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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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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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Tax break available on auto purchases

The "Cash for Clunkers" program for new cars may have ended, but the IRS wants to remind taxpayers about another special federal tax deduction available that can help you save money, in some cases hundreds of dollars, on auto purchases. This tax break will allow people who buy a new vehicle in 2009 to deduct the sales and excise taxes they pay when they file their tax return next year. The tax deduction is available on the 2009 federal tax return even for those who claim the standard deduction.

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‘Obamacare’ means more big government

President Obama has achieved the impossible. On Sept. 9, Obama went before the American people and achieved something even I thought was impossible. Obamacare 2.0 has more big government than Version 1.0. The voters of southern Arizona should be cautious. Let's analyze a few aspects of the repackaged Obamacare.

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Correction to health care commentary

I recently authored an editorial titled, "Affordable universal coverage achievable" (Arizona Capitol Times, Sept. 11). In the article, I incorrectly cited that "20 percent of Americans under 65 own Health Insurance Accounts (HSAs)." I apologize for the editorial error and wish to issue a correction to that point. Actually, nearly 150,000 Arizonans, or about 5 percent of those with private insurance own an HSA - and not 20 percent as I wrote about in my editorial.

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