Car wash challenge
This is in answer to Vickie J. Chelini’s car was “autoplenophobia.”
Visit the Super Star Car Wash on Dysart across the street from Sam’s Club. Due to the manufactured scare tactics of COVID-19, you have to drive up to the entrance of the wash and stay in your vehicle until you’re done.
A very nice young man named Nick — and/or others — will guide you onto the entry rails. He will ensure nothing protrudes from your vehicle to be damaged.
The sign says to put your car into (N) neutral and stay off the brakes. As the automated system pulls you through, put your head back, close your eyes and enjoy the ride.
You will notice soap and water spays throughout your ride as well as brushes and cloth strips gently scrubbing your vehicle.
Suddenly, you will hear the sound of a full-blown tornado. Don’t be afraid, those are merely high-volume blowers drying a perfectly spotless car.
The automated system will stop, you can put your car in D (drive) and pull into an area as designated by the attendant and the type of wash selected.
They may not plant a white peach tree for you, but Sam’s Club across the street has them during the U.S. seasons as well as South American countries.
Give it a try, and enjoy the ride!
I do not, as a habit, send a letter to the editor. But this week’s issue of West Valley View demands I comment on J.D Haworth’s screed, poorly disguised as a poem, wherein he assaults Dr. Anthony Fauci. I am sure that Hayworth, at least in his mind, is a far better diagnostician of coping with COVID-19 than an eminently respected doctor with over 40 years of service to our nation in battling infectious diseases. Hayworth’s commentary is a valid description of the ignorance displayed by naysayers of scientifically proven countermeasures against the COVID-19 virus in its many mutations. Hayworth should stick to politics. He’d be a good fit with the crazies still in our Legislature still ranting about “the big steal.”
By the people
Eighty years ago, I was born into a family where protecting this nation from foreign enemies, by serving in the military, was expected and respected. Father volunteered for WWI, eldest brother WWII, second brother Korea, me Vietnam, eldest son-in-law Kuwait, and his son will soon graduate from West Point. That’s who we were and are.
Last year, inspired and triggered by Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was fraudulent and presidency stolen from him, insurrectionists attacked the Capitol of the United States in an attempt to keep President-elect Biden from taking office.
Several “Big Lie” promoters are Arizonans. A 30,000-word published report names key players, what each did and continues to do.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann launched a partisan audit that was so poorly executed nothing of value was learned. What investigators did discover was “Big Lie” promoters used her audit, and power and prestige of the Arizona Senate, to cynically grift millions of dollars from “Big Lie” believers. It is also clear none of the above matters because most Republicans are legitimately afraid of angry constituents and even more afraid of being “primaried.”
Not everyone fell for the “Big Lie.” Gov. Doug Ducey, Secretary Katie Hobbs, Sens. Bower and Boyer, Chairman Clint Hickman, Chairman Jack Sellers, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and others heroically remained loyal to their oaths of office while being physically and verbally threatened. Loyalists are now shunned by “Big Lie” promoters.
Keeping our democratic republic alive requires mutual acceptance of factual reality and leadership that unifies all of us toward procuring safety, peace, food, health and comfort for all. Democratic government is slow, messy and often frustrating process, but we are the most powerful nation in the world when unified. Aftermaths of elected representative support for the “Big Lie,” and Arizona Senate President Karen Fann’s audit, go way beyond a damaged state reputation, millions of dollars wasted, personal disgrace and resignations.
Governance that combines the democratic ideal of individual freedom to express feelings, with the Republican ideal of individuals electing representatives to promote majority feelings while maintaining minority rights, is not how most nations were governed in the past and are governed now. Some form of religious and/or secular autocracy appears to be the default nation-state governance system.
Credible national polls find about 25% of all Americans now endorse authoritarianism over democracy. Even worse, approximately 20 million Americans now support using violence to install their authoritarian of choice.
Soon the 2022 Congress and Arizona Legislature will convene with “Big Lie” promoters embedded in both. I find it astounding and depressing that this nation’s greatest threat today is from fellow Americans out to destroy our constitutional right to “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Dr. John Bradley