Rather than heeding the warning of the growing Congressional/military/industrial complex that Ike Eisenhower warned about has, the complex has grown like a cancer and American made weapons are used all over the world including our local police and sheriffs' departments.
It is long past the time to heed Eisenhower's warning. If local police and sheriffs' departments continue down the road of seeing themselves at war, the public becomes the enemy and citizens get killed, and the killings are increasingly seen as collateral damage.
The Department of Defense exists to protect our nation from foreign entities, not to resell its arms at taxpayers' expense only to spend more money buying bigger and more weapons from the weapons industry.
Let's be clear regarding the difference between the military and policing.
You may have more influence than you realize. So many are so overworked, underpaid and stressed that they have no time to give thought to primary elections.
That you take the primary seriously and are willing to state your picks is commendable, and if just a few read it, appreciate it and vote accordingly, it will have been worthwhile.
By the way, I agree that Smith is the best Republican choice. I look forward to reading more of your picks.
I agree: Garcia is the best choice to become Arizona's next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
But it goes without saying, the best choice does not always win the election. For example, in the last election Penny Kotterman was clearly the best choice, but she lost to Huppenthal. And guess what? Major newspapers, including the Arizona Republic, endorsed Huppenthal even after they acknowledged that Kotterman was the most qualified.
I am grateful for writers and advocates for public education like David Safier who care enough about education, and march to the beat of their own drum and endorse who they think is best: David Garcia.
I commend Erika Andiola for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of all Dreamers - those who came to the U.S.A. as children.
Let's remember that, in 2010, believing that it was the just and right thing to do, a majority of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate voted in favor of the Dream Act - an act that would have created a path towards citizenship for Dreamers. But because of the Senate rule that required a super majority of 60 out of the 100 senators, the bill is said to have failed.
The sooner a path to citizenship is created for Dreamers, the sooner we all will benefit.
I agree with this column: We have a right to know what this public figure, in charge of Arizona's public schools, has written.
Sadly, the typical stressed out, over worked and underpaid Arizonan has no clue who John Huppenthal is, let alone what he has written. And even sadder is the likelihood that the same newspapers that endorsed Huppenthal in the past, like the Arizona Republic, will endorse him again.
Those who know and care must continue to write about Huppenthal, educate the public and encourage voters to elect a decent chief of public education who cares about the education of all of Arizona's children: David Garcia.
Thank you David Safier for caring!
Huppenthal rails against those who are in need of public assistance. Yet, if anybody has been on public assistance in Arizona for an extended time, it is John Hoppenthal. He was in the House until term limited. Then in the Senate until term limited. And now he is attempting to do the same as Superintendent of Public Education.
The solution: vote for David Garcia!
Regarding what Jesus would do: I believe that, according to The Gospel According to Luke, when asked about the children, Jesus said something close to, Let the children come.
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