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  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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Thank you Sheriff Paul Babeu

Dear Paul,

I want to write this email to you, just to thank you. I want to thank you for a number of reasons.

First, I want to thank you for notifying me that you were involuntarily forcing an ‘at-will- position on me. I want to thank you for punitively reducing my pay by approximately $15,000. I want to thank you for ensuring that your executive staff relayed the message to me that once ‘at-will’, I would face termination.

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Supervisor House, Supervisor Smith and Rose Law Group

On April 24, 2015, the Rose Law Group sponsored a breakfast at their law office in Scottsdale for Pinal County Supervisors House and Smith.

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Suggested questions for Arizona Candidates

Dear Editor,

I know there will be plenty to debate regarding immigration, but I assume much time will be given to the fiscal health of the State, and sensible State laws.  Along that line, here some questions to ask Arizona Candidates as we get closer to the election:

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Vote Ron LeDuc for Constable

This is in response to the untrue accusations being made by my opponent for constable in District 7 John Acton. Anyone who has lived in the Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and San Tan Valley area over the last 5 years should be very familiar with the antics and story telling of Acton. Over the past 9 months during this campaign Acton has made numerous statements attacking not just me, but also my family. Acton has stated in open meetings that during the course of my day I'm "speeding through neighborhoods" and "I'm not a true republican". Acton has a habit of doing these things anyone who has had to tolerate running against him or his family for public office knows about these assaults on their character very well. I normally don't respond to such lies and distortions but there comes a time when the truth just has to be stated.

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Viewpoint & Opinion

Judy Novalsky

Two of a kind

Speaking of making things worse, Sheriff Paul Babeu has refused to sign the “Resign to Run” resolution passed by the board of supervisors on April 4, 2012. He’s the only elected official in Pinal County who hasn’t signed the resolution which supports the federal law known as the Hatch Act. Maybe he won’t sign because he’s under investigation for possible violations of the Hatch Act and he continues to allow Chief Deputy Steve Henry and community relations Director Cheryl Chase to stay on the job and draw a hefty county paycheck while they run for county office.

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Upside down

 

To last week’s writer who is choosing to display the flag upside down: the U.S. flag code states that “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

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Two Months and 24 Hours

I’ve never felt God’s undeniable leading so tangibly in my life and ministry as I have in these past couple of months.

I’ve been eyeing a certain house for over three years. I thought it perfect for our young church, ONE Community Church, in San Tan Valley, Arizona outside of Phoenix. Never could I have imagined how God would write this next chapter of our story. The house sits on over an acre right on the main thoroughfare of our growing area.

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Treasurer: Prop. 204 recipe for truly bad government

Start with taxpayer money – $1 billion a year in permanent tax increases.

Continue with special interest manipula­tion – select groups benefitting from govern­ment spending with virtually no oversight or supervision regarding how the money is actually spent.

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Town of Florence officials are accustomed to doing what they want

During a recent interview with the Tri-Valley News the Florence Town Manager decided to make comments regarding the annexation and the upcoming Home Rule vote. Interestingly, he placed fault on the property owners who filed a challenge to the annexation.

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This is the best run Sheriff's Office I have ever seen

Letter to the Editor,

I publicly supported Sheriff Vasquez in 2008. The People of Pinal County spoke and elected Sheriff Paul Babeu. It didn’t take long to see an improved level of service capabilities to the citizens of Pinal County. 

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Thinking About: Jobs

Colorful paintings and wood carvings from the City  of Artisans— Tonola, Mexico— adorn the booths and  tables of Elvira’s newly expanded restaurant.

If you listen to political sound bites, read news headlines, or listen to the 24/7 propaganda shows on the air waves, you hear and see the word “jobs” a lot. Mostly you hear the bad news that unemployment is still at 8% plus, hundreds apply for a single position, employers can’t find skilled workers, and those onerous government regulations keeps job creation low. What can we learn if we think outside the headlines and paid pundits?

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The Two Party System

Last week Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced his willingness to violate conservative bully Grover Norquist’s infamous no-tax pledge. Graham told the nation that he would “violate the pledge for the good of the country.”

Imagine that. 

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The Supremes

Last week the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act, which will now be forever known as “Obamacare.” They also struck down three of the four parts of Arizona’s SB1070 law, know as the “Let me see your papers” law.

First, let’s look at the Affordable Healthcare Act:

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Why San Tan Valley should be Afraid of Annexation

For about four months now I have been watching the annexation process just south of us and am very concerned for the San Tan Valley residents. As you may know the Town of Florence is diligently working towards annexation of two communities. According to my friends they are even having firefighters in uniform knocking on doors in support of the annexation. However there has been strong opposition towards their proposals. This led me to wonder why a majority of the people south of us were against becoming incorporated into Florence and why we should be afraid. It didn’t take long to figure out.

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Why Paul Babeu is the best Sheriff PCSO has ever had

I can say without question, Paul Babeu is the best Sheriff, Pinal County has ever had.  The reason I can say this is because I spent my entire career working for PCSO.  I have served under numerous other sheriffs’ in the past and only one has brought the leadership, drive and integrity to bring PCSO to where they are today and that is Sheriff Paul Babeu.  Let me give you just a few of the accomplishments which have occurred since he has become Sheriff.

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Why Jack McClaren has my strongest support to be our next Pinal County sheriff:

Mr. Block's drivers license photo

I have known Jack McClaren for more than 15 years not only as a close friend, but as a law enforcement peer and as his boss. Jack has dedicated his life to serving others, from serving in the Army, to the Department of Corrections, to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, to the Florence Police Department, to being our elected county constable. Jack has more than enough to be a great sheriff at a time when our Sheriff’s Office needs one.

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Why I Will Not and Cannot Support the Senate “Gang of 8” Bill

Today the Senate passed what I consider to be one of the worst bills I have seen since Obamacare. Riddle with pork, rewarding law breakers and making transparently false promises, I cannot support this bill.

I have stated before, I do support reforming our skilled and unskilled labor visa programs. Our farmers in Yuma desperately need a system that provides reliable labor. I intend to get them that reform.

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Why all this compassion for the illegals in our country?

San Tan Foothills High School, part of the Coolidge Unified School District, is one of the schools that may be affected by the budget override.

I cannot understand why there is still de­bate and uproar about people who come il­legally and how there can be an American citizen defending these people.

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Who is really to blame for runaway debt

Archeologist Allen Dart at Ventana Cave.

I agree with Mitch McConnell, the leader of Senate Republicans when he says “America does not have a tax problem, we have a spending problem;” our problem is plain and simple, government spends too much money. But, standing in Pinal County, pointing our fingers at Washington, and screaming in rage; who is really to blame for runaway debt? Is it Democrats, Republicans, or the American people?

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Where is our Christian stamp?

In the mail today I received from the US Postal Office "order your holiday stamps":

They have a choice of Hanukkah, Ginger Bread house, or Kwanzaa.

The Hanukkah stamp has a nice Menorah and Hanukkah printed across the top.

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