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2/14/2013 1:05:00 PM
Letter: Common sense for a stronger community


That is the motto of two of the candidates for City Council: Darold Smith and Randall Garrison. After reading their answers to the various questions posed by the Verde Independent’s reporters, (Jan 25 and Feb 3) I definitely agree with Mr. Osher that Darold Smith and Randall Garrison deserve our votes.

Their answers to a variety of issues are indeed “common” sensible and will build a “stronger community.”

The community’s interests are not often the Council’s priority. The Council seems bent on doing what they think is right often without input and sometimes in spite of input from the populace.

I admit this is often the fault of the citizens not taking enough interest and making their voices heard.

An appalling low 19 percent of our citizens even bothered to answer Mr. Bartosh’s poll last year on how the Council was doing.

When you have two members who have been on the Council 20 years or so, how do you look to the future and institute change?

I believe we need new people on the council who will challenge old ideas or, as in the case of the Riverfront Water Reclamation Project, insist on proper research, sticking to projected expenditures, and yes “common sense” regarding building such a facility on a major FEMA designated flood hazard zone.

I urge our Cottonwood citizens to participate in the selection process when you receive your mail-in ballots this week, and vote for Darold Smith and Randall Garrison.

Lee Cali


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Two cents

Campaign promises and other rhetoric before the election is just that, rhetoric. Nothing means nothing until after the election. Saying what people want to hear is easy. Too often 'special interests' overcome best intentions and campaign b.s.
Just my two cents for what its worth, and its based on over 60 years of observation.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Lee Cali:
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the upcoming Council election. This isn't an easy choice.

Just judging by the candidates' answers to some local issues, Mr. Smith and Mr. Garrison do seem to be the best picks. But Mr. Garrison's performance as President of the C-OCSD Board doesn't inspire confidence that he will consider the citizen's best interests first or that he could stand up to the administration if necessary. On the other hand, I was impressed by Mr. Smith's letters to the VI within the last couple of years, but opposition expressed in this forum gives me pause. A person can honestly change their position based on new information, but a person can also pander to get votes.

Do you know of any sites that could break this impasse? I'm only seeing one incumbent that I'd like to remain on the Council. And yet, Cottonwood is doing very well, despite the economy. Is this all the administration's doing? Or should we avoid fixing something that isn't broken?

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Have Ballots Been Mailed-Out ?

The get-out-the-vote should be easy...we should
all be getting our ballots in the mail soon.

Good Luck to the citizens and candidates.

Frank Henry

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Common sense and Politics.Please give me a break. Whatever gets the votes.When the elections over, so is the common sense.
Just give me the money and I'll get things done
You can take that to the bank and Ill go with ya..

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: don't forget smith has been on council before... .

before you take his pledge to the bank review his votes and compare them to his current statements. He was all for riverfront wwtp before he was against it.

he was all for the expansion of bella montana and eager to get another 'big box store' in here ( to maintain the small town charm?). based upon his statements in the last election he even called the store directly and lobbied them?

please look up the votes folks..its public record...

still not sure why garrison hitched his wagon to smiths but all the votes from del webb might be a possibility.

garrison has a long history and has proven himself as a good representative.... good luck.

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