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Is the Arizona Chamber really serious about business?

When I received the Arizona Capitol Times (June 25, 2010) issue I was excited to see the front-page article entitled, “Business groups move to center.” The article starts off noting the commitment by the business community to send a message to our legislators to stop wasting time on “kooky stuff like ‘birther’ bills.”

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Electronic government records should be free to public

Electronic documents were supposed to be the ultimate answer to government openness. Reams of information could be bundled and sent off en masse with basically no overhead and no dead trees, and it would take a few seconds of clicking on a computer rather than hours at the copy machine.

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Shameful shades of laws in Arizona

Arizona's immigration law authorizes police to demand to see "an alien registration document" – a green card, passport or state driver's license - for anyone police suspect of being in the country illegally.

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And justice for all – right?

We say it every morning in front of the flag, pledging our allegiance to the United States. We say it and claim we mean it. Everyone was a child once. Everybody, most likely, went to school at a time in their lives. They were all required to recite The Pledge. They all said the line, “and justice for all.”

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When the slop is in the trough

When the slop is the trough all the pigs will be there. And many were there recently at Tom's Restaurant & Tavern for a panel discussion on renewable energy standards, specifically the 15 percent mandate passed by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Actually, the discussion was more about government subsidies than renewable energy standards; especially with respect to the notion that "everyone knows" these subsidies are needed to promote Arizona's nascent solar industry.

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State needs new policies, especially on government transparency

As Arizona faces the most challenging economic times since the Great Depression, I believe the Legislature needs to recognize that it is time for more than just the same politics that helped get us into this mess. Instead, it is a time to reflect on long-term ways to ensure Arizona will have the resources to invest in education, job creation and sustainability.

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