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Vote for Rogers

Regarding Sept. 12 story “Republican Rogers seeks to unseat Democrat O’Halleran…”: The First Congressional District has been represented by Democrat Tom O’Halleran since the 2016 election. O’Halleran, who was a Republican until 2014, has struggled to define himself in congress over the past two years. He has a mixed record in congress, voting for the President’s policies on menial issues to appear bipartisan, yet dependably voting blue on major issues such as unrestricted abortion and gun control legislation. With his indecisive record, it could be argued that he hasn’t won respect from the leadership on either side of the aisle, essentially rendering him an ineffective representative for Arizonians on both sides of the aisle. Regardless of party affiliation, a powerful representative can do much more for their district.

In this year’s election, Republican Wendy Rogers will challenge O’Halleran for the first district seat. Rogers was a lieutenant colonel and pilot for twenty years in the Air Force, and a small business owner for 21 years, clearly demonstrating her firm leadership ability in both the public and private sectors. Unlike O’Halleran, Rogers has clearly defined where she stands on most of the issues that affect Arizonians in the first district on a daily basis. Rogers firmly supports our second amendment rights, increasing border security and putting America first. She vows to fight tirelessly for the people of the first district on all issues which affect them. So, do we really want to re-elect someone who will continue to tell us one thing while campaigning, yet votes differently on major issues?

—Jason Smith, Oro Valley



Stand with McSally

As Mayor of Marana and as a Veteran, I know first-hand the importance of our military in Southern Arizona. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base alone has a $1.6 billion economic impact on the region. Congresswoman Martha McSally has been leading the fight in D.C. to protect our military assets like D-M. 

Martha recently secured $144 million in funding to re-wing the A-10 fleet and got a commitment from the Secretary of the Air Force to keep the plane until 2030 and beyond. With accomplishments as impactful as this, I know Martha is the only candidate that can represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate and I look forward to continue working with her to ensure Southern Arizona remains a strong military and Veteran community. 

—Ed Honea, Marana

Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the Town of Marana Mayor.


Go Vegan

As “The Big Bang Theory” CBS juggernaut rolls into a record 12th season on Sept. 24, most of the gang exploring mysteries of the universe have gone vegan, opting for plant-based eating. Leading actress Kaley Cuoco (Penny) also campaigns against Canadian slaughter of baby seals. Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Kunal Ayyar (Raj) are asking the U.S. to join European Union in ending cruel cosmetic testing on animals. Johnny Galecki (Leonard) did it for personal health.

Dozens of other celebrity entertainers have gone vegan in recent years. They include Casey Affleck, Pamela Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Bob Barker, Beyonce, James Cameron, Jessica Chastain, Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Peter Dinklage, Sara Gilbert, Ariana Grande, Daryl Hannah, Woody Harrelson, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Alicia Silverstone and Stevie Wonder.

Most seek to avoid oppressing and killing animals. Some look to reduce their risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Still others care about the devastating impacts of animal agriculture on climate change, water quality, and wildlife habitats.

Compelling reasons for every one of us, as we get ready for The Big Bang Theory Season 12!

—Todd Dutterman, Tucson

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