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YOUR LETTERS: Legislative District 18

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 1:05 pm | Updated: 1:14 pm, Fri Nov 2, 2012.

Editor's Note: These letters to the editor have been sorted by topic by the Tribune editorial staff in an effort to allow readers to read varied opinions on the issues, candidates, and other circumstances surrounding the 2012 general election. These submissions are the opinions of the author, not the Tribune, and have not been edited for grammar or content.

McComish is far from a moderate, Hydrick is the real deal

If I hear, or read, one more time that LD18 State Senator John McComish is a “moderate” I will scream!

During his tenure in the Arizona State Legislature, McComish voted to cut KidsCare, leaving 105,000 kids on waiting lists for health care. He voted to allow companies, not overseeing agencies, to do their own pollution testing of the air and food that we, and our children and grandchildren, breathe and eat. He voted to allow guns in public buildings. He voted to allow concealed weapons on college campuses. He voted to destroy the resale value of your home by allowing electric billboards in your neighborhood. He sponsored HB2800 denying cancer screenings to 65,000 women. He voted to cut over $2 billion from public K-12 and university education in a state that already ranked dead last in per-pupil funding.

Had enough! Well there’s more. This is only the tip of the iceberg on McComish’s extremist voting record. He may talk like a moderate, but he certainly doesn’t vote like one.

Dr. Janie Hydrick deserves your vote for State Senator in LD18.

Janie has lived in LD18 for 22 years and has dedicated her life to serving the community. In the 80s she was Tempe Woman of the Year, and for 45 years she has taught kids from Kindergarten through the university level.

Let’s elect a real moderate!

Fred Barlam


Missing important dates a hazard of serving

The recent hit piece on me from my opponents is true in the most basic sense: I was charged once years ago with missing a court date, something I honestly admitted to the editorial board of a major newspaper.

However, I didn’t “skip out” on a court date, as the misleading mailer charges: I missed the date because I had deployed to Iraq.

The charges against me stemming from the missed court date were resolved after returning from my tour in Iraq, something the recent attack piece fails to mention. Missing important dates is one of the hazards of being in the Armed Forces and is yet another reason we need to critically examine our treatment of men and women in uniform. This is why I have dedicated my life to taking care of our returning veterans, helping them make the transition from combat back to civilian life and ensuring they get good jobs and a quality education. I will continue to be a strong advocate for our veterans if elected to our State Legislature.

Corey Harris

LD 18 House of Representatives Candidate

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