First, I’d like to laud Ms. Grimes for her editorial for holding our elected officials to task.  She may have a bully pulpit as the editor of the Explorer, but she is also a private citizen.  She was not only entitled to, but as each of us is, was responsible to share her viewpoints where she felt our politicians were not properly representing us.

In Senator Melvin’s response to Ms. Grimes, he said she was wrong to infer that he is “not working to represent, support, and make lives better for all the people” in his district.  When it comes to representing me, Senator Melvin falls incredibly short.  I live in SaddleBrooke, where he is well known for not wanting to hear from, or respond to, Democrats.  Keep in mind this is the legislator that said he could tell where the Republicans live because they are the ones flying flags out front. 

Senator Melvin once again claims that he helped restore or protect funding for education.  This is absolutely false.  Arizona has had the highest cuts in per pupil funding in the Nation since 2008.  Not sure how this gets spinned into “restored funding.”

He discusses the need for legislators to say “no” to bad ideas.  Don’t suppose he is referring to his bad idea to store all the Nation’s nuclear waste in Arizona.  Not only did he propose this action, but he got the legislature to pass his resolution to the Federal government requesting Arizona’s selection as the dumpsite.

As for his assertion that “the majority of his district wants more liberty so that they can live their lives free from oppressive levels of government”, I suspect he is only referring to those liberties he deems important.  On June 29, 2013, following the Supreme Court decision on the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Senator Melvin tweeted:  “The Left is making a frontal assault on traditional marriage & families, mainline churches, Boy Scouts & all conservative entities.”  I surmise from this that he does not support my right to marry my partner of 11 years.  So much for his belief in liberty and his constituent’s freedom to be free from oppressive levels of government.  Personally, I can’t imagine anything much more oppressive than legislating who someone can marry. 

Senator Melvin is entitled to his opinions, but he is not entitled to rewrite the facts.  He is a Tea Party Republican who will do whatever is necessary to toe the party line…even if it isn’t in the best interest of the people of his district.  Thank you Ms. Grimes for sticking up for the little guy.


Linda Thomas,


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John Flanagan

Many of us agree with Melvin. The government needs feedback from the people, otherwise it becomes a monster of oppression and tyranny, and this fact was not lost on the founding fathers. The government will spend us into bankruptcy, as the 50 year Democratic Party regime has done to Detroit, and the progressives of today, unlike even the worst liberals of old, want a more socialist and left leaning, European style form of government for America. This means government by unquestioned bureaucratic regulation and whim, high taxes, protected victim groups, discrimination against religious people, and a controlled political narrative carried out cheerfully by a propagandistic and supportive media.....hey, that sounds like MSNBC, doesn't it? The Democratic Party, always corrupt in spite of false claims as being for the "little guy" is the party of potential brown shirts. With scandals everywhere, the Democrats gather their support from Hollywood, academia, homosexuals, unionists, media ideologues, and abortionists.....what a motley crew. As for gay marriage, this is a deviant and immoral lifestyle which is being imposed on America, and millions of us will oppose it whether or not the law affirms it.


Wow Mr. Flanagan. Sounds like you harbor some hate. I've got news for you. Most of the media is owned by big corporations now. And as for the Dems being "potential brown shirts"...Nazis were fascists, not socialists. Fascists are actually hostile to liberal democracy, socialists and communists. Who knew? Obviously not you. Here's the Wiki link if you'd like to learn more:

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