- Your Voice
Looking at recent events that have occurred in the past few weeks I am reminded of a famous quote of Ronald Reagan’s: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Involvement in your local government is truly paramount to reminding elected officials of what you would like to see happen in our community, especially when it comes to the use of your tax dollars.
I’ve discovered some fascinating things along my culinary and cocktail journey this year and have had the privilege of sharing them with you on these pages every week.
When I decided to run for county Supervisor, I campaigned on the principles of transparency and accountability. I remain committed to those values and continue challenging questionable county practices and expenditures. Unfortunately, the current board majority prefers the status quo which has gotten us to where we are today: saddled with massive debt, disastrous roads, and the highest property tax rate in the state.
“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)
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.”
Democrats wanted to make college affordability a big political issue this year almost as much as NBC wanted David Gregory off “Meet the Press.”
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.
Pima County this month will release a second draft of its comprehensive plan update called Pima Prospers.
Suing the president or, as we call it, “impeachment lite.” So why is the House suing the president? First, you understand the House is made up of lawyers and suing is what lawyers do. Secondly, it is because they know they cannot impeach him. The last time the Republicans tried to impeach a Democrat president, the press crucified them. That Democrat went on to be disbarred from the practice of law for lying to a Grand Jury and then, for no reason intelligent people could ever understand, became the darling of the Democrat party. Thirdly, even if they were successful with articles of impeachment, that would leave us with what has been identified as “impeachment insurance,” Joe Biden. So they are left with only this attempt to embarrass the president.
Our nation has made great strides towards equalizing opportunity and improving economic prospects for women, but there’s still a long way to go. Women still struggle to break the glass ceiling in management levels in business, public office, the military, and high tech sectors, where most future jobs will be.
As you know, the term ‘elect’, means: to choose someone to represent you by voting. In other words, elected officials should represent the people and listen to the needs of their constituents in their role as legislators. Sadly, this does not seem to happen here in Pima County. On Tuesday, June 17th, the Board of Supervisors, myself included, listened to over 2 hours of comments from the public, urging the Board not to raise property taxes or proceed with using taxpayer funds to purchase an almost $9 million parcel of land for soccer fields.
People who shout loudest about how low our kids rank on international tests are the same folks who want to make the most radical changes to our schools. Under the umbrella term, “education reformers,” these critics suggest we cripple teachers unions, lower the credentialing standards for teachers, expand the reach and power of standardized testing and abolish teacher tenure.
Arizona has long had an outsized spot on the national political stage, and that will likely put our next governor right smack in the middle of a pretty big spotlight.
You’ve probably heard a lot of fish stories over the years.
Rearranging our home furnishings is one of my wife’s periodic mystical retirement maneuvers. While she has a knack for putting things in the right places in each of the rooms of our home, this can create a dangerous transit in the night for us creatures of habit with occasional bouts of midnight bladder call and routine memory incognizance.
It’s really hard to retain respect for the journalistic integrity of the Explorer when the editor incessantly and obsessively publishes empty-headed hubris. For example, a “guest column” like the recent one authored by Richard Brinkley brings to mind the saying “it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” It’s an embarrassment to the community for a local paper to print such drivel. Thelma Grimes needs to revisit her editorial responsibility to the community. That includes finding something to editorialize about besides herself.
If it were me, I’d be ashamed. If a judge told me I had cheated children out of money I owed them, that I had violated the law by giving them less money than I was legally bound to give, I would hang my head in shame, and I’d ask the judge, “How much do I owe?”
Since the stock market bottomed in 2009 it has skyrocketed nearly straight up making one new record high after another leading many to ask, “Does the market correction cometh”?
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press. That, of course, is from the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment. We, the people, have several inalienable freedoms and rights and among them is the freedom of the press. This newspaper is an example of that freedom of the press. This column is an example of freedom of the press. My blog, which I post weekly, is an example of freedom of the press. As a free citizen of this great country I enjoy the freedom to express myself in this newspaper or on the internet. Letters to the editor in all newspapers are an example of freedom of the press.
What’s going on? It seems like it was only last week that I was watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, now I’m hearing a perpetual stream of TV commercials about income tax preparation.
Gays, guns and God: the three G’s. They’re the trifecta of Republican campaign issues. Use one, use them all, mix in a little immigration, abortion or Obamacare, and Bingo. You’ve got a campaign.
Senate Bill 1062 suddenly became a hot issue with emotional rants on both sides. An article in The Arizona Republic quoted Felecia Rotellini, Democrat, stating that, “SB 1062 is not about the free expression of religion. It is about discrimination. As a result, it undermines the heritage and values of our country and state – the preservation of liberty, justice and equality under law. . .”
There has been speculation, much of it unfortunate, about the motivation behind the realignment of some pavement preservation dollars at a recent Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting.
At the Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting, on Feb. 5, three Republican supervisors violated the County Merit System rules for promotions and reclassifications by doing an end-around Human Resources.
I remember when I first heard about drugs. I’m not talking about the drugs your doctor administers when you are sick, but instead the drugs that are sold on the streets and shot up in dark alleys and flop houses. Understand, this was the fifties and drugs had not become the huge problem they are today. I was naive, of course. It occurred to me that only a moron would give themselves a shot when they didn’t have to. I thought nobody was that stupid. Well I was wrong. It turns out that many, many people are that stupid.