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Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 6:30 pm

Farewell from Family Dental Care

Dear Editor:

With heavy heart we regret to announce that Family Dental Care – after serving the Ahwatukee Foothills area for more than 25 years – will be closing today, June 30.

In these tough economic times it was not possible to reinvest another couple of hundred thousand dollars required to relocate our dental office. It is our understanding that the landlord for the current location has plans to demolish this strip mall. Hence, we were only given a one-year extension of our lease, which expired in June of 2009. Several months of fruitless negotiations with different landlords and a wonderful discovery to move into a turn key operation that led to an advertisement in a new local phone book has not materialized due to lack of response of negotiations in a timely manner. This has forced Family Dental Care to close down. There are no near future plans to reopen, as we are busy winding down the operation.

At this point we would like to convey our heart felt thanks to 25 years of patronage by local area residents. It was a privilege to serve you all, and we will miss you.

Hema D. Parikh D.D.S.

Family Dental Care


Mountain View continues to help people look for work

Dear Editor:

It is hard to believe that one year has gone by since Mountain View Lutheran Church has opened its doors to help people who are looking for work. The job search field has changed during the last year, and we have tried to change with it. We have increased our focus on getting clients to go in and apply for jobs, as well as the resume route. More success has come from the applying on site.

This next year will bring new challenges for us. Many plans are in the works and we are hoping to expand our services. Expansion will allow us to set up a computer lab where job searchers can write their resume as well as look online for jobs.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a job, please give us a call at our office, (480) 893-2579, ext. 116. We are located at 11002 S. 48th St.

Chuck Patrick


What unconfirmed reports?

Dear Editor:

Regarding Brian Talburt’s letter (“Many ‘thanks’ to Sheriff Joe,” AFN, June 16) and his line: “Now you launch your most recent egotistical campaign to scare people from traveling to those destinations due to ‘unconfirmed’ reports that you probably created yourself as revenge for the Sonora Tourism agency mocking you and your crusade.”

Obviously, Mr. Talburt was absent the past few years when the federal government issued a number of warnings about travel to Mexico. Maybe he hasn’t seen the latest from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, regarding closure of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and that signs warning tourists of the potential dangers have also been placed at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Organ Pipe National Monument and Coronado National Forest. These are in Arizona. Are these closures and warnings also based on unconfirmed reports?

Pamela Hart


Unhappy with

Samsung TV


Dear Editor:

About two years ago we went to the store to buy a TV, they recommended a Samsung. So, we went home and researched this brand and everything seemed OK. Last weekend our 50-inch TV just stopped working without any warning of any sort. The screen was black and it was like the TV was turning itself on and off continually.

I called Samsung and after giving them the model number, they put me on hold for about 10 seconds, then came back on the phone and quickly said they would send someone out. I started to get a weird feeling and thought our model number must be on some sort of list. They said our warranty wouldn’t cover it and they would send someone to come out and fix it at our expense. She could not give me a cost for anything (yet told me it was my light tunnel), so I declined them for that moment.

I went online and found out there are many people like me, and also that a lawsuit has been filed against Samsung.

I called Samsung again and asked if there was a recall and they said no and then referred me to their law department.

After reading so many complaints about problems with Samsung and how much money people had to pay to correct the problem (and many people had to pay several times because the TV kept breaking), I am so upset. I will be having my TV fixed by any other person/company other than Samsung. My question is this: With so many people having this many problems why isn’t this in the news?

Cathy Neukam


What a disgrace

Dear Editor:

         I just read through the June 23 edition of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. In this edition Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) supplied a small map with the proposed changes to South Mountain Loop 202. The reader essentially needed a magnifying glass to read such a small map showing the length of this proposed highway through Ahwatukee. The explanation of the major changes in this ADOT update on this project was two single sentences. Here are a few points.

1. ADOT has removed millions of dollars from the proposed highway design making for a cheap cookie cutter highway through our residential neighborhoods.

2. It has been years since ADOT has had an evening informational meeting updating Ahwatukee residents on the changes to this proposed project.

3. Why do towns such as Scottsdale and Tempe get below grade quality highways that are less intrusive to residential neighborhoods and Ahwatukee does not?

4. Why is it that all we get is silence when the public asks for an ADOT evening informational meeting to be updated on such an important and neighborhood altering project?

5. Why is it that when ADOT does supply information on the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 it is generic, vague or, in this case, microscopic?

Be sure to hold the incumbent state and county representatives responsible for this situation:  Rae Waters, John McComish, John Huppenthal and Fulton Brock.

 Why wouldn’t this government inform us of the changes on this taxpayer financed project? Is there something they are trying to hide? What a disgrace!

Dave Folts

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