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April 11, 2008
When it comes to merger of mining/geological survey, ‘unite or die’
Russ Jones’ guest commentary on March 14 opposing the merger of the Department of Mines and Mineral Resources (DMMR) with the Arizona Geological Survey repeated many disproven assertions but failed to address the real problems that the merger would help solve.
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March 28, 2008
Arizona law to divest state pension funds from Sudan
By Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
After the Holocaust, we promised the world, “Never again.”
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U.S. needs to move away from dirty-energy past
By Roger Williams, Chandler
In early April, Sen. John McCain could cast a key vote to extend tax incentives crucial to sustaining and expanding clean-energy industries. These credits enable wind farms and solar companies to secure investments to produce clean, renewable, carbon-free electricity and will put our country on the path to a clean energy economy.
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March 21, 2008
Please, not another insurance mandate
By Roy Miller, Phoenix
There is a tendency for some practitioners and patients to want illnesses treated that are not covered by their insurance plans. The simple but costly remedy is often to persuade the Legislature to force the insurance companies to cover that specific illness. This is classic special-interest politics at work because it uses the political process to obtain a benefit for a small group of people at the expense of all the others.
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Judges should not be forced to campaign
By Bob Haran, Phoenix
Making judges into politicians is not the solution to judicial activism. A proposal to have the Superior Court judges in Maricopa and Pima counties elected rather than appointed will make those judges less independent and more beholden to those who pay for their campaigns and will result in greater judicial activism — to get headlines and votes — not less. 
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March 14, 2008
Merger was bad idea
In response to the Feb. 29 letter “Different Name, But Same Functions,” it should be noted that the bill introduced by Rep. Theresa Ulmer, H2584, was voted down, 4-3, by the Environment Committee of the House – on a nonpartisan basis, I might add. 
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March 7, 2008
Governor was right to reject abstinence-only money
Cathi Herrod’s recent column (Feb. 1 edition) regarding Gov. Janet Napolitano’s announcement in January to reject Federal Title V money for 2009 misrepresents the facts regarding abstinence-only sex-education programs. As a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, I strongly support Governor Napolitano’s decision to reject this money, which requires a state match. These abstinence-only programs have been shown to be ineffective in delaying the onset of sexual activity among teens.
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February 29, 2008
Super Bowl sleight of hand
Everywhere today we read about the economic impact of the Super Bowl. Some of those chanting this phrase have the audacity to suggest that the benefit is so great, there ought to be a special tax to support the next one we host. This is suggested in spite of the fact that there are many studies which show that the actual economic benefit is near zero and, if it exists at all, it is confined to the special interests that have the political power to use government for their own benefit.
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February 15, 2008
Dems should be careful not to disenfranchise voters
This year, the Democratic Party runs the risk of nominating the candidate who is less popular. "Superdelegates" — who are typically party officials — can vote independently, and they may back the candidate who is behind in caucus and in primary-vote delegates. This would clearly be unfair, and it would harm the party.
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February 8, 2008
Readers want to stop Showtime’s ‘Dexter’
CBS is planning to bring the Showtime series “Dexter” to broadcast television starting on Feb 17. I am urging you, as a responsible member of this community, to preempt “Dexter.”
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January 11, 2008
A kick in the pants for delinquent youth?
Somewhat over fifty years ago (has the statute of limitations run out?) I found a way to get a bottle of soda out of a certain vending machine on the way home after school. I put my child-size hand up the delivery chute and moved a lever and, Ker-Chunk! there was a flask of flavored fizz-water pressing on my palm.
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December 14, 2007
Clint’s Christmas List
Here are four ways our elected officials can make the new year a truly happy one:
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November 30, 2007
Cell phone ‘Bill of Rights’ will protect Arizonans
This letter is in response to “Lawmaker proposes ‘Cell Phone Bill of Rights’” which printed in the Nov. 16 edition of the Arizona Capitol Times
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November 23, 2007
Teacher’s union runs counter to education goals
This is a response to Panfilo Contreras’ letter “School vouchers pickpocket taxpayers” from the Nov. 16 edition. 
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Increased property taxes don’t equal more money for schools
If recent school district bond and override elections had been a referendum on public education, as some have suggested, they all would have passed. A recent study shows more than three-fourths of Arizona parents give either an “A” or “B” to the school their oldest child attends.
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November 16, 2007
School vouchers pickpocket taxpayers
By Panfilo H. Contreras
Utah voters, like those in all 11 states where public votes have been held in recent decades, saw through the smokescreen put up by those who try to paint vouchers as a school choice issue.
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Some readers support Eloy theme park
It’s about time Arizona has something going on around here. This is going to be more fun than Florida. We are so excited cant wait. PS, the kids wanted to move from this state because there was nothing to do — now they want to stay and they can’t wait.
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Exterminate the Pest Control Board (and about 200 others)
We need to exterminate the Structural Pest Control Board. Why? Lately we have heard about corruption among board members,
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November 9, 2007
Who are they protecting?
The arrests of New Times founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin suggest that we ought to fear our government (even though the charges were later dropped). I have been concerned with government trampling of our liberty at the national level because of warrantless wiretapping, loss of habeus corpus and heavy handed tactics by government agencies. The New Times incident suggests that the march toward a police state is also happening in my own back yard.
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November 2, 2007
Legislature’s multi-facet attack on domestic violence
Domestic violence takes lives and ruins families — and the more attention the issue receives, the better. During Domestic Violence Awareness month, I wanted to share some of the steps the Legislature has taken to address this destructive crime.
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