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8/8/2012 10:21:00 AM
Letter: Think outside box, ask veterans their opinions


Thank you, Councilwoman Mary Mallory, for your "Cookies for the Troops" program.

I wish you had asked our veterans what they would like to have offered to them. There are many souls in the VA's domiciliaries who would enjoy a visit two times a week to our local swimming pool, or other opportunities this area affords.

Your donations to the VA could support more meaningful activities other than your scheme of flags in an empty field. A person can meditate just outside their back door; they don't need an empty field to do so. Why this scheme?

Think outside your box. What would other people want to see the city's money spent on? Please, no more empty "set-aside" money pits.

Anita Bojorquez

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Article comment by: Military Widow

Above site states : PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to throw $1,000 behind a 9/11 memorial flag project in Prescott Valley but tabled a proposal to support a historic preservation conference to be held in Prescott. I applaude Mary Mallory's efforts as well as all involved. But I must agree with Anita Bojorquez, thank you for looking to better this nations vets situation. I'm not saying that healing fields flag idea is bad but I do believe it should not be funded from tax payers money. I have and always will be thankful for the freedom in this country. Our freedom is owed to many know and many unknown individuals. I would suggest if you dont already please volunteer at your local VA's, woman shelters, fire stations etc... As well as the healing fields.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Paul Nies

I want to express my support for Mary Mallory's effort to solicit donations as well as spend her time and money to bring a healing field to our community. Many good people lost their lives that horrific day. We memorialize other monumental events in our nation's history. I would be much dismayed to see our government abandon the USS Arizona or reassign the members of the Old Guard at Arlington. I am certainly dismayed to see Ms. Mallory criticized for agenuinely altruistic attempt to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks on Washington and New York. She has been fastidious in her insistence that no town funds be expended in this effort. Shortly after those attacks many Americans displayed the slogan "We Will Never Forget." Many have forgotten. 343 of those killed that day were my brothers. Ms. Mallory can rest assured that I will never forget and again she has my full support and gratitude. I suspect she will see that demonstrated on September 7th!

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Patriotic American

To Anita Bojorquez:
Since there are numerous ways to help a vet or current service person, such as the items that you listed, and the cookies that Mary Mallory sends, why must you criticize her for performing one of these items. Instead, why not become productive and attempt to organize something yourself and get those around you to help out.
The Healing Fields concept is a Nationwide effort to honor others. This is not a scheme or being paid for by taxpayers money. This is funded by private donors. You should get your facts together prior to making untrue, public statements. And, to the Prescott Valley Tribune, shame on you for printing such an erroneous letter from Ms. Bojorquez.
I challenge you Ms. Bojorquez and any other naysayers to take a view of www.healingfields.org to examine just what this concept is about. .
Each flag represents:
those who lost their lives during 9-11-01
remembering the men and women who have served our country in the military, who have paid the ultimate price (their lives) for our freedom
a child that lost their life to child abuse
victims of drunk driving accidents.
So, as you can see Ms. Bojoquez, the Healing Fields are part of being patriotic and remembering the lost firemen (and women), police officers who lost their lives during 9-11-01. These folks kept running up those stairwells of the Twin Towers to rescue and save the lives of others. They were not selfish people. They gave their lives. Please don’t try to diminish what they gave. There are many people without adult children, parents, friends, and relatives because of 9-11-01. How can you be so shallow?
I commend Mary Mallory for doing what she has done and what she is planning to do. AT least someone is attempting to do something to honor others.

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: Darlene Packard

Regarding "think outside box":
Ms. Borjorquez, you are ill informed. Councilwoman Mallory has worked
tirelessly and on her own time to bring the Healing Fields to Prescott
Valley. People and organizations have donated their time and money to
purchase these flags. No town dollars have been "set aside" for this
undertaking. Councilwoman Mallory is to be commended and appreciated for
her diligent work to support our troops and honor our fallen heroes.

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: Dane Hays

As a retired and disabled veteran, I applaud Anita Bojorquez’s letter to Councilwomen Mallory. It was right on target. There are thousands of troops overseas that would give anything for a stick of deodorant, a book, a game, anything to improve their quality of life or something to keep their minds off the war. Add to that the thousands of veterans sitting alone at home, in a hospital or nursing home that have no friends or family. Several years ago, when I was extremely ill I spent two years in a nursing home and it was very lonely! Yes, it is a pretty sight to see flags flying on a field of green, but it does nothing to help those most in need.

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: Paulette Martone

I would like to comment on "Think outside the Box"...Unless you have been to a Healing field you should not comment at all..I am a Gold star mother and I for One need a Healing..My belief in this country has stayed strong otherwise the death of my son would have been for nothing and I can not believe that !
This Healing field will be set and it will not be just an empty field it will be 1000 plus American flags flying high saying this country is still strong and will be passed on to the next generation just as strong!
I am using my real name and phone number so that you may call me and get any import as to why I think this healing field and Mary Mallory's dream will come true!

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