Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.
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As the father of an Arizona State University student, former ASU police officer and former member of the Tempe Police Citizen’s Review Board, I read the Sunday front-page Arizona Republic story, “ASU PD staffing trails campus growth,” with considerable interest.
President Obama’s decision to delay his executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections exposes him as a bully and a tyrant. His goal is to take away the ability of the American people to influence their government.
I’ve learned to be tolerant of radicals. Well, sort of. It’s known that two extremes can serve the moderates in our political system. When the two sides fight it out, there’s a tendency to pull toward the center.
Our community has seen its fair share of monsoon storms over the years, but when the remnants of Hurricane Norbert rolled through the Valley on Sept. 8, Phoenix neighborhoods saw record-breaking rainfall and historic flooding.
Thank you District 18 voters who put their trust in me to represent them as the Republican nominee for the Arizona House of Representatives.
Like many middle-class parents, we promised our kids that we would pay for their college education, a reasonable promise in the 1980s from two parents who were teachers. We are still paying off their college loans in 2014, yet we feel lucky compared to students and families who are paying off college loans accrued between 2008 and 2014.
Past generations of Americans defied the odds to achieve the right to participate in the political process — overcoming menacing threats of violence, arrest, and coercion, all to earn the right to vote. As United States citizens, we pride ourselves on living in a country that has become the standard-bearer of democratic values worldwide. But a troubling pattern has taken hold, threatening this distinction for generations to come.
We hear Hamas uses children as shields for military (political) purposes and, truth is, it looks like the terrorist group is guilty.
If you turn on the television, or open your mailbox, this year’s election is being dominated by a slew of topics with immigration, gun rights and personal attacks being the most common. Each of these issues obscures what should be the most important priority in this election: the future of education in our state.
With a state election looming — so very important — I pause in the last few moments of calm to ponder the state of the human process.
As we begin another school year, I am reminded of a quote by Jonathan Kozol who wrote, “A dream does not die on its own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives.”
If you received a bill in the mail that contained $700 in hidden fees, you’d be furious ... right? That’s exactly what could happen to you this November if you live in Phoenix.
The numbers on the thermostat don’t always add up — or cool down — to good news. Particularly this time of year.
Ben Franklin once said. “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.” He wasn’t talking about government, but the wisdom applies.
The foundation of a bridge rests on strong and solid footings. A strong bridge from graduation to the job’s market needs to be built by the Arizona Legislature in order to have a successful Arizona economy. You can’t have one without the other.
The voters of Arizona deserve a hearty congratulations and a big thank you for the selections they made in the primary. We vanquished the H and H boys, Horne and Huppenthal, sent numerous far right and far left candidates to the political sidelines, and perhaps positioned ourselves to be a little more moderate in our politics as we enter the general election in November. Also, having the disbarred and disingenuous Andrew Thomas take a political hike should be considered a bonus.
Corporations are not people. Our elections are not auctions up to the highest dark-money bidder. I don’t see how anyone can disagree with these statements. But apparently some do. Namely, our U.S. senators and some Arizona Republican candidates running for election, like Doug Ducey.
For voters in rigged districts where there is only one candidate to vote for that they don’t like, here is an idea to let them show their displeasure. Unlike some places, Arizona does not have “None of the Above” as a ballot election. But they do allow Write In candidates, and a ballot marked for a Write In candidate gets automatically tabulated and will show up immediately in the results available on election night. Instead of voting for the only candidate, or not voting for any candidate, just mark the Write In selection and write “None of the Above” in the blank where a name would go.
Ignorance is not knowing. Apathy is knowing but not doing.
The Republican senatorial runoff election in Mississippi on June 24 was a great disappointment for conservatives and for anyone who believes in our founding principles.
I don’t usually reply to any critics of my letters, but one critic didn’t seem to care that Obama was an Alinsky trained activist. Alinsky was an anarchist bent on destroying America, from the inside. He seemed to justify this by saying that Sen. John McCain had ties to terrorists. This is like saying that it is OK to be a bank robber, as long as your opponent is a bank robber. One writer volunteered that he had different information, and had gotten it from the New York Times. I had decided that the New York Times was not a reliable source.
Having just read another article in the Ahwatukee Foothills News that the ACLU is claiming civil rights abuses and are filing suit against the Border Patrol Agency (“ACLU files suit against Border Patrol over immigration enforcement,” April 28 at ahwatukee.com), they want the agency to provide information roving patrols that operate far from the border and use race to make unauthorized stops.
I’m a firm believer in accountability. I don’t believe Arizona’s K-12 education accountability plan is tough enough. Yes, we require all our public-school students to take the statewide assessment. Students must pass AIMS to get into fourth grade and graduate from high school. However, students and schools are only accountable for math and reading. Furthermore, once-a-year “bubble-in” exams are incapable of measuring whether students can apply skills in “real world” situations. We do give third- through 10th-graders writing exams, but experts don’t evaluate them. Pearson, the London-based testing company Arizona hired, advertises for $12 an-hour temporary workers to score tests (bachelor’s degree required).
As I read Don Crook’s letter to the editor, “Obama’s defective character,” published April 11, I was astounded by the amount of mistakes and outright falsehoods in his letter.
We’ve just passed another income tax deadline and we’ve either paid our taxes or filed an extension. We do have taxes on our minds and are right now painfully aware of how much government takes. Mostly, we wouldn’t mind paying our fair share of the tax burden, but we are reminded daily of the overwhelming amount of waste that flows freely from Washington.
I just got through reading the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decision on campaign reform. They lifted the limit on maximum contributions of an individual contribution from $123,200 to $3.6 million.
In response to Joe Campbell’s letter, “Glenn Beck’s remarks are shameful” on April 12, I did not hear Glenn Beck’s remarks because I don’t listen to him, but I think you have this voice of “We the People” concept wrong. It is a pretty well documented fact across multiple polls that approximately 60-70 percent of the citizen population was not in favor of Obamacare from the start. I call that a pretty strong voice from several percentage points of the populace more than voted for our twice elected president. But in their infinite wisdom the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives and the US Senate decided they knew better than “We the People” and shoved it down our throats anyway without a single Republican vote. And a large portion of the populace is still not in favor now that they have lost their existing health insurance or their employers are opting out on providing that benefit to their employees and sending them into the Marketplace.
Utility ratepayers and voters in Arizona may not be aware that APS used its funds derived from ratepayers to promote Connie Wilhelm in the recent SRP District Board election, even after getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar to secretly spend money to defeat Democrats on the Corporation Commission in the 2012 election. We the ratepayers should be very concerned, better yet, outraged, and should be asking, what is APS up to?
This fall America is going to have an election. This is not going to be an election for president, but the Republican party has shown that it doesn’t know how to win an election. John McCain would have had an easy win if he approached it as Sarah Palin wanted: she wanted to attack Barack Obama where he was most vulnerable, his defective character. Sen. McCain only wanted to attack Obamas’ policies, refusing to do as Palin advised. By his actions, he was allowing Obama to win.
Glenn Beck’s tirade against the health care that millions have signed up for was shameful. Beck’s awful remarks against our twice elected president were uncalled for.
In response to “President or dictator?” (AFN, guest commentary by Ahwatukee resident Don Kennedy, March 23) — aren’t we getting a little carried away here? If President Obama were truly seeking dictatorial powers, don’t you think there would be a large outcry from the loyal opposition Republicans? They would be screaming “ABUSE of POWER” with motions in Congress for Articles of Impeachment.
America is acting as if we don’t understand the situation in the Ukraine.
March is Women’s History Month. History has not always been fair to women, don’t even get me started on that big fool Henry VIII, who killed his wives for not giving him a son — when science now knows it was all his fault. My middle-schoolers are always extremely upset about the lack of prominent women in ancient history.
I have written before about Obama appointing 33 czars, to act as central planners. Central planners are required in communist countries, because the government needs to direct policy for all businesses. When we move from capitalism to communism you need to be aware of the differences. In capitalism all businesses work to make their business efficient, so they can compete in the market. In communism the effort is to be inefficient, so they can hire a lot of workers. Obama is going to direct his czars to audit each company, then set their workers salaries (usually 30-50 percent lower). The czars will then require each company to hire 30-50 percent more workers than needed. This will make each company much more inefficient, but because there is no competition it doesn’t matter how efficient you are.
The governor’s race is grabbing most of the attention in the run-up to the Nov. 4 general election, but there are ballot measures to consider as well, measures that could have a similarly lasting impact on Arizona’s future.
Arizona voters will decide on Nov. 6 if terminally ill patients can have the right to serve as test cases for medical treatments that have not received federal approval.
Maricopa County residents will decide next month the role the county should play in Arizona’s health care system, which is already affected by state and federal health care programs.