Letters to the Editor

Take down the uncared-for Smitty’s
For the record, I would like to issue my support for the city’s building abatement of blighted buildings program. I think this is a wonderful program and has brought added safety and aesthetics to the city.
This program is especially needed in south Peoria as we work to make our Old Town into a livable and exciting destination. The Smitty’s building has been neglected by the owner, is a hotbed for crime (including graffiti) and looks to be structurally unsafe. I support the city doing whatever it needs to in order to take down this uncared for building.
Christian M. Williams

 

Historical museum needs to be opened
Ken Johnson is absolutely correct and so is your editorial about the mess that is the Peoria Arizona Historical Society. As a former president, volunteer, and life member of that organization, I wholeheartedly support the efforts to “get off the dime” and get the situation settled.
I was asked, after I moved to Tucson three years ago, to serve on the board again, (having already served for over a dozen years in the 1990s and early 2000s in most officer capacities) as there were problems with the former PAHS president and a group who had been displaced from their offices. I agreed, as long as I was not expected to attend all of the meetings. As a life member with forwarded mail and a new address clearly disclosed to the city and the PAHS, I was appalled to hear of the vote for the “new” board, organized by Vicki Hunt and followers. No attempt was made to mail a ballot to me. This is not to mention the numerous items I had loaned the society over the years that disappeared during her watch, some of which have never been recovered.
I do not know if the problem is Hunt’s tenure on the City Council, or if there is some other reason to keep things locked up, but it needs to stop. Peoria has an interesting story to tell and the years of efforts to make the Central School buildings into a museum should not be squandered any longer.
Steve Poe

 

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