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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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Opinion column - Real leadership is needed to repair our roads
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

In her recent monthly column for The Explorer, District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller asserts that Pima County lacks the leadership to solve the county’s road maintenance problem. Supervisor Miller’s comments are very disappointing – as well as inaccurate.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
The words I would love to hear
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

In recent weeks, I had the opportunity to interview the granddaughter of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Nina Roosevelt Gibson.

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Guest Column: DuVal’s tuition hikes take center stage
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

Democrats wanted to make college affordability a big political issue this year almost as much as NBC wanted David Gregory off “Meet the Press.”

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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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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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