Yes, four more years of Bush

When deciding what presidential candidate to vote for, everyone needs to look at their own individual family. How has President Bush’s past four years affected you personally? My family has food on the table. My kids have benefited from Pell Grants and scholarships, and we have all had jobs. Where exactly has Bush gone wrong for us—nowhere.

I have healthcare through my tribe and private insurance. The problems that anyone in my family has had are because of poor choices and a lack of prioritizing what’s important to them. I believe President Bush has kept our country safe after 9/11 and will continue to do as much as he can to ensure our safety.

The Navajo Nation is within the boundaries of the U.S. and we have to realize that our safety depends on our country’s as a whole. Now as far as things on the Navajo Nation, that is up to our leadership in President Shirley and our elected Council Delegates. If they are not doing a good job, it’s because we put them there. Now if we don’t like them, don’t vote for them again and do research on whom you do vote for.

I don’t believe that all our problems on the Navajo Nation can all be put on the President of the U.S. A lot of it falls on the lack of leadership and close-minded attitudes of our Navajo Nation Council.

In order for us to [make] economical progress on our nation, we must look to the future for future generations and ourselves by supporting the vote for President Shirley’s Capital Improvement Plan.

Lynette June-Bonar

Tuba City, Ariz.

Renzi’s attack ads offensive

We Democrats are very unhappy that one of Renzi’s ads attacks the very man who is fighting to lower our prescription drugs by allowing them to come into our country!

Paul Babbitt, running to unseat Rick Renzi, does have modest investments in pharmaceuticals as part of his retirement mutual funds. The total amount is about $5,000 so those investments may have made him a couple hundred dollars last year. Meanwhile, Renzi voted to pass the Republican drug bill that has no price limits on drugs!!!

On the matter of residency, Rick Renzi , according to the Arizona Daily Sun, “moved to Virginia 18 years ago and purchased a Flagstaff home in 2001, just months before filing his candidacy for Congress. Renzi and his family have lived for more than a decade in Burke, Va., where his school-age children attend school.”

Renzi’s neighbor in Flagstaff has written a letter to the editor speaking of Renzi’s absence from that house.

Paul Babbitt , by contrast, part of a six-generation Arizona family, lives in Flagstaff. Over the past 28 years, Paul has served as Flagstaff mayor, city council member and a Coconino County Supervisor. As a group, the Board of Supervisors did raise taxes but within the mandate of a balanced budget. (Paul estimates a total of $9 per household over 20 years.) By contrast, Rick Renzi is a part of the Republicans who show no interest in balancing the budget.

Because Paul is a full-time Arizona resident, and because he’s on the right side of importing American drugs at a lower price, we urge you readers to support him for Arizona District 1 of the US House of Representatives.

Doug Herbster and

Leo Willemarck

Payson, Ariz.

An open letter to Republicans

This is an open letter to Republicans, an appeal to your common values, and an appeal to your common sense.

When the results firmed up on primary election night, and neo-conservatives came out on top, I began to mourn the death of common sense politics in Arizona.

Here’s why: For the first time in years, common sense had finally come to the capitol, and as Minority Leader I embraced it with open arms. Moderate Republicans w

ho believed in less government, fiscal responsibility, and finding common ground had made great efforts to reach across the aisle to find common sense solutions.

No longer was it “my way, or the highway” politics. We had folks who saw politics as a means, not an end. We had, but no more.

Neo-conservatives ripped apart folks from their own party because they stood for common sense, and not for the party line.

They stood for what they believed was right for everybody, and not just for the “right.” They stood for the greater good of Arizona, and in the end were treated less than human and villainized as evil.

There is no evil in working together. There is no evil in coming to the table. There is no evil in talking out our differences. Neo-conservatives would like you to think so.

So think about this Republicans: Over the next month, take a hard, close look at all your candidates—all of them! Yes, even Democrats. Take a look, because I bet you’d be surprised to see who your choices really are. Neo-conservatives under the label of Republicans maybe further away from your frame of thought than you might think. Middle of the road, common sense Democrats may be closer. Even if you never thought you’d vote for a Democrat, take a minute to talk to one. It’s worth your time and worth your effort because what happens in November determines if faithful Arizonans who pray for a brighter future will actually get one.

Democratic Leader

John Loredo

District 13

Arizona House of Representatives

Phoenix, Ariz.

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