Wednesday, July 3, 2013 4:00 am
The June 26th issue of the Explorer included a Thelma Grimes editorial that was both factually inaccurate and rhetorically overheated. It took to task 35 State Senators and Representatives (all Republican) while singling out by name two of the three who represent LD11 (Rep Kwasman and me). Our crime was to oppose the implementation of ObamaCare via an expansion of Medicaid and to protest the manner in which it was done.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:00 am
Those who know me, know that I have worked hard to limit the size of government, balance our state’s budget, and get our state’s economy growing again. They know that I had signs made up that read “Jobs are Job #1” and had them distributed to my colleagues in the Arizona Legislature. And they know that I have had to battle against liberal candidates and groups every two years as part of this struggle.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:00 am
This article is in reply to a recent Special to The Explorer written by Jo Holt published in the Feb. 20 issue of the paper. Because Arizona has had two balanced General Fund budgets in a row, our state is ranked number one in the nation for business startups. We went from 46th to number four in private sector job creation. We are 10th in overall great business climate compared to California which is ranked 50th. During the past four-year recessionary period, we never let K-12 public school per pupil funding go below $9,000 (federal, state plus local funding). We mortgaged the Senate, House and Executive buildings in order to protect K-12 education funding. The north side of Tucson has four outstanding public school districts in Catalina Foothills, Amphi, Marana and Flowing Wells. We have more charter schools per capita and more school choice than any state. We have open enrollment between public school districts, tuition tax credits and a great home school program.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:00 am
You, an LD 11 voter and reader of the Explorer newspaper, deserve to know the truth about Arizona K-12 public education funding, energy, nuclear recycling and all subjects being debated during this election cycle. I am writing about these three specific subjects because they have appeared in recent political ads and letters to the editor. I want you to know the truth about them.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 4:00 am
Recent articles about my proposed education fund and related
spent nuclear fuel recycling program have produced some uninformed
and negative reactionary responses. I urge everyone in the media,
political arena and the voting public to educate themselves about
this important subject.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:00 am
It is only through the good graces of Thelma Grimes, Editor at
The Explorer Newspaper, that I have the opportunity to respond to a
bizarre letter from my colleague, Vic Williams. Let’s get to the
nub of V. Williams’ letter.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 11:00 pm
Any practical plan for our future must include
alternate energy sources, and any alternate energy plan must
include atomic energy.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:00 pm
This letter is in response to several articles
that appeared in The Explorer recently regarding Arizona state
parks. I firmly believe that all 27 Arizona state parks and the
three natural areas, in the state park system, can and should
remain open to the public seven days a week, based on the following
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm
When I campaigned for office in 2008, Arizona
was expected to face a budget deficit of $1 billion. Given the
reckless way that former Gov. Janet Napolitano had exploded
spending over the previous years, I argued that we could and should
balance our budget by making the necessary reductions. The voters
agreed, and I was elected.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:00 am
Two days before Christmas, my Democrat opponent penned another
editorial, again blasting away at me, and focusing on my support
for tax-credit programs that allow taxpayers to support schools and
extra-curricular programs through voluntary giving.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:00 am
It may seem too early to think about tax
season, but it is always a good time to help our schools.
Individuals who support public or private schools of their choice
with donations before Dec. 31 can receive dollar-for-dollar tax
credits. It is a win-win situation for your pocketbooks and schools
during these difficult economic times.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:00 pm
Your newspaper recently printed a letter to the editor from Rex
Scott, a local high school principal, in which he claims that our
schools are suffering, largely as a result of state budget cuts and
as a result of my voting record.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 11:00 pm
I write in response to a letter to the editor entitled "In
Phoenix, gang can't shoot straight," which appeared in your paper
on Aug 12.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:00 pm
On Saturday, March 7, I took the unusual step of holding six
town hall meetings throughout LD26. The meetings were unusual in
that state legislators rarely hold them, but I am very glad that I
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:00 pm
I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight about
Pete Hershberger, my opponent in the Republican primary for State