Pecos Park and staff are the best

Dear Editor:

I am writing to thank the city of Phoenix for Pecos Park.

I live in the adjacent community, Foothills Gateway, and I end up in Pecos Park nearly every day. The facilities are very well kept and very clean. My family enjoys everything from the dog park on the east end to the picnic grounds and jogging loop on the west end. In fact, two of our favorites are right in the middle, the pool and the skate park.

I feel blessed to have these amenities in my backyard, for not only my immediate family and me, but also as a place we can proudly take other family and friends.

That, in short, covers the hardware, now I’d also like to offer my praise of the staff at Pecos. I have regularly interacted first-hand with staff members from when the park first opened, many I know by name as a result of their friendly, approachable nature. I’ve also seen members of the maintenance staff put to the test outside of their ordinary job descriptions and each time I’ve witnessed superlative character in every sense of the word.

I take my kids to the pool and as hard as I try, there are brief, terrifying seconds that I can’t count all the heads and it’s very, very good to know that I have expert support right there at my back, all wearing red.

We use the skate park and the playground and on some occasions I have witnessed a need for security, each time it has been the full-time maintenance staff that has taken care of the situation quickly and with respect. It’s exceedingly clear that they take pride in their park.

In the end, I have nothing but good things to say about both the hardware and the software at Pecos Park, but it’s the staff that gets the majority of my nod this time.

Good interactions with good fellow human beings trump a cold water fountain any day.

At Pecos, however, you don’t need to choose, you get both.

Brian Smith


The consequences of Obamacare

Dear Editor:

While visiting the cardiologist the other day, I noticed some changes in personnel. The medical assistant who was working with me told me two people had been laid off due to the reduction in Medicare payments.

The guillotine of the big government of social justice has fallen. People are losing jobs, and, as predicted, we’ll see deterioration in medical services. It’s inevitable. This example is but a glimpse of things to come.

Exciting isn’t it? Remember in November!

Don Kennedy


AF traffic circle debate

Dear Editor:

That two residential roundabouts/traffic circles have shown lukewarm support at best - Equestrian/Appaloosa roundabout barely managing to reach the required 61 signatures for permanent over temporary placement and "fizzled out" support for the one at 36th and Coconino streets - inspires thoughts of incredulity.

Roger Dickinson, residing near the Equestrian/Appaloosa roundabout, stated that Phoenix could use the money more wisely elsewhere, where it's needed (“Decision on 2 controversial AF traffic circles expected soon,” AFN, July 14). True. Over the four summers I've resided in Ahwatukee I've read off and on about the highest number of traffic accidents in the area occurring at 48th Street and Ray Road where no traffic circle has ever been proposed. Rather than spend the several hundreds of thousands of dollars from a transportation bond issue approved by a city-wide vote in 2006 on residential roundabout, this is where it should be spent. Although a traffic circle there wouldn't have to have the aesthetics of the huge traffic circled called Charles deGaulle Etoile in Paris, it would look fine filled with gravel and native plants of the Sonoran desert as seen along Chandler Boulevard.

State Farm Insurance once offered each community with an intersection on the national list of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the U.S. up to $120,000 for an in-depth safety study and improvements to that particular intersection. Although 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard wasn't on that list a couple of other intersections in Arizona were. State Farm accepted the improvement plan submitted by Phoenix that included signal visibility upgrades, pedestrian indicators, various operational improvements (signal timing, LED indicators) and overlaying the intersections with material having high friction factor to make it easier for drivers to stop their vehicles.

Even without funding from State Farm, Phoenix has the money to install a roundabout where it's really needed.

Sandy Jane Wong


Shared values?

Dear Editor:

During President Obama’s July 1 speech he stated that Americans are defined by their “fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear.” Now, flashback to before the November 2008 election: Then candidate Obama gave a speech before a group where he began stating that he shares with the audience the values that we all hold so dear. He may not have used those exact words during both occasions, but both times he made reference to our “shared values.” To my dismay, he never defined the “values” of the audience or those which he “holds dear.” In effect, he just defined a screen and let each audience member understand whatever they wanted.

When I heard Obama deliver his 2008 speech referencing “shared values,” my attention was piqued. Like his 2010 speech, I had not heard anyone from the audience talk about their values, nor had I heard candidate Obama discuss any of his values. It seemed to me that on both occasions President Obama was simply employing a rhetorical device to make his audience believe that they all “shared” the same unstated “values.”

In President Obama’s case, he often speaks to undefined “values” and “high ideals.” Yet he never defines, at least verbally, what he means. President Obama has no restraint when it comes to taking the money of the worker to give to his friends. The last I heard, many of the final recipients of his “TARP” fund spending could not be identified. Could it be that President Obama is a Charlatan? Are his supporters just some of the proverbial “necessary idiots?”

While President Obama often refers to honesty, integrity, transparency, etc., let’s not forget that he signed unread legislation measured by the pound. We all knew that not even Democratic Congressman Harry Mitchell, who voted for the bill, had read any part of it. I know YouTube has a video clip showing Mitchell claiming to have read the entire “2,900 pages.” Yet the final version of the bill had not been made available until about a day or so before the vote. If memory serves, the original HR 3200 bill was somewhere around 2,100 pages long – I digress.

President Obama’s words fall far from his actions. Those who have seen the movie Mars Attacks may recall the words of the Martians as they attacked cities and the people around the globe. In the very act of killing earth people and destroying their property, the Martians continually declared “We come in peace!” Does President Obama come in that same “peace?”

G. Roberts

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