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Tuesday 04/12/2016
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
Posted: April 12, 2016 - 10:32 am

On a campaign stop in Idaho, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz characterized the West’s federal land system as a “historical accident.” The Republican senator from Texas then stoked resentment over federal management of public lands by telling his audience that the government ought to hand its lands over to the states. This would, of course, set public land — which all Americans own — on a path to private ownership.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
My Turn: Best of us
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 10:30 am

Inside this issue you will find the Best of the Northwest 2016 edition, a pull out of our reader survey picks that determine who and what are readers love most when it comes to restaurants, recreation and even community servants. Many newspapers across the country do best of issues, allowing readers to have a fun voice in picking those special places that make a community, well, a community.

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Pima County protects our culture and heritage
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 10:30 am

In January and February, more than 4,000 people stopped by a road construction project at Sunset Road west of Interstate 10 to see something few people had ever seen before—3,000-year-old human footprints discovered in early irrigated farm fields. 

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Tuesday 04/05/2016
Reader urges Ducey to make votes count
Posted: April 05, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Independent/unaffiliated voters are presented as an apathetic, disinterested group. As we saw 3/22, this assumption is grossly ignorant of the realities on the ground. Thousands of independents turned out & waited on lines for hours, only to be told they did not have the right to vote. This voter suppression deeply impacts millennial & minority voters; in Arizona, 50.5% of voters under thirty and 41 percent of Latino voters are registered independent.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
My Turn: Travel, kids and adventure
Posted: March 30, 2016 - 4:00 am

As I’m writing this, I’m on a train going from Los Angeles to Tucson after a quick weekend trip to take in all the comics and pop culture craziness called WonderCon (ComicCon’s Hollywood cousin). 

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
Musings on Mr. Rupkalvis
Posted: March 29, 2016 - 8:38 am

In Mr. Rupkalvis’ final edition, I had to wonder if he failed to grasp the irony of featuring an article on voting by Town Clerk Julie Bower, the Town’s obstructionist of the citizens’ referendum process.

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Lie argument continues
Posted: March 29, 2016 - 8:42 am

On March 9, 2016 edition of the Explorer I asked Don Cox to give factual evidence for his opinion that “patently false lies” occurred during the recall election. In the March 16, 2016 edition of the Explorer, he offered one example. There was a sign with a header that stated “Ruined Scenic Views.”  The concern for “Ruined Scenic Views” was conveyed by hundreds of individuals who signed the recall petitions. The reference was to the Oracle Road Scenic Corridor, and the belief that the new apartment complexes along this corridor had ruined scenic views. Just because this opinion may not be supported by Mr. Cox and others does not make it a lie. Perhaps the placement of the sign along Tangerine Road wasn’t the ideal location, but the State of Arizona’s laws prevent placement of political signs along Oracle Road.  The location of a sign does not make its content a lie.

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
My Turn: Caving, life and newspapers
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 4:00 am

This past weekend I found myself at Peppersauce Canyon taking the first entrance of the cave thinking it was the right  one—the one we read about and researched. 

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Monday 03/21/2016
A Day to Honor Our Doctors
Posted: March 21, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Health care is always changing, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic. From the days of Hippocrates, doctors held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands – and certainly in their hearts.

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
My Turn: A few final thoughts
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 4:00 am

By the time this edition of The Explorer and Marana News hits the streets, I will have worked as my final day as an editor in Tucson.

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Oro Valley election 2016: what you need to know
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 4:00 am

2016 is election year in the town of Oro Valley, and we will be electing three councilmembers as well as voting on the town’s state-mandated General Plan Update — Your Voice, Our Future. Whether you’ll be voting in the election or considering a run for council, here is what you need to know.

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Monday 03/14/2016
You Say: Is this proof enough?
Posted: March 14, 2016 - 4:54 pm

In last week’s edition of the Explorer, Don Bristow states:

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Another big thank you
Updated: March 14, 2016 - 4:54 pm

I read with great interest Jeff Arest’s “You Say” submission in the March 2 issue of The Explorer. I have to concur with everything he wrote about Carrabba’s: the food, the staff and the generosity of the business. My husband and I eat there about once a week for the same reasons — great food and great service, and also because they support our favorite charity. 

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
My Turn: Reaffirming my faith in mankind
Posted: March 09, 2016 - 4:00 am

A few days ago, my son and I stopped at Circle K to grab a soda, but what we encountered reaffirmed my faith in mankind.

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Tuesday 03/08/2016
Court’s disastrous delay of clean power plan shows need for Congress to price carbon    
Posted: March 08, 2016 - 1:32 pm

Just how disastrous is the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to delay implementation of the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution? 

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Posted: March 08, 2016 - 10:05 am

Aside from the fact that Mayor Hiremath and Councilmembers Hornat, Snider and Waters in December 2014 voted to purchase the El Con golf courses and country club without voter approval, was this a feasible decision?

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
My Turn: Celebrating CDO’s academic stars
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 2:32 pm

In the news media, we celebrate sports champions on a regular basis. When CDO won a state championship in baseball last summer, it was a huge story in The Explorer.

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
Restoring JTED funding was right thing to do
Posted: March 01, 2016 - 2:15 pm

I was pleased last month when the Legislature and the governor restored most of the funding for Joint Technological Education Districts that they had cut from the state budget last year.

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Carrabba’s gives back
Posted: March 01, 2016 - 12:33 pm

My wife and I have dinner at Carrabba’s in Oro Valley at least twice a month. We are usually with children, grandchildren and/or friends. The primary reason we are there so frequently, is because the food is so good, and everything is made from scratch, allowing a diner to adjust any meal in a variety of ways. 

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Take steps to protect yourself from viruses
Posted: March 01, 2016 - 12:18 pm

Over the past few weeks, I have been asked many questions about Zika virus. Every year following our summer monsoons, we watch for and track cases of West Nile virus. Just last year, many people in our community asked similar questions about Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. You might ask, what is it with all of these new viruses in North America, particularly here in Arizona and why are we hearing about them and the illnesses they cause? 

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