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Editor’s note: The West Valley View received about 25 letters to the editor addressing Hickman’s Family Farms and the Save Tonopah Oppose Poultry Plant (STOPP) group within the span of about a half an hour on Oct. 7. Due to space constraints, the View has chosen to print the first two letters received — one opposing Hickman’s and one supporting Hickman’s — and publish the rest online only.

http://westvalleyview.com/articles/2016/10/19/letters-editor-october-19-2016

Letters to the Editor      1050 E. Riley Dr., Avondale, AZ 85323      or e-mail: editor@westvalleyview.com

 

Public’s well-being comes first

Editor:

The article “Hickman rejects petition” after reading it I would have to agree with the people that Hickman shouldn’t be able to vote on anything in the county if he puts his own business before the people. Even though he may be the chairman of the Maricopa county board of supervisors he should take action on the publics complaints about Hickman’s Ranch because that is what the people are expecting him to do that is his responsibility to the people even if that is his business. If the ranch is causing air pollution, then it may cause community health issues and the communities health should come before the business. This should have been resolved already especially since it has been brought up three years in a row, obviously people are not happy with what is happening so why doesn’t the board take a stand and serve the people like they are supposed to. Business wellbeing is not more important than the publics wellbeing.

Robert Figueroa
Tolleson

 

 

Workers need Hickman’s

Editor:

I want my voice to be heard today, RIGHT NOW. To begin with, one issue surrounding our community in in the west valley is the minimum wage. For people to complain about things that bring food to many people’s tables isn’t correct. People who make a living out of these egg ranches need these jobs, since they are the only ones willing to take up these dirty jobs. It is in no one’s place who only benefits from the products to decide whether other people’s jobs should be taken away or not. Unless people are willing to offer minorities who are taking on these jobs to transfer and move into better jobs then so be it. It should be a cooperation’s right and a member of the company like Mr. Hickman to take in decisions without being held against his company or against the people he represents.

Eliseo Penate Marroquin
Tolleson

 

 

Hickman’s threatens environment

Editor:

Glenn Gullickson’s article on Hickman Family Farms, raised a lot of questions and opinions towards what the purpose of STOPP, and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ are within creating a safe and healthy environment for the people in the community of Tonopah. Some things that stood out would have to be the fact that the people within the community of Tonopah have made points that the, “fly swarms, rodent infestation, dust, feathers, and noise pollution” will have a threatening impact to the environment itself. If you stop and think about what they complained about, it ties into have bad facility conditions for the animals, and the product they distribute. Hickman excuses himself from votes, that still leaves 4 other supervisors to make decisions that can better the quality of the air, for the people within Tonopah, and the facility as well. Why aren’t changes being made? Animal rights, in a way, are being violated through the bad facility treatment. I think that if the community of Tonopah have a problem with what is going on within their community, they should have a say in what goes in to make their community safe again. The people of Tonopah are using their voices to speak for the environment, for the animals, and for themselves. I stand with them.

Alicia Serrato
Tolleson

 

Hickman should recuse himself

Editor:

In reading “Hickman rejects petition”, written by Glenn Gullickson I agree with the argument that Hickman should recuse himself on the environmental issues. Hickman obviously has a conflict of interest between his business and what is best for the county. If people in that area feel strongly for something and it goes against the interest of Hickman’s business, He is put in a difficult position and is not the best person to be deciding environmental issues. As a business of course Hickman wants to expand and yes the availability of jobs is good for the local economy. However, the long term effects to the environment are too high of a price to pay.

Keyla Sanchez
Avondale

 

Business inside government

Editor:

One of government’s roles is to regulate business and make cooperation’s follow guidelines that are presented to them. According to the article, “Hickman Rejects Petition”, organizations want to remove him (Clint Hickman) from his current position as chairman of the board of managers. The question that can be presented is, should business and government be separated? Just from the influence business may have on a representative. But if this should be the case, let’s look at it from a broader view. Donald Trump who is a presidential candidate for the Republican party participates and made a living through business. Everything he has ever accomplished is through business and he is a wealthy businessman. If business disqualifies Hickman to have this government role, then the same thing can be interpreted for this presidential race. If at a state level, someone is disqualified for representing at a state level because of their occupation than same should for someone who is running for president to represent the nation.

Isai Chavez
Tolleson

 

An egg-cellent point

Editor:

“STOPP wants supervisor to recuse himself on county environmental issues” an organization wants Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint of Hickman’s Family Farms to withdraw from participating in environmental issues anywhere in the county. Clint Hickman seems to be attacked for being a business man invested in the West Valley. He recuses himself on that involve his family’s business, yet that isn’t enough for STOPP. The article mentioned how the Hickman company followed FDA regulations and how the facility followed the necessary guidelines yet complained about the Hickman business. Shouldn’t the questions be raised at the organizations that create the necessary guidelines? Hickman’s egg business was a target of bias and hate from STOPP, Clint Hickman shouldn’t have to withdraw from any environmental issues regarding the county.

Sergio Jimenez
Avondale

 

Hickman’s asthma factory

Editor:

People in power have become corrupt to further benefit their profits as they have throughout history. How can one claim to be an environmentalist and fight for clean rights when their own family business is contributing to the overall problem of pollution? Common sense isn’t as common anymore. We as a state, as a country, as citizens of Earth must fight to further sustain our homes, sustain Earth. Removing Clint Hickman from his current position as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Hickman’s Egg Ranch, will be a step further into a cleaner path. It is not fair to “fight” for clean air while Hickman’s Egg Ranch is clearly the problem and we have chosen to ignore it. Ignoring the children who suffer from asthma in the area and how everyday it is a struggle for them to even breath the contaminated poison that exits Hickman’s ranch. Residents of Tonopah MUST impeach this unfit man from office, immediately! Tonopah has a voice, do not let the ranch’s noise pollution mute the people.

Diego Urias
Tolleson

 

Farms should be safe

Editor:

In response to the article, “Hickman rejects petition,” I believe if there is going to be any factories or farms in cities where there is a lot of people, the factories or farms should be safe for people to be around and things that people do not mind living around because the article even states that Hickman says that some Tonopah residents do not want to see a farm that big so close to them. Something else the article talks about is the bad air quality, and I do think people should have a say in what is happening in their community and who is in charge of the projects especially if it is affecting something as important as air quality.

Nelsy Ochoa
Avondale

 

Business, government should not mix

Editor:

Your article about Hickman Rejects Petition has some issues that I am interested in, such as business and political aspects. In reference to Hickman’s issue I believe that those people who are in political positions should represent their people, instead of favor a business that they are part of. Business and government should not mix together, it will only cause problems for the people of the community. I know that if I was going to be represented by a chairman in the County Board of Supervisors I would want someone who would listen to my opinions and then take some action instead of ignoring my personal thoughts. Environmental issues are always important to discuss and if an issue, such as air pollution, is being brought up then something should be done to prevent it. Government is supposed make choices to benefit the people and if someone does not do that then they should be removed from their position and elect someone who will commit to the public good.

Stephanie Lemus
Tolleson

 

Eggs over people

Editor:

In response to Glenn Gullickson’s article “Hickman Rejects Petition” I believe that this is an example of business coming before health but it is also a limited view of what is actually happening. There is a bigger picture that is not being acknowledged. I want the Maricopa County Board to listen to their people, as politicians they have that responsibility.

I understand that business is very delicate but if a business man is a major decision maker in a community and he chooses the success of himself over the success and wellbeing of his people then I don’t believe they should be in a position of power. Since Hickman does not vote I believe the fault, moreso, lies with the rest of the board members that do not do anything in favor of the people. Therefore, I believe that everyone in the board should receive scrutiny for the decisions they make not just Hickman. There are environmental issues and sanitary issues that are being ignored and the people are exercising their rights as citizens if a democratic society.

I’m a young citizen that cares for my future and the future of others.

I want the concerns of others to be heard. I want the community to be changed for the greater good.

Dulce Maria Corona
Avondale

 

Hickman’s is where it should be

Editor:

I have come across and read the article printed on West Valley View, Hickman rejects petition. It includes information about Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, who is also co-owner of Hickman’s Egg Ranch located in Tonopah, Arizona. He has decided to no longer participate in making decisions involving Hickman’s. I can understand his decision as he does not want to harassed by the many local residents complaining about his company, in which brings about many environmental issues such as bad air quality and bad odor. Others, though, see his recusing as him not caring about the environment, therefor, the locals do not want him to participate in any issue involving the entire county as they believe his decision will create further complications with the environment. Overall I stand with Hickman’s side for the reasons that Hickman’s provides millions of eggs and boosts the economy in the west valley. Hickman is in the position that he is in to make decisions on issues and not to sit there and give his title as Chairman no use. Where else is one supposed to place an egg farm? You can’t have it in the middle of nowhere, because you would want to get to the site in a short time. Hickman’s is already away from the metropolitan area of Phoenix, out by the desert, so instead of tens of thousands of residents from Phoenix complaining about their air quality, only a few hundred to a thousand residents from Tonopah are complaining. It is efficient. Unfortunately, these residents have to deal with the effects, but there can be ways to fix it. A Solution to this issue is that the plant can implement some kind of scent-masker to at least get rid of the smell for the sake of the residents.

Christopher Gaytan
Avondale

 

A necessary evil

Editor:

While I do feel sympathy for the people affected by this situation I do think it is a necessary operation. If not the people of Tonopah than the people of another community would have to deal with the same problems and chances are they will also complain about the same problems and want it to move continuing the cycle. So instead of wasting money with constant moves the Hickman operation is better suited to stay in Tonopah.

Vladimir Soriano
Avondale

 

Business blinds Hickman

Editor:

After reading the article “Hickman rejects petition”, I have come to the conclusion that Hickman is blinded towards the negative impacts on our environment due to this egg operation. Although this operation leads residents to employment and is making them money, it is increasing the pollution and is affecting the world in the worst of ways. There were specific complaints consisting of fly swarms, rodent infestation, dust, feathers, and noise pollution. Knowing this information, I can only imagine what the inside looks like. If animals could talk, I bet they wouldn’t be too fond of the idea of being tightly compacted with fellow animals and the health hazards in the operation. Since the farm is in a residential area, the citizens should have a say whether they want it there or not. Essentially, there are always going to be things we just have to deal with. However, in this case, if a facility is making life unpleasant to folks around the farm, it should be relocated. Also, due to Hickman’s expansion plans, the environment is going to be negatively affected even more now, and it’s going to conflict with people in the area, thus causing more issues.

Alena Gonzales
Tolleson

 

Necessary evil

Editor:

I believe that the article, “Hickman rejects petition” was written in a selfish manner. While the pollution generated from Hickman Ranch is discomforting to the locals of Tonopah, it is unfortunately a necessary evil. There is nothing in current society that makes the implication that the common person is willing to give up eggs simply because a small, unheard of town making complaints. The same logic that was aforementioned also means that the typical rancher or farmer does not simply stop their profession due to discomfort from byproducts of ranch animals. Unless the people are willing to make an attempt to implement advanced filtration technology at the cost of more funding rather than outright complaining, I do not believe that the myriad of complaints that locals are making will bring about the appropriate change that is being sought out.

Christopher James
Farinella Avondale

 

Board has 5 members

Editor:

In The Article Hickman Rejects Petition, submitted by Glenn Gullickson, Gullickson talks about the community of Tonopah and its concern with the conflict of interest of Clint Hickman. The aim of the article was to raise awareness and to try to help environmental issues such as air pollution. The article falls short because of the nature the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. What the people who want Clint Hickman to abstain from voting in environmental issues do not realize is that doing so is not going to improve current conditions. There are 5 votes in the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Even when Hickman abstains, environmental issues are still not addressed. Because of this, the article in mention feels more like a personal attack than a solution. If you do care about environmental issues, you should write about all 5 of the board members and try to expose some type of bias instead of only focusing on one member. By only focusing on one member, you will not fix anything for the community.

Xavier Joseph Coy
Buckeye

 

Hickman shows lack of leadership

Editor:

In response to the “Hickman rejects petition” article, from a political stance I think by Hickman not expressing a stance or an action in response to this very direct concern says a lot about the chairman head of the operation. It says, lack of leadership in a sense of deciding that actions speak louder than words. As he mentioned, economically he brings jobs these jobs are not all that great or contributing jobs. Also the fact that EPA has been complained to and other environmental agency’s has brought attention that there is clearly an environmental issue such as the odor’s, the air quality, and other further threats to the environment. To not take any action to the concerns of the dangerous position and environmental issue this operation is causing, to not even make adaptive management strategies to better the conditions is a statement of lack of integrity for the better of our people, air quality and environment. It even touches on animal rights I can only imagine the conditions inside of these egg farms if there are complaints of odor and air, the kinds of conditions these animals are in are probably unsanitary. The local issue of odor and air quality shows a lack of interest of the community. As a chairman you would think something of this issue would be of concern to his businesses community and would act on the issue.

Ashley Renee Warren
Avondale

Hickman’s poses no danger

Editor:

Recently I read an article regarding about the Hickman egg ranch. Now the issue of people complaining about the air quality, in my opinion is that they’re making an issue way bigger than what it really. If they’re regularly checked by the Air Quality Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, and pass then they’re not putting any danger or risk on to the environment. Here we do live in farmland, and that how Avondale was supposed to be, a farmland. In fact, they’re providing great benefits for the local economy. Honestly here in Avondale we need more benefits for our local economy. Now the concern I can see is the conditions that these chickens are in the factory.

Roger Cook
Avondale

 

Hickman is unfit to lead

Editor:

In reference to the article “Hickman rejects petition”, by Glenn Gullickson, much criticism has to be expressed. Despite the fact that Hickman’s positions as vice president of sales & marketing and the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are stated, they are unclear. The only thing that can be inferred is that both positions are of prestige to business and government respectably. The fact that Hickman recused himself when voting for issues regarding his own cooperation is understandable because his decision would be seen as bias regardless of his stance. Gullickson’s article failed to state that Hickman is unfit to be in a role of leadership. His refusal to have an expressed opinion and his tie to business places him in this situation where he holds a conflict of interest, thus making him unfit to be a leader in government. The issue regarding Hickman’s removal can be supported because of the logical fact behind it in the Gullickson’s article but not all of the content was completely supported.

STOPP and SRAP make claims against Hickman’s farm, stating that they influence the air quality and the quality of life in that area. Yet, despite such bold claims, they fail to use any actual data with their argument. The air pollution and quality of life are both aspects that can be tested in the area. To this day, there is no evidence of such operation is the past, present, or future. Evidence and facts outweigh opinion on many levels, this situation is no exception. Without supporting evidence that the egg farm is actually causing harm to the environment, the removal the farm is too extreme of a request. Fact and opinion work in unison but in this instance fact reigns supreme.

Julian Jesus Sanchez
Avondale

 

Remove Clint Hickman

Editor:

The withdrawal of Clint Hickman, from participating in decisions involving air quality and environmental issues, is necessary for a fair vote on these issues. Clint Hickman co-owns the Tonopah egg ranch, therefore, his decisions in that area are bias because he would be more concerned with his economic gain than the quality of the air surrounding his establishment. That is one of the reasons his vote is excluded when addressing environmental issues that affect Hickman’s directly. Clint Hickman can not be trusted to make an appropriate decision concerning the environment anywhere in the county because he owns a factory farm that pollutes the environment in Tonopah. How can we expect Clint Hickman to make a fair decision concerning environmental issues while he supports an egg ranch that is polluting the air?

Ernesto Haro
Tolleson

 

People deserve justice

Editor:

Glenn Gullickson introduced the issue involving controversy behind the Hickman’s Egg Ranch business and its vice president who also happens to be part of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Citizens living around the Hickman’s facility, are fed-up with the terrible living conditions the company has created for them. They people should be taken seriously and something must be done about the company’s production of filth. It is not fair for the vice president of the company to get a say in what is to be done about the negativity his business creates. He is going to have a bias towards his company no matter what. It is clear to see that both sides have evidence backing up their claims. It’s understandable where they come from within their business, because it is said that they provide jobs and have been family owned for a very long time. If the people keep fighting for cleaner living conditions, then there must be something done about the issue. The votes will more than likely add up against the company, but Clint Hickman should still not have a say in this. If justice and cleaner conditions is what the people want, then it’s what they deserve.

Steve Rosales
Avondale

 

Stop Hickman expansion

Editor:

Recently I’ve read Glenn Gullickson’s article, ‘Hickman rejects petition’, regarding the issue with STOPP and how they want supervisor, Clint Hickman, to recuse himself on environmental issues. I agree with STOPP that Hickman should not take action towards any air quality and environmental issues in Maricopa County, mainly due to the complaints of the residents of Tonopah over the operations of Hickman’s Family Farms. Most of the complaints were about the foul smelling odor reeking from the egg laying facility, which brought “fly swarms, rodent infestation, dust and feathers”. Furthermore, Hickman plans to expand his operation, which I personally don’t support. Why try to expand the egg ranch if the local environmental issues are still present?

Esteban Lobato
Avondale

 

Farm is part of environment

Editor:

The Hickman’s family farm in my opinion is if they were to try and close down their farm that’s been good in profits, and up and running for 3 years, the farm shouldn’t be shut down because of how well their company has been going. Due to how people feel about the kind of environment it’s turning into due to the type of air the farm was causing. It’s unnecessary because a farm is a part of the environment. Farm lands will always exist. But for people to complain, that’s how people get most of their food because it is planted in the ground. Also if they were looking to expand that just shows how well of a business the Hickman’s are running.

Gabriela Aguilar
Avondale

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