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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.
This is not a garden variety letter to the editor. I am not complaining about the Oro Valley Town government, the traffic on Oracle Road, the driving habits of snowbirds, or the herd of Javelina that sometimes peek at me over the small wall in front of my house in Rancho Vistoso.
In the June 11 edition of the Explorer, a reader complained that politics didn’t belong in a weekly shopper, but then proceeds to weigh in on Richard Brinkley’s so-called hoax on climate change. I agree with the writer about Mr. Brinkley’s article especially where he pulled out his facts from his (derriere), but I don’t agree with his premise that The Explorer is a weekly shopper.
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.
In a recent issue of The Explorer two letters to the Editor highlighted a disturbing trend in public thought - that we no longer need to be exposed to differing views. It was once an accepted standard that an unbiased press would print information and opinions on all sides of issues and fully-informed readers would exercise their own discernment. But two letter writers, obviously avid supporters of the current climate change theories, went far beyond disagreeing with an opinion column that didn’t agree with their views. They moved on to castigating the Explorer and the Editor personally because it/she dared to (in letter 1) “print such drivel” and (in letter 2) “print such paranoid drivel.”
It’s no surprise the number of letters questioning Mr. Brinkley’s article about global climate change, even questioning the integrity of the editor. As a faithful reader of The Explorer, and even submitting letters myself, I have also questioned Mr. Brinkley’s credentials in writing his articles. But I have to disagree with the letter writer, complaining about the editor’s integrity. My personnel opinion is that since Mrs. Grimes has become editor, I find myself looking forward to her weekly “We Say” column, and even also reading the “You Say” letters.
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.
The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DM) is “a premier base,” named the first installation in the U.S. Air Force for the year 2012, yet the Tucson base is vulnerable to a number of threats, and it needs broad community support, according to Mike Grassinger, an Air Force veteran and Tucson businessman who is in his second year as president of the DM50.
Growing up in Tokyo, Chieri Kubota savored fresh strawberries brimming with flavor in the winter. Only when she went to college and studied agriculture did she learn that fresh strawberries in winter are "an unusual cycle against nature," she said.
On Sept. 3, the Marana Town Council hosted a public hearing regarding an annexation of 36.79 acres of residential property on the northeast corner of West Twin Peaks and West Oasis roads. Residents of the area filled numerous seats at the meeting waiting for a turn to voice their opposition to the proposal.
As families nationwide are packing their gear and heading out by car, plane and boat, recent data suggests that this summer travel season could be substantially busier than in years past.
It was interesting to see the response The Explorer got last week after my editorial on what we citizens can really do to reach our elected officials. While I am deeply concerned with seemingly not having a voice unless we have enough money, I am not encouraging any residents to stop trying by any means. I still work to contact my elected officials and I always will, even if at times I feel it seems pointless.
Politicians work for us
Response to Linda Thomas
Viable activities being denied
Continental Ranch community center changes unfair
One view on gun control
Sandy Hook memorial
Emile Brink Gordon’s zeal for research at the University of Arizona led him to publish his first peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Virology – a rare achievement for an undergraduate student. His article was one of five spotlighted by the editor as “especially meritorious” and “of significant interest.” His second article has just been accepted. Last fall, Gordon presented his research at the 22nd Biennial Phage and Virus Assembly Conference – also while an undergraduate.
For 26 years, it has been my privilege to represent the people of Arizona in the U.S. Congress. As many of you know, that service will come to an end when Senator-elect Jeff Flake takes my place in January. And as you might imagine, this is a bittersweet moment for me. But, in the end, public service is never really about the servant – it’s about the public.
Transit provides service to “Shop Oro Valley”
Problem with Smith’s quote