Council dropped the ball
The city council really dropped the ball with the Camelback Road commercial truck ban.
They posted for months how it was happening, and I even read it in the West Valley View and Facebook. Saw the signs posted up and down Camelback Road weeks before.
But a few days before it goes into effect, the mayor decides to delay it a whole year, since the trucker association could simply overturn it. A whole year is a very long time, especially for those living close to Camelback Road.
Didn’t the city council know this before they told everyone or wasted taxpayer money annexing part Camelback Road? The city council spent years working on this to simply delay it a whole year at the last minute.
Didn’t seem like they did their homework. Camelback Road has become a nightmare. When all the new warehouses open, it be insane with the amount of commercial trucks. The new I-17 West.
I support the city council and will continue, but the trucker association made the city council, and all those who believed in the city council, look pretty bad.
The city council was caught still playing checkers when the trucker association moved on to chess.
Jake Whelms, Palm Valley North Litchfield Park
Keep up the good work Congress
I am happy to see that our legislators in Washington are actually passing legislation. Recently, they passed the Inflation Reduction Act as well as the CHIPS and Science Act. I am hopeful this trend will continue with the Open App Markets Act, which seeks to create a level playing field for our small and medium app developers.
Currently, the big tech platforms, namely Apple and Google, run their app stores almost like a monopoly. They charge app developers huge fees, up to 30%, for every in-app purchase — which they are required to use the tech giants’ system for all in app transactions. The tech giants also make it hard for the app developers to communicate directly with their own customers and promote the tech giants’ own apps over those of the app developers.
The courts have tried to fix these issues but have not had much success. Congress needs to act now to fix these problems to foster innovation and rein in costs that are passed on to us, the consumers.
Lane Thomas, Avondale
Thank you, Sarival Animal Hospital
On Oct. 18, my husband was driving home west on Van Buren. When stopped by a red light at Sarival Avenue, he saw a bony-thin cat slowly crossing the street. The light turned green, and he knew the cat would not make it without being hit. He jumped out and scooped it up. The cat did not have enough strength to put up much of a fight. Rich only got a couple of scratches.
He decided to take that tattered and emaciated cat to the vet because the poor thing was in such sad shape. We go to Sarival Animal Hospital on Yuma in Goodyear, so that’s where he rushed to. They did not disappoint.
When Rich told the staff at the desk the situation and that this poor cat may need to be humanely euthanized due to his horrible condition, they came right out to his truck with a blanket, gently wrapped him/her up in a blanket and took charge of the cat.
The main purpose in telling this story is to give recognition and say thanks so much to the staff at Sarival Animal Hospital for not hesitating to help and do the right thing for a suffering creature. Our world is a better place because of you.
Susan Hewitt, Goodyear
Vote ‘yes’ on override
Please vote “yes” on your school district’s override. Your schools are seeking these continuation measures because that’s what they have to do to provide our students with basic needs. Most have cut programs or increased fees to make up for the shortfall from past override failures. If they fail again, more cuts and eliminations will take place. The next round of cuts will include teachers, which means bigger class sizes. After school and intramural programs will go away, these programs make our kids the well-rounded adults that our society needs. We are growing fast; that means our schools are growing also and they need our help.
Deanna Kupcik, Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Buckeye
Would Trump have won?
There is no doubt in my mind that former President Trump would be president today if it had not been for his own out-of-left-field verbal attacks on people.
So unnerving for voters having to see this on what seems like a daily basis, giving the voters whiplash.
I would have voted for former President Trump again except for the fact that I felt beaten down by his constant attacks on people.
Former President Trump blames everyone else for his failure to get re-elected. He lost the election to Biden all on his own.
Vickie Chelini, Buckeye
Response to letter
I would like to respond to the letter by Sara Haggett of Buckeye in the Oct. 5 issue of the West Valley View. I receive update emails often from ADOT about the I-10 widening project in Buckeye between Verrado Way and SR85.
I contacted them via email about a month ago, and I asked who the “genius” is who put up all those cones that block the right lane from Jackrabbit to Verrado, creating a 5-mile nightmare for drivers with traffic backed up to the 303 most of the time. The lady responded quickly and told me she checked with the engineer, who told her that this mess is needed. I beg to differ. There is absolutely no need for it.
Traffic could flow just like it used to if they reopen the right lane. I suggest as many people as possible flood their mailbox with complaints. We have tolerated this daily traffic jam for a year, and we have another year to go before completion. It’s 10 times worse on holiday weekends. You can use this email address, azdot.gov/contact and select projects. Some of the accidents that this hazard causes take over an hour to get home or to destinations and there are usually one or two weekly. Maybe if we flood their mailbox, somebody will get the message and reopen the right lane before Christmas.
James Logan, Buckeye