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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Let the scaring begin
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

By the headline, one probably thinks this editorial is about it being the spooky month of Halloween, it being Oct. 1 and all. However, you would be wrong.

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Guest Column: There are no angels on Marana Town Council
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary.   In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this:  you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”  (Federalist Papers #51)

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County Health: Don’t get bit by the flu bug this year—get vaccinated early
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

As a father, I get a flu shot not only for myself but also to protect my children. Adults tend to be the lowest population group to get flu shots but they shouldn’t be. The entire community benefits when we each do our part to reduce exposure to the flu. Getting the shot protects not only me, but my family, co-workers and friends. 

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Our community must invest in our human capital
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

Last month, I invited about 160 people, including Pima County supervisors, Tucson City Council members, state legislators, educators, school board members, faith community members and nonprofit leaders, to understand the impact poverty has had not just on poor individuals and families, but on the community as a whole, and asked them to work together with the county to eradicate it.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Hard punishment to take
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

It’s been interesting over the last week to see the discussion and debate over spanking our children. The debate started after the NFL’s star tailback Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.

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The result of 20 years of leadership in Pima County
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

In her recent opinion column to The Explorer, District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson failed to address the accomplishments of her almost 20 year tenure as a Pima County Supervisor. Meanwhile, she suggested the condition of our roads is the fault of a Supervisor in office less than 2 years. While this clearly demonstrates Bronson’s unwillingness to take responsibility, the board majority’s lack of vision and urgency regarding road repairs for the past two decades is certainly no secret to the rest of us.

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Marana Town Talk: The Marana Harvest Festival is coming in October
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it a season of festivals and outdoor activities that most of us have eagerly anticipated all summer.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Third Age: Have to express gratitude
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

It’s been a heck-of-a-summer.  Campaigning for re-election to the town council again put me in close touch with folks whose doorbells I poked and whose small dogs became extremely alarmed.  One little older woman said she’d vote for me just for coming to her door in the heat. 

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Opinion column - Garcia is the best choice for our schools
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

Why is it that David Garcia, the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, has locked up major endorsements from Republicans, Democrats, the business community and educators, while his Republican opponent Diane Douglas has no big names in her corner?

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Oro Valley Town Talk - Voters turn out for Oro Valley election
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

On Aug. 26, the Town of Oro Valley conducted its primary election. Previously, the town’s nonpartisan primary and general elections were held in March and May respectively and conducted as mail ballot elections. Due to a recent change in state law (HB 2826), the town is now required to consolidate its primary and general elections with Pima County’s partisan primary polling place election in August, and the general polling place election in November.

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