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.
This summer, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) named Phoenix one of the top five cities to open a new business. In making this rating, the NFIB specifically cited recent reforms I helped develop — making Phoenix one of the best places in the nation to start or expand business. These reforms included 24-hour permitting, online permitting, 24-hour inspections and five-day site review.
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.
The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month, to 7.0 percent amid lackluster overall growth of jobs in the private sector and sharp but seasonally expected declines in employment in public education.
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.
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other sources.
In Arizona, our state is divided into 30 legislative districts. Here in Ahwatukee, we belong to Legislative District 18 (LD18), along with some of Chandler and Tempe. Each district has one senator and two house representatives that represent us in the state Legislature. I think many people have already heard about Janie Hydrick, who is the best candidate for our single senate seat. But there is also a great candidate for the state House: Mitzi Epstein.
NO! Tell this message to Pulte and Mr. Gee. Remember, these guys are NOT our friends. They are not trying to “work with us.” They are rolling right over us. They have meetings filled with convenient conversations. This is like petting your cow just before butchering it. NO! I have been around these travesties before and years afterward neighbors are shrugging their shoulders saying, “Gee, we got taken again.” Don’t let it happen to us. They cannot promise a density of homes in our golf fairways until they get final permission from the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Commission.
It’s been a long road back from the depths of the recession, but there are signs that the state’s economic engine is revving up and the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association is proud to be playing an important leadership role.
As we approach the primary election, Arizona is in an envious place right now. Of the six Republicans running for the governor’s office, each of the four front-runners arguably have the credentials to become a good governor for our state.
The Mountain Pointe football program enters the 2014 season with a new standard for success after winning its first state championship.Produced by David JolkovskiNarrative by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Head Coach Norris VaughanBruce HesterPaul LucasCollin LambdinGarvin AlstonMusic: 1:13am by Soap and Foam