Sunday December 8, 2013
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Thanks for the good advice Pat, and I can say that we were knocking on doors and also making direct contact with those in metropolitan Phoenix area that wanted to sign :-)
The front page of the Roundup online has an announcement. I won't make a comment about this just yet, as I prefer to gather as much information together first. Regards
We met some really nice people from Pine and Strawberry today who braved the weather to come down and sign petitions. All in all a good day and we kept warm with hot chocolate and hot apple juice.
Bernice, the summary will be delayed, I may get to it sometime over Thanksgiving. Just looking forward to those turkey sandwiches :-)
Did anyone in Pine or Strawberry receive their tax notice today? Yes Pat I got mine today.
We thank you all.
The Call to Duty
A call to duty is sent out
and the strong and the brave reply.
They do it for love of country,
So there's never a need to ask why.
They leave behind all that they love,
Their families, their homes and their lives,
Because to preserve these precious things
Is the goal for which each soldier strives.
So God bless our troops,
The courageous women and men,
Who fight to make sure
The bells of freedom peal again.
"Our British family members like their coverage and wonder why the U.S. doesn't have national health insurance. Two sides..."
Nancy, unfortunately for me I suffered under the British National Health Service System first hand, so my point of view is coming from actual experience.
Pat, that is my understanding :-) It is now known at the Cultural Hall.
The museum is very interesting and worth a visit. I have eaten at the senior dining room and the food is very good and reasonable. Such a good idea for those maybe living alone that don't want to fix a big meal for just themselves. Couples too are members. I've seen some of the older guys and gals enjoy a game of cards as well. It's funny but whenever I stop by to donate at the Senior Thrift Store I always end up picking up the odd treasure. I say I am recycling, in one door and out the other! You would be surprised how many sets of water glasses are now complete at my house, because I found a replacement for one that got broken. All in all a great deal for the residents of Pine and Strawberry and the Senior Dining program is helped out as well! Such a help during these tough economic times.
I am down to giving a very basic answer about what CERCA stands for having lost my previous entry due to operator error!! It does not do CERCA justice because they are a very hard working volunteer organization. CERCA stands for Community, Educational, Recreational, Cultural Association of Pine and Strawberry. When the newer Pine Strawberry Elementary School was built the old school buildings and grounds then became the Pine Community Center. The buildings are leased out to various organizations and the larger building is known as the Cultural Hall.. CERCA takes care of the leases, rentals and a lot of time and effort is spent on trying to improve and provide oversight for the complex. The entire Community Center is a real benefit to the communities of Pine and Strawberry.
When I first arrived in Pine and heard the Ramada referenced I was thinking it was a Ramada Inn. Duh!! The old outside Ramada was torn down just a few years ago and a new one built in its place. New tables and benches were also installed.
Some things I remember concerning the First Amendment
The First Amendment says that people have the right to appeal to government in favor of or against policies that affect them or that they feel strongly about. This freedom includes the right to gather signatures in support of a cause and to lobby legislative bodies for or against legislation
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Ron Calderon, PSWID Treasurer
As current Treasurer of the PSWID, Mr. Calderon has failed to professionally represent the community, both through his inappropriate threats of physical violence to the public and a lack of due diligence on behalf of the community he was elected to represent. Furthermore, as part of the rubber stamp Board majority, Mr. Calderon made allowances for the malfeasance of thousands of dollars of PSWID funds, approved questionable deals including a failure to appraise the Milk Ranch Well before purchase, the contested generator contracts, ignoring PSWID rules and regulations regarding contract bids, and as part of this board, Mr. Calderon has not followed through on filtration approved to address turbid water issues. In January 2013, Mr. Calderon was aware of a potentially deadly Fecal Coliform and E. coli bacterium outbreak at the Strawberry Hollow Well, which was not made public until the March 2013, PSWID meeting. Ignoring public concerns, he has proven to be fiscally irresponsible with PSWID funds. Mr. Calderon is now pushing a 7.5 Million Dollar bond issue which, along with recent rate hikes, will saddle residents with $15 million dollars in debt leading to even higher rates and increased property taxes.
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