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I was very pleased to see the recent endorsement of Scott Smith by Gov. Jan Brewer. As both a successful business person and course-altering mayor of Mesa, Smith has demonstrated the vision, pragmatism and leadership qualities that our state needs in its next governor. While other candidates and out-of-state money are taking shots at Smith that are full of spin and inaccuracies, he has responded by offering to sit face-to-face with critics in full view of the media to get out the truth.
Isn’t it amazing that President Obama has appointed 33 czars and has overtaken the USA? Mr. Cook (“Obama is going to destroy us,” AFN, Aug. 13) wants Congress to go to the Supreme Court to remove all the czars. Cook said this is “hot” socialism. The extreme right blocks anything the president says or does, even though many of the ideas were from Republicans.
The same man has been to our house twice. He stated up front he was representing Pulte. He asked if I had a stand on the Pulte development. I told him that I am aware of the situation and, based on principle, I am against the development because of the way it has been handled from the get go. He said the buyer, Gee, has received a lot of negative reaction for letting the golf course deteriorate. I said, unfortunately, so has Pulte just by association. When asked what I would like to see, I responded that I would like to see more options, i.e., the community garden, riparians, walking paths, just other options. He said that he would put me down as an “undecided.” I called him back and said, I have decided, I will not endorse the development as currently proposed. I don’t care if the mud hole/moon crater stands for awhile.
I’ve been watching The Lakes golf course issue for awhile, hoping I could vote. Unfortunately, I do not live in the Lakes area and, therefore, I can’t vote. Even though I don’t live in the direct area, it still impacts me and many others in Ahwatukee. Please educate yourself on what is happening.
Why do you read? Maybe you like to enjoy a novel, where the hero always wins, or you could read to find out what history of governments are available. Everyone has heard of the World War II, and knows that we fought “strongmen” leaders of Germany, Italy, and Russia. Did you ever wonder why such dictators emerged? The people in these countries were no different than people of America. These countries had dictators as their leaders. These leaders had a fanatic need for power, and used this power to cruelly control their population. You might wonder what caused this to happen. If you read “The Road to Serfdom,” by F.A. Hayek, it is outlined in his book. These countries had, what Hayek calls, hot socialism. Hot socialism is when a government controls all production in the country (I think of this as communism). Segueing to America.
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (HR2283). If signed into law, this legislation would elevate the U.S. government’s Trafficking in Persons Office to a State Department Bureau, a change that would help ensure that human trafficking is upheld as a foreign policy priority for the United States. The bill doesn’t add cost or bureaucracy and would be a critical step forward in the fight against human trafficking, a crime which enslaves nearly 30 million people worldwide.
The Republican senatorial run-off election in Mississippi on June 24 was a great disappointment for conservatives and for anyone who believes in our founding principles.
This letter is to inform the voters in LD18 about an experience I had with Rep. Jeff Dial.
That is the “64 dollar” question and to help arrive at the answer here are some facts: Gee’s corporation (Bixby Village Golf Course, Inc.) paid $4 million in June of 2006 for The Lakes at Ahwatukee. The course contains approximately 100 acres. So the cost per acre was $40,000.
I am a 35-year resident of Ahwatukee and I read with interest Ed Corona’s commentary on the golf course situation (“Save The Lakes needs new plan,” AFN, July 30). The overall gist was that since there seems to be no other solution on the horizon, we had best accept the Pulte program and move on lest the situation gets only worse. Win one for Mr. Gee.
Republican Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich square off in the GOP debate inside the Mesa Arts Center, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
Stories from our special medical supplement
A collection of columns by Ahwatukee medical experts Agnes Oblas, Astrid Heathcote, Michael Urig and Rashmi "Rush" Bhatnagar.