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Setting the record straight on sentencing

I am writing to correct a number of inaccuracies in the May 20 “special report” printed in your newspaper (“A push from the right: More conservatives joining fight to change sentencing guidelines”).  I am sure the reporter’s intention was to present a thorough examination of this important topic, but her final product was extremely one-sided and lacking in several important facts.  As the chief prosecutor for the 4 million residents of Maricopa County, I feel it is my duty to set the record straight.

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It’s a problem for everyone when the well runs dry

Benjamin Franklin probably was not being literal when he wrote, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” But the literal interpretation certainly applies to the approximately 25 million Americans who live in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. People in these states don’t need Earth Day or Water Awareness Month celebrations to remind them of the worth of their water. They already know that their well — the Colorado River — is running dry.

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Change to Prop. 105 assault on accountability, education

Something’s gotten into the water at the state Capitol.

Republicans — specifically one out of southern Arizona — want more government control by taking power away from the people of Arizona. In the Arizona Capitol Times May 27 article “Fit to be tied: Republican lawmakers say Prop. 105 too restrictive,” Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista (District 25), said he is vying to put legislation back on the agenda next year to limit voters’ decision-making power.

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Brewer health insurance bill veto was a mistake

Rather than respond to Henry Grosjean’s commentary (Brewer was right to veto health insurance bill, 5/27) in-kind with an ad hominem attack on his intelligence, I will respond to his claims and why the governor’s veto of SB1593 was a mistake that will have adverse consequences for the 1.3 million Arizonans with no insurance today, and for the thousands of small businesses being crushed under the weight of ever-increasing premiums.  

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