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Reading program a true asset for Verde Valley

Editor:

Just about the time that this newspaper "gets on my last nerve," Dan Engler comes through with one of his most appreciated editorials. Dan does have a knack for that.

Thank you, with all my heart, for the wonderful editorial on Gwen Gunned and the volunteer staff for our Camp Verde Adult Reading Program.

As you so graciously explained, Gwen and the volunteers in the program have been doing a truly magnificent service for our community for several years. In the minds of the citizens who have been introduced to the importance and the joys of reading, I'm certain that there is no measure of gratitude or appreciation that would be adequate in their eyes.

May I just add my own thanks and appreciation to what you have already said for us, Dan, and thank you, so much, for taking the time to recognize the great work our citizens here, and around our Verde Valley, do for all of us.

Jackie Baker

Camp Verde

Constitution gives legislative power to the people

Editor:

I was very happy to see Robert Foreman's Letter to the Editor recently where he took strong exception to a letter I wrote regarding how government is supposed to work in Arizona.

I want to thank Mr. Foreman for letting the public know his political mindset. I hope the people of Camp Verde keep that in mind should he ever decide to run for a seat on the town council.

Mr. Foreman made the following statements:

"We hold periodic elections for the express purpose of insulating our representatives from the majority passions of the moment."

"Our representatives are elected for the express purpose of making decisions on behalf of the public."

"We also hold periodic elections so the people may remove representatives they believe consistently and regularly make bad decisions."

If Mr. Foreman's view of the workings of government were correct, then the Arizona State Constitution would not have included any provisions for initiative, referendum and recall.

What Mr. Foreman and many government officials fail to understand is the concept of government set forth in our State Constitution.

Why would the Constitution give powers to legislate to both the legislature and the people? There is a very definite message there. That is, our elected legislators (state, county, local) are supposed to legislate in the same manner as the people would — if the people were legislating for themselves.

It is a legislator's job to determine the will of the people and make their decisions accordingly. It is not their job to ignore the people and do anything they want.

Mr. Foreman further stated that he takes issue with my charge that several of our councilpersons have "personal agendas." He states, "I find that charge without any basis."

I think Mr. Foreman should read Camp Verde's general plan and town ordinances and then look at how Mayor Barbara Miller and councilpersons Mitch Dickinson, Jackie Baker and Jim Redinger have ignored the town’s general plan and town ordinances. They have allowed an illegal sand and gravel mining operation to remain in operation since last year.

Maybe someday people will realize and appreciate the foresight of the creators of the Arizona State Constitution. They gave the people of Arizona the power to control their own destiny — in spite of the efforts of some misguided government officials who would try to control our destiny for us.

H. Leon Raper

Camp Verde

Thank you from Clarkdale's kids

Editor:

This past summer, 59 students ages 5 through 12 attended the Town of Clarkdale's "Super Summer" Program.

This eight-week program allows local children to enjoy arts and crafts, sports, music, games and field trips at a very low cost.

This program would not be possible without the support of local merchants and organizations. On behalf of my students and staff, I would like to convey my deepest appreciation to the Clarkdale-Jerome Lions Club, Safeway, Osco, Wal-Mart, Frys and Walgreens for providing snacks; and to Dr. Kelly and the staff of Clarkdale-Jerome school for allowing us to use your facility.

Kathleen Ekholm

Program Director

Town of Clarkdale Super Summer Program

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