Recently Ahwatukee residents who belong to the Ahwatukee Board of Management have begun receiving telephone survey calls related to the future of The Lakes Golf Course.
Residents need to know that the survey is typical of a push poll, meaning that the questions they are asked are confusing and phrased in such a way as to elicit the response the poll/survey sponsor wants.
I received the survey call last Sunday evening. I was appalled at the misinformation that preceded virtually every question in the survey. When challenged about the misinformation, the caller simply responded that he was “just reading the script that was given to him.” He also said he did not know who ordered the survey.
It is quite obvious the survey is intended frighten and confuse residents.
While Save The Lakes Inc. is conducting an open information campaign to give residents the facts about the proposed development of The Lakes Golf Course, it appears that whoever is sponsoring the telephone survey is hoping to mislead and confuse residents, and in so doing get the responses they want.
Save The Lakes is playing fair, presenting information to the community to help residents understand what is at stake in the golf course issue. Whoever is behind the telephone survey is not.
To paraphrase Adlai Stevenson from a 1952 campaign speech, we offer the opponents of Save The Lakes a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Ben Holt, President
Save The Lakes, Inc.