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Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008 7:37 pm | Updated: 9:23 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

“I’m a member of Mesa Arts Center, the Southwest Natural History Museum, the Children’s Museum, but not the historical museum. I think the old families of Mesa and groups that are featured in the historical museum should provide the $131,000 they now need.”

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“I’m a member of Mesa Arts Center, the Southwest Natural History Museum, the Children’s Museum, but not the historical museum. I think the old families of Mesa and groups that are featured in the historical museum should provide the $131,000 they now need.”

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“Thank God for the Vent because nobody else will listen, like Pinal County. Received my tax form. I’d to know why I’m putting out $1,800 again this year, plus over $500 for the rural fire department.”

“Why is it the Maricopa County sheriff takes action every time he hears of stolen Social Security numbers being used in a workplace, and the Pinal County sheriff is sitting on his hands down there?”

“I witnessed another accident on our Mesa roundabouts. Are we ready for those traffic lights yet?”

“Chandler’s professional politician Bob Robson recently lost his first election in 16 years. It’s about time Bob learned about the value of an honest day’s work.”

“No! Not another Wal-Mart. Would you consider a Target at the northeast corner of Arizona (Avenue) and Riggs (Road)?”

“I figured that since we have got a new airport in our city, I would try to use the Mesa Williams Gateway Airport Phoenix, or whatever it’s called. And I have three destinations that I was choosing to go for vacations. They don’t have flights going anywhere!”

“I don’t know who wrote the editorial on the Gaylord project (Our View, Sept. 12), but the taxes you are talking about go to the county. They don’t go to the city of Mesa. So the citizens of the county are being deprived of $72 million.”

“Regarding the development of the Mesa (GM) Proving Grounds, here we go, again. Another tax revenue giveaway to the developers. A benefit for the few at the expense of the many.”

“The new resort in southeast Mesa is very exciting. But no one is explaining where the minimum wage workers will live or how they will get to the site.”

“I’m impressed with Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in the short period of time he’s been in office. And Jim Ripley’s (column) in Sunday’s paper only confirms what I already thought. Now, could the Tribune update Mayor Smith’s picture that’s used in every article?”

“You want to know where the Tempe (government) is getting the money to pay for their ‘pedestrian bridge to nowhere,’ not to mention all of the other millions they’re blowing on trying to make Mill Avenue resemble pretty much any California yuppie colony? Just check your latest county property tax assessment — Tempe’s portion has gone up 21 percent this year. Is this what we voted for?”

“The city of Mesa hires these companies to come and clear their parks — I’m sitting in one right now having a little lunch — and the guy has a gasoline blower and he’s causing a mini-dust storm. They talk about cleaning the air …”

“The problem with Mesa high school teams is that athletes are only at the high school level from 10th grade on. Freshman sports are such a joke that they aren’t even worth the time.”

"I wonder if results of the early ballots in the mayor's vote will impress upon Mayor Manross how upset people are with the traffic situation in the city of Scottsdale, and the lack of progress and determination by her and the council to address such issues."

"If they have to have a runoff for the mayor in November, I'm going to find a way to vote twice so I can get Jim Lane elected."

"Mary Manross says the Scottsdale mayoral run-off will bring out more voters and increase her base. Why is that? Was there a citywide mah jong tournament going on during the day of the primary?"

"If Mayor Mary thinks the primary election brought out Republican voters for Jim Lane, why does she think this something to complain about? Wouldn't she also have gained Democratic voters? A vote is a vote; why a person casts a particular vote is his/her own affair."

"We are Democrats, as are our neighbors, and we didn't vote for Mary Manross. It had nothing to do with Republican. ... We don't vote for a party. We vote for a person."

"This latest Scottsdale mayoral election is just reminiscent of a third-world banana republic. If a 16-year incumbent loses, just negate the people's wishes and call for a runoff. Her opponent won by 387 votes. What's the need for a runoff? Another two months to strategize how to steal it?"

"I think state law should definitely should take precedent over the city charter. It's just like federal law over the states. State law says 50 percent of the votes plus one. ... Lane is the winner."

"Dumbo averted temporarily. Maybe God thinks better of us."

"The city employee who stole and then sold equipment on eBay is on paid leave? He should be booted out the door, not just a simple slap on the hand."

"Why is it that the Tribune always defends any low-end business that typically operates in south Scottsdale and impacts our proprty values? The Tribune is under the mistaken assumption that the vocal few object to pay day loan stores, The majority of our neighbors object to them, too, but it is the vocal few who are willing to voice their concern."

"How unfortunate that all the legitimate businesses like restaurants, grocery stores and auto dealers are leaving south Scottsdale and the businesses that the Tribune and certain members of our council describe as legitimate such as check-cashing stores and pawn shops are replacing uses that really had positive impacts on neighborhoods. The Tribune is mistaken. No one I know in this area - resident or business - is happy about the increasing numbers of these businesses."

"The Trib and Jim Lane just don't get it. Payday loan stores are not raising the bar for responsible development in the area. Businesses that we would like to attract aren't flocking to the area. Maybe the Tribune and Jim Lane should move down here and see how they like it."

"Who designed the building on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Camelback? Who approved it? It doesn't fit in downtown Scottsdale and it's not even nice looking."

“To the nice lady that turned in my wallet at the Gilbert Super Target, thank you so much! I wish they had jotted your name and number down, so I could properly thank you.”

“I’ve been reading articles about the Valley needing to go green. Here in the south East Valley, it already is: all of the green trees planted that aren’t native to Arizona, all of the green grass, especially the ones that haven’t been cut in months, all of the green John Deere mowers sitting in their garages that don’t work …”

“For the venter who doesn’t like the Polar ice rink in Gilbert, get over it. We’ve been wanting this for 25 years.”

“Thank God for the Vent because nobody else will listen, like Pinal County. Received my tax form. I’d to know why I’m putting out $1,800 again this year, plus over $500 for the rural fire department.”

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