Carefree Gateways — A misplaced use of town reserves

In another unanimous vote, the Carefree Council has voted () to erect two town entrance gateway arches, one from Cave Creek Road and one from Tom Darlington Road. But two gateways are better than the four — at a cost exceeding $1.5-million — recommended by the Price-Miller group. And we thank the Mayor for exercising a modicum of wisdom in the matter by restricting construction to only two.

This decision appears to have been made without the assistance of any empirical data supporting the benefit of gateway arches at entrances to small towns. The council claims this was an action endorsed by the Baker Group Study. But the Baker Study gave no hard-and-fast endorsements as to actions the town must, or even should, take to aid its economic development efforts. Rather, the Baker Study was filled with well over a hundred recommendations for initiatives that could be investigated, studied, evaluated and discussed. The gateway arch construction was just one of these areas of guidance possibly worthy of investigation.

In short, there was simply no compelling reason to build these monuments — save, perhaps, to satisfy the feel good intentions of the council members.

But isn’t the town missing the real issue here? What is the point of having gateway entrances, no matter how innovative and attractive, if they direct visitors to the same old low-energy, trite, mundane, architecturally eclectic and uninteresting town center that has always been Carefree?

What is the idea driving the interest in these Carefree Town gateways?? Is it a yearning to fulfill a “Field of Dreams” film fantasy that, “If you build it, they will come”? Is the hope that the arches themselves will, via word of mouth, drive a nation-wide interest in coming to see an unspectacular, middling small-town center?

Shouldn’t the focus first be to develop a thriving town center? Oh, Carefree today has a couple of good restaurants, a few over-priced souvenir and trinket shops, and a lot of service-type small businesses — but that’s it. The problem for the town center is, quite simply, location, location, location. This fact is combined with a Johnny-come-lately effort by the town council to emulate what already exists in Cave Creek, to convert Carefree into a sort of upscale me-too of Cave Creek.

Unfortunately, Cave Creek beat Carefree to the great majority of visitor attractions, including a movie venue (the Desert Foothills Library), lectures, education, instructional classes, Western-themed festivals, themed parades, motorcycle events, bicycle affairs, varied eating-out experiences, unique watering holes and night spots, etc., etc. Of equal importance, Cave Creek has established for itself an identity, a brand or theme if you will, that enjoys a wide recognition.

I would suggest that the only possibly productive attraction for Carefree would be the construction of a site that would house the Desert Foothills Theater. In the theater’s dark periods, perhaps Carefree could utilize the facility for unique entertainment events.

I recall the effort to attract visitors to the town center by installing gaudy-colored directional signs from roadways. These accomplished nothing, save for a lot of negative criticism. I would suggest, however, that the signage designs and colors were not the cause of the signs’ failure. Rather, the reason for visitor disappointment, after following the signage, was the town center itself.

The signage led visitors to the Carefree “there” where there is no “there” (thanks, Gertrude Stein). Wouldn’t gateway arches produce similar visitor-disappointment results — the nothingness of today’s Carefree town center?

Before spending over two-hundred thousand dollars, I would strongly suggest the repair and upgrade of the current lifeless, humdrum nature of the town center where a bare scattered offering of unique, interesting, fun activities occur on a too infrequent basis.

Fred Groszkruger


Some Scottsdale members of our “Greatest Generation” need your help!

Residents of the Wheel Inn Ranch Trailer Park in South Scottsdale are being evicted from their homes and forced to relocate to other housing. Many have lived in this park for decades and over the years have helped to create the City of Scottsdale we all love. Most of them are now elderly, disabled, low income and, for the first time frightened of what their future holds for them.

The park’s new owner has told the residents they must be gone by the end of January to make way for his future development. Unfortunately, most of the park’s mobile homes are too old and fragile to be moved, so owners will be forced to abandon their homes, even though many residents have sunk their life savings into buying them and adding extensions to them.  Even the homes that can be moved will be expensive to move, plus all external improvements (such as porches and carports) must be left behind.

Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield has worked with the City’s Community and Human Services staff to coordinate assistance from city, state and federal agencies. This includes the Veteran’s Administration, since some of these residents are veterans or spouses of veterans all the way back to World War II. However, this assistance only scratches the surface of what is needed to insure our fellow residents are safely relocated into housing they can afford by the January deadline.

That is why we are organizing this fundraiser and asking for your help. To insure all funds are properly accounted for and will be spent where they will do the most good, we have put together a committee of community leaders who will oversee the collection and disbursement of funds. Everyone involved in this effort is a volunteer: no one is getting paid, and all of the money collected will go to help the Wheel Inn Ranch residents. The committee members are: Former City Councilman Bob Littlefield, City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield, co-chair of the Scottsdale Coalition, Nancy Cantor, South Scottsdale neighborhood activist and non-profit executive, Cindy Hill, and Tonolea neighborhood activist, Jim Heather. Advisors to the committee are City Councilman Guy Phillips and Coronado neighborhood resident Martha Seaman, a Deacon with the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and President of the Valley Interfaith Project.

You can make a tax deductible contribution to help through "Arizona LEOS," an IRS-approved 501c3 charity which sponsors an Aging Safely program. If you are able to donate online via PayPal visit Please check "Add special instructions to the seller:" and write "Wheel Inn Ranch" in the box provided when you check out. To contribute by check, make it out to "Arizona LEOS" and mail it to Wheel Inn Ranch Fund, 8414 E. Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Please write "Wheel Inn Ranch" on the memo line and include your email address so we can save postage costs and email you a receipt.

The people at Wheel Inn Ranch are proud and independent folks who had secured a home and quiet lifestyle that met their needs and that they could afford.  Now that their park is being destroyed, they do not know what to do or even how to ask for help.    

So we are asking for them. Please help in assisting these Scottsdale citizens who, through no fault of their own, now stand in such urgent and desperate need.

Thank you so very much.

Bob & Kathy Littlefield


Bills to cut cost of prescription drugs

Urge Congress to pass important Medicare Part D and prescription drug bills. Passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act (H.R. 3261 and S. 1884) would create one or more Medicare-administered prescription drug plans to compete with the expensive, privately administered prescription drug plans currently offered under Medicare Part D. The bill would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate for lower drug prices. Or, passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act (S. 31 and H.R. 3061) would empower Medicare to negotiate for the best possible prices of prescription medications for Medicare Part D. Passage of the Personal Drug Importation Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 2623) would give access to safe, reasonably priced prescription drugs by allowing importation and re-importation of prescription drugs from countries with safety standards that are at least as strong as those of the United States. Or, passage of the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act (S. 122 and H.R. 2228) would allow individuals to import safe prescription drugs from our northern neighbors.


Peggy Chamberlain, Joseph Dombrowski


Identity theft

Since the days of Lyndon Johnson's administration Democrats have held sole possession of the Black vote and the moral high ground of minority rights, but why? Democrats, since the sixties, have offered only lip-service, photo ops and bribes to Black Americans. Trapping many in the government welfare state that has destroyed the two parent Black family. And, after untold billions of dollars spent on the War on Poverty, little has changed for the good. Republicans offer opportunity, equal treatment and respect not a pat on the head and a shove into the voting booth.

During the 1860 Republican nominating process there were four major contenders, Bates, Chase, Seward and Lincoln. All were anti-slavery while the Democrats remained active proponents of this most evil of institutions. In 1862 Mr. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring free all those held in bondage in the rebellious states. While the peace wing of the Democrat Party actively supported reuniting the country with slavery intact, just to end the war. After Lincoln's tragic death the Republican lead congress passed legislation banning slavery throughout the United States in December of 1865. During the next ninety years progress was made, but many a southern Democrat, like Klansman Robert Byrd, would not see the light. By 1955 the seeds of the Civil Rights legislation were planted , not in the Democrat camp, but with the Republican Party (Eisenhower's Civil Rights Bill). And, when the measure became fully formed and brought before the congress, though LBJ signed it into law, nearly half of congresses Democrats chose to vote against it while over 80% of House & Senate Republicans voted in favor. The 1964 Civil Rights Act became Law. 

With his signature, media support and The Great Society smoke and mirrors, LBJ stole the Republicans true identity as promoters of racial equality in America.

So, who can explain why the Democrats are identified as champions of minority rights while the Republican Party for 100 plus years has put action before words.  

Randy Edwards
Cave Creek


Immigration and enemy of the state

Immigration and enemy of the state Obama has just agreed to allow 10,000 or more Syrians (most, if not all Muslim) into the USA. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul expressed serious concern about national security and the acceptance of refugees from Syria. Both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have told me privately that they don't support bringing in Syrian refugees because of the threat they pose to Americans," McCaul continued. Source:

Wikipedia defines an Enemy of the State as a person accused of certain crimes against the state, such as treason. The individual in question may have legitimately endangered the country and/or its population.

Read more about Muslims here. Contact your elected officials here and here.

Teri Morgan


Critique of a very dangerous Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement

Critique of a very dangerous Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement The below listed critique of the International Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement was written by an endorsed and elected Combat Veterans For Congress, Congressman Ryan Zinke, Cdr-USN (Ret) (SEAL) (R-MT-1). In that article, he stated:

“The Iranian nuclear deal is perhaps the greatest national security mistake of our time and represents a clear and present danger to America and our allies.   In just 13 years, the deal would give Iran as many as 100 ICBMs capable of destroying every city in America.” By entering into this International Iranian Nuclear Weapons Agreement Obama is setting the US up to have 100 Iranian ICBM missiles, topped with nuclear weapons, to be aimed at 100 US cities.  Only Democrats in the US Senate are voting for the most dangerous agreement in history of the Republic.  No other US President would have ever agreed to the provisions in that agreement that doesn’t allow for independent inspections of nuclear weapons development.  Over 200 Flag and General Officers have asked Obama not to agree to the Iranian inspection provisions, and oppose the agreement. 

Those Democrat Senators are knowingly putting the US in the nuclear cross hairs of the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, a country that has been murdering thousands of Americans for the last 35 years, a country that says every single week publically that it intend to destroy Israel and the United States. 

The primary responsibility of an American President is to protect and defend the lives of every Americans.  Unfortunately the extremely dangerous agreement entered into by the occupant in the Oval Office is threatening the lives of the children and grandchildren of every American citizen. 

Obama’s actions in facilitating Iran to develop nuclear weapons, to develop Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and be able to aim those nuclear tipped missiles at US cities, can only be accurately described as treacherous and bordering on insanity.  Every American should contact their Senators and Congressional Representative to demand that they take immediate action to oppose this, the most dangerous National Security threat that the Republic has ever been faced with in its 239 year history.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62 Capt. USN(Ret)
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184 San Diego, CA 92108


The Amendment Convention

The first goal of the Article V Convention of States project is to have at least 34 States submit resolutions petitioning Congress for a call (for the States) to hold an Amendment Convention.

In our discussions with the public it is important to use the wording Amendment Convention.  The Article V Convention of States process consists of two parts, first an Amendment convention to propose amendments to the constitution, and second, the ratification procedure which, at the discretion of Congress can be either by the State legislatures, or by a Ratification convention held by each State.

When telling someone about how an Article V Amendment Convention can fix our broken Federal government, that person will often say that they don’t think a constitutional convention to change or rewrite the constitution would be a good idea.  Your reply can be, “No, you didn’t hear what I said, I said an Amendment convention.  Congress has amended our constitution 27 times, the last amendment being ratified in May, 1992.  That didn’t cause you any pain, did it?  Our project is going to do the exact same thing Congress has done 27 times before except that this time it is going to be done by the States - which have been abused by the very Federal government that they created in the first place.”  We are NOT going to change or rewrite the constitution; we are simply going to amend it, as has been done many times before!

Ed Goheen
AZ COS LTTE Director


Just how corrupt is our main stream media?

Twenty-eight pages of the 9/11 commission report are deemed so critical of Saudi Arabia that you can't see them per George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

We knew right after the 9/11/2001 attack that 11 Saudi crew members were involved in the hijacking and crashing of four airliners full of innocent passengers and the loss of our Constitutional rights and the bankrupting of this nation.

But, those 28 pages confirm the government of Saudi Arabia funded this very lucrative operation. Saudi Arabia is also the prime mover to take out the current government of Syria over pipeline right-of-way issues via the support of radical Islamic terrorists.

We know now that major media and our government lied about Syria gassing their own people. There is even video footage of high-ranking Turkish officials planning a false flag attack on their own country to blame it on Syria. Hitler was famous for those as an excuse to attack Poland during World War II.

So now, after supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda forces to overthrow Assad of Syria, we want to once again attack Syria to get rid of ISIS elements in Syria. Syria is fighting our alleged enemy! Hello!

Some of the anti-Assad savages fighting Assad are in the Osama bin Laden brigade, named after the guy Obama took great pride in allegedly killing. In a 2007 speech, Gen. Wesley Clark claimed  that, right after 9/11, he was privy to information contained in a classified memo: US plans to attack and remove governments in seven countries over five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. Was he ever called to appear before congress to testify of oath? Another words millions of people are suffering and being slaughtered because we destabilized the whole middle east region, risked nuclear war with the Russians to keep Saudi Arabia, the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs happy.    Remember when Bush said, "You're either with us or against us?" Well, GW apparently your against us, because your Saudi buddies have pulled off the perfect crime of the century.


Joseph DuPont
Towanda, Pennsylvania


More sequestration: The best bad thing, for now

If American politicians lived in the real world, US president Barack Obama would propose and Congress would pass a balanced budget for the federal government.

But American politicians don't live in the real world. Since World War II they've inhabited a utopian fantasy in which the federal government has continuously spent more money than it has brought in, on the promise that that debt will eventually be paid off.


By someone.

So we've once again reached the periodic moment of untruth, with a September 30th deadline for Congress to decide between three alternatives:

Obama's completely insane budget proposal (which increases spending across the board on both the military and civilian sides of government); or

One of several equally crazy Republican budget proposals (which would likely increase military spending and make some cosmetic cuts to civilian spending); or

Another fake "government shutdown," accompanied by automatic "sequestration" entailing trivial cuts in both areas.

Under each of these alternatives, the federal government will run a deficit (in English, it will kite a check and overdraw its accounts), adding half a trillion dollars or so to the federal government's debt (euphemistically referred to as the "national debt" or "public debt" -- the politicians want to keep you believing that you're responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility, and their creditors believing that you'll cough up someday).

The best choice -- in fact, the only reasonable choice -- would be for the president and Congress to bite the bullet and balance the budget. That is, make a reasonable estimate of revenues and craft a budget that appropriates and spends less than that estimate.

But, like I said, reasonable is off the table. Neither the president nor Congress is willing to balance the budget this year, or to commit to doing so for any year in the near future. So it looks sequestration is the best we can hope for right now.

How about the next crop of politicians?

American voters will elect a new president, replace (or re-elect) the entire House of Representatives, and replace (or re-elect) 1/3 of the US Senate next year, to take power in January of 2017.

Many of the campaigns are already under way, and the presidential candidates are already debating each other in public.

Why not hold their feet to the fire, and let them know that any candidate who proposes to continue deficit spending will not receive your vote?

Thomas L. Knapp, Director and Senior News Analyst
William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism


COS Letter Contest

“Socialism is an addiction like alcoholism.  Going cold turkey is heck, and there’s no twelve-step program for it.”

Your assignment Dear Patriot, if you choose to accept it, is to write a twelve-step program for recovering Socialists and submit it to a local newspaper for publication.

First, let’s see how many of you can get your submission published.  Then send a copy of the published letter to the undersigned.  All entries will be printed on the AZ COS website and on our Facebook page; and then judged by our readers for the best one.

This should be fun!

Ed Goheen
AZ COS LTTE Director