Saturday, October 1, 2016


The Arizona Republic editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.

This year is different.

The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.

That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.

What Clinton has (and Trump doesn’t)

The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.

Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.

Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.

PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS: Why Dems should choose Clinton | The case against Donald Trump

Clinton knows how to compromise and to lead with intelligence, decorum and perspective. She has a record of public service as First Lady, senator and secretary of state.

She has withstood decades of scrutiny so intense it would wither most politicians. The vehemence of some of the anti-Clinton attacks strains credulity.

Trump hasn’t even let the American people scrutinize his tax returns, which could help the nation judge his claims of business acumen.

Her flaws pale in comparison

The Arizona Republic never endorsed a Democrat for president from 1892 to 2012. Here's who the newspaper supported in general-election contests and why: (Research courtesy of author Bob Nelson and state historian Jack August)

The Arizona Republic never endorsed a Democrat for1 of 32
2012: MITT ROMNEY. "The nation's best opportunity to
2008: JOHN MCCAIN. The editorial board was proud to
2004: GEORGE W. BUSH. Does history repeat itself? We
2000: GEORGE W. BUSH. It was a nail-biter election
1996: BOB DOLE. Our endorsement came with an admonition:
1992: GEORGE BUSH. The Republic made a pitch for the
1988: GEORGE BUSH. Our case to voters: "Bush’s breadth
1984: RONALD REAGAN. Giving the Great Communicator
1980: RONALD REAGAN. "The low ebb at home and abroad
1976: GERALD FORD. The editors gave endorsements in
1972: RICHARD NIXON. "The breath-taking vision offered
1968: NO ENDORSEMENT. The Republic didn't choose between
1964: BARRY GOLDWATER. The front-page endorsement was
1960: RICHARD NIXON. It was more of a case against
1956: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. "We like Ike, first of
1952: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. "In General Eisenhower’s
1948: THOMAS DEWEY. Harry Truman defeated him in a
1944: THOMAS DEWEY. "... the election of Thomas E.
1940: WENDELL WILLKIE. The board was not a fan of FDR's:
1936: ALF LANDON. He lost the electoral vote 523 to
1932: HERBERT HOOVER. In the depths of the Great Depression,
1928: HERBERT HOOVER. The publisher argued that Hoover
1924: CALVIN COOLIDGE. The GOP candidate narrowly won
1920: WARREN HARDING. After the paper's favored GOP
1916: CHARLES EVANS HUGHES. The GOP nominated a moderate
1912: THEODORE ROOSEVELT. The paper was generally in
1908: WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT. The paper officially endorsed
1904: THEODORE ROOSEVELT. The paper never called it
1900: WILLIAM MCKINLEY. Snicker at the paper's humor:
1896: WILLIAM MCKINLEY. William Jennings Bryan was
1892: BENJAMIN HARRISON. Two years after the Arizona

Arizona Republic presidential endorsements: 120 years, no Democrats
Make no mistake: Hillary Clinton has flaws. She has made serious missteps.

Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State was a mistake, as she has acknowledged. Donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of State raise concerns that donors were hoping to buy access. Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing, she should have put up a firewall.

Yet despite her flaws, Clinton is the superior choice.

She does not casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies. Her approach to governance is mature, confident and rational.

That cannot be said of her opponent.

Clinton retains her composure under pressure. She’s tough. She doesn’t back down.

Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads.

That’s beneath our national dignity.

When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet.

Whose hand do you want on the nuclear button?

Hillary Clinton knows the issues, history and facts.

Clinton has argued America’s case before friendly and unfriendly foreign leaders with tenacity, diplomacy and skill. She earned respect by knowing the issues, the history and the facts.

She is intimately familiar with the challenges we face in our relations with Russia, China, the Middle East, North Korea and elsewhere. She’ll stand by our friends and she’s not afraid to confront our enemies.

Contrast Clinton’s tenacity and professionalism with Trump, who began his campaign with gross generalities about Mexico and Mexicans as criminals and rapists. These were careless slaps at a valued trading partner and Arizona’s neighbor. They were thoughtless insults about people whose labor and energy enrich our country.

Trump demonstrated his clumsiness on the world stage by making nice with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto only a few hours before appearing in Phoenix to deliver yet another rant about Mexican immigrants and border walls.

Arizona’s been there on immigration (it doesn’t work)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said radically different things about immigration. A look at their quotes: Wochit

What’s more, Arizona went down the hardline immigration road Trump travels. It led our state to SB 1070, the 2010 “show me your papers” law that earned Arizona international condemnation and did nothing to resolve real problems with undocumented immigration.

Arizona understands that we don’t need a repeat of that divisive, unproductive fiasco on the national level. A recent poll shows Arizonans oppose both more walls and the mass deportations Trump endorses.

We need a president who can broker solutions.

Clinton calls for comprehensive immigration reform, a goal that business, faith and law enforcement leaders have sought for years. Her support for a pathway to citizenship and her call for compassion for families torn apart by deportation are consistent with her longtime support for human rights.

Clinton’s equality vs. Trump’s lack of respect

Hillary Clinton has made a career fighting for gender
Hillary Clinton has made a career fighting for gender equality. (Photo: Monica Herndon/AP)
As secretary of state, Clinton made gender equality a priority for U.S. foreign policy. This is an extension of Clinton’s bold “women’s rights are human rights” speech in 1995.

It reflects an understanding that America’s commitment to human rights is a critically needed beacon in today’s troubled world.

Trump’s long history of objectifying women and his demeaning comments about women during the campaign are not just good-old-boy gaffes.

They are evidence of deep character flaws. They are part of a pattern.

Trump mocked a reporter’s physical handicap. Picked a fight with a Gold Star family. Insulted POWs. Suggested a Latino judge can’t be fair because of his heritage. Proposed banning Muslim immigration.

Each of those comments show a stunning lack of human decency, empathy and respect. Taken together they reveal a candidate who doesn’t grasp our national ideals.

A centrist or a wild card?

The Arizona Republic Editorial Board discusses presidential endorsement

Many Republicans understand this. But they shudder at the thought of Hillary Clinton naming Supreme Court justices. So they stick with Trump. We get that. But we ask them to see Trump for what he is — and what he is not.

Trump’s conversion to conservatism is recent and unconvincing. There is no guarantee he will name solid conservatives to the Supreme Court.

Hillary Clinton has long been a centrist. Despite her tack left to woo Bernie Sanders supporters, Clinton retains her centrist roots. Her justices might not be in the mold of Antonin Scalia, but they will be accomplished individuals with the experience, education and intelligence to handle the job.

They will be competent. Just as she is competent.

If a candidate can’t control his words

Never in its 126-year history has The Arizona Republic editorial board endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican.

Trump’s inability to control himself or be controlled by others represents a real threat to our national security. His recent efforts to stay on script are not reassuring. They are phony.

The president commands our nuclear arsenal. Trump can’t command his own rhetoric.

Were he to become president, his casual remarks — such as saying he wouldn’t defend NATO partners from invasion — could have devastating consequences.

Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, a thug who has made it clear he wants to expand Russia’s international footprint.

Trump suggested Russia engage in espionage against Hillary Clinton — an outrageous statement that he later insisted was meant in jest.

Trump said President Obama and Hillary Clinton were “co-founders” of ISIS, then walked that back by saying it was sarcasm.

It was reckless.

Being the leader of the free world requires a sense of propriety that Trump lacks.

Clinton’s opportunity to heal this nation

This is Hillary Clinton’s moment to reach those who feel left behind. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)
We understand that Trump’s candidacy tapped a deep discontent among those who feel left behind by a changed economy and shifting demographics.

Their concerns deserve to be discussed with respect.

Ironically, Trump hasn’t done that. He has merely pandered. Instead of offering solutions, he hangs scapegoats like piñatas and invites people to take a swing.

In a nation with an increasingly diverse population, Trump offers a recipe for permanent civil discord.

In a global economy, he offers protectionism and a false promise to bring back jobs that no longer exist.

America needs to look ahead and build a new era of prosperity for the working class.

This is Hillary Clinton’s opportunity. She can reach out to those who feel left behind. She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns.

She can move us beyond rancor and incivility.

The Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

Friday, September 30, 2016


The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We're doing it now.

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.

We’ve been highly critical of the GOP nominee in a number of previous editorials. With early voting already underway in several states and polls showing a close race, now is the time to spell out, in one place, the reasons Trump should not be president:

He is erratic. Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target. A list prepared by NBC details 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues since shortly before he entered the race. He simply spouts slogans and outcomes (he’d replace Obamacare with “something terrific”) without any credible explanations of how he’d achieve them.

He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this. Scores of Republican national security leaders have signed an extraordinary open letter calling Trump’s foreign policy vision “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” In a Wall Street Journal column this month, Robert Gates, the highly respected former Defense secretary who served presidents of both parties over a half-century, described Trump as “beyond repair.”

He traffics in prejudice. From the very beginning, Trump has built his campaign on appeals to bigotry and xenophobia, whipping up resentment against Mexicans, Muslims and migrants. His proposals for mass deportations and religious tests are unworkable and contrary to America’s ideals.

Trump has stirred racist sentiments in ways that can’t be erased by his belated and clumsy outreach to African Americans. His attacks on an Indiana-born federal judge of Mexican heritage fit “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected official in the Republican Party. And for five years, Trump fanned the absurd “birther” movement that falsely questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president.

His business career is checkered. Trump has built his candidacy on his achievements as a real estate developer and entrepreneur. It’s a shaky scaffold, starting with a 1973 Justice Department suit against Trump and his father for systematically discriminating against blacks in housing rentals. (The Trumps fought the suit but later settled on terms that were viewed as a government victory.) Trump’s companies have had some spectacular financial successes, but this track record is marred by six bankruptcy filings, apparent misuse of the family’s charitable foundation, and allegations by Trump University customers of fraud. A series of investigative articles published by the USA TODAY Network found that Trump has been involved in thousands of lawsuits over the past three decades, including at least 60 that involved small businesses and contract employees who said they were stiffed. So much for being a champion of the little guy.

He isn’t leveling with the American people. Is Trump as rich as he says? No one knows, in part because, alone among major party presidential candidates for the past four decades, he refuses to release his tax returns. Nor do we know whether he has paid his fair share of taxes, or the extent of his foreign financial entanglements.

He speaks recklessly. In the days after the Republican convention, Trump invited Russian hackers to interfere with an American election by releasing Hillary Clinton’s emails, and he raised the prospect of “Second Amendment people” preventing the Democratic nominee from appointing liberal justices. It’s hard to imagine two more irresponsible statements from one presidential candidate.

He has coarsened the national dialogue. Did you ever imagine that a presidential candidate would discuss the size of his genitalia during a nationally televised Republican debate? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine a presidential candidate, one who avoided service in the military, would criticize Gold Star parents who lost a son in Iraq? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine you’d see a presidential candidate mock a disabled reporter? Neither did we. Trump’s inability or unwillingness to ignore criticism raises the specter of a president who, like Richard Nixon, would create enemies’ lists and be consumed with getting even with his critics.

He’s a serial liar. Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest. Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements. When confronted with a falsehood, such as his assertion that he was always against the Iraq War, Trump’s reaction is to use the Big Lie technique of repeating it so often that people begin to believe it.

We are not unmindful of the issues that Trump’s campaign has exploited: the disappearance of working-class jobs; excessive political correctness; the direction of the Supreme Court; urban unrest and street violence; the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group; gridlock in Washington and the influence of moneyed interests. All are legitimate sources of concern.

Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton, who has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national security or lead to a constitutional crisis). The Editorial Board does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement.

Some of us look at her command of the issues, resilience and long record of public service — as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State — and believe she’d serve the nation ably as its president.

Other board members have serious reservations about Clinton’s sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information.

Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems.

Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.

USA TODAY's editorial opinions are decided by its Editorial Board, separate from the news staff. Most editorials are coupled with an opposing view — a unique USA TODAY feature.

Monday, August 22, 2016


The Ambassador Bridge is 87 years old, by the time the Gordie Howe International Bridge is completed the AB will be nearly 100 years old.

Is the Ambassador Bridge - safe - are two photographs that I took in July 2016...on the Canadian side of the it safe ???? When was the last impartial bridge safety inspection done ????
Parts of the Bridge have fallen into the streets of Windsor.
Would you feel safe driving over the Bridge ????

Matty Maroun, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, can't be trusted - it is said he put 1,000 windows into the old Central Railroad Terminal, but has not rehabbed or made substantial progress in fixing the building, that sits as a Tombstone to an entrance into Detroit.
Mayor Duggan seems to have been bought off or made a bad deal with Maroun, who has paid lobbyist and legislators who fight for his interests in Lansing and Washington, while Detroit looks at his failures.

It's time the Governor, the Mayor and the Federal Govt stands up to Maroun and takes control of urgent trans border needs of the US and Canada.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016



Donald Trump (the BILLIONAIRE) says he is the 'Law and Order' candidate which should scare all Americans...that comment should send a chill through all minority communities...that comment should bother Law Enforcement Officers throughout the nation, who will see that police-community relations become more strained if Trump is ever to become President. Common Sense says this is TRUE.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke proudly and rightfully proclaimed that 'Blue Lives Matter'...he should have accepted the applause and walked off the RNC stage, but he continued, denigrating and condemning 'Black Lives Matters' supporters. He was divisive and harmed police community relations. It will be interesting to see how his speech plays out in his city...but it was wrong for America and for Blue Lives.

The Cleveland Police Union President asked Governor Kasich to suspend 'Open Carry' in Cleveland, to protect 'Blue Lives' - law enforcement officers, many who had come from all over the country to assist Cleveland officers. They feared that protesters who would be allowed to 'Open Carry' guns and rifles would present a dangerous problem for the officers. Kasich said he had NO authority to do so - he should have had his AG find a way.

Dallas (TX) police officers - asked for an end to 'Open Carry' because so many protesters were carrying the guns and rifles (legally) that it made it difficult for them to know a 'good guy from a bad gun'

I have have written that Law Enforcement Officers, City Police Chiefs, County Sheriffs, and State Troopers must take the lead to end 'Open Carry' that endangers 'Blue Lives' and we need better and extended training for CPLs holders.
LEOs must take the lead to get a BAN on military assault weapons, high capacity magazines, background checks at gun shows and allowing the ATF to inspect and monitor gun stores, gun shows, and to use computers to track weapons to aid LEOs nationally when crimes are committed by guns.

We must support all law enforcement officers 'Blue Lives' matters but we must acknowledge - that we must work together to form better police - community relations, and Trump rhetoric doesn't do that.


New Jersey - Chris Christie (Gov) ...Shame shame shame.....

Governor Chris Christie shamed himself and his state by his unethical, insulting, demeaning, crude, distasteful, vulgar speech at the Republican National Convention 2016 - listing talking points about the former First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State - Hillary Clinton, also a mother and grandmother.

He listed anti Hillary talking points, some discredited, and encouraged the crowd to chant back - Guilty,...then the chant of the Convention thru day three - Lock her Up....reverberated.

Christie wanted the be Trump's Vice President, but his NJ baggage and his support for the NJ Democratic Legislature's, 23c a gallon gas hike made that impossible. He is now focused on being the US Attorney General, and his speech at the RNC should spike, kill any hope he had of getting that job.

Christie has shamed his State and himself and all those that cheered lustily (for blood) at the Convention.

Friday, July 8, 2016


God Bless the Dallas (TX) Police Department.....

May God Bless the twelve (12) police officers killed and injured while doing their sworn duty to - Protect and Serve.

A police officer with a simple bullet proof vest and a 9 mm / 40 cal handgun is and was NO match for a gunman armed with a AR-15, military style assault weapon, a weapon of War, a weapon designed for mass casualties, as we saw a brave Dallas officer get into a fire fight with the crazed gunman.

Let us all - Police Officers, County Sheriffs, State Troopers, Federal Law Enforcement Officers - stand together - and demand 'common sense' gun laws - a BAN on military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, background checks at gun shows, allowing the ATF to audit gun shops and gun shows, allowing ATF to use computers to assist law enforcement in tracking guns and for homicide and mass shooting investigations.

We as LEOs must take the lead - show the public that we who know the real consequences of homicides and mass shootings that we care and want assistance from them and that government, state and federal must do their part to protect LEOs and the public - NOW - not after another police killing or mass public shooting, NOW, we are ready to help Stop the Terror.

Friday, July 1, 2016


When DONALD J. TRUMP speaks 'people listen' it is his bombastic, ignorant rants, denigrating: President Obamas (weak), the US Military (weak / not strong enough), Mexicans and Muslims, the 'rigged' (American system) that is the meat and potatoes that 'radical terrorists' use to recruit 'new jihadists' and not just to those in the Middle East but to all 'terroists' around the WORLD, by using Trump's own words - that don't have to be tweaked or edited - they can use them on social media and in other forums against America and to put Americans in DANGER.

DONALD J. TRUMP has gone far below the level of decency to speak to Americans fears and doubts to create a divisive political campaign that has devalued the American Values at home and around the World. He is creating a level of mistrust between the American people and its Worldwide allies, that WE need to keep American safe and prosperous.

It is time for real Americans who love this country and its values, who want their children to grow up in freedom to reject the ignorant, bombastic and just plain wrong headed rhetoric of Donald J. Trump - start now, Today.......

Thursday, June 23, 2016


President Obama has made sixteen (16) mass murder announcements...unless we pass more 'common sense' gun control laws:
No Fly - No Buy, a ban on military style assaults weapons (Weapons of War), ban on high capacity magazines, and end to 'Open Carry Laws' and more training in the law and use of a handgun for CPL holders, background checks at gun shows, and allowing the ATF to check gun stores and their inventories. This would be a good start to stop mass killings.

Or President Obams should prepare his 17th, 18th ....mass murder announcements.