8/22/2012 10:34:00 AM Letter: Healing Field, Mallory doing great work
In regard to Anita Bojorquez's comments, hopefully she stands alone in her views expressed in her letter of Aug. 8. If she is a newcomer to the Prescott Valley area, she needs to research some of her ideas more thoroughly before resorting to the lack of knowledge in particular areas.
First, Mary Mallory was voted into her seat in the Prescott Valley council with a background of being a "military mom," a working mom, and a positive thinker for the future of our town's requirements and needs. Her volunteer work is outside of her council work.
She organized a team of volunteers to assist in the Healing Field of Northern Arizona in Prescott Valley between the Civic Center, Police Department, library and the latest addition of the Military Monument and Veteran's Brick Walk. We do not consider the well-kept grassy area surrounding them as an unkempt field.
The flags were purchased from an out-of-state organization known across the country, not with town dollars but generous donations of our dedicated residents. We are a patriotic town planning to commemorate the disaster of 9-11 in 2001 where some neighbors may have lost friends or relatives on that day.
This Field of Flags is already in force in various other states. The videos shown of these fields of waving flags with narration of names of those lost is so very heartwarming to the true Americans of this country.
Bojorquez's references to the VA and disabled veterans also shows a lack of thorough research. Many volunteers also donate and volunteer time and work outside their own working schedules. How about the new building on 5th St. - who and with what volunteers also erected it?
Our schools, parks and several organizations are successfully operated due to the well-recognized volunteers of Prescott Valley.
Freedom of speech is one of our constitutional rights in the U.S. However, it is abused at times mainly because of a lack of correct facts or even "bullying."
It would be a positive act on Bojorquez's part to do a better job of research - next time you express such negative thoughts.
And, being a resident and voter since 1999 here in Prescott Valley, it could mend some very thoughtless and unnecessary remarks against Mary Mallory. Apologizing might be in order?