Well, it seems that President Obama and his attorney general are not the only liberals eager to throw white law enforcement officers “under the bus.” Yup, one of our very own recently came out publicly citing Arizona white law enforcement officers’ high black-American arrest statistics. Who should local law enforcement be arresting in our local inner-cities; Eskimos, Berber tribesmen, or Polynesians?
There are a lot of myths and mysteries that pertain to the Southwest, in particular Arizona. None greater than the story of Jacob Waltz, the Lost Dutchman… in reality he was a German from Deutschland born around 1862. The story or legend goes on that the prospector (Waltz) would go into the Superstition Mountains and come out with saddle bags filled with gold. He would, with donkey in tow, mosey into Phoenix and sell his find, the same city where he breathed his last breath in 1891 and is buried in. The myth and the mystery continues into the 21st century and still no sign of a gold mine.
Cannabis helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and many types of cancer. Cannabis is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory substances on the planet. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many, if not most, of the diseases of the human body.
Kudos to President Obama for his energy policy that has resulted not only in the United States becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, but has also given us a major drop in oil prices with gasoline now selling for well under $2.50 a gallon. OPEC is reeling thanks to him!
In Kathleen Murphy’s Inbox letter on Nov. 30, she’s correct that many stupid voters don’t do, or are too lazy to do, research. They get their info from “conservative TV or radio”? What about ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HLN, MSNBC or “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”? Are they all conservative? I don’t think so.
Nothing has attracted more attention in Gilbert during the past two years than the antics of Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board member Daryl Colvin. Now that the dust has settled from the last election, the question is can Colvin be an effective member after the community resoundingly rejected his backed candidates, and by connection his policies.
Our congressman Paul Gosar could not wait for President Obama’s speech on immigration to be over before lashing out in a degrading diatribe against the president and attacking the dignity of undocumented immigrants.
Sadly, media is full of headlines with false proclamations that Turkey is not only sitting idle and not helping, but go even further and accuse Turkey of allegedly funding and supporting ISIS. (Surely, similar accusations have surfaced against the U.S. and Israel, but mostly by fringe media in the West and anti-Western outlets in Russia and elsewhere).
The letter from Mr. Murphy about stupid Americans was correct to an extent. Really stupid Americans are too dumb to vote. Our biggest problem is those who are willfully ignorant and too lazy to research anything. They get their information from conservative TV or radio, or simply vote the same way they have always voted — by party. That is why we had an election in which the Republicans won seats in Congress, but “liberal issues” such as higher minimum wage, background checks, reproductive rights and legalization of marijuana, among others, did pass. So it seems that American voters know what they want but don’t know who will give it to them.
The residents along a quiet Gilbert residential street would like to thank the Gilbert Street Maintenance crew for quickly responding to a request for a pothole repair in the neighborhood. The irrigation pipe under the street seemed to have sprung a leak, because water bubbled out of a small hole whenever our neighborhood had an irrigation run. It started this last summer, and every time we had irrigation, it seemed to increase the hole size a little and produce more water and a bigger puddle.
I recently attended a solar energy roundtable event at Arizona State University. As someone with interest in the technical possibilities of solar, I appreciated that much of the discussion focused on the solar potential in Arizona. A few days later, Environment Arizona released a report, “Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in Arizona,” which explains that solar power is actually growing fast enough here in the state to make the goal of 25 percent solar by 2025 readily achievable.
Arizona Corporation Commission has initiated a process to eliminate utility energy-efficiency programs that are projected to save businesses and homeowners $9 billion in electricity costs through 2020. Such a move will increase energy costs for customers because saving energy through energy-efficient means is less than half the cost of building new power plants.
Well, can you blame them if they don’t want to be sued by Baha’is, Buddhists, Hindus, pagans, Shintoists, Sikhs and Jains, etc., for not allowing their public-school students to observe their religious holidays? “Diversity” has become the progressive/liberal/socialist/Democrat mantra. Our liberal local and federal judges, appellate courts, and four Supreme Court justices no longer consider America as a Judeo-Christian nation, even though America’s Founding Fathers and successive administrations until the 1960s thought so.
We will never see them again. They were a cadre that is rapidly disappearing. But not long ago, priests from Ireland ran the Catholic Church in Arizona. Between 1945 and 1970, 54 newly ordained left the Emerald Isle to minister in our growing state. In addition to these permanent clergy, an additional 44 temporarily worked here during that time.
The election silly season is over and the Santa silly season is upon us. Tens of thousands of swindlers are sharpening up their spiels to separate you from your hard-earned money. They break your heart with pictures of ragged children, trash-strewn alleys or whatever. “You can save a child for $7.23.”
Long ago, it was determined that monopolies by companies such as Bell Telephone and Standard Oil were not in the best interest of our country. Competition was almost nonexistent and prices and policies were decided by a very few. This monopolistic juggernaut still exists today in our Arizona state government.
Don’t listen to the right-wing pundits who claim “the American people have spoken” regarding Tuesday’s election results and the Republicans winning so many offices. The real winners are the Koch brothers and those hidden financiers funding Karl Rove’s various enterprises. They are the ones who spent tens of millions of dollars on the negative campaign ads that flooded our airwaves with their lies and distortions about the Democrats’ candidates. These are the people running our country now because the Republicans who benefited from their money will soon have to pay the piper. The “dark money” powers now have the best government money can buy.
Some things we learned from the recent Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board election. Democracy works at the local level, at least sometimes. Voters made it clear they want school board members who focus on the welfare of students and not on political ideology. The endorsement of Gilbert Mayor Lewis and the town council members does not mean much. None of the candidates they endorsed won. Mr. Colvin’s pathetic lament that he “… no longer has a seat at the table” as he likely finds himself in the minority is not true. Mr. Colvin will find that the new majority of Tram, Humpherys and Santa Cruz will treat him with more respect than how he treated those who disagreed with him in the past.
A big thank you to the Gilbert Public Schools board members who made a courageous and expeditious decision to resolve the biology textbook problem. I commend them for discerning judgement! Biology, as Mr. Colvin said, is about life, not death of the unborn, or preventing life. It is about the miracle of life. The textbooks should pertain to the study of life only — not sex education — end of story, end of debate. It is time to stop the culture of moral free-fall. The law, life and morality do matter.
Solar energy as a whole here in Arizona is growing rapidly. In 2013, Arizona installed 701 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it second nationally. Even though Arizona schools have the third-highest photovoltaic capacity for solar energy in the country, the sky’s the limit on our full potential. In fact, Arizona still only gets 2 percent of its energy from the sun, despite having the highest potential for solar energy in the country.
The time has arrived when we should consider and evaluate the value of one’s vote in our present state of our failing “democracy.” It is evident the outcome of elections now hinges on the desires of the “power-brokers.”
If this latest Ebola scandal doesn’t make undecided Arizona voters to chose a Republican slate, nothing will. Where to begin? The “Fast & Furious” gun-selling to Mexican drug cartels from the Democrat Department of Justice. The Democrat-controlled IRS tea party scandal. The Democrat State Department (with Hillary Clinton at the helm), The Benghazi scandal where three security officers and the ambassador to Libya were murdered while our trillion-dollar military sat on their hands. The Democrat-controlled Veterans Affairs hospital scandal. The Democrat-controlled National Security Administration, FBI, and CIA “Spying on every single American” scandal.
Education is one of the most critical components to a strong, growing economy. As a recently retired educator, I have seen firsthand the challenges facing our public schools, and these challenges result from a lack of dollars reaching our classrooms and mounting mandates burdening our teachers.
Jill Humphreys and Charlie Santa Cruz understand the importance of working closely with the Gilbert mayor and councilmembers. Their decisions consistently support the efforts to bring high-wage employment into our town and state. Both Jill and Charlie recognize businesses are interested in locating in a community that values public education and supports adherence to standards that allow for graduates to be prepared for continued education and work place readiness. Join the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, local leaders and me as we vote to support Jill Humphreys and Charlie Santa Cruz to lead Gilbert Publics Schools’ Governing Board in a positive pro-student, pro-taxpayer and pro-business direction.
LD 18 voters deserve the opportunity to cast an informed vote, but Jeff Dial is depriving voters of that opportunity by dodging ALL LD 18 Senate Debates, including the Clean Elections Debate. His opponent, Janie Hydrick, on the other hand, has appeared at the debate venues, and answered, at length, any and all questions from debate moderators and audience members. Her answers have shown her to be the candidate who embraces the moderate values of LD 18 residents.
As a parent of two Gilbert Public School students, I join with other parents, teachers and Gilbert Chamber of Commerce who fully endorse Charles Santa Cruz and Jill Humpherys for the Gilbert School Board. These two important candidates will bring an even-keeled approach to our board and will put our district back on the path supporting our public school system.
LD 18 voters deserve the opportunity to cast an informed vote, but Jeff Dial is depriving voters of that opportunity by dodging all LD 18 Senate Debates, including the Clean Elections Debate. His opponent, Janie Hydrick, on the other hand, has appeared at the debate venues, and answered, at length, any and all questions from debate moderators and audience members. Her answers have shown her to be the candidate who embraces the moderate values of LD 18 residents.
Even if you do not have a child in the Gilbert Public Schools, the Gilbert School Board election is important to you. As the largest employer in Gilbert, the Gilbert Public School District is important to the economic development of the community. An unprecedented number of Gilbert teachers and administrators have resigned and are taking jobs in neighboring school districts where they will make more money and be treated with respect. Teacher applications for Gilbert school openings are down. Prospective homebuyers are asking questions about the Gilbert School Board as they consider where to buy a home in the East Valley. This is because three of the five school board members (Burk, Colvin and Smith) have focused on politics and ideology rather than enhancing student achievement. Remember how the three held up the approval of Apple to establish an operation in Mesa? Quality public schools are in the best interest of everyone in the community.
The Arizona Republican Party, self-proclaimed bastion of Christian morality, sent a depraved campaign flier suggesting that passing Proposition 122 will “protect our children from abuse”. Proposition 122 will not solve the problem of abused children and it is disgusting that the Republican Party would demean itself by using abused children as campaign fodder. The quixotic Proposition 122 will not protect the state from the big bad federal government. It is simply another political folly used to stir emotions that will again make Arizona look bad and cost the state money. Ironically, Republicans are supposed to be fiscally responsible.
As a very concerned Arizona resident and caring grandmother, I feel it is very important to inform Arizonans that their vote for superintendent of public instruction should be about qualifications, experience and expertise in the education field.
I appreciate your paper’s current coverage of the race for Arizona attorney general. Our state has been served badly by the abuse of power by the current incumbent. To restore integrity, we need an attorney general who is both highly qualified and fully committed to remove politics from that office.
Vote no on the Queen Creek School District bond and budget override. The district and bond backers are telling voters that the amount of the bond is $80 million. That is a huge number and they have provided almost no details about the expenditures. They have also failed to disclose what the bond would cost during its life. What interest rate(s) will be paid? Where will the funds come from to pay the interest and principal? Will there be yet another bond to pay for this one? The cost for $80 million of debt for 30 years will be somewhere in the vicinity of an additional $63 million at the current bond rate published on the TreasuryDirect.gov website. The voters are not getting the whole story, vote no to out-of-control real estate taxes!
Regarding the recent Appeals Court decision that the Arizona Legislature must pay our schools $1.6 billion for the years the controlling Republicans did not include the funding per the overwhelmingly approved 2008 voter initiative: Wake up, Arizona voters/taxpayers; you are in debt! Because the legislative Republicans pulled their dirty tricks beginning with the 2009 budget by deliberately not including the initiative’s funding in their processes.
On Kyrsten Sinema’s television commercials she seems like a personable, nice lady with moderate political views. Voters of Congressional District 9 should not be deceived by these commercials. In reality, Kyrsten Sinema is further to the left on the political spectrum than just about any other member of Congress.
The Washitoni Rednecks, a moderately successful softball team in Washitoni, Kansas, has received some criticism this year. It seems that several laborers in and around Washitoni consider the logo “Rednecks” to be uncomplimentary, if not demeaning.
A good friend has a terminal illness but you can do something at no cost that could very well cure him. There are drugs in development that have been proven to be safe for his condition, but have not yet finished the final procedures the FDA requires. The FDA places these drugs out of reach of dying patients, drugs that could save their lives. Apparently it’s OK to die, but not for a dying man to risk a drug reaction!
While I am a relative newcomer to Gilbert area politics, I am a veteran of Valley politics. What I have witnessed the last two years regarding the Gilbert School Board is absolutely appalling. Today, Oct. 4, 2014, I read the opinion of a Ms. Van De Graff who basically is asking us to vote for two candidates that would allow the circus to stay in town. There is so much to comment on in her opinion, but mandatory word limits on letters will not allow.
The next month promises to bring out lots of mud, baseless accusations and partisan attacks as we move toward the Nov. 4 election. Despite the polls, the campaign for governor should even not be close.
We support Reed Carr for Gilbert Public School Board! Reed has a well-deserved reputation for listening to others while seeking balanced, thoughtful, and conservative decisions. A father of four GPS students, he greatly cares about education and has been involved in our schools. He also provides a strong background and understanding of business. We are confident that he will combine skills of accountability and oversight with the need to ensure that GPS employees have our community’s appreciation and support.
Residents in the Tempe Union High School District earnestly await every two years to see who’ll run for the governing board. This year, we have the refreshing entry of Veekas Shrivastava, with an astonishing grasp of what a 21st-century education must be in a district that achieves and expects excellence. With fierce faith in what public education can accomplish with vision and resources, Shrivastava has magnetism, an ear to listen and a robust appreciation that his own business successes can be traced back to his education in the Kyrene schools, McClintock High School where he was active in debate, then Arizona State University.
I was given the opportunity to speak to Mr. Doug Ducey on Sunday, Sept. 28, as one of the candidates for governor. I have shied away from politics for some time now as I have been unimpressed with many of the candidates and just voting for the least harmful to our economy and way of life. I see Mr. Ducey much differently and will give him my full support. I am impressed by Mr. Ducey’s years of experience in business and as state treasurer. After my conversation and listening to him talk to others, I find him to be an extremely credible person.
To the person venting about “Code Pink nimrods acting like 12-year-olds” (Sept. 21, 2014), one of those people protesting the Senate Armed Services hearings was retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright. She has both a master’s and a law degree from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College and is U.S. Army airborne-qualified.
Once again Mesa is being left in the dust. In just the past few years, downtown Gilbert has become an evening destination to rival downtown Tempe. There are currently over half-a-dozen exciting and different restaurants within two blocks and there are more coming! Combine that with the Hale Centre Theatre and a couple can dine before a play, enjoy the play, then have a cocktail afterwards, all within easy walking distance.
As an attorney who once practiced in justice courts, I have experience with what makes an effective justice of the peace and what does not. Elizabeth Rogers has what it takes for being an effective justice of the peace. She is on time, consistent in her rulings, careful to explain them, respectful of the litigants and efficient with case loads. If you look at her statistics, she routinely stays within the time limits that the Rules of Court require. In fact, she typically finishes her cases 10-percent faster than required. Having someone with her level of experience in efficiency and customer service on the bench is a benefit to us all.