Tucson Local Media: Opinion


  • Oppose ADOT’s I-11 plan

    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 Nogale...
  • Our State Legislature should listen to voters on initiatives

    Once again, as we near the end of the legislative session up in Phoenix, Arizonans are left wondering why our elected officials seem to go off the deep end every chance they get. We elect our represen...
  • Equal rights for women

    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 ...
Thursday 05/11/2017
Equal rights for women
Posted: May 11, 2017 - 4:00 am

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 Speaker J.D. Mesnard, who then called for a vote to recess, and his partisans who supported him, for an incredible display of moral cowardice. 

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Other options on Naranja Park?
Posted: May 11, 2017 - 4:00 am

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 attest that Oro Valley has shamefully ignored the need for youth athletic fields.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Animal control debate in Marana
Posted: April 25, 2017 - 10:34 am

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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Value-based care should be everyone’s expectation from Northwest Healthcare
Posted: April 25, 2017 - 10:34 am

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 Northwest Healthcare to renew both their hospitals’ and physicians’ participation in our network for employer-sponsored, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans.

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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


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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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