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Tuesday 12/13/2016
Not My Title
Posted: December 13, 2016 - 11:46 am

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 definitely not a title I would have written or agreed with and they should have contacted me before arbitrarily printing it.  My title would be:  Time To Stop Getting Even!

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My View: What brought on ‘Lock her up’
Updated: December 15, 2016 - 1:56 pm

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 the four lives that were lost at Benghazi? Or was it Secretary Clinton’s nefarious e-mails? 

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Mr. Steele must be the worst person in the world
Posted: December 06, 2016 - 2:35 pm

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 wall during the D.C. steakhouse private dining room meeting he referred to. Isn’t it just possible that President Obama’s policy objectives were the reason for the strong opposition proposals.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
This Thanksgiving, be each other’s best memory
Posted: November 15, 2016 - 11:30 am

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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Voting for 'Intrinsic Evil'
Posted: November 15, 2016 - 10:53 am

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 euthanasia under pain of mortal sin.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
On gun disposal, Finchem
Posted: November 08, 2016 - 10:03 am

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 gun disposal program “The city of Tucson flagrantly violated state statutes and deprived the taxpayers of the opportunity to obtain fair-market value of a public asset.” “And guns should be auctioned to the highest bidder”. He sited SB 1487 that says if local governments violate State laws lose their state-shared revenue if they don’t stop. I wonder why Mr. Finchem doesn’t insiststhat all drugs confiscated by the police be sold to the public so that they can obtain fair-market value of a public asset? 

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20 years of Pima County success
Posted: November 08, 2016 - 10:04 am

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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Half-truths don’t work
Posted: November 08, 2016 - 10:02 am

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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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Thank you, OVPD
Posted: November 01, 2016 - 3:15 pm

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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Sore winner?
Posted: November 01, 2016 - 3:17 pm

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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Emerge! In Tucson does good work
Posted: November 01, 2016 - 3:17 pm

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 abuse whereas EmergeArizona! is just a politico machine. I think Emerge! does great work in helping stop domestic abuse and I support them and will continue to do so. As far as EmergeArizona! my letter as it apples to them still stands and I think maybe they should consider changing their name so there are no issues or at the very least drop the exclamation point. 

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Vote for Leach, Smith and Finchem
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 8:43 am

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.

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Are You Owed $14,000?
Posted: November 01, 2016 - 11:23 am

As an Oro Valley taxpayer you may be owed over $14,000!

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Gratefully, I’ll go the polls on Election Day
Posted: October 25, 2016 - 4:12 pm

I’ll be going to the polls on Election Day.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Hey sign stealers …
Posted: October 18, 2016 - 3:51 pm


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Vote Atchue and Hammond
Posted: October 18, 2016 - 3:52 pm

Recently I attended two public forums which featured Ralph Atchue and Corin Hammond, candidates for Senator and Representative in Legislative District 11. Also present were incumbents Steve Smith, Mark Finchem and Vince Leach. 

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Only Dems care?
Posted: October 18, 2016 - 3:52 pm

I read with great interest the letter from Emerge Board President Krista Pacion. I have always been a supporter of the Emerge program but must have been misinformed. I thought this was a program to help abused individuals (whether women or men) and this is where their emphasis is. It appears that encouraging women to run for political office is another avenue of support. Fine, but then she goes on to mention that Emerge supports Democratic women who wish to run. Why just Democratic women? Don’t all women have a right to representation by individuals that support their opinions? Or is it just those who are Democratic? I am one of those evil conservative people who give money to charities I believe in. I don’t give money to political causes and since Emerge seems to be such an organization, they’re off the list. And as a side note: The terms Democratic and Democrat are not interchangeable. A Democrat is a s! ocialist in sheeps clothing at best. Democratic is more of a general term stating what our country used to be.

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Tuesday 10/11/2016
AZ women qualified
Posted: October 11, 2016 - 12:45 pm

The decision to run for public office can seem like a daunting one. That’s especially true for women, who are starkly underrepresented in offices in Arizona and face unique challenges as female candidates. However, for every reason to not run for office, there are ten reasons why women from Arizona should.

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Supporting Corin Hammond
Posted: October 11, 2016 - 12:44 pm

 I am voting for Democrat Corin Hammond for Arizona House, legislative district 11. Corin will place a high priority on Arizona’s public education. Our public schools are the among the lowest in our country, 

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Tuesday 10/04/2016
Cheese Anyone???
Posted: October 04, 2016 - 10:53 am

So after taking a deep breath and holding it, the latest edition of the Explorer was on my driveway. 

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