Rio Verde Foothills owners solely have themselves guilty

Rio Verde Foothills homeowners only have themselves to blame

Opinion: Owners who purchased in wildcat subdivisions have solely themselves guilty for no water.

Residents within the unincorporated neighborhood of Rio Verde Foothills selected to purchase land outdoors Scottsdale metropolis limits. They purchased it figuring out it had no assured water provide.

They dithered for a decade like Scarlet O’Hara, selecting to consider their water provide “tomorrow” and anticipating Scottsdale to rescue them from actuality.

They didn’t create their very own water district years in the past. They didn’t join with a personal water contractor. They caught their heads within the sand.

They need to cease blaming Scottsdale and look within the mirror!

Diane Arnst, Phoenix

Most actual folks need the identical issues

My grandson simply bought again from a visit to Spain and Morocco.

I requested him, “What did you be taught from the expertise?”

He mentioned, “The primary factor I discovered (is) … that wherever you go folks need the identical issues.

“Once you aren’t listening to political figures or the press you understand that actual folks in these locations are regular folks identical to you and me.

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“Folks need meals; they need one of the best for his or her household; they usually need to be comfortable and wholesome. It’s fairly easy.

“Lastly, I discovered that hospitality and kindness are languages everybody can communicate! They usually’re free!

“Phrases don’t must be mentioned and even understood for there to be mutual respect and a connection between folks.”

Considerate feedback, it appears to me.

Jim Peterson, Sagewood

Cease micromanaging our public colleges

It’s time for our legislators to deal with issues pertinent to the residents of this state.

We face a water scarcity, elevated homelessness and so many different severe points that influence giant numbers of Arizonans.

As an alternative of specializing in what’s going to really assist our residents, lawmakers waste time on nonsensical issues that don’t assist enhance the common particular person’s life.

They should cease micromanaging colleges and belief that the folks elected to take a seat on boards will work with the educated educators round them. Operating secure colleges is our primary precedence, not spinning our wheels attempting to observe laws that doesn’t assist this effort.


Rae Conelley, Phoenix

Would Hobbs finish vouchers as payback?

Gov. Katie Hobbs needs to finish the varsity voucher program. Why?

Take a couple of minutes to do an internet seek for “academics union fraud,” “college district fraud,” “college board fraud,” “college district fraud.”

You will be crushed by the variety of circumstances everywhere in the nation which are killing public schooling.

The varsity voucher program has allowed mother and father to do what they really feel is finest for his or her youngsters. Is the choice to cancel this system merely payback to the instructor’s union?

Get your youngsters out of public colleges and get them an schooling.

Ron Heimer, Yuma

Possibly public colleges’ downside is funding?

In his column about schooling, Phil Boas conveniently overlooks the truth that public schooling in Arizona has been significantly underfunded by Republicans happening three a long time.

I ponder if that has something to do with mother and father’ dissatisfaction?

Whereas ignoring that root trigger, he does discover time to say important race idea, which isn’t taught in any grade college or highschool anyplace. It’s a faculty stage course.

David Lewis, Phoenix

Give Buttigieg credit score the place it is due

Jon Gabriel’s Jan. 7 column “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has not met a disaster he cannot dodge” argues – amongst different issues – that Secretary Buttigieg failed to steer in averting a rail strike. The creator additionally argues that the deal, finally reached throughout 12 unions, resulted in wholesale dissatisfaction.

That is false.

Alongside Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and the White Home, Buttigieg was integral in forging compromise agreed to by the leaders of all 12 labor unions and administration. This included report pay will increase, best-in-class health-care plans and quality-of-life enhancements.

Ratified by eight of 12 unions, and a majority of general union voters, Congress adopted precedent and carried out the settlement for remaining unions. Bargaining epitomizes give and take. The end result of the method was not superb, however the consequence is just not dissatisfaction.

To be clear, the rail business has important issues with elements of the Division of Transportation. Think about the Federal Railroad Administration and its seeming disinterest in safety-advancing applied sciences within the railroad sector.

But Secretary Buttigieg deserves credit score for his management in labor negotiations, not deceptive political assaults.

Ian Jefferies, president and CEO, Affiliation of American Railroads

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