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Was Saturday’s rampage really unimaginable?

We don't yet know what role, if any, the actions of the Legislature played in what happened on Saturday. But if ever there was a time to re-examine the cliff we are headed toward, this tragedy certainly provides it. (Laurie Roberts/The Arizona Republic)

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Let’s step back, as Giffords asked

In an interview last March, Giffords anticipated almost everything being said now and explained why what happened on Saturday is a violation of our national self-image as "a beacon." Our pride, she said, is that "we effect change at the ballot box" and not through "outbursts of violence." (E.J Dionne Jr./The Washington Post)

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Security requires a strong military

The Obama administration is contemplating major reductions in the Defense Department budget to help cut into the huge deficits incurred by the president and his Washington cronies. They plan on reducing our conventional military forces, and increase special operations units to combat the terrorist threats around the world.

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Homeowners, commercial property owners, need to know future tax obligations

Reducing taxes is attractive for those who pay and the GOP plan is good for business, bad for homeowners. Conceptually, it is very simple however: property tax revenue results from assessed valuations multiplied by tax rates.

The problem is the government spends money and then expects taxpayers to pay, similar to a spendthrift college student with a parent’s credit card.

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Still buying slippers for grandpa?

What do you buy for the person who has everything? If that person is an adult with a job and a car, I say buy nothing. Instead, find a kid who could use a Christmas gift. It doesn’t have to be your kid. There’s no shortage of kids in need.

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