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. . . one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all!

Sadly, our nation’s presidential campaign has peeled back the veneer that for too long has obscured dark chapters of our history and stifled civil dialogue about our commitment to ensuring liberty and justice for all.

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Correcting the Johnson Utilities Newsletter – Once Again

We were disappointed by the false and misleading comments made by Johnson Utilities in its May 2016 Newsletter regarding the Florence Copper Project.

Customers are entitled to a higher level of accuracy and professionalism from their water utility.

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Should Steve Henry Be Dismissed?

Recent newspaper reports have called the public’s attention to Pinal County policy and procedure 1.30 governing the political activity of Pinal County employees.

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YES ON 124 TV Ad On the Air Across Arizona

The Yes on 124 campaign is up on the air with a television ad airing across the state of Arizona until Election Day on May 17, 2016. The ad – featuring Arizona fire fighters and police officers – highlights support for Proposition 124 from public safety workers, elected leaders across the political spectrum and Arizona’s cities and towns.

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Teenage Drinking is Not Cool!

As the Chief Deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office I want to share some sobering information that I have learned in my 23-years of law enforcement. I’ve learned that teenage drinking in not cool.

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Letter to the Editor By Sheriff Paul Babeu

Over the past few months, you may have seen in the news that the ACLU is suing the State of Arizona including the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office regarding the use of RICO funds.

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Cookie Desperately Needs a Family

I am a Volunteer at the Apache Junction Paws and Claws Shelter and I am desperately looking for someone or some good family to adopt Cookie.

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Rifle-Toting Zealots Placing Themselves Above the Law

Last August I urged caution as our Pinal County Board of Supervisors considered and adopted a resolution offered by Supervisor Anthony Smith aligning Pinal County with a proposal promoted by a visiting representative of County Commissioners from the State of Idaho. The radical proposal seeks to transfer ownership and financial responsibility of our federal public lands to a group of western states.

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Governor, Please Fix This Mess

Susan Bitter Smith, the current chair of Arizona’s Corporation Commission – the regulator of Arizona’s monopoly utilities like APS, Southwest Gas and Century Link – resigned amid conflict of interest charges.

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Gosar Vitriolic Condemnation of Congressional Budget Deal

Our Congressman Paul Gosar’s vitriolic condemnation of the Congressional Budget Deal is a striking act of isolationism. The bill passed precisely because the majority in Congress could no longer put up with the antics of Mr. Gosar’s Shutdown Caucus.

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Clerk Chad A Roche takes bold stance - refutes 1% across the board bonus called for by Chairman

 

Clerk Chad A. Roche took a bold stance today at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Pinal County in response to a call for an across-the-board bonus for all Pinal County employees. This proposal was brought up for discussion today by Chairman Pete Rios, who is up for election this fall. The one- time one-percent incentive - if passed in the future - would be the first increase in pay for Pinal County employees in over four years.

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And the survey says...

A new poll by the Merrill/Morrison Institute released May 17, 2012, shows overwhelming support by Arizona voters for increasing funding for public education.

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An opinion about opinions

Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her prickly pear pickin’ accomplice Robert Lewis offer their popular annual class, “How to Juice a Prickly Pear,” at 10:30 a.m.

I am a chaplain with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and was sad to see that you (editor) would take advantage of a very tragic event to take a cheap shot at PCSO. We were all sad to see the loss of Mr. (Jeff) Block and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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An inside look

Betty’s Haunted Bus is sure to provide thrills and chills  at Salt River Tubing’s Spooktacular Halloween.

Often times when we are on the outside looking in we don’t always see a clear picture or know the true intentions. Things can be deceiving. We see the smiles and hear convincing words that people would like us to hear.

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An honest, decent sheriff

Before he was elected sheriff, Paul Babeu was unable to identify his sister in law, driving his car, in a photo radar speeding ticket. I wondered at the time if he was a liar or just a bad cop. 

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An Epic Pinal County Scandal

A little more than a week ago, Scott Greenfield wrote a post at Simple Justice about how a deputy at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office shot an unarmed man in the back despite the fact the man had his hands in the air and was clearly surrendering. If it hadn’t been caught on camera by a bystander, it would never have been news because the sheriff initially lied about the facts, insisted the deputy was justified, and let the deputy return to full duty after only three days of paid administrative leave. Luckily, the footage couldn’t be clearer.  Read full article here

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An endorsement for Millsaps

Kathy Hughes’ book, “Bull Dozer Learns to Be a  Friend,” sells for $19.99 on Amazon.com.

As most of you know Aug. 28 is Election Day, what this means is we will be given an opportunity to clean up the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. The current sheriff has managed to turn this office into the most chaotic mismanaged office in Pinal County. 

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All Pinal Residents Deserve Equal Protection and Safety

Is it fair that families who live within city or town limits receive more than double the police protection?  Almost 212,000 Pinal residents do not live in a city or town and are the primary responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office. We have 209 deputies for 212,000 residents who live in the unincorporated county areas like San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon, Hidden Valley, Queen Valley, Arizona City, San Manuel, Oracle, Saddlebrooke and portions of Casa Grande and Apache Junction.  Local Police Departments have over 540 full time Police Officers to protect 170,000 residents within the city limits and tribal reservations.

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62% of Pinal County’s Most Dangerous Criminals Let Go?

In the last several months, it has been described by Sheriff Babeu and one of his recruited running mates, Lando Voyles, that the current Pinal County Attorney, James Walsh, has declined prosecution, set plea agreements, or allowed probation to 62% of Pinal County's most dangerous criminals.  It has been reported that many of these dangerous criminals have committed homicides, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults and other serious felonies.  I would like to shed some light as a former chief of police and career lawman on this seriousness of these percentages and allegations.

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42 Times Zero Equals Zero

42 equals the number on Jackie Robinson’s jersey, The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (the Hitchers Guide) and w...

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