Guest Editorial: We Can Make The Best Scottsdale For Our Seniors And For Future Generations

By Paula Sturgeon —

I have lived in Scottsdale for 55 years and I am a graduate of Pima Elementary School and Scottsdale High School. That makes me feel a little old but also able to reflect on our history a bit more as a result.

Rather than dwell on the past I want to talk about Scottsdale’s future and the wisdom in investing a bit more in it.

I have crisscrossed our city the past several months in support of Bond Questions 1, 2 and 3 on the November 5th ballot. I have met with fellow seniors, families, arts advocates and small business owners. We discussed the things that make Scottsdale a great community and what we need to do to make it even better.

We can make the best Scottsdale by Voting Yes on Questions 1, 2 and 3.

The bonds before voters will provide more of the wonderful services our seniors so richly deserve through needed expansions and upgrades at the Via Linda and Granite Reef Senior Centers. Those centers offer programs and services that are crucial to our seniors’ quality of life. I utilize those services often.

The bonds will also build new and upgrade existing parks, youth sports facilities and improve Eldorado and Cactus pools for Scottsdale’s world-class young athletes and everyday users of recreational facilities in all parts of the city.

The good old days were pretty good for Scottsdale. But we have not approved a major bond program in 19 years. Now we can build Scottsdale’s future and make some long overdue infrastructure repairs. It will help aid other seniors in the short term, but it would also be reassuring to know we left this community we love in great hands for future generations too.

I have seen our campaign cultivate a politically and geographically diverse coalition of supporters from all walks of life and all parts of Scottsdale. The entire Scottsdale City Council backs all three questions.

We now have the opportunity to vote for a future for our children, our grandchildren and our seniors. Inspired by those in our wonderful past that helped forge the city’s wonderful sense of community, we can now create an even brighter future. Please join me in voting yes on Questions 1, 2 and 3 and remember to mail your ballot back to the city so it is received and counted on November 5th.

Paula Sturgeon is a Scottsdale resident and co-chair of the For The Best Scottsdale Campaign: Vote Yes on Question 1, 2 and 3.