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Wednesday 07/06/2016
My Turn: Don’t just save the Grand Canyon
Posted: July 06, 2016 - 4:00 am

We think we’ve saved the Grand Canyon. We established a national park that is supposed to remain “forever unimpaired.”

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Pima County financially sound
Posted: July 06, 2016 - 2:10 pm

One of the political footballs tossed around last year during the debate over the bond election that also is getting kicked around this election season is the state of the county’s finances. 

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Tuesday 07/05/2016
The Mayor and Council- members’ foolish plan
Posted: July 05, 2016 - 2:23 pm


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Another Uninformed Voter
Posted: July 05, 2016 - 2:22 pm

“Sick of the deceiving antics” 

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Wednesday 06/29/2016
Keep ranchers on the land, and the land stays open
Posted: June 29, 2016 - 4:00 am

It turns out that the men and women who graze cattle on America’s public lands are largely a level-headed bunch. 

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Gun convo avoids human nature
Posted: June 28, 2016 - 1:20 pm

The article about the Giffords, Kelly push for ‘common sense’ gun laws made the point of the tragic loss of life by suicide. The loss of life that results from violence should be just as concerning. Just what is ‘common sense’ ? I would submit that like beauty, every one would have a different definition.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
My View: Once again, political cowardice in the face of mass murders
Posted: June 22, 2016 - 4:00 am

Forty-nine murdered in Orlando, 32 murdered at Virginia Tech, 26 murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 14 murdered in San Bernardino, 9 murdered in Charleston and 6 murdered in Tucson. 

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Tuesday 06/21/2016
Hornat’s Crystal Ball
Posted: June 21, 2016 - 10:24 am

As a longtime resident of Oro Valley, I am sick of the deceiving antics of this incompetent mayor and his three council puppets. Yep, they all vote alike because their developer donors tell them how to vote. Their developer pals are the ones who gave the Gang of 4 a whopping $200k to get reelected. The spin, babble and pure deception over this community center and golf course purchase is continues. It’s just insane. 

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
In support of Golder Ranch
Updated: June 21, 2016 - 10:23 am

I began reading Maggie Romance’s letter to the editor with curiosity, but finished it with disdain. There are many things that police and fire personnel can be doing at one in the morning, most notably responding to real emergencies. I am reminded of the time OVPD and Golder Ranch responded quickly when my father stopped breathing in his sleep at one in the morning on another night. It certainly gives me peace knowing Golder Ranch firemen were able to respond quickly and did not have to wrap up entirely inconsequential tasks before moving on to the core of their existence: attempting to save lives actually in danger of being lost. If a verbal reminder of what firemen are and are not there to do was the only cost to Ms. Romance for an otherwise free and near-instant appliance repair, she should have taken that in stride and moved on with her life, perhaps keeping such things in mind before again attempting to needlessly tinker with a gas appliance at one in the morning. Next time, she might consider calling Southwest Gas or perhaps even a real 24 hour appliance repairman. Her snide insinuation that firemen wish only to be heroes is simply disgusting. 

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Tuesday 06/14/2016
In support of John Officer
Posted: June 14, 2016 - 2:18 pm

John Officer  is running for Marana city council, August 2016.

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What’s right with Oro Valley? Let me tell you…
Posted: June 14, 2016 - 2:19 pm

As I begin my tenure as interim town manager, I’ve had the opportunity to step back and take a broader look at our organization and at our community, and ask the question: “What’s right with Oro Valley?” As a resident and 16-year employee with the town, that’s an easy question to answer: Town of Oro Valley employees. Every day, they’re providing services to make our community great. That is “what’s right with Oro Valley.”

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Open letter in support of Dr. Garcia
Posted: June 14, 2016 - 2:10 pm

To ArMA and Arizona Community:

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Thursday 06/09/2016
Golder Ranch apologizes to resident
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 9:30 am

Last week we responded to a resident, Ms. Romance, who had requested our services because of her sound judgment and excellent instincts. She had been cleaning her gas stove; put the knobs back on the stove only to discover that it wasn’t operating properly and consequently was concerned about the dangers of natural gas from the stove. Ms. Romance did the appropriate thing by calling 911.

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Wednesday 06/08/2016
Welcome Caterpillar, regional cooperation
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 9:28 am

Pima County is thrilled about the decision by Caterpillar Inc. to relocate its Surface Mining and Technology Division to Tucson and bring 650 new jobs to our region. 

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Tuesday 06/07/2016
Grateful taxpayers
Posted: June 07, 2016 - 11:48 am

In reply to John Winchester’s letter to the “You Say” column in the Explorer on June 1, Ally Miller is a lone voice for the taxpayer in opposing crony capitalism and sweetheart deals for the select few

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A reminder on history
Posted: June 07, 2016 - 11:48 am

I missed something in the 18 May Explorer.  A front page story about the USS Arizona, in eternal rest with hundreds of Sailors and Marines still onboard beneath the surface of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the 7 December, 1941 attack that nearly destroyed America’s Pacific Fleet.  The report centered on the sneak attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, and included a fund raising appeal for the Arizona memorial on the U of A campus.

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Ally is a tax payer hero
Posted: June 07, 2016 - 11:48 am

John Winchester, the “Johnny Come Lately” grossly unprepared and unfit candidate for Dist. 1 Pima County Board of Supervisors op-ed (Explorer 6/2/16) was replete with platitudes, unattainable ideas and condescending on economic issues. The only intent of his diatribe was a very debatable hit piece on incumbent Ally Miller. 

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Golder Ranch apologies
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 9:29 am

It was 1 a.m., before heading to bed, I put the knobs back on the gas stove I had been cleaning. One, then two, then three.  Clicking started.  I turned the gas on and they popped immediately to beautiful blue flame.  I turned them off.  Gas hissed.  I turned them on again, then off.  I couldn’t get the clicking to stop so I pulled it apart to discover the igniter was sparking, not just a low spark, but one that jumped out of each burner.  The last thing I wanted to do was to place a call to you, surely I could fix this.  I got a screwdriver to get inside the equipment and stopped an inch from the screw.  What if it is serious and I create a spark outside the area?  What if there is gas build up?  I better error on the side of caution and ask for hel... as the public service announcements play in my head.

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Litany of Excuses
Posted: June 07, 2016 - 11:47 am

Golf has been underperforming at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center since it’s inception in May of 2015.  None of the rosy forecasted revenues for fiscal year 2015/2016 have been met.  Ten monthly forecasts so far.  All of them wrong.

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Tuesday 05/31/2016
My Turn: Thank you JobPath graduates
Posted: May 31, 2016 - 1:48 pm

A couple of week ago on May 18, I had the honor of speaking at a graduation ceremony held for all participants in a program called JobPath. I learned about the program when I made an appearance on AZPM to discuss Tucson’s economy. The focus of that week’s show was on JobPath and a report that showed the economic value the organization provides our community. It’s impressive. 

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