There has been considerable comment on local social media about the high number of business failures and the large number of vacant commercial properties in our town. The comments place the blame squarely on the Town Council. I strongly disagree with that criticism.

Wow, here we go again. Town Council, listen up: The objection to the Daybreak project by the town’s citizens is not about zoning! It is about that use at that location, period. Allowing that project to go through there would be “covenantbreak,” the Town’s breach of its covenant with the peop…

What a disappointment that the Town Council voted to give preliminary approval to the proposed development known as “Daybreak.” After a seven-hour hearing, where we followed the Council’s rules of procedure, Councilmember Brown demands respect but feels it’s alright for him to call the publi…

BMT = Best Management Team. As we all receive our ballots in the mail, please reflect upon the fact our town sanitation system is being operated like a well-oiled machine. Not only that, but the present board is funded sufficiently for the eventual replacement of the lake liner, which may be…

The Fountain of Light sculpture is back. I think this is a very attractive and beautiful sculpture in the format of the approximately 10-foot-tall model shown in the Sept. 25 issue of The Times. It would look quite attractive on our fair Avenue in front of Town Hall.

Jumping through hoops should not be a prerequisite for volunteering for town needs. It should not be a difficult task to do volunteer for the town.

What happened to Oktoberfest? With 3.6 inches of rain on Monday before the event, plus 80 percent chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, gave a dim outlook for safe park conditions and a pleasant event experience; thus the 12th annual Fountain Hills Oktoberfest was cancelled.

I wanted to reach out and thank the businesses and golfers that have registered for the VFW Post 7507 of Fountain Hills golf tournament, which will be held on Nov. 16 this year. Proceeds from the tournament go towards helping our veterans.

Wow. Just discovered a recent poll taken by Fox News says a whopping 51 percent want Trump impeached and then removed. Let’s all cross our fingers that this happens so our nation can recover and move on to more positive ventures.

When my brother died, September 11, 1975; he hadn’t been speaking with my sister for six months. That was 44 years ago. That’s a hell of a burden for my sister to carry.

Seems like it began just yesterday. It’s been 7 years and the chlorine curse, like any good curse, continues to jinx the L.A. Dodgers. They took the best record in the National League, the biggest payroll in baseball and a team filled with superstars into the first round of the playoffs and,…

It’s said that on our Sanitary District Board, “Experience Matters.” I totally agree! My four decades of capital project management and design experience in power, chemical and pipeline projects clearly distinguish me from other candidates. Perhaps more important is my experience reforming a…

A couple of weeks ago, voting 5-2, our Town Council marginalized the recommendations of our Planning and Zoning Commission who voted unanimously to not make changes to the town’s General Plan and rezone this parcel of land at Palisades and Shea. P&Z commissioners are volunteers and were …

As an experienced current member of the Sanitary District Board of Directors seeking re-election, I respectfully ask for your vote. I am #1 on your ballot. Also, please vote for #3 and #4, the other incumbents. (BMT becomes TMB on the ballot)

I am a current member of the Sanitary District Board of Directors and I am asking that you please consider voting for me alongside the two other board members seeking re-election, Butler and Thomson. I am #3 on the ballot. Please consider voting for #1, #3, and #4 on the ballot so that we ca…

I am currently a director of the Fountain Hills Sanitary District and would appreciate receiving your vote to serve another term.

Unfortunately for us as Fountain Hills taxpayers, the capital costs of the Sanitary District well upgrade project just increased by more than $9,000 in legal fees and employee man-hour costs as a result of the two June letters candidate Shelstrom wrote to Dana Trompke in opposition to the pr…

The Times’ investigative report on Bob Shelstrom’s attacks on sanitary district staff was very revealing, exposing the true nature of a “disruptor.” Now you can see what we at the Sanitary District have had to deal with. Actually, it’s worse that what you read.

Bob Burns’ feature article in last week’s edition provided further enlightenment about the desperation of self-described “disruptor” Bob Shelstrom as he flails away in his latest effort to gain public office.

No one loves Bob Shelstrom more than Bob Shelstrom himself. To quote Clint Eastwood, “Bob is a legend in his own mind.” Next, he will be telling us he has a doctorate in quantum mechanics like Stephen Hawking. I find it interesting that Mr. Shelstrom, in one of his recent letters, attacks Ro…

Just when we think it can’t get any worse, our Town Council makes yet another terrible decision. Our last Town Council left us with the disaster called Park Place and our new Town Council, determined to show even less respect for the will of our community, leaves us with yet another disaster…

Since the town seems so desperate for money, may I suggest that they fire everyone on the Planning and Zoning Commission since they don’t heed their recommendations anyway, as evidenced by the Town Council voting 5-2 in favor of the Daybreak Project despite the experts on the Commission’s re…

It’s true, out of the mouth of babes.

Al Southall is absolutely correct on one point in his letter, “Bystanders,” in The Times last Wednesday. His last sentence, “Education is everything, isn’t it?” is very true.

Lacking the smiling deceit of a Barack, the Texas heritage of a Bush, or the politically inbred treachery of the Clintons, DJT was elected president for being the antithesis of them all. Illegitimately branded an outsider by the LOGs (lazy old gators), the Democrats openly condemned him beca…

Thank you, President Trump. Your pro-growth policies put in place during 2017-18 are proving to create a strong economy for the benefit of the nation. The unemployment rate for September fell to 3.5 percent, a 50-year low. The jobless rate in September dropped 0.2 percentage points to 3.5 pe…

Mr. Joe Biden, former vice president, is a would-be presidential candidate; some say the best the Democrats have to offer.

As the events coordinator for Fearless Kitty Rescue, one of my missions is creating partnerships with other organizations and local businesses within Fountain Hills. We at Fearless Kitty Rescue were recently selected to be the recipient of Paul’s Ace Hardware’s Round-Up Program, which suppor…

After a recent vacation my wife and I were picked up at the airport by one of her friends for the ride back to Fountain Hills.

My life is now complete!

Around 7:30 a.m., Oct. 2, two dog walkers and their dogs met unexpectedly at the Saguaro and Fountain Hills Blvd. intersection. A mom, pushing her toddler’s stroller on the sidewalk, also led her leashed, medium-sized black dog. She began crossing Saguaro, where bushes prevent a view around …

I know that it's extremely popular to criticize and mock our politicians for all the foolishness that occurs in Congress, but I’d like to step outside of that and actually praise our senators for actually getting work done.

I am not one who votes within the pack. I have always done my research and voted accordingly. It’s how I was raised and how I raised my own sons. Whoever is the best-qualified candidate will get my vote.

I couldn’t disagree more with Mr. Shelstrom’s Q&A idea about changing the Sanitary District’s flat rate fee to charging per 1,000 gallons usage. As he is not a licensed master plumber and only gets his knowledge from referring to books like the “Uniform Plumbing Code,” he has no firsthan…

I have attended several meetings of the Fountain Hills Sanitary District Board. The oversight questioning by board members and the constructive response by the staff director and support staff are noteworthy. The quiet effectiveness of this demanding operation is evident by the results.

This is a no-brainer, folks. Re-elect the current Sanitary District directors, B-M-T, which stands for Butler, Maroon and Thomson. However, for me, B-M-T stands for the Best Management Team.

Sometime early this summer I read something in your paper about surprise medical bills. Anything regarding healthcare or health insurance interests me, but I didn’t completely understand what that meant at the time.

With the recent bombshells with Trump and his corrupt, handpicked administration, we all need to keep track and remind ourselves of the Republicans who stood silently by Trump and continued to support him for their own selfish needs.

Luring immigrants here by promising free healthcare is a disingenuous political ploy. Democrats are deceitfully encouraging immigrants into making themselves criminals by coming here illegally. Aiding and abetting is also criminal.

Rescue Pals wants to thank Erin, Jana, Susan and the agents at Coldwell Banker for the fantastic adoption event last Saturday. You guys really know how to put on a successful event.

We joined nearly 300 fellow citizens jammed into the Community Center Sept. 12 for Fountain Hills’ Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to weigh in on the proposed 400-apartment Daybreak project to be located at Shea and Palisades.

Since the Fountain Hills Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners voted 7-0 against the Daybreak apartment development, the developers and their supporters have gone to “social media” to drum up support for this project.

The Planning and Zoning Commission overwhelmingly voted against Daybreak. It now goes to the town council on Oct. 1 for the final vote. Hopefully the town council will listen to the commission’s advice as well the 300-plus citizens from all parts of Fountain Hills who came to the commission …

My husband and I attended the Sept. 12 P&Z meeting where the project called Daybreak was soundly rejected. We are not neighbors of the proposed development but are Fountain Hills homeowners worried about the direction the town is taking regarding the largest apartment complex ever built …

I give credit for moving here to the founding fathers and their vision for what Fountain Hills could become. They wanted Fountain Hills to be different from its neighboring towns; a unique place and destination.

Good sense and a practical plan are the only elements that will save our town from the “grab n’ go” construction frenzy that is sweeping the country. Our neighbors in Scottsdale have clearly fallen victim to this approach. Literally thousands of new apartments are underway from north to sout…

Daybreak. Finally, we stood up to these relentless developers and sent a message about their foolhardy attempts to make our town into a location where they ignore our standards and provide a setting that would have allowed a very distasteful scenario. I suggest that the powers that are (MCO …

Thank you, Zoning Commission. You put the future welfare of Fountain Hills before the short-term profit of the proposed Daybreak development. Congratulations!

I want to thank Sanitary Board Director Thomson for his recent letter. I couldn’t have better illustrated why my capital project experience is desperately needed on the board as an independent voice!

The town’s self-proclaimed “disruptor” and veritable expert on everything, Bob Shelstrom, is now a lone wolf candidate seeking one of three open Sanitary District board seats. He has placed a slew of misleading signs all over town. This is part of a continuing pattern of deceptive campaign b…

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