<CENTER><B>Letters to the Editor</B></CENTER>

Excellent care from Rio Verde Health Center

Editor:

I was a resident at the Rio Verde Health Center for five weeks following a knee replacement. I would like to take this opportunity to say what excellent care I received from the entire staff there.

I am now with Home Health Care and know that this is a slow healing procedure, but with their great start both in nursing and therapy, I know I'm off to a good start.

Thanks again to every one at Rio Verde.

Mildred A. Wiese

Cottonwood

Thanks to all for enriching my children’s lives

Editor:

When my daughter graduates in the spring of 2001, she will be the last of my three children to complete their first 13 years of schooling in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts. I thought this would be an appropriate time to express gratitude for the education they have received.

Throughout their education, each of my children has had many excellent teachers and coaches, and as students do, each of them has had their favorites.

As a parent, there are many that stand out in my mind for having been especially sensitive to and supportive of each of my children's individual strengths. Not wanting to consume the space that it would require, I will not name them all here.

However, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize two dedicated people. First, Mr. Rick Heisley for his tireless patience and efforts with the Mingus swim team. This program has had such a positive impact on our family. I will truly miss our participation in it. And second, Mr. David Gray for giving two of my children their first experiences of driving in Phoenix. He is a brave soul.

There is a popular song from my generation that advises, "teach your children well." I feel that I can confidently say that my children have been well taught and I thank all that have contributed to the process.

Paula Thompson

Cottonwood

Patience needed while voters’ desires determined

Editor:

Since we retired and settled here in 1987, we have become rather faithful readers of your editorial columns in the Verde Independent.

We have come to consider your opinions as the voice of reason on issues pertaining to Cottonwood and the Verde Valley. Because we value your editorial contributions, we feel impelled to react to the essay you wrote for the Nov. 17 issue of the Independent.

As retirees, we have perhaps more time than you do to keep up with what has been going on with the Florida voting process. When you accuse Vice President Gore of attempting to influence the outcome of the vote counting in the crucial state of Florida by interfering with their elections process, you seem to be unaware that the Bush campaign's lawyers are also attempting to influence the vote count by analogous means.

Neither the Bush campaign nor the Gore campaign is using means intended to upset the system involving "the division of powers among the elective, executive and judicial branches of our government." It is now being determined in the pertinent courts how the voting irregularities in the various Florida counties are to be handled in a way that will most accurately reflect the intentions of the Florida voters.

We think it best for the rest of us at this juncture simply to await the outcome of the elective process.

William M. Whitby

Lynn S. Whitby

Cottonwood

Community’s support in poppy drive much appreciated

Editor:

On behalf of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 7400 Auxiliary Bert Black Jr. and Poppy Chairman Dolores Finney, we want to thank all the stores and banks that supported our poppy drive.

The people in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, and Sedona really showed that they care about our veterans. The local veterans and their families will receive all the profits from this drive.

Even with the cold and rainy weather the poppy drive was the best ever. Thanks to the community and 75 workers who donated their time and money.

Dolores Finney

Cottonwood

Things are looking good on education front

Editor:

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me in the last election. I am still amazed at the results.

Where the next years will lead us in education is difficult at best to see, but with the passage of proposition 301 and the passage of the joint technology district maybe things are looking up for public education.

I know that with the staff and students we have at Mingus Union High School and all of the rest of the Verde Valley schools we already have the best.

Leland Wieweck

Cottonwood

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