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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.
Firstly, I don’t think politics has any place in a weekly shopper.
Political posturing in the guise of climate change denial is dangerous. Richard Brinkley’s political rantings against the Obama Administration in the May 14 issue of The Explorer have obviously clouded his judgment on the climate change issue. Either that or as he approaches the twilight of his time here on our planet he simply does not care about the future generations that will be left behind.
Please, please save us from the so-called analysis of Richard Brinkley. “Obamacare was intended to deprive people of quality healthcare?” Really? For those of us who have long supported universal health care so that all Americans will have “quality healthcare”, I found this comment totally insulting.
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.
In his column of May 14, Richard D. Brinkley examines the evidence (well, some of it) and concludes that global climate change is a massive hoax being perpetrated in order to inflict “one world government” on suffering humanity. As the clincher he cites the Global Warming Petition Project, a document signed by more than 31,000 “scientists” rejecting global climate change.
I have just read Richard Brinkley’s “expose” of Global Warming as a “gambit” to promote one-world government.
For Richard Brinkley and others who claim that climate change is a “hoax,” I would like to share this story: I grew up in the Northeast and as a teenager in the 1950s hitch-hiked with my friends to the Southern New Jersey Pine Barrens. It was the northern range of a lot of interesting critters and the home of the iron industry at the time of the American Revolution, and we crawled and climbed through many old ruins from that time. The morning after my first camp-out I counted over 100 mosquito bites on one arm and quit counting. Mosquitoes were the modern manifestation of the legendary “Jersey Devil” as far as I was concerned. Every few trips I would also pick up a big bloodsucking wood tick.
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.
Just as the purpose of Obamacare was not to provide quality healthcare to more people (indeed, it achieved just the opposite), the strategy of climate change has nothing to do with the climate, hot or cold.
In his column “Much Ado About Nothing” Richard D. Brinkley creates his own scenario and his own examples, and then concludes from this that the arguments in opposition to Senate Bill 1062 are selective and therefore dishonest and trivial. The dishonesty is his.
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. . .”
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 never thought that I would agree with Mr. Brinkley, unfortunately it’s just two words, “Income Inequality”. The rest of Mr. Brinkley’s article would be equated to George Bush Sr. remarks about then Gov. Reagan’s economic policy as “Voodoo economics”.
President Obama called income inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.” Really?
Opinion writer Richard Brinkley never ceases to inform us how totally misinformed and biased he is. This political gadfly seems to have the true facts on every subject that he writes about. Recently he attempted to inform us about the Common Core Standards, but his ideas came right from the play book American Legislative Exchange Council, a well founded and politically connected Republican group who’s main agenda is to overturn law’s that have to do with protecting the rights of the middle class. Mr. Brinkley is of course entitled to his personal opinion, but the fact that he is published quite a few times in The Explorer makes it seem that he is a paid staff member of The Explorer and should be subject to the same journalism rules as the rest of the paid staff. I’m sure that everyone who writes for The Explorer and is getting a salary is subject to the same rule of good journalism. The fact that there are no tag lines at the end of his articles stating his credentials, or educations level, or any other pertinent information about him tells me that he has no credentials other than just his personal opinion. When I read a story such as his, I would like to be able to think that what I am reading an article with facts behind them. Unfortunately, opinions are not based on facts. A letter writer a few weeks ago mentioned that Mr. Brinkley is the Chair of the LD 11 Republican. Now that in it-self told me that what I’m reading is politically bias. One more thing about the past article: he mentioned a person recently released from prison as if that person shouldn’t be given a second chance.
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it . . .,“ claimed Nancy Pelosi, in a fleeting lucid moment. The bill was passed. What was in it?
The Office of Internal Audit in Pinal County is under review by the Board of Supervisors. On Nov. 13, Supervisor Todd House criticized Chairman Steve Miller of conducting a “witch hunt” against Internal Auditor Kate Witek. Steve Miller did not respond to the attack.
Not sure why there must always be a winner and a loser in today’s world. In his October 30th article, Richard Brinkley, Chair for the LD11 Republicans, (which he doesn’t disclose in his articles) touted the achievements of Jill Broussard, Pinal County Schools Superintendent. Not surprising as Ms. Broussard is a Republican and was sourced to oppose the Democratic incumbent, Ms. Orlenda Roberts. But, I’ve got to hand it to Ms. Broussard. Despite a huge deficit of education and experience between Jill and her predecessor, she is holding her own. In fact, I really like her. She is energetic, charismatic, and appears to be open-minded and focused on doing the right thing for the children of Pinal County.
Pinal County has a compelling logistics story to tell. First, think of Guaymas, Mexico. There are several deep-water ports on the west coast of the United States and Mexico.
Jill Broussard, Pinal County School Superintendent, is a wife, mother, coach and teacher. She also is the dynamic leader of the Pinal County School Office and Education Services Agency. She oversees the payroll of more than 6,300 teachers and educational staff over 20 public school districts.
Anthony Smith, Pinal County Supervisor, District 4, represents an area that covers SaddleBrooke, Arizona City, western Casa Grande and Maricopa, including everything in between these communities. Smith’s district resembles a giant “L” at the western and southern flanks of Pinal County.
Lando Voyles, County Attorney, Pinal County, encountered more than he expected upon taking office. First, he had to replace a culture that under his predecessor, James Walsh, placed an emphasis on plea bargaining, i.e., plea bargaining to the extent that over 60 percent of defendants, regardless of crimes committed, received probation.
I rarely find myself agreeing with anything my conservative counterpart here at The Explorer, Richard Brinkley, has to say. The two of us are usually miles apart on the issues – centuries apart sometimes. But every once in awhile, the stars and planets align in strange ways, creating odd alliances, and this is one of those moments. Brinkley and I agree that there’s something very wrong with the latest national educational directive, the Common Core Curriculum.
Two individuals who were members of the Common Core validation committees refused to endorse the standards. Dr. Jim Milgram, Stanford University, was the only professional mathematician and expert on content on the review committee. He has a background in writing standards and evaluating international standards for leading countries. His review of Common Core standards resulted in his following conclusion: