Candidates for the Men in the Little White Coats
by Eddie Maddock
Sedona, AZ (October 16, 2011) – Holy Smokes! Usually I refrain from going “out and about” on Fridays so therefore hit West Sedona this afternoon . . . Thursday.
Well, anyone who believes the amount of traffic out there on west SR89A is locally generated is a candidate for the men in the little white coats.
Having stopped at New Frontier’s for dog food I picked up a prescription at Walgreen’s and then took my prize possession (dog) to the park on Sunset Drive.
Having made it through the suicide lane all the way to Walgreen’s on a Thursday was more than a thrill a minute, so thinking it would be a nice pause, we enjoyed probably 20 minutes in the Sunset Park . . . and it was a momentary relief from the congestion.
However, upon approaching the intersection of Sunset Drive and SR89A . . . yes, folks, SR89A, a State Highway . . . the corner was totally congested with honking horns, protesters on every corner carrying signs like “Tax the Rich” or something, near collisions, and it was an utter nightmare.
You people who are being so dishonest as to not merely infer but openly state that ownership of a State Highway, which is what SR89A is and will remain, will be a lovely meandering small town “Main Street” such as exists in Cottonwood are, in my opinion, certifiable.
Shame on you for being so dishonest. To further minimize the liability of the State Route in any way, shape, or form is insane. Your imaginary visions are, simply put, unattainable unless they are honestly labeled with a realistic price tag. Have you no conscience?
OMG, Sedona has never been in worse hands since I moved here over 34 years ago. Don’t get your hopes up . . . at that time I was among those who had to make a living here. However it’s quite possible a death wish will become reality if people are so stupid as to buy into your complete and totally unrealistic portrayal of what Sedona will be like if the voters support the decision made by a slim majority of four on the current Sedona City Council.
The only thing that could change my mind about voting to approve such nonsense would be the inclusion of a City Square which included a hanging platform and/or guillotine for doing away with criminals.
Please people, be aware of what your vote will mean. You know what you have, an Arizona State agency, ADOT, designing and paying for West 89A, a State Route. Look at the small portion of uptown . . . less than one mile . . . which was totally mucked up after City took that over.
The only salvation of the day was a leisurely trip to the Village of Oak Creek upon our beautiful SR179 designed by the people in cooperation with ADOT, and subsequently paid for by ADOT, which led us to yet another lovely nearby park by former Mulligan’s whereby we could meditate and reflect on what beautiful Sedona has been and should remain.
Vote NO on Proposition 410. Don’t be among those who will later be told “We told you so.”
My own words, my real name, my own opinions.
Eddie S. Maddock
In response to Mrs. Maddock – First of all, where are the “facts” to support your claim that the amount of traffic out there on west SR89A is NOT locally generated? Furthermore, you insult anyone who believes it is a candidate “for the men in little white coats.” Really? Better lock up the Transportation Board!
Where are your facts to support your claim, except a diatribe on your driving experience on one beautiful Fall day in Sedona during one of our “busier ” tourist seasons? You call those of us who support Council’s decision liars, and you are quick to threaten legal action, but in the end your accusations are just that, accusations.
These statistics below are from the “Introduction to Complete Streets,” slide 20/81 : They are gathered and interpreted by The Transportation Board (a division of the National Research Council) and the Federal Highway Works Administration (FHWA) bases all highway regulations on the data collected by that Board. Be aware that West Sedona is home to almost 70% of Sedona’s population, do we not drive somewhere every day at least once?
Of all trips:
50% are under 3 miles
28% are 1 mile or less
72% of trips 1 mile or less are driven
As for the AZ State Law governing “Route Transfer/Abandonment” perhaps she might read AZ Revised Statutes Title 28 § 304, 7202, 7207, 7209, 7211 and 7215.
Vote Yes on Proposition 410
It seems that there isn’t one commentary outlet these days that doesn’t have Eddie Maddock’s rantings and ramblings in it. Some are actually longer then the article she’s commenting on. And do I feel more informed and enlightened after reading Her comments? No. I feel that I’ve been run through the wringer, drained, and hostile, like I’ve been attacked by an Energy Vampire. Whoever said ‘more is better’?
What is the point here. It’s like driving from Sedona to Cottonwood via Flagstaff, Bullhead City and San Francisco. We now know her thursday schedule, that she hates traffic, where she buys her dog food, has a prescription, and took her dog to the park. Whoo.
Did she actually say she drove down the suicide lane!!!!?
We also know there were protesters, people honking, and the usual traffic on the hwy. which apparently she thinks is a nightmare, and, that somebody wants to drive down Main Street in Cottonwood. Then she flips to calling someone certifiable and dishonest because they have a vision different then hers and something about a price tag. Shoo.
Then she shares that she has lived here for 34 years, used to work, has a death wish, wants to vote for a city square that has a guillotine, and wants Us to vote no on 410.
Well, facts are facts, and where are hers?
Frankly this is not the type of person that I would care to follow to Her guillotine.
I may have been in doubt before, but after reading all this nonsense, I’ve decided to voting YES on 410.
The great take away from M. Maddock is that this is a Very angry person with impulses too frightening to contemplate. Avoid at all costs, especially if she is armed with a vehicle. But that seems to be the reaction for anyone who fears the slightest possibility of a tax on the horizon. Hmmm….might there be tea brewing in the vicinity?
As Cliff Hamilton so aptly pointed out….we would not even exist as a city if we had not had the political will to incorporate.
What I can’t understand is why some people think ADOT won’t put in the lights, dust off their hands and give the whole ugly thing back to us. Another thing that’s kind of funny….most of those people won’t even be around by the time our city would need to cough up a dime for this road. Which means that the only thing meandering on Ms Maddocks post is her grasp of the facts and a very optimistic imagination.
Good luck, Ms. Maddock & best wishes for a long and happy life. Oh, and stay out of the center lane, especially after a spot of tea.