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McCain: Senate transportation bill would provide long-term certainty

U.S. Sen. John McCain (Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times)

Few things are as essential to economic growth and development as our nation’s roads. In a state as expansive as Arizona, riders understand the importance of having sound infrastructure, especially when it fails, as it did with the recent bridge collapse on I-10 in California not far from the Arizona border that continues to impact travelers across our state and region.

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Growing VA wait list crisis requires bold solutions


A recent New York Times article proclaimed: “One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say.” Much of the increase is attributable to escalating demand by aging Vietnam veterans and returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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APS’s measured approach to rooftop solar would benefit all electricity customers (access required)


Jeff Guldner Jeff Guldner I appreciate Pat Quinn’s service as director of the Residential Utility Consumer’s Office (RUCO), but I was surprised by his recent description of what happened when the Arizona Corporation Commission first addressed the cost shifting resulting from rooftop solar and net metering in 2013. I was also disappointed by his characterization of the current grid access charge case.

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Anti-abortion groups have adopted increasingly aggressive, dishonest tactics

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In recent weeks we've watched as a campaign of deception has been launched against Planned Parenthood. Let me be clear: Planned Parenthood does not sell fetal tissue. Some Planned Parenthood organizations in other states do assist women who wish to donate tissue for lifesaving medical research. Planned Parenthood Arizona does not have a tissue donation program at all.

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Planned Parenthood shows lack of consideration for humanity

Planned Parenthood’s Deborah Nucatola is shown discussing the possibility of obtaining aborted fetal tissue from clinics in Arizona in a video recorded by  by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress.

The recent revelations that came from the video posted about Planned Parenthood’s use of the donated tissues of fetuses are sickening. The notion that Planned Parenthood could be selling the tissues acquired from these abortions leaves a bad taste in the mouth. This situation should not be a partisan issue; this is not about pro-life or pro-choice. This is a humanist issue, the selling of tissues is ethically wrong.

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Dehumanizing, not ‘disappointing’

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What has a heart, lungs, liver, kidney, thymus, but not basic human rights? According to Planned Parenthood, preborn children. Like millions of Americans, I was horrified to see a top Planned Parenthood official callously discussing the strategic dismemberment of preborn children for the possible sale of their organs.

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