Ann Kirkpatrick - The Arizona Republic and the Tucson Daily Star endorsed Jonathan Paton, not Ann Kirkpatrick. The Arizona Republic stated, in its Paton endorsement wrote, “For an hour, Kirkpatrick ridiculed, belittled, cut off and scolded her opponent in a manner that exceeded rudeness. We have seen more complete meltdowns in our board meetings but never one so unexpected . . . What sets them apart is composure. She lost hers during a significant test for endorsement. He did not.”

I watched a debate between Kirkpatrick and Paton at Legacy Traditional School. What the Arizona Republic heard was repeated in public as Kirkpatrick attempted to defame her opponent. Kirkpatrick’s vitriolic attack was out of place for even a political event. It was abundantly clear that character counts. Jonathan Paton took the high road. 

Kirkpatrick writes and speaks of “boosting the transportation corridor that runs through Southern Arizona. She is shortsighted and out of touch.  Potentially, the “transportation corridor” begins at the Port of Guaymas, which is expanding is dredging operation to be a deep-water port by 2014.  From the Port of Guaymas through Nogales, through Tucson, westbound of I10 (and I 11, when completed) through the Pinal Airpark, past the Union Pacific classification yard south of Red Rock, through the Case Grande Foreign Trade Zone, on to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Kirkpatrick’s so-called vision was myopic.

Kirkpatrick also wants further investment in solar and wind. In 2009, the President praised Spain as a leader of renewable power.  Shortly after the President’s speech, Spain’s green-job investment was judged unsustainable. A study conducted by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos stands in stark contrast to the green energy disinformation so readily spread by pro-green politicians.

Between 2000 and 2011, Spain spent 571,138 euros on each green solar job while simultaneously destroying 2.2 jobs in other industries. Subsidies in the wind industry amounted to a subsidy of 1 million euros for each wind job created.  In total, each “green megawatt” installed destroyed 5.28 jobs elsewhere. Spain, like most of Europe, is now backing away from “green technology” because it is unsustainable. Kirkpatrick wants the United States to follow Spain and Europe down this same road of unsustainable ideological insanity.

This is why Jonathan Paton is the best candidate for the position of Congressman.

Jo Holt – While Kirkpatrick once held political office until turned out by her constituents, Jo Holt is a novice to politics. She has a background as a research scientist in biochemistry and molecular biophysics. Holt says jobs are a top issue for her but does not outline what she can do to create jobs. She is such a novice that she doesn’t realize that government cannot create jobs. Government can only create the conditions that allow private companies to create jobs.

Holt holds to the liberal-socialist mantra that jobs start with education. She believes, as all good liberal-socialists that our education system is broken and more money needs to be poured into the education complex.  In a prior op-ed for the Explorer (“The focus should be on quality teaching”) it was shown that there is no correlation between per-pupil funding and student achievement based on a study by the Department of Education and Christopher Swanson.

Further, citing low per-pupil spending without accompanying qualitative data is a favorite ploy of the educational complex. The op-ed showed that Arizona schools funded at lower levels than Boston, New York City, et. al., graduated students at much higher rates.  In fact, the op-ed showed that Arizona is doing very well in terms of efficiency and effectiveness than larger school districts around the nation. 

And, yes, we can do better.

This is Holt’s basic weakness. She is a novice whose grasp of the issues is tenuous. The problems and challenges are real.  Legislative District 11 is not a training ground for novices.

This is why an experienced Al Melvin is the right choice for LD 11.

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Per capita spending for education can be cut so drastically that class sizes balloon, making it hard for any teacher to produce excellent results. Research shows that class sizes need to be around 20 to show significant differences.

Al Melvin again for Senate? You have to be joking. In his first Republican primary, he maligned the reputation of a faithful public servant, Pete Hershberger who had a long history of serving both Arizona public education, Arizonans as a whole, and Pima County in particular. To do that, he worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle to produce the best results for us. Melvin, in his primary literature to Republicans ridiculed and criticized the very actions that made Hershberger a great legislator--working for what is best for Arizona with whichever legislators had the best ideas. Since I am a Democrat, I did not get to vote for Hershberger as I had been for years since Melvin won the primary. Check his voting record. Even a novice would represent Pima County better than Al "Mr. Super Extremist" Melvin. Did he support public education or did he take away billions? Did he vote to keep Pima County funds in Pima County? Or did he vote to allow the state to keep Pima County funds? Did he vote to preserve health care for all the working poor or did he vote to take away subsidized health care for singles who are under the poverty level? And is Melvin careful to preserve our environment or is he a fan of bringing in toxic wastes to Arizona? Melvin is among the extremists who make Arizona a laughingstock around the country. Luckily for me, Al Melvin can no longer represent me with the redistricting. I am in District 9 now. Please do your homework, voters.

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