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Mike Roth's Letter to the Editor
To the Editor: I am just a regular citizen of
Quartzsite, here less than a year. To tell you
the truth, I wish I'd known more about this
place before I moved here.
I was told
about the video of the council meeting where the
man was criticized and accused of trying to
extort ?? the
councilman that was doing the speaking. I
watched it and I think its awful. I wish I knew
more about this or what happened before this
grand announcement -- but I also want to know
why this is allowed. How can they trash someone
like that in public? At least he was nice to her
-- that's more than I can say for her.
might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer as
they say but I know that had to be
illegal. What's wrong with these people? I would
never run for office in a place where people can
be treated like that publicly with no regard for
the law or the rights of the people they are
supposed to represent. Is this why no one in
office seems like they know what they should to
be able to be in that office? I'm worried. What
if I want to run for office here some day? Would
I be treated like this in public?
must be mad about that coalition thing. But even
then, this wasn't the way to handle it.
know you have to know who wrote this but please
don't use my name. I hear too much about what
they do to people that complain.
meets twice monthly for a 'no host'
evenings at the Taco Mio Restaurant at
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. [the night before the Town Council
meetings] at 130
Main Street in the
western dining room. The public
is invited to listen and participate as the
topic of town government is addressed.
"We encourage people to attend these meetings; the
information the Citizen's Coalition is bringing to
the fore is a welcome alternative to the 'status
quo.' Both informational and educational, the
Citizen's Coalition is becoming a force for
truth and accountability, which can 'pinch a bit'
those who have become accustomed to having no
oversight whatsoever," one member stated.
"The Citizen's Coalition has a designated purpose,
and operates utilizing the same standards of
Citizen's Coalitions utilize throughout the country.
"Striving to maintain an open and equal forum
[can be difficult] in a municipal setting. We
support open and honest communication and encourage
those with 'something to say' to use this forum to
address, respectfully, current issues," said
chairman Dean Taylor.
"The Citizen's Coalition website provides a forum
for people to address pertinent issues without
having to publicly identify themselves. All we ask
is that people make no accusations against anyone
but instead work to document issues that they feel
are being mishandled.
"If that is indeed the case, then those matters
should be dealt with via whatever legal methods are
available -- personalities completely aside," Taylor
We believe as much in the individual's right to
communicate without critique, as we do the
community's right to hear various opinions
without oversight or manipulation.
The Citizen's Coalition Wednesday evening
reiterated its request for an
opportunity to elect a Mayor for the Town of
Quartzsite. Meeting attendees left unsure of what
the vote had been intended to entail and Town
Manager/Town Attorney Dan Field was unavailable for
comment Thursday and Friday, as was sitting
Mayor Walter Akin.
Also as issue during the
meeting was the town's approach to zoning,
delineated in a statement by Century 21 Real Estate
Agent Doug Guilford. Guilford discovered an
unorthodox approach to zoning issues when he
purchased a property in Quartzsite only to find the
C2 zoning challenged by Quartzsite's zoning
struggles facing business
in today's economy threatens
to upset many townships: Quartzsite among them
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first to warn travelers, the Mexico problem is escalating
and gaining national attention.
a trip to Mexico?
Now is not the time to
go. Bandits in such highly popular areas as
San Carlos have travelers terrified -- and Tijuana,
also a popular destination, is faring no better at
this point in time. Officials attribute the problems
to gang activity and hired executioners as more and more seem to be
engaging in 'turf wars,' but an uninformed public
should avoid Mexico travel until the danger is
deemed to have subsided. We will continue to monitor
The bailout [and
its rejection] has had everyone talking: but
is it concern for avoiding an economic freefall --
or the belief that the
citizenry is not being represented that's driving
it? Martial Law has been implemented. Even
Congress is indicating their opinions are being
ignored. Bernanke was warned by Ron Paul
months ago [VIDEO
HERE]of the looming crisis.
recently formed in Quartzsite is
taking issue with the future status of the post
vacated when Bennett relinquished his position
citing 'personal reasons.'
Bennett's letter of resignation was
presented to the council Wednesday, August 27th, and
formally accepted at a special meeting held
Wednesday, August 28th. Many spectators at Tuesday's
meeting indicated they found the diatribe presented
against Mayor Bennett offensive, even though the
case against Bennett -- presented without
interruption by Daniel Field-- did not appear to be
Bennett officiated during the first part of that
Tuesday council meeting and excused himself for the
duration of the session, leaving the room to the
remaining members of the council and Town
Manager/Attorney Daniel G. Field, to discuss the
case against him in open session, with many
townspeople in attendance. He did not attend
Thursday's meeting when his resignation was
presented for acceptance.
The FANNIE & FREDDIE Fiasco, and
bailouts are being described as amounts TEN TIMES
THE NATIONAL DEBT. 10% of the banks are on the verge
The fact is, there's more
money changing hands than is comfortable for most
people: huge losses are being sustained by even the
most savvy and frugal investors, the downturns keep
happening and the pivotal 'turnarounds' that would
typically allow losers to recoup are becoming fewer
with ever lengthening periods of time in between.
Is it the 'redistribution of wealth' that's been
a source of such concern of late?
Be sure to
FINANCE SECTION for information
and even referrals... and stay on top of what's
happening in the
SCAM department: as times get tougher, more and
more are scamming both individuals and businesses.
Not your grandfather's
method of skiing - but he's over 60!
Quartzsite's Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Bureau is Expanding!
new office located at 395 North Central Boulevard --
look for the gold! -- is expanding their services!
Proud to be a member of the US Chamber of Commerce,
the QCOC and Tourism Bureau, the designated Tourism
officer for the entire region, invites participation
from all area business and businesspeople, organizations
and private individuals interested in becoming involved.
This online publication is a service of the Quartzsite
Chamber of Commerce and is supportive of our business
community as well as our citizens. We have an abundance
of information on our local businesses as well as maps,
guides, magazines and brochures from the entire western
portion of the U.S.
Last year, an Information and Referral Line, open
24/7 to answer questions and assist people in an instant
was begun -- and ran throughout the year with great
success, answering thousands of calls. Toll free:
1-888.267-4587 or 1.888.241.6557.
Drop in and
check out the materials available to you from our new
office on Central Boulevard. We look forward to meeting
Paul has issued a scathing statement
concerning the present state of financial
irresponsibility on the part of U.S.
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Republican National Committee
is it at the
center of a firefight in St. Paul MN as the RNC
Convention got underway with McCain as the 'party
choice' amidst a flurry of protests, with
many protesters being arrested.
More than a few disagree that the numbers
of McCain supporters were tallied accurately, and it
seems to be those people -- some politically
prominent -- that are becoming increasingly vocal
with 50,000 people expected to participate in the
St. Paul protest.
Even their detractors agree that they may have a
point: Why was Ron Paul --
the stated winner of every debate in which he
participated - suddenly prevented from debating
either McCain, Clinton or Obama?
point of contention is the
current rhetoric Palin is spewing about Russia:
while the world awaits her making her first real
speech, her first remarks took many by surprise.
Those persons within the U.S. [and many of those
abroad] who oppose further war involvement are
greatly concerned that yet another war is evolving
on yet another front.
Are their concerns justified?
the financial crisis?
Coming Soon to Quartzsite: Arizona Western University is
developing a new facility in Quartzsite - a turning point
that's sure to bring about great opportunity for those
interested in seeing true growth in the area...