Conservative Voice of Arizona
Vol. 12 No. 7
Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Rio Verde, Anthem,
The Boulders, Desert Mountain, Legend Trail, Pinnacle Peak, Terravita,
Tramonto, Troon, Tatum Ranch and Winfield.
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Judicial selection By Kent
Veteran care By George “Ken”
Mead, Past State Commander, Arizona Department of the Veterans of
Council’s action nothing to sneeze
at By John Hoeppner, Cave Creek
Elect Nelssen By Roger Saba,
You go girl By Noah
Clarke, Goldwater Institute
Making sure your land is yours By
Benjamin Barr, Goldwater Institute analyst
Arizona law By Michael
Publish cartoons Esther
Harban, Cave Creek
Minority of Muslims By
Sardar Anees Ahmad
What did they do? By
Jack C McVickers, Scottsdale
Coretta Scott King
Carl Devlin, Cave Creek
Wire taps By Sue E Dean,
By Kent Lochard
We appreciated the informative article on the judicial
selection process by Carol Turoff.
Interesting that no other publication seems to be
covering the contract engaged in by our esteemed Supreme Court Chief
Justice McGregor. $9000 a month of taxpayer dollars on a three year
contract is more than chump change. The courts are out of line using my
hard earned taxes for their image consultants as they promote a system
I don’t even support. I’d like to vote for judges as we were able to do
in Flagstaff. Nothing wrong with that system or those judges.
Thanks for telling it like it is. We’ve never read
about this in the Republic.
Keep Turoff writing.
By George “Ken” Mead
Past State Commander
Arizona Department of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Senate has an opportunity to take a huge step forward
for veterans’ care by passing the Fairness in Asbestos Injury
Resolution (FAIR) Act, a bill currently on the floor of the Senate.
Our country asks a lot of our veterans, especially
today, and we must ensure that we do everything necessary for our men
and women in the military. For those who return from their service with
injuries, the path back to a normal life can be costly and painful.
Many veterans who served decades ago are now being
diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses they contracted while serving
our country. These men and women need and deserve compensation.
These veterans were exposed to deadly asbestos while
serving in military facilities and now face costly medical bills.
In fact, in 1979 the U.S. Government said it used
asbestos for issues relating to national defense.
However, since veterans are prevented by law from
taking their old employer (the U.S.
Government) to court, they are left without
sufficient compensation for their asbestos related illnesses.
The FAIR Act would be a breakthrough for these sick
veterans. By creating a privately financed trust fund, all victims
(including veterans) would finally have a chance to receive financial
compensation and aid for their illnesses.
I hope our Senators John McCain and John Kyl can
join over a dozen national veterans’ organizations in supporting this
The Cave Creek council passed unanimously a law restricting, limiting
and recording the sale of popular overthecounter allergy products
containing pseudoephedrine such as Claritin-D, Sudafed and Allegra-D.
Why? Before this act of political correctness was voted on, council
members should have taken the time to look for these products in Cave
Creek retail stores.
Council’s action nothing to sneeze at
By John Hoeppner
There is not a single retail store I could locate in
Cave Creek that sells these products.
Democrat Attorney General Terry Goddard is doing
some early campaigning for a higher office by attempting an “endrun”
around the Republican controlled state legislature.
Goddard’s strategy is to convince uninformed Arizona
cities and towns to pass laws regulating specific retail products that
could be used as an ingredient of crystal meth.
Like lap dogs, various municipalities seeking a pat
on the head from Goddard, are passing these “feel good” but ineffective
laws. The bad news is more red tape for legitimate businesses, higher
costs that will be passed on to consumers and anyone that does buy
allergy medication is entered into a police crime database without
No doubt crystal meth or any street drug is
However, Federal law enforcement agencies have
determined that more than 90% of crystal meth on the streets of
Arizona’s cities and towns is manufactured in Mexico and shipped
illegally across international border. The reason is simple. Mexican
drug dealers buy the ingredients wholesale, use cheap expendable labor,
the corrupt police in Mexico look the other way and Governor Janet
Napolitano looks and talks tough but does absolutely nothing meaningful.
If Attorney General Goddard really wants to stop the
drug problem in Arizona, I suggest he join the Minutemen on the Mexican
border and stop wasting our time with these moronic legislative
Getting other politicians to pass “feel good” laws
Stopping the flow of illegal drugs flowing across
the USMexico border into Arizona is not.
By Roger Saba
Having known Tony Nelssen for over 10 years I can speak
frankly of his long commitment and service to Scottsdale. He has worked
and supported the preservation of mature residential areas, McDowell
Mountain, Papago Park, the cities history and Old Town Scottsdale.
Tony has ethics, common sense and understands the
difficulties citizens many times face when working with city hall. Over
the years he has served on commissions and been an activist, which
allows him to view both sides of the fence. He is very approachable and
will listen to your concerns.
I am asking for your support in electing Tony
Nelssen for city council.
You go girl
By Noah Clarke
Women owned businesses are spurned by Governor
Napolitano’s tax plan.
Economic girl power is sweeping the nation. In 2004
women owned and operated 5.4 million small businesses in the U.S. and
generated $167 billion in sales. But in designing her targeted tax
relief plan, Governor Napolitano appears to have forgotten the ladies.
In her 2007 budget, Governor Napolitano proposes a
health care tax credit of up to $1,000 for small businesses employing
two to 24 workers.
Unfortunately 81 percent of women-owned businesses
are sole proprietorships. In Arizona, that means over 60,000
self-employed women won’t qualify for this tax credit.
The governor says her plan is targeted toward
specific policy goals. But, the unavoidable outcome of tinkering with
the tax code to engineer desirable results is discriminatory tax policy.
While qualifying small businesses get their health
care costs reduced, solo women entrepreneurs don’t.
Surely, discriminating against women who start up
their own businesses isn’t one of the governor’s specific policy goals.
A better approach to making health insurance affordable and accessible
is to offer a tax reduction to all businesses, allowing them to meet
their health care needs however they see fit. Until then,
entrepreneurial sisters are doing it for themselves.
your land is yours
By Benjamin Barr
Goldwater Institute analyst
Got curb appeal? Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo versus
City of New London, America has seen a proliferation of private
property takings for things as insignificant as a property’s
appearance. Local governments are abusing their power of eminent domain
to create new shopping malls, condos, and industrial parks.
Fortunately, the abuse can stop at Arizona’s doorstep.
The Arizona Constitution places two restraints on
the power of eminent domain: public use and just compensation must be
While the state constitution affords private
property strong protection, Arizona’s slum clearance and redevelopment
statutes, which authorize the use of eminent domain, are expansive and
For example, in the recent case of Tempe vs.
Valentine, the city condemned 19 properties to build a massive shopping
mall. But the trial court agreed that malls don’t qualify as a
traditional “public use” under the Arizona Constitution.
Even though this and other recent cases have turned
out correctly, Arizona landowners shouldn’t be required to go to court
every time a city dreams up a new redevelopment project. Instead, the
laws should be reformed to more strictly limit eminent domain usage.
Under Arizona law, local governments may designate
all sorts of properties as slum or blight. Municipalities can declare
properties blighted because their street layouts are “inadequate” or
because property lots are considered faulty due to their “usefulness.”
Slum and blight should be applied only to properties that are truly
unsafe for habitation. That will help make sure your land remains
yours, even if the government thinks your home doesn’t have curb appeal.
The case of Kelo taught the nation that defining
“public use” is very important.
Without a sound definition, municipalities are apt
to declare shopping malls and condos as public use projects. In
Arizona, “public use” is not clearly defined in slum clearance and
redevelopment statutes. But it should be, and it should be given the
narrowest definition possible in order to protect private property.
Moreover, under the current law, citizens often bear
the burden of demonstrating why they should be permitted to keep their
home or business during eminent domain proceedings. Let’s turn this
equation around by requiring local governments to demonstrate, through
clear and convincing evidence, that using eminent domain is truly
necessary. Requiring municipalities to submit comprehensive maps with
detailed descriptions of the slum conditions present on each property
would help make sure local governments use the power only for truly
Finally, if government is in the business of
preventing slum and blight, then it should shorten its existing
designations. Once a designation is in place, property values often
drop and owners have little incentive to invest in their own property,
leading to the deterioration they hoped to prevent. Limiting the
duration of slum and blight designations returns the property to the
The Legislature should tighten and restrict slum
clearance and redevelopment statutes as an important step in assuring
Arizonans that their land really is their land.
By Michael Merrill
This is not the first time folks, below is a complaint I
sent certified mail today regarding our three Council Members and how
they broke the election laws as well as finance laws.
“... an individual, acting alone, is not a political
committee under Arizona law and need not file a statement of
Organization. If any additional person or persons join in the effort
begun by an individual, the association of persons has become a
“political committee” under Arizona law, and must file a statement of
organization before accepting contributions, making expenditures,
distributing literature or circulating petitions.” ARS 16902.01(A) It
would have been fine for Mr. Kulich to do this on his own, but they
have all admitted they were involved, their volunteers were involved,
and they are paying the attorney fees.
How’s that for breaking the laws in Scottsdale?
I’m writing to say that, as a member of the media in a
free society, you have a RESPONSIBILITY to publish the controversial
cartoons on Islamofascism.
I can understand the indignation of having your
religion, and your religious leaders, portrayed in unflattering, even
blasphemous, ways by secularists in the mainstream media. It happens to
Christians ALL THE TIME in America and Europe.
But indignation is NEVER an excuse for violence. And
threats of violence need to be “resisted” in free nations.
And the best form of resistance to Islamofascist
threats here? PUBLISH THE CARTOONS.
As freedom-loving people, we need to resist the
Islamofascists on ALL fronts. In solidarity with the people of free
Europe and in support of the concept of freedom of the press, you need
to PUBLISH the Danish cartoons.
Minority of Muslims
Another day passes and another blemish is stamped on the
fair name of Islam.
How unfortunate are the actions of a minority of
Muslims whose behavior continues to defame and dishonor the lofty
status of the unlettered one of Arabia, Hazrat Muhammad (May peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him)! While we categorically denounce the
foul-minded and ill-mannered actions of newspapers that published
offensive caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, the irresponsible and
disgusting reaction by some Muslims is equally condemnable.
But how would Prophet Muhammad himself deal with
this uncouth and offensive excuse for freedom of speech of some
newspapers? Certainly his attitude towards Abdullah Ubay ibn Salul, who
repeatedly incited war amongst the Muslims, does not condone the recent
reaction of Muslim extremists.
Certainly his attitude towards Hind, who ate the
liver of Muhammad’s uncle Hamza during battle, does not condone the
reaction of Muslim extremists.
Certainly his attitude towards Abu Jahl, who ordered
the entrails of a camel to be laid on Muhammad during prayer, does not
condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
Certainly his attitude towards the people of Ta’if,
who pelted Muhammad with stones until he began to slip in his own
blood, does not condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
Certainly his attitude towards the Meccans, who were
sent food supplies by Muhammad due to a famine at a time when they were
at war with the Muslims, does not condone the reaction of Muslim
Certainly his attitude towards Meccans, who were
pardoned virtually in total at the peaceful conquest of Mecca, does not
condone the reaction of Muslim extremists.
So before Muslims shout slogans of death to those
who defame Muhammad, let’s stop for a moment and ask, “What would he
What did they do?
By Jack C McVickers
This history of the world is replete with numerous evils that were
perpetrated by men using the names of their religious leaders as
justification for their actions. Their rationale, of course, was based
on their interpretations of what their God would have them do? As an
example, today we often hear this question asked, “What would Jesus
do?” How are we to learn the value system of a religion when it is
subject to such a wide range of interpretations? A more appropriate way
to learn about the value systems of Christianity and Islam would be to
ask these questions.
What did the historical Jesus do? What did the
historical Muhammad do? Did their actions exemplify the peace,
tolerance and brotherhood that mankind so urgently needs today?
Considering what they actually did while they walked on this earth,
could Jesus and Muhammad have co-existed in peace in the Middle East?
The answer to the last question will indicate if it is possible for
Christianity and Islam to co-exist today.
Coretta Scott King
mourners waited for hours in freezing rain at Atlanta’s Ebenezer
Baptist Church and the state capitol rotunda to pay their respects to
the “first lady of the civil rights movement,” Coretta Scott King, who
died on January 30. President Bush and former President Clinton led the
list of dignitaries at memorial services.
Coretta Scott King was much more than a devoted wife
and partner of the celebrated civil rights leader. She traveled
throughout the globe on behalf of peace and nonviolence, racial and
economic justice, minority rights, religious freedom, the poor and
homeless, educational opportunities, nuclear disarmaments, and
ecological sanity. She helped found, dozens of organizations advocating
social justice, received honorary doctorates from over 60 colleges and
universities, and authored three books and a nationally syndicated
Coretta Scott King was also a vegan, who eschewed
all products of animal suffering, including meat, dairy, eggs, leather,
and cosmetics containing animal ingredients or tested on animals. Her
strong belief in peace and nonviolence extended to the violence
perpetrated against billions of innocent, sentient animals in America’s
factory farms and slaughterhouses. Her passion for justice extended to
the most downtrodden living beings on the planet, the animals bred,
abused, and killed for food, fur, research, and entertainment.
Coretta Scott King truly practiced what she preached.
And for that, I salute her
By Sue E Dean
I disagree with the President’s claim that he has the right to
authorize secret wire taps on U.S. Citizens communicating with foreign
terrorist suspects, without seeking an ‘after-the-fact’ approval from
the court with security clearances and knowledge of national security
matters specifically designed to prevent a potential for abuse of
power. It is necessary to protect the privacy of ordinary citizens.
In my view, Mr. Bush overreached, trying to regain
powers for the executive branch he thinks has been eroding. He has made
a big deal about how whoever leaked this information put us at greater
risk to a terrorist attack, but if he had followed the law, this would
most likely never have become public knowledge! (History of this court
shows that virtually every president has been shown great deference to
do as requested).
What really galls me is that this tactic of keeping
Americans scared whenever he slips in the polls is so cheap. It really
should be beneath someone at his level, especially one claiming to be
If the president has a legitimate case to do this
domestic spying (and I believe he does), he must be up front with the
congress and get the law changed.
If American democracy is to be respected by the rest
of the world, the president must respect the delicate balance of powers
our founders created.
This “American Experiment” is still only 200 years
Bush, Einstein and Picasso at the
Einstein dies and goes to
heaven. At the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter tells him, “You look like
Einstein, but you have NO idea the lengths that some people will go to
sneak into Heaven. Can you prove who you really are?” Einstein ponders
for a few seconds and asks, “Could I have a blackboard and some chalk?”
Saint Peter snaps his fingers and a blackboard and chalk instantly
Einstein proceeds to describe with arcane
mathematics and symbols his theory of relativity.
Saint Peter is suitably impressed. “You really ARE
Einstein!” he says. “Welcome to heaven!” The next to arrive is Picasso.
Once again, Saint Peter asks for credentials.
Picasso asks, “Mind if I use that blackboard and
chalk?” Saint Peter says, “Go ahead.” Picasso erases Einstein’s
equations and sketches a truly stunning mural with just a few strokes
Saint Peter claps. “Surely you are the great artist
you claim to be!” he says. “Come on in!” Then Saint Peter looks up and
sees George W. Bush. Saint Peter scratches his head and says, “Einstein
and Picasso both managed to prove their identity. How can you prove
yours?” George W. looks bewildered and says, “Who are Einstein and
Picasso?” Saint Peter sighs and says, “Come on in, George.”