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What’s up with Yuma and Cotton?

Editor:

It’s always exciting to read the Business Briefs and learn about the continued business development that’s growing here in Goodyear. Everywhere in Goodyear, new businesses are popping up.

Everywhere, it seems, except at the corner of Yuma and Cotton, where the two large half-empty shopping centers are on the verge of stagnation.

Oh sure, the new KFC was appreciated, and the recent addition of a Filiberto’s was great, in case the drive-thru lines at the already-existing Frederico’s and Taco Bell are too busy. And I’m sure everyone in this part of Goodyear is anxiously awaiting the coming grand opening of a drive-thru car wash.

Look, I get the idea that the priority of the city right now is working toward the concept of a city center/prime business corridor — Estrella Parkway to Litchfield, McDowell to Yuma, bracketed by the new Goodyear Recreation Center to the south and the coming Goodyear City Hall to the north. I get it, and I’m sure every meeting with every business that is looking to come to Goodyear is shown every available square inch of open space in that zone. 

And then the city can turn around and package and highlight it all in marketing pieces and on their website and promote Goodyear to the world as an exciting, thriving community.

Understood.

At the same time, more and more homes are now being built in the western part of Goodyear, west of Cotton. Multifamily homes, single-family homes, smaller homes for lease: We’re certainly not lacking in the building of any of these. They’re all done, or in development, or coming soon, and all of us are pouring into and out of the area right past those same half-empty shopping centers to get onto the freeway to get anything done.

No drug store.

No hardware store.

No gas station.

No dry cleaners.

Heck, there are drive-thru coffee places everywhere.

Except here.

You’re telling me that businesses are seeing the sheer amount of daily traffic coming and going in this area and are saying, “Nah, that’s not for us.” Maybe the Goodyear master plan really is to drive every resident over to Estrella Parkway to get anything done.

Well, maybe in a decade, when the priority part of Goodyear is complete, maybe, just maybe, then we’ll get, say, a nice sit-down family restaurant.

In the meantime, as I said, it was exciting to read in the most recent Business Briefs about the latest new business to expand into Goodyear at the corner of Estrella Parkway and Van Buren. When it’s open, I’ll be sure to hop on the freeway and come check it out.

Bruce Battle

Goodyear (West)

Hopes and dreams

Editor:

I heard someone say capitalism is not easy. They are right when you think about it. The beauty of our county is capitalism has hopes and dreams built right into it. It’s a personal achievement. 

Voting the right president into office is not easy, but it is our personal business. No one has the right to dictate who you should vote for. We have survived bad presidents, and we will again. What we won’t survive is thugs telling us how we should vote.

That is what happens in countries that you don’t want to live in.

Vickie J. Chelini

Buckeye

Shame on you

Editor:

Shame on the American Association of Senior Citizens, the 60 Plus Association and One Nation America. 

These three groups are trying to scare seniors by telling them that allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices would limit access to their drugs.

False. Medicaid and the VA have negotiated lower drug prices with “Big Pharma” for years. Both pass along the savings to patients, while Medicare patients pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world.

Who’s behind these false/misleading ads?

The 60 Plus Association is affiliated with the Koch brothers and, according to PR Watch, advocates for big corporations, taking positions benefiting Big Pharma. The Federal Election Commission fined the group $50,000 in 2016 for breaking federal disclosure rules.

According to SourceWatch.org, One Nation America, a dark money group, works to avoid disclosing its funding sources and is a partisan association promoting issues that benefit big corporations, not the “little guy.”

Curiously, zero information is available on the American Association of Senior Citizens or its affiliates.

Tell your senators to let Medicare negotiate lower drug prices.

Ann-Louise Truschel

Buckeye

Relentless emails

Editor:

Election season is fast approaching (if it ever goes away). Already, my in-basket is filling up with requests for contributions from candidates for office. All the requests are basically the same: a picture or two of a smiling candidate with his/her attractive family, accompanied by a short list of miracles that will occur if he/she is elected.  

While I’m sure all these candidates are nice people, I need much more information about why the candidate is running, why he/she is the best person for the job, and some discussion of the candidate’s background beyond where he/she went to college.  

I’ve sent enough money to candidates — from both parties — who went on to become major disappointments once elected. No more will I help fund candidates who don’t have enough respect for voters to level with us about who they are.

Ken Scruggs

Buckeye

Appealing

to Congress

Editor: 

I’ve been living my entire life with an autoimmune disease that’s forced me to live a lot more cautiously, especially now that we are going through an uptick in COVID-19 Delta variant cases. Because of my preexisting condition, when I caught COVID-19 last year, I was faced with difficult decisions like being intubated under anesthesia to help with my breathing. I was terrified. 

I made it through one of the scariest times of my life because of the innovative medicines that the pharmaceutical industry created. I’ve learned to live with my autoimmune disease, and I survived COVID-19. 

Knowing the comfort that access to these life-saving medications has brought me, I feel obligated to speak out against Congress’ obsession with repealing a key provision in the Medicare Part D program that protects access to medicines and coverage for our most vulnerable. By allowing the government to try to pinch pennies and save money, we are sacrificing access to the medicines we need the most for the vulnerable in our community.

I urge our lawmakers in D.C. to stand for Arizonans and stop this attack on our access to life-saving medicines. 

Cecilia Duran

Buckeye

Nonmaskers are causing a crisis

Editor:

Gov. Doug Ducey says Biden is weak on COVID-19. Bull! His — as well as other governors’ — actions of passing laws and threatening financial loss is helping to spread the virus. 

Like most Republicans, he won’t follow science and blames everyone else, including the media, for stating facts. Simply getting a free vaccination and wearing masks will help. Science proves it. Why dispute those facts?  

Republicans turned this political for their own gain. They are rousing up their base so 24 will be a success for them.  Yet they accuse everyone else of being politically biased. 

If Biden were a Republican, they would support his efforts! They conveniently try to distract by using other issues to say Biden isn’t keeping us safe. Your actions are not keeping us safe!  Republicans spread lies, misinformation and scare tactics — not scientifically based facts. Your rights end when they infringe on others. Not wearing masks and not getting vaccinated is causing a health crisis. That’s where your rights end and ours begin.  

Mike Getz

Goodyear

Time to think about victory, not equity

Editor:

We have seen how passionate Gen. Mark Milley is concerning the training of troops in understanding white rage, white supremacy and equity outcome. I sure hope this fervor transfers over to battle readiness and preparedness. I don’t think this is the time to worry about equity. Thinking about “victory” is appropriate here. Get out the thousands who are now facing the Taliban’s rage.

Lynne Cole

Goodyear