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  1. Dear Editor

    Political Correctness moves fast when it has allies

    So let me get this straight, Davis Stringer gets invited to a lecture at ASU that included a discussion on the effects of race and demographics on voting patterns. After the lecture he is followed into an elevator by students that have a hidden recording devise that preceded to ask him leading questions and even provide him answers that he must refute. The Phoenix New Times runs an article and immediately the following happens.

    Councilwomen Billie Orr violates open meeting law and contacts the other council members by phone and polls them on taking action against Stringer. (Which she admitted as a mistake in open session so she gets a pass.)

    The Prescott Council drafts a proclamation asking for Stringers resignation and holds a special meeting where they all give speeches viewing themselves as social justice warriors without allowing ANY public comment. The accused is not invited to speak on his own behalf and not one of them even bothered to call or contact Representative Stringer to check the validity of the claims against him.

    The County Attorney takes to twitter to air her disgust and demand his removal. Stringers signature issue is criminal justice reform because we are imprisoning way too many citizens for small non-violent crimes. Apparently she does not support Stringer’s ideas of criminal justice reform.

    The Humboldt Unified School District bans him from all district properties. Somehow free speech is seen as a threat. It just happens that Stringer was one of the few that did not roll over during the Red for Ed protest funded by national unions. (He did vote for the pay raise for teachers, however.)

    The leader of the State Republican Party, who just watched his party get spanked during the last election, picks up his torch of condemnation. The Governor and head of the House of Representatives strip Stringer of committee assignments.

    Local Democrats organize private, invitation-only meetings to further shred the carcass of an elephant left behind by an unwise herd.

    Many of the people above and some in the shadows are angry that their hand-picked and dark-money supported candidate for his office was resoundingly rejected by the voters. The Democrats and Democrats pretending to be Republicans hate that he believes in smaller government and lower taxes. In short, ”He is not a member of the club.” 

    They don’t like that he speaks the truth in order to find answers, so they send their minions to corner him with secret recording devices and try to lead him into bad sound bites. Any intelligent person who has read the transcripts recognizes that this was a total set up. As hard as they tried to entrap him, it’s their words that should be condemned not his. When the student says, “Because we have black people in our military?” Stringer responds ,”No, I didn’t say that. Sir, don’t put words in my mouth now.” but that was exactly their task, to put words in his mouth.

    This is what I do know about David Stringer. As an attorney in DC and Maryland he defended African Americans and other minority groups by donating thousands of hours of legal services. When Zena Mitchell, a African American Prescott lady was being racially harassed by a neighbor and could not find any local lawyer to represent her, Stringer took the case for free. He even put his own money into the case and won in favor of Zena. His signature issue in the legislature, criminal justice reform, would greatly help minorities as they are disproportionately incarcerated. Are these the actions of a racist?

    Stringers biggest problem is he is not afraid to ask the question to further conversation on the issue to achieve understanding. When many of the council attended the Courthouse lighting but not one attended the lighting of the menorah, does that mean they are anti-semantic? No. 

    The dissenting Council vote was the only one I agreed with, and since then, that councilman has been vilified. He basically stated that changing election results was not an issue to be dealt with by the council. There are tools in place such as political recall that any citizen of the state can take.  It sets a dangerous precedent moving forward. Who’s next? Will the council attack a school board member, county supervisor, U.S. Representative, President or will an ordinary citizen feel their wrath coming down from the soapbox? 

    What is happening to Representative Stringer is what I call the Jesus syndrome. Everyone is with you until someone turns and accuses you on behalf of your enemies, then they scatter and claim they never knew you. 

    Chris Kuknyo
    Prescott Arizona

    With the school year winding down, it is time to reflect on
    Arizona’s educational system before and during the Coronavirus.
    A good education is the most important tool you will acquire in life.
    The value and importance it brings to each and every child should not
    be ignored as it broadens horizons and opens doors to a better
    future. The educational system in Arizona which ranks between 47-49
    in the nation for academic achievement, and 48th in the nation for dropouts
    needs to be evaluated. These figures deserve no applause. Who is to blame?
    NOT the Superintendent of Public Instruction, but the Arizona Republican
    legislatures who continue to vote NO on a majority of academic bills.
    Obviously, children are not their number one priority! You will have a
    chance in November to change this travesty, as the Save Our Schools
    Act could not get on the ballot due to the virus. Who you vote into
    office is more important now than ever. We can’t allow bills such as
    Out of State Voucher expansion to pass in the future.

    With the school year just ending, it is time to reflect
    on what needs to happen when the fall semester
    begins. Hopefully, schools will reopen, and all children
    will benefit from the most important skill needed to
    survive in life, an education! It is going to be up to
    parents, relatives, and friends to speak up and let
    their voices be heard to a legislature that has not put
    education as their #1 priority. Bills need to be passed
    to improve an educational system that has consistently
    ranked in the bottom five for national academic
    achievements. Arizona also is 48th in the nation for
    dropouts. Not numbers to make the state proud!
    Save Our Schools and other similar organizations work
    tirelessly to make the public aware of the unfortunate lack
    of funding for schools and teachers. The time is now to band
    together for the benefit of every child in Arizona.

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