In response to Jim Thompson’s letter “Ponder carefully your vote this November,” let me first state that I have no problem with Mr. Thompson expressing his views. He makes it very clear who he is. I always welcome the light he shines on people like himself.
The parent company of the state's largest electric utility is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars through a third party to ensure that Republican Mark Brnovich becomes the next state attorney general.
During my 32-year career, I was able to teach all of Jill Norgaard’s children. I also had the opportunity to work with them as leaders in service oriented clubs. I have gotten to know Jill and her family during the seven years her children attended Desert Vista High School.
The pansies and sexual deviants, funded and pimped by the Democrat Party, and aided and abetted by that great socialist propaganda machine, the American “education” system, have plunged the United States into total decline...
After more than 30 years of planning, many Ahwatukee Foothills residents still have questions about the proposed South Mountain Freeway and as the environmental review process is coming to a close, an Ahwatukee nonprofit hopes to provide some clarity.
Arizona dramatically lags in funding education for everyone. We used to have free all-day kindergarten. Now we don’t. We used to fully fund soft capital materials used in the classroom (textbooks, technology, and furniture). Now we don’t. We used to have full CORL funding for capital and operating costs. Now we don’t. Now we are asked to believe that our schools are to supply a great education with a 25 percent decrease in funding. How do we do that as we grope towards the bottom with this 25 percent cut?
In the midst of NFL season, I got to thinking about teams, coordinating them, strategizing, picking the right person for the task, everyone understanding the goal and planning on how to attain it. Real estate isn’t much different because we use teams and strategy and goal planning to create a successful transaction. We have lots of players with different roles, who use words you may never have heard of; therefore I would like to introduce you to the Real Estate Gridiron
Some Phoenix leaders voiced opinions on an abused pension system that needs an investigation as to how it was bankrupted by those whom exploited the system. Those that corrupted and stole the funds need to be investigated and punished.
The current pension/spiking system is broken. You are seeing less services, and higher fee and tax increases because of the broken pension system. Less police officers on our streets, less services for our seniors, fewer library hours, and cuts to after school programs — and it will be getting worse. Phoenix recently instituted a new water tax in order to cover the pension costs. Last year, pension spiking was over $19 million of our budget. An additional increase of $18 million just to cover pension costs was in the budget. City staff has already forecast an additional $18 million to cover pension costs for next year.
Endorsements are valuable tools to measure and evaluate the qualifications of a candidate because they come from people who know and have worked closely with the candidate. Mitzi Epstein is running for Arizona House of Representative and has received a number of high-quality, indispensable endorsements. Mitzi Epstein is endorsed by these recognized leaders among others from across the Valley:
Reference is made in a letter to the editor (AFN) Oct. 8, “Prop 487 not right for Phoenix” by Chad A. White. Therein Chad makes the statement that this proposition would place an end to firefighters and police officers death and disability benefits. There is no truth to this claim as far as I have read. Either a misunderstanding or misrepresentation. Prop 487 clearly addresses reform only to the method in which pensions have and are structured and which continues placing the city in deficit shortfall.
Opponents of extending the 202 freeway to the west part of Phoenix are very vocal and get a lot of press — especially due to their advocacy group Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC). (What a name! I’m sure the residents of Yuma, Globe, and Kingman appreciate having PARC on the job looking out for their property and kids). However, I wonder how deep the opposition to the freeway is, even in the local area. I live in Club West and don’t view this freeway any less favorably than any other public highway project. I wonder if other people around here feel the same way.
With two open seats on the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board, it is a critical time for electing the strongest candidates. By Jan. 1, only one board member will remain on the board who has more than two years experience.
The newspapers now seem to have many articles about the Christians living in the mid-east being persecuted, and killed. Beheading seems to be the selected punishment for being a Christian. This bothers me, but what is happening in America bothers me more, as it is under our control.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) needs to undertake a massive change to its Right of Way Group. I sent my first letter on Sept. 2 to Gov. Jan Brewer and it outlined the current and embedded issues — complete with hard data, some from eight years ago.
On the night of Aug. 28, my life and the lives of my family changed forever. My brother, fourth-generation police officer Eric White, was killed in the line of duty. I saw firsthand how Phoenix rallied around our family, and I am forever grateful to everyone who showed kindness to my family.
I live in Lakewood very near the intersection of 32nd Street and Pecos Road. The Loop 202 debate has been going on for years but on Sept 26 the final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) was released and I took note that this is becoming a reality. I read the information online and called the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to inquire about the impact the highway would have on my neighborhood. I learned that none of the houses in my area were in the right of way, but I could not imagine how an eight-lane highway with a median, appropriate shoulders, and a sound wall barrier could possibly fit in the existing space.
Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?