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Reporter biased, unbalanced, impugns research

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A recent piece criticized my being hired to update a report on the Arizona prison system (Ben Giles, "Controversial researcher hired to update prison population study," August 11). I am indeed best known for my work on gun control. But the report, produced by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council (APAAC), has nothing to do with gun control.

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Make midterm elections referendum on education

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Elections in Arizona from now until 2018 midterms must become referendums on education funding, not on the president. Nearly every candidate in Arizona running for office publishes their stance on education on their website, and multiple organizations have stated goals and deep war chests to push candidates and the electorate in one direction or the other on this very issue.

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Monuments safeguard environment, history

This Oct. 22, 2012, file photo shows a view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Ariz. The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram at the Grand Canyon to fill the economic void. The Grand Canyon Escalade project was brought up to Navajo Nation lawmakers and tribal members last fall by former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale as a solution to shrinking revenues from nonrenewable energies, (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Dear Editor: August 24 is the deadline for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to give his recommendations to President Trump on whether 27 of our existing national monuments should be opened to drilling, mining and other development. Following an executive ...

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Letter: Expand the ESA program

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I am a father of five wonderful adopted children. Like every parent, I want the best for each one. We are so fortunate to have the empowerment scholarship accounts, allowing us to send the kids to a private school where they get the extra attention they need to overcome challenges and thrive.

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Flake is right: Time to drain the research swamp

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s annual Wastebook would be hilarious if it weren’t chronicling such a heartbreaking waste of taxpayers’ money. This year’s report is especially timely because it provides a useful roadmap for a growing movement of Republicans and Democrats in Congress who are rightfully scrutinizing federal spending on research, particularly untold billions spent on scientifically and ethically dubious experimentation on animals.

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Don’t turn Medicare into a voucher plan (access required)

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Just because the Republican Party has majorities in the House and Senate and in the president, it is not a mandate to destroy Medicare with a “voucher” plan to pay outright subsidies to insurance companies who make big contributions to many members of Congress.

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