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Maricopa Community Colleges probe motivated by political agendas

Differences of opinion, beliefs and convictions are encouraged to be shared and discussed in a civil society. In higher education, these differences are allegedly encouraged in all venues, from the classroom to the governing board room. Yet conservative viewpoints are not welcomed in the Maricopa County Community Colleges and there are a series of events, including our recent election, that illustrate efforts to silence anything but a liberal perspective.

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NAFTA led to illegal immigration issues in AZ

Regarding the controversy over enforcing Arizona law on immigration, the roots of this problem began in 1990 with passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which permits American agro-corporations to export billions of dollars of taxpayer-subsidized corn to Mexico at one-third the price that small Mexican farmers charge.

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GOP foregoes truth in favor of political gain

Great. The party that turned us into the largest debtor nation in the world via 20 years of status-quo deficit spending and adamantly preached the deregulation that nearly led to our complete economic collapse has regained some political power and is going to help us achieve financial responsibility.

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Medical marijuana needs more research and an unbiased perspective

Over and over, the people of Arizona have demonstrated that they want medical marijuana. Unfortunately, privately-funded FDA approved cannabis research is hampered by a government monopoly over the marijuana supply, held by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Additional FDA approved research with marijuana must take place.

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Dever: I have a right to defend myself in court

When a person is sued, it’s a given that they should be able to hire legal representation. When you’re an elected sheriff and the ACLU sues you, that need is even more imperative. However, an Oct. 15 article by Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jeremy Duda might give readers the impression that I don’t have that right.

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Prop. 109 amounts to a legislative power grab

I will be voting no in November on Proposition 109. This proposition to amend the state Constitution is nothing more than power grab by politicians to take away voter-initiative rights and put all wildlife-management decisions in their hands.

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No good can come from pointing fingers and passing blame

This country has not seen such division since the Civil War and Vietnam. Issues such as health care, unemployment, illegal immigration and countless others have brought heated conversations to water coolers all over the country. Politicians are pointing fingers and passing blame, not taking responsibility for the challenges at hand.

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3 questions to ask all candidates

I know there will be plenty to debate regarding immigration, but I assume much time will also be given to the fiscal health of Arizona and to sensible state laws. Along that line, here are three questions people should ask political candidates as we get closer to the election:

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