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The editor in her “We Say” said that she was tempted to write a column during the primary election. This reader wished she had. During the primary there were a number of off the wall statements, and flip-flops by the candidates. Some of the statements by the candidates where Doug Ducey, in the Arizona Daily Star, said he wants to eliminate the personnel and corporate income taxes.
Abraham Lincoln said that “a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” In her recent guest column, Supervisor Ally Miller continues to display her characteristic “gallon of gall approach.”
Oro Valley has voted and the results are in. A few months ago, I wrote to your paper about sustaining life in Oro Valley when the town board was all for unlimited growth.
Magnanimous in Victory? Hardly.
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”.
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.
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.
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.