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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! C...
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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 abuse whereas EmergeArizona! is just a politico machine. I
think Emerge! does great work in helping stop domestic abuse and I
support them and will continue to do so. As far as EmergeArizona!
my letter as it apples to them still stands and I think maybe they
should consider changing their name so there are no issues or at
the very least drop the exclamation point.
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.
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