to their responsibilities as they should and so the chore of raising them becomes a community responsibility. These children are our future and if we don’t do our part in helping them rise to meet their potential, then it will eventually come back to bite us.

The question is how do we accomplish this? We can start by being proper role models. Children learn by observing others; therefore, we need to set an example by behaving in socially acceptable ways. Also, we need to encourage children to always be and do their best in everything they try. Most children will live up to our expectations when we set a standard. When we see children doing things that are considered wrong, we need to point out that fact and then show them the right way. Children do not gain anything by being punished and not being taught right from wrong.

With this in mind, I would like to know why the editor and the police think that arresting 11 year-old boys for breaking glass is the way to handle this situation. I am not condoning the fact that they broke bottles in the street. However, it is my opinion that the editor is out of line by stating, “the punishment certainly fit the crime.” It is apparent to me that the editor doesn’t have much experience with little boys. I am a mother of a boy and I have seen the damage that boys can do. Furthermore, this type of behavior is normal and not criminal. What do the police believe they have accomplished by this? Do they think they have made the streets of our town safer by arresting little boys for normal behavior? In my opinion, there are other, more productive ways of handling a situation such as this.

The first thing that should’ve been done was to find the boys’ parents and give them a chance to administer the consequences. If the parents were nowhere around, the second thing that should’ve been done is for the police to point out to the boys what they did was wrong and why it was wrong. The final thing that should’ve been done is that the boys should have been made responsible for cleaning up their mess immediately and not after. I couldn’t believe that the editor of the paper was “left sweeping glass out of the street.” What message does this send to children when they are arrested but not made responsible for their actions? Not a very clear one for sure.

It does take a village to raise a child, but the villagers can screw up a child’s mind just as easily as parents can.

Regina A. Carpenter

Williams

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