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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Marana Town Talk: Marking a solemn occasion by taking action
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

This time of year marks a solemn occasion for anyone who believes in the unquestionable power of freedom and liberty.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
On the Menu - It's time to celebrate Arizona Restaurant Week
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 3:04 pm

The local culinary community is preparing to celebrate Arizona Restaurant Week, Sept. 19 through Sept. 28, and a common thread seems to be weaving its way through the otherwise divergent menus of participating eateries.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
The challenges of leadership
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

In honor of sticking to not endorsing candidates during the election, I held off writing this column, although I was tempted throughout the primary election. However, the primary is over, several races have been decided , so here it goes.

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Not happy with Hiremath
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

Magnanimous in Victory? Hardly.

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Guest Column: An election autopsy - a view of the future
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

First of all, I want to express my deep gratitude to all of the many wonderful volunteers that came forward to support me in my campaign for mayor. I feel that my campaign was a fact-based, professional attempt to offer a viable alternative to the citizens of Oro Valley for mayoral leadership.

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Concerns with development
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

I want to thank The Explorer for having Chris Flora cover an issue of high importance to a large number of Oro Valley residents. I’d like to respond to a quote from Don Davis, one of the partners of Davis Development, and Properties LLC. Mr. Davis indicates in the article of Aug. 27 that my conversations with him about including the concerns and suggestions provided by residents on April 1 “were misconstrued”. 

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The truth of the matter
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

The Oro Valley election is over and by a large margin (mandate type margin) the incumbents won.  According to the latest numbers the margin of victory in the mayoral race was 2,550 votes. The challenger for a council seat fell short by 2,082 votes.

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Guest Column: Pima County plan update is a guide to prosperity
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 11:44 am

Pima County this month will release a second draft of its comprehensive plan update called Pima Prospers.

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Pima County Health: Watch for the signs, seek help for depression
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

Once again we share in the sadness of losing one of our most beloved entertainers, Robin Williams. He was someone I grew up seeing on television and in the movies. He seemed real, kind and so very funny. Many were shocked to learn that he had taken his life after struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues for many years. I mean, how can someone so talented be so troubled? How does someone who spent years making us laugh, cry, think and feel be someone who we could not collectively save with our appreciation and adoration? How did fame and fortune not create a ‘cure’ for whatever was ailing him? 

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Gamer's Scoop - Electronic Arts announces new “Access” program on Xbox One. Is it enough to dethrone Sony?
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 11:14 am

A recently announced the implementation of its EA Access program; a service that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and will allow players access to EA’s “Vault” of video games. This service will cost $5 a month, $30 a year and will allow members unlimited access to a host of EA’s gaming catalogue, a 10% discount to other EA games and downloadable content, as well as the ability to start playing new games a week before they are released to the public. These are just the features that are being released with the Access service, EA intends to add even more benefits for subscribers in the future.

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On the Menu - Iron Chef to present award-winning menu Sept. 8
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Some might say it was the greatest temptation since Eden.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
A message lost
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 4:00 am

It is disheartening when something strong, something important makes many stand up to rally and protest, but the selfishness of few lessens the value of the message many work to make public. 

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It’s time for solutions, it’s time to fix the roads
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 4:00 am

Like President Obama, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has shown that he will aggressively use his pen and phone to push his agenda. In his July feature, “Understanding transportation spending in Pima County”, Huckelberry penned an article telling us that yet again, he has no real solutions for our atrocious roads and no intention of using general fund money for our desperately needed road repairs. He has used his phone to contact our State legislators to request they raise our gas taxes. He has even sent letters to residents who have complained about the status of their roads, telling them to reprioritize their own spending because they spend too much on their cell phones and too little in gas taxes. 

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Do you feel guilty when you are doing nothing?
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 4:00 am

Are you a person who experiences guilty feelings about occasionally doing nothing? If so, you’re not alone and your partners are called workaholics, or “doaholics” if they happen to be retired. Many people believe they need to be accomplishing something all the time; otherwise, their self-esteem falls. This often happens because they grew up with the work ethic that busy hands were happy hands; looking busy was as important as actually being busy, etc. To workaholics, relaxing is a form of laziness and leads to underachievement or eventual failure. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

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Marana Town Talk: Town committed to helping Simon’s tenants open
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 10:50 am

When the town of Marana opened the Twin Peaks Interchange in 2010, it paved the road for economic development along a busy stretch of Interstate 10. Four years and one tough recession later, those plans are coming together.

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In response to Dave Safier:
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 10:51 am

We are now aware that the event in Ferguson, MO, was similar to the Trayvon Martin case in this respect: an unarmed black male was killed after attacking an armed person.

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Concerned about corruption
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 4:00 am

I am with Citizens for an Ethical Congress. We are concerned about corruption in the US Congress – such issues as insider trading, earmarks, extorting money from the private sector, collecting and spending campaign funds illegally, and a general lack of transparency. These issues are wide-spread through both the US House and the Senate and through both the Democrat and Republican parties. 

We have written 14 proposed reforms and have submitted them (numerous times), in the form of a questionnaire, to each of the 28 congressional candidates in Arizona. We are trying to interview each and to get their insights and positions on these reforms.

To date, we have obtained a completed questionnaire from only four candidates: Chuck Wooten (CD-2), Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (CD-3), Mikel Weisser (CD-4), and Clair Van Steenwyck (CD-8). Each supported the proposed reforms and gave some thoughtful comments.
We don’t know why any candidate should expect our votes if he/she won’t even respond to our concerns regarding unethical practices in Congress. The reforms and the four completed questionnaires are available at www.atimeforintegrity.com.

We ask you to contact the candidates in your congressional district and challenge them to respond to these reforms.



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Wednesday 08/20/2014
He will be missed
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 4:00 am

Like many, I was shocked when I heard the news last week that Robin Williams was found dead at age 63. Like many, I was even more shocked when I found out that the man who had made me laugh so many times throughout my life had committed suicide.

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Police demeanor, dress make a difference
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 4:00 am

It took me awhile, rummaging through the photo files on my computer, to locate the pictures I took during an anti-Iraq War march in Portland, Oregon. How long ago was it? I eventually found them in a 2003 folder. It was over a decade ago.

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Thoughts on Steve Smith
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 4:00 am

I followed his advice. 

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