OUR VIEWPOINT EDITORIAL
A little city that could
Twenty-fi ve years ago Litchfi eld Park didn’t exist — at least not as an incorporated city. In those days, the community was maintained by Goodyear Farms and the Litchfi eld Park Homeowners Association. However, the HOA’s bylaws called for an end to Goodyear’s participation by the end of 1987, so folks started thinking about creating their own city. SunCor Development Co. had purchased Goodyear Farms and
SunCor’s plans. At the time, the West Valley View reported, “Should Litchfi eld Park residents vote to incorporate their community with the support of SunCor, it would most likely include about 15 square miles and be bounded by Camelback Road on the north, Thomas Road on the South, Cotton Lane on the west and Dysart Road on the east.” Well, as we know today, it didn’t happen exactly as planned. Before Litchfi eld Park could incorporate, it needed the blessings of its neighboring cities, including Goodyear. Goodyear offi cials were lukewarm to the idea. Then-Goodyear City Manager Ernie Kleinschmidt said, “Surely it would be to their [Litchfi eld Park residents’] advantage fi nancially to become part of Goodyear. Their property tax would be lower than if they incorporate as their own community.” Although many residents spoke up at public meetings
expressing their doubts that the city of Litchfi eld Park could acquire suffi cient funds to support municipal services, they were assured it was doable from one on high. Keith Turley, chairman of the board of Pinnacle West Corp., SunCor’s parent company, urged Litchfi eld Park residents to incorporate as a city with roughly the same boundaries as the current Litchfi eld Park. But he hinted that the city would soon be much larger. “Within a year [after incorporation], SunCor would
was preparing to start building its 12,000-acre residential project, which would one day become known as Palm Valley. SunCor wanted its development to be part of a city so it was investigating whether to seek annexation by Goodyear or create a new city. In January of 1987, local leaders were uncertain about
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fi le development plans for all the property we own [approximately 12,000 acres] with the city of Litchfi eld Park, and once an agreement is reached about the plans, we could ask for annexation with Litchfi eld Park. At that time the boundaries of the community would be expanded from McDowell to Camelback roads, and Dysart to Cotton Lane,” Turley was quoted in a May 13, 1987, View article. So, the folks in Litchfi eld Park went ahead and voted to incorporate, with the idea that eventually all that land would be brimming with commercial and residential development and fl owing with the taxes and state shared revenue funds those developments would generate. Well, as we know today, that didn’t happen. Goodyear resisted requests to relinquish its strip
annexations that would allow Litchfi eld Park to go as far south as Interstate 10, lawsuits were fi led and Palm Valley ended up in Goodyear rather than Litchfi eld Park. But the little city survived. For years, its major source
of revenue was the Wigwam resort. To this day, it doesn’t have a property tax. But when you talk to Litchfi eld Park residents, they seem to be quite content with their little city. We wish Litchfi eld Park a happy 25th anniversary on Aug. 3.
of U.S. terrorists Editor:
Just a line to express my opinion on terrorist attacks committed on American soil. Pass a law to the effect, after they are arraigned and charged with an act of terrorism, they will immediately be sent to Guantanamo Bay and turned over to the Military and all their civil rights revoked until after the trial is over. And they will be tried by a military court. If they are found not Guilty then all rights will be returned to them. The only evidence that will be heard at this trial will be hard facts, did they commit the acts of which they have been charged with. None of this poor little person didn’t know what they were doing. If you are sane enough to plan and carry out a terrorist act then you are sane enough to pay the price. If they are found guilty all public records of birth, school, military, marriage, or anything else will be sent to the military to be destroyed along with the body after the execution, which will take place no longer sixty
days after the guilty verdict . The sixty days will give the lawyers time to see any hard evidence that could bring an appeal. I think we might see a drop in this activity, if this kind of law could be put into effect.
Harold J. Webb (joe) Waddell
letter’s questions Editor: 1. “We the People” have become so complacent that we have allowed those moronic government politicians to believe that they can control our lives better than we can ourselves. Taking back our Country means ‘we the people’ should be in control of our Government; not Government in control of its people. The size of government has more than doubled during this administration due to numerous reasons; it needs to be cut back to an appropriate size with less regulations.
2. Barrack Hussein Obama is controlling the means of production; currently the following areas of means of production are controlled by the government; housing, fi nancing, automobile manufacturing, education (or brain washing), health treatment, and many other facets of human production. 3. Even though all the sectors you
mention are anti each other; they all have one common goal (including Barrack Hussein Obama) and that is to destroy the USA. 4. It has yet to be proven that Barrack Hussein Obama was in fact born in Hawaii. 5. Since a budget has not been passed since the President was inaugurated, I would say he continues to borrow to spend as well as spend what is appropriated through taxation. 6. The proposed Jobs program will not create enough jobs for all those who have lost jobs, and it is the Senate creating the problem, not Congress. 7. Eighty million unemployed, underemployed or have lost all HOPE and you want 80,000 jobs created in June to be good? How does that even come close to restoring the millions of jobs lost? Duh, do the math.
Lou Shields Tonopah
us all a service Editor:
regarding beekeeper Bill Dullas. Mr Dullas is doing the community a service with his beekeeping business, hobby, and passion. Bees help with
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