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Budget cuts to behavioral health devastate the most vulnerable

Too often, we forget that people with mental illnesses are all around us, trying their best to work hard and lead productive lives. That’s why it was a privilege last month to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week, a perfect time for Arizonans to remember our friends and neighbors who are suffering from behavioral health issues.

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No. 1 issue for new Senate president should be job creation

On Election Night last week, as I was gathered with colleagues watching the returns come in, I was thinking about what would have people talking the next day. The GOP takeover of the U.S. House would be the big headline nationally, but here in Arizona, folks might be buzzing over the Republicans winning a supermajority in the state Legislature.

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Electorate’s message: No more stimulus packages

Simply put, the 2010 election results show that the American people (and Arizonans) know that government central planners cannot spend and stimulate our way out of recession and reject the notion that these same government workers are qualified to pick winners and losers in tax policy.

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Arizona’s homeland security strategy needs to be revamped

As Al Qaeda’s strategy evolves, our homeland security agencies have to adapt or it could spell catastrophe for the homeland. And evolve Al Qaeda has: Experts recently testified to Congress that, since the beginning of 2009, there has been a visible shift in Al Qaeda’s strategy inside the United States.

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Reverend mulls plea after arrest for protesting SB1070

I was arrested July 29 for blocking a thoroughfare — demonstrating in the street – against the SB1070 law that went into effect that day. I went to Arizona with 120 Unitarian Universalist ministers at the request of colleagues serving there. We were being called to witness racial discrimination and cultural tension that surrounded the immigration issue. On Oct. 29, my name will be called at the Maricopa County Court in Phoenix and a judge will ask me how I plead.

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