<b><I>Our readers speak . . .</b></i>
Prescott Dog Park
in need of upgrading
I have just returned from my daily trip to the Prescott Dog Park with my rescued dog, and we both enjoy the experience.
He gets to run and sniff and I get to talk to some very nice people. Imagine my surprise when I found out that all these people are year-around Prescott residents who pay their taxes and vote in all the elections! They did not just evolve from the primordial ooze as senior citizens with dogs that they care for very much.
As I drove into the Prescott Dog Park, I happened to notice how much care the city takes with the softball field there and others all over the city. They are watering the grass, and it is green and lush.
Take a look at the Dog Park; you will see dirt and weeds. Some barriers are in place to keep people and dogs out of the mud when it rains, and the water runs through the park in an open ditch.
I understand the city has money in the Parks and Recreation budget for the improvement of the Dog Park. We police the area, pick up our dogs' excrement, and the Parks and Recreation department empties the trashcans.
This is an improvement but the department can do a lot more. What about lights so that we can take our dogs out there in the evening? What about some grass and watering just like the other city parks? What about cutting the weeds promptly and spraying for mosquitoes? I don't think this is too much to ask.
Is this money just going to sit in the Parks and Recreation Department until it decides it needs it elsewhere?
We truly love this Dog Park, but it needs many improvements before we can proudly call it a city park.
Barbara C. Buetemeister
Drivers don't deserve
Tom Walters, in his letter "Roundabouts work if drivers are polite," accuses all Prescott drivers of being "impolite, irrational and irresponsible." That is ignorant at best and prejudicial at worst.
I have lived in a number of communities including Boston, Mass., Wilmington, Del., and Los Angeles, Calif., and find that our citizens are as caring and as responsible as those drivers and even more so.
One thing I cannot abide are individuals who put everyone in a box and call them names. That demonstrates the worst kind of citizenship, and we should blatantly ignore it.
I for one feel privileged to be living in and driving in Prescott.
Our insatiable thirst
for oil is the culprit
Having considered the outrage over gas prices, I would propose an increase in prices, not further "controls."
In Europe, the average price of a gallon of gas is $4.50! The impact is smaller cars and taxes that reflect the true costs to society.
This viewpoint is a question of ethics. Ethics, according to Webster, is two things. First, ethics refers to well-based standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, fairness, or benefits to society. Secondly, ethics refers to the study of one's own ethical standards.
Basically, we have three choices; lower our living standards, increase energy efficiency, or continue to "oil grab." This last scenario is the one we have adopted today and is working to further pollute our environment, contribute to wars, and lower our reputation in the eyes of the world. With 4 percent of the population, we consume 26 percent of the world's energy resources.
If, as a society, we would be willing to drive fuel-efficient vehicles averaging 25 percent more mileage, we could, theoretically, eliminate our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, since only 25 percent of our supply comes from that source. At issue is our national appetite for large SUVs and oversized trucks unregulated under current fuel efficiency standards.
Our national energy policy, if focused on increased efficiency, decreased consumption, and the development of sustainable, long-term alternatives to fossil fuel, would set our nation on a course of moral responsibility. The current ideology to "go it alone" seems a disastrous one for our very survival. Additionally, our arrogance reeks of the worst form of self-justification.
Each individual must examine his or her own ethical standards. By our individual actions, we can support sustainability for this nation and the children who inherit our choices.