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The root of the health care problem


Where are we on health care? We have made a political debate out of health care, which exceeds any federal or state government’s capacity to solve. Whatever evolution the remedies take, statutory and regulatory thrusts and parries will be insufficient. Yet, wisdom in the deliberation and passage of such efforts will be required.

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Prop. 204 is a flawed product, bad public policy

Education has always been a major part of my life. My father, Dr. George N. Smith, was a highly respected teacher and school superintendent here in Arizona for over 35 years. As the superintendent of one of the largest school districts, my father lived education – at the dinner table, at church, even at the grocery store. During his tenure, Mesa’s schools were considered to be among the finest in the nation.

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True love or two-timers in Congress?

We certainly heard a great deal about the need to help small business during the presidential debates. And it’s no different when it comes to battles for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

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Lady of the Red Rose Bush

A descendent of Margaret (Maggie) Griffiths Hunt McCormick’s original rose bush sits near the main entrance to Old Main on Northern Arizona University’s north campus, next to Daughters of the American Revolution’s historic George Washington Elm tree.

In 1865, Margaret (Maggie) Griffiths Hunt McCormick, the lovely young bride of then-Territorial Secretary of State Richard C. McCormick, traveled with her groom to their new home in Prescott. To remind her of her childhood days, she planted a rose bush from New Jersey next to her Arizona home, which was the Governor’s Mansion, as Richard was named the second territorial governor in 1866.

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Tribute to a champion

From 2003 to 2011, Bill Konopnicki honorably represented the 5th Legislative District of Arizona and was a champion of countless public policy issues, including health care, criminal justice reform, foster care, and education reform.

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