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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?”
For several years now the state’s Republican-led legislature has bragged about how they made tough choices during the recession to get Arizona’s fiscal affairs in order. They took a lot of money from a lot of important programs, and one of those was education.
It’s still summer vacation — the kids are out of school for a few more weeks — but we have some big news on the education front — billions of dollars big. A Maricopa County judge ruled that the legislature has to add about $300 million to its budget for Arizona’s K-12 schools right now and as much as $2.9 billion over the next five years.
I write in response to David Safier's Opinion column on June 3rd ("They're missing the empathy gene"), wherein he takes cover behind a quote from David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, and makes the case that emotions and empathy are as important as reason, the Constitution and the rule of law.
The five major executive branch offices in Arizona are governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and superintendent of public instruction. The following are overviews of the candidates in the Sept. 10 primary election races. Uncontested major and third party candidates will automatically advance to the general election Nov. 5. The Northwest EXPLORER will provide more information about their campaigns in our October general election coverage.
Republican Pete Hershberger, 53, hopes his loyalty to voters in Dist. 26, comprised largely of the former Dist. 12, which his parents served for so many years, will pay huge dividends against fellow incumbent Carol Somers in the coming election.
Compiled from stories published in 2005
Sept. 1, 2004 - Turning down the winding, undulating road that leads to SaddleBrooke, it is clear the battle ground has been marked.
Oct. 13, 2004 - Some 10,000 Catholics who attend Northwest churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson will likely be called on to help pay for sex abuse lawsuits, but it will take months before anyone knows the true impact.
Native Tucsonan Jon Robson has lived in Oro Valley only a year, but he has a pretty good idea of how he'd run things if elected to a four-year term to the Oro Valley Town Council.
There is little doubt that the Amphitheater Public Schools district changed during the tenure of recently retired governing boardmembers Mary Schuh and Ken Smith. After years of what critics decried as fiscal irresponsibility, backroom dealings and nepotism, a board that some felt had become little more than a rubber stamp for superintendents Richard Wilson and Robert Smith was brought back to respectability through the efforts of Smith, elected in 1998, and Schuh, elected as part of the 2000 recall election.
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The Northwest EXPLORER's coverage of Oro Valley's March 12 primary election continues today with in-depth profiles of the council candidates. Profiles of the mayoral candidates will appear in the EXPLORER'S Jan. 23 issue.