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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Do Taxpayers Want to Continue Support Failing Golf Course?
Posted: April 19, 2017 - 4:00 am

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?

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Tuesday 04/11/2017
Political intrusion into medical issues
Posted: April 11, 2017 - 2:45 pm

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. 

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
It’s time for Senator Flake to show courage
Updated: March 15, 2017 - 9:10 am

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 helps keep firearms out of dangerous hands. They use their, loud parrot voices and say, “We should enforce the laws already on the books,” Or, “The problem is mental illness, not guns.”

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Taxes & cuts: Who is really paying?
Posted: March 01, 2017 - 4:00 am

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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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Letters to the editor
Posted: February 22, 2017 - 4:00 am

START WITH WALKABILITY FOR MAIN STREET

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
You Say
Posted: February 08, 2017 - 4:00 am

Lamenting library closing

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Thank you for ordinance
Posted: December 20, 2016 - 11:54 am

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 off the road on my Harley by a driver changing lanes, into my lane while using a hand held device.  Another instance involved a person approaching me from the oncoming lane, and turning left in front of me, causing me to skid both tires in order to stop in time to avoid becoming a hood ornament on a Cadillac.  Having a cell phone is nearly a necessity these days, I agree, but using it as a matter of convenience while driving is a deadly combination.  The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association and AAA agree. Here are a few sobering stats:

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Emerge! Clarification
Posted: December 20, 2016 - 11:56 am

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 hopefully ease the concerned minds of our many incredible supporters who live in the Northwest side of Tucson.

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Tuesday 12/13/2016
Reader writes in on love of OV
Posted: December 13, 2016 - 11:44 am

Ma’am: you asked once to have an in-box full up with letters on why we love it here, so here goes]

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Someone’s opinion doesn’t mean it’s true
Posted: December 13, 2016 - 11:45 am

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 is printed. It is still printed in your paper, and no matter where they come from they are still lies.

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Protect medicare for seniors
Posted: December 13, 2016 - 11:45 am

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 support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system.  I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a “voucher” plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors. 

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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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