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American Medical Response takes pride in serving the public with quality, cost effective emergency medical care and ambulance transportation. We view the local fire departments and fire districts as our partners, not our competitors. We view everyone in the public safety and health care worl…

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It seems to me that the pricey road construction on Lambert and LaCanada, could have been avoided by only trimming and cutting trees. I’ve driven in that intersection for years. Trees gone, attentive drivers, no problems. It’s the drivers who need a lesson.

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I can’t believe that Tucson Local Media’s papers ignored the Arizona Department of Transportation’s public meetings on their “alternative routes” for an Interstate 11 highway from Wickenburg to Nogales. Meetings May 2 and 3 in Tucson and Marana brought out over 400 people who were mostly opp…

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Last year I had to pay $10,000 in co-pays and deductibles for spine surgery. My premium then went up 45 percent, on top of 25 percent, on top of... It is now my largest monthly expense—All a direct result of Obamcare and its mandates. Nobody is paying my premium and deductibles. Not a dime. 

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In early 2015, Mayor Hiremath Satish spoke at open houses about the purchase of the golf courses and community center. He always stressed why it was not wise to bond that purchase. In January 2015, he wrote an article to the citizens of Oro Valley which appeared in the Explorer. These are hi…

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I am appalled and disgusted by Gov. Doug Ducey and our “so-called” Arizona legislature. I am a retired educator (35 years in Arizona public schools) and I am physically sick at how our “so-called legislators” treat our teachers. To give teachers a 1 percent, one-year bonus is a slap in the face. 

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State Rep. Pamela Hanley, a Tucson Democrat, submitted legislation to put Arizona on record in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. When the Republican leadership refused to give her a hearing, she made a motion that the measure be brought to the full House for an immediate vote. Shame on …

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I was in the audience during the May 3 Town Council meeting when numerous coaches, soccer moms, Little League officials and players eloquently spoke of the need for more youth playing fields. I agree. After living in 15 communities during my military service and corporate assignments, I can …

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On April 4th the Marana Town Council voted not to renew a contract with Pima County for animal services (enforcement and licensing). This decision was made following nearly a year of research and discussions with Pima County administration on how to best serve our residents and their pets.

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UnitedHealthcare is honored to serve more than 2 million Arizonans and support their access to quality, affordable health care from more than 26,000 health care professionals and nearly 100 hospitals across the state. For the last several months, we have been negotiating in good faith with N…

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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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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 …

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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 hopefull…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 euth…

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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 gu…

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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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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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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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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 abus…

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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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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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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…

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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 …

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

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Well, it sure didn’t take long for Don Cox (charter member of the so-called civility crowd) to submit a self-congratulatory letter to the Explorer gloating that the Oro Valley Town Council incumbents lost the election.  His letter was filled with civil words and phrases to include “vilify, l…

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I recently learned I am no longer a patriotic veteran, but rather have been relegated to the “Basket of Deplorables.”  I am irredeemable, un-American, racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and Islamophobia. 

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Don Cox, with all your blustering, you must be exhausted... Take a deep breath and hold it for 20 minutes.

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I absolutely can’t buy your call for “Kumbaya” time now that the primary election has been completed. How convenient. You along with your Ally Miller hater, Jim Nintzel’s attempt on an almost weekly basis to promote and accommodate the bought, paid for sham candidate for Dist. #1 BOS failed …

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Much has been written on these Explorer Opinion pages in the past 6-8 weeks about the Oro Valley Town Council election. I have written expressing my support for the three challengers while giving the readers reasons to not support the incumbents. Other have taken to this medium to vilify me,…

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I wish to point out Patrick King’s politically incorrect reference to a single-parent family as a “broken home”.  That generalization is unfair and insulting. Thankfully, that term quit being used by most people in the ’70s and ’80s.  

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With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food. That’s right - school food!

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I recently attended the first Oro Valley General Plan public meeting on August 23rd after being unable to attend the various scoping meetings. The first item, even before discussion of the General Plan, was a non-related issue where owner-developer representatives were making the case on a v…

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There are voices out there that would have you believe that if I jumped in my pool 10 times, there would be 10 people swimming.  Similarly, walking into a gym 10 times does not translate into 10 members. That’s spin, and indicative of a convoluted and dishonest thought process.  As such, the…