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1,000s of patients depend on state for life itself

During the past 34 years, nearly 10,000 infants, children and teens have received care necessary to sustain their lives. Hacienda HealthCare touches the lives of more than 1,200 developmentally disabled Arizona residents and their families. A very high percentage of our patients are medically fragile and require constant care by doctors, nurses, therapists and aides.

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Why no bridge on 35th Avenue?

The article on the new bridge near Isaac Elementary School ("A call to the arts: Phoenix program unites engineers with artists," Sept. 11 issue of the Arizona Capitol Times) gives the impression to anyone who hasn't been by that west side school that all the students have a nice bridge to safely cross over a busy city street.

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Sinema v. Kyl

I recall that in a guest column ("Kyl Overlooks AZ Benefits of Stimulus," Aug. 21 edition of the Arizona Capitol Times), State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema called Sen. Jon Kyl to task for daring to criticize President Obama's stimulus bill as ineffective. She claimed that he was out of touch and that "here in Arizona, we have proof that it is working."

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Kingman’s version of the Springerville Madonna

Thank you for the article on the Springerville Madonna of the Trail statue, located along the National Old Trails Highway, a precursor of Historic Route 66 (Harry Truman and the Springerville Madonna, Sept. 4, "Times Past"). However, the people of Kingman have a different view of the decision regarding where the statue was to be located in Arizona.

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‘Hum Dinger’ is no Willcox historical treasure

I am writing to complain about the article/photograph of the motorized railcar shown in the "Times Past" column in the Feb. 13, 2009, issue of the Arizona Capitol Times. The article states the "Hum Dinger" was used by the Mascot and Western Railroad that ran between Willcox and Dos Cabezas, Ariz., in the 1920s. The photograph included with the article is incorrect.

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Time to re-examine open-space goals

During the boom times, there was great concern that development would overrun valuable natural areas. Just as the housing market became exaggerated by speculation, so did our plans to preserve open space. Our preservation goals disproportionately targeted state trust land for preservation. Supporters assumed trust land laws would be changed to allow preservation of trust land at little cost.

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