Thoughts about Buckeye

Editor and David Leibowitz:

You have a very interesting perspective about Buckeye. Buckeye does have great drainage and no potholes. In the 10 years I’ve lived here, I haven’t had one power outage.

Buckeye has a beautiful new library, and a large city hall that shows a thought toward the future. An idiot could have planned what our great leaders in Buckeye are allowing on the main street of Watson. They did it and it’s insane.

Quick Quack Car Wash, which is supposed to replace the $3 Car Wash, with either a giant rubber eagle or a giant yellow duck. Someone will take a shot at it. A storage facility and an extended-stay motel all crowded into a small area is going to be a nightmare.

It will devalue the surrounding homes, cause gridlock the likes of which the city has never seen. The Cracker Barrel and Native are only tolerated by residents who don’t want to drive all the way into Goodyear.

There is nothing here for young people. It’s a wonder Buckeye doesn’t have a real juvenile problem.

Buckeye has city planners, city manager, chamber of commerce, city council and a mayor who has been in office for 40 years and who brings a rodeo/demolition derby mentality to Buckeye. You can forget about your Philly steak sandwich.

Looking forward to your next column.

Vickie Chelini


Some results are inefficient


Is massive solar energy a good idea? Probably not. You can walk on your ordinary roof in the summer. But solar panels get over 140 degrees and reflect a great deal of the sunlight that hits them. Yes, an occasional solar panel is a great idea. A few high rises like the Chase bank are tolerable, until that one day the sun angle is just right and you happen to look at it.

When you fly over Phoenix, what you see is a solid mass of rooftops with solar panels, compelled by government fiat. Look at the air temperature gauge in the summer, then you will know it wasn’t a great idea.

The economic system is designed to do very well. Practical ideas grow, and foolish ideas fail. But often it takes time to figure out what turns out to be the right mix in the long term; something that works with a minimum of downside.

Think about it: Isn’t “renewable energy” another phrase for “perpetual motion”? The sun is a good source, but that doesn’t mean really inefficient solar conversion is the answer. Just like fresh water, there are many ways to make it. We need what is practice in the long term.

Personally, I look forward to building large covered pits in the middle of nowhere, lined with water pipes to extract the heat as well as solar panels that do not require direct sunlight, but rather can extract the energy from all the light being absorbed through one-way glass. After all, put a lightbulb into a closed box and none of the light energy escapes, so it’s there. The idea is to capture as much energy as possible in a usable form.

It is somewhat like the internet. The way Gates designed his Windows programs. It works, but now Microsoft has to spend huge amounts of money contacting every computer user in the world weekly with updates. It works, but the downside gets bigger and bigger. If you had to bring your car in for updates once a week, would it work?

Rowland Stevens


Thank you for Uganda smiles


I am writing to thank West Valley residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of your generosity over 16,000 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, were packed and delivered worldwide.

Through shoeboxes packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, West Valley volunteers this spring brought smiles to the faces of children around the world, like Joram, who lives in Uganda. Many children who receive boxes are affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have received. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Joram, while dressed in his best, wore tattered shoes, but his smile and appreciation for each shoebox gift melted the heart of Regional Manager Gil Moreno. “The next morning, I was watching the video that I took when Joram opened his box and I started crying. A young boy who lives in poverty received a gift so amazing that he could not speak. Did I mention that he treasured each little gift? Yes. He did.”

It’s not too late for people to make a difference in another child’s life, like Joram’s. West Valley drop-off locations will open in November 2018, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a personalized shoebox gift online at Participants can also challenge others to pack boxes online with them or use a shoebox gift card to share the opportunity with friends and family. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling 813-787-8604.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Raeleen Higgins

area coordinator

West Valley