Jakki Pettitts letter (Waveyard would give Mesa identity, Sept 27) aptly recognizes the importance of a city to develop an identity and personality with time. As a Mountain view High School graduate and Mesa resident, I can wholeheartedly relate to the frustration of Mesas lacking flair. It also brings to light however, the underlying debate: is it the place of Mesas city government to give away $20 million of taxpayer-owned assets to create said identity? The answer is no. A drive by deserted Riverview, a project that consumed $80 million in city funds, quickly dispels any notion that taxpayer money has either proved fruitful or helped shape Mesas identity.
Mesa should sell the property at market value and remit the proceeds back to the taxpayers. That way, each resident can choose whether to support Mesas new $100 million identity: home of the artificial white-water river development in the drought-ridden desert.
Asha Sharma is a Ronald Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute.