• Logan Burtch-Buus
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Though the big turkey dinner is receding in the rearview, I hope all of our Tucson Local Media readers enjoyed time with their families and friends over the long Thanksgiving weekend, shopped for some goodies on Black Friday/Cyber Monday and have found a bit of the holiday cheer in their lives.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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The first time I was asked my opinion on Prop. 454’s chances of passing last Tuesday’s ballot, it was early July. The unanimous showing of support from council, and the many talks with young athletes, their parents and coaches still hung heavily in my mind—and I told that person that I would…

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Oro Valley Steve Beinhorn resident saw this bobcat stretching in his backyard. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject. Not all photos can be printed, …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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We’ve finally reached that point in time I once thought a distant dream: election week. By the time next week’s edition The Explorer and Marana News land in your driveways and on racks across town, the Town of Oro Valley’s bond proposition will be decided by the voters. The concept of Propos…

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American Medical Response takes pride in serving the public with quality, cost effective emergency medical care and ambulance transportation. We view the local fire departments and fire districts as our partners, not our competitors. We view everyone in the public safety and health care worl…

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It seems to me that the pricey road construction on Lambert and LaCanada, could have been avoided by only trimming and cutting trees. I’ve driven in that intersection for years. Trees gone, attentive drivers, no problems. It’s the drivers who need a lesson.

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I can’t believe that Tucson Local Media’s papers ignored the Arizona Department of Transportation’s public meetings on their “alternative routes” for an Interstate 11 highway from Wickenburg to Nogales. Meetings May 2 and 3 in Tucson and Marana brought out over 400 people who were mostly opp…

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Last year I had to pay $10,000 in co-pays and deductibles for spine surgery. My premium then went up 45 percent, on top of 25 percent, on top of... It is now my largest monthly expense—All a direct result of Obamcare and its mandates. Nobody is paying my premium and deductibles. Not a dime. 

  • Clyde Steele, Special to The Explorer
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Once again, as we near the end of the legislative session up in Phoenix, Arizonans are left wondering why our elected officials seem to go off the deep end every chance they get. We elect our representatives to represent us and to make sure that when they make laws they do no harm, and benef…

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In early 2015, Mayor Hiremath Satish spoke at open houses about the purchase of the golf courses and community center. He always stressed why it was not wise to bond that purchase. In January 2015, he wrote an article to the citizens of Oro Valley which appeared in the Explorer. These are hi…

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I am appalled and disgusted by Gov. Doug Ducey and our “so-called” Arizona legislature. I am a retired educator (35 years in Arizona public schools) and I am physically sick at how our “so-called legislators” treat our teachers. To give teachers a 1 percent, one-year bonus is a slap in the face. 

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State Rep. Pamela Hanley, a Tucson Democrat, submitted legislation to put Arizona on record in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. When the Republican leadership refused to give her a hearing, she made a motion that the measure be brought to the full House for an immediate vote. Shame on …

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I was in the audience during the May 3 Town Council meeting when numerous coaches, soccer moms, Little League officials and players eloquently spoke of the need for more youth playing fields. I agree. After living in 15 communities during my military service and corporate assignments, I can …

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On April 4th the Marana Town Council voted not to renew a contract with Pima County for animal services (enforcement and licensing). This decision was made following nearly a year of research and discussions with Pima County administration on how to best serve our residents and their pets.

  • Dave Allazetta Special to The Explorer
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UnitedHealthcare is honored to serve more than 2 million Arizonans and support their access to quality, affordable health care from more than 26,000 health care professionals and nearly 100 hospitals across the state. For the last several months, we have been negotiating in good faith with N…

  • Louis Fashion
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The town of Oro Valley has a very important decision to make.  Do the taxpayers of Oro Valley wish to continue to pay for a failing golf course and restaurant or do they wish to fund further development of Naranja Park?

  • Clyde R. Steele, Special to The Explorer
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Recent stories about SB 1367 requiring doctors to resuscitate any fetus born alive after 20 weeks is another overreach by Arizona politicians, who seem to think that they have a moral obligation and have more medical knowledge then any qualified physician. 

  • Patricia Maisch
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Parrots! Each and every time there is a mass shooting in our country, our lawmakers sound like parrots. First they offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers, which are meaningless without action. Then, because they are owned by the gun lobby, they oppose common-sense gun safety legislation that h…

  • Clyde Steele, Special to The Explorer
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The recent article from the (Associated Press) in the last few weeks about the tax break for Intel, and of previous cuts in Arizona corporate income taxes favoring corporations now leaves them owing no tax in our state. 

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I would like to thank the Oro Valley Mayor, City Council, and especially the Oro Valley Police Chief and his officers for recognizing the need to adopt a “hands free” driving ordinance here.  I can tell you first hand of the danger this behavior represents. In the past year, I have been run …

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On October 11, a Letter to the Editor in the Explorer entitled “AZ Women Qualified” was published by the President of Emerge Arizona, which caused some confusion with Explorer readers. We at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse would like to take a moment to clarify who we are, and hopefull…

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You publish a newspaper. This makes you journalists. That gives you the responsibility to determine what is printed in your paper. One hopes, as a reader, you do not promulgate lies. Yet by saying the opinions sent in are the opinions of the author, you try to disassociate yourself from what…

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who…

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Yes, I did write the article in the Dec. 7 edition of The Explorer as a rebuttal to Mr. Steele’s Nov. 30 letter; however, I did not write the title, “Mr. Steele Must Be The Worst Person In The World” above it.  This was done by The Explorer Editor.  I have informed The Explorer that this is …

  • Clyde Steele Special to The Explorer
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“Lock her up, lock her up,” over and over again the crowd at the Republican convention chanted. Watching all this, someone who is not familiar with the matter might have concluded that former Secretary Clinton must surely have committed the crime of the century. What brought this on? Was it …

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After reading Mr. Steele’s opinion letter in the November 30th edition of the Explorer, I came away with several thoughts. I perceive that Mr. Steele is a very mean spirited, spiteful, vindictive, and angry man–and, from the many quotes included in his article, he must have been a fly on the…

  • Satish I. Hiremath, Special to The Explorer
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Last month, I concluded my annual State of the Town Address with this challenge: Let’s be the kind of people who strive to be each other’s BEST memory. THAT is the type of community we are building together.

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As a Catholic Christian, I am amazed at the justification I hear for voting for candidates supporting abortion. The encyclical written in 2004 by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, forbids Catholics to vote for any candidate supporting the intrinsic evils of abortion or euth…

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Once again it seems that Rep. Finchem had engaged his mouth before engaging his brain. To try and bring up all the other statements by Rep. Finchem would probably put a lot of the Explorers readers to sleep.  So I’ll keep to the whoppers. He was quoted in the Star as saying about Tucson’s gu…

  • Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County Administrator
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Over the past few months, the debates between candidates for public office have often been about what the county has or hasn’t done for the residents and taxpayers of Pima County over the past two decades. 

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In response to Mr. Peters and his continuous use of half-truths to make his points seem legitimate and in fact exclusion or lack of knowledge of the role of Council Members:

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Law enforcement is most often a thankless job. It’s understandable...after all, how many of us feel thankful when we receive a ticket or find ourselves in a situation where the police have been called?

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Listening to Councilmember-elect Steve Solomon’s mean-spirited speech during the October 19th Town Council meeting left me thinking, “What a sore winner!”

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Last week I submitted a letter against the Emerge! program for abuse. After reading the letter from Krista Pacion I had the impression that Emerge! and EmergeArizona! were the same organization. I have found out since then that they are not! Emerge! is a program to help against domestic abus…

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This election year is so disappointing on so many levels. We have two New York liberals with the worst favorability ratings and the highest unfavorable ratings of any prior presidential candidates in my lifetime.