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10/3/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Political football

Are all of you tired of reading this column and seeing nothing constructive being said? Ms. Two-last-names can only turn her head to the left. Then there is the other side that can only turn their heads to the right.

Kinda reminds me of football with the replacement officials not knowing what they are doing. When football has the right people in there, the game runs more smoothly. Let's take the left and place them in front of the right, facing each other. Now when they turn their heads, they will both be looking the same way. Right? If we can just get them to mold together, we might get some things done for the good of the ol' U.S.A.

Now, who are the right people? Only time will tell. There is a group of old guys that meets every day at the KRMC cafeteria around 7 a.m. every day. Stop in and say hello and give us your two cents. Thank you.

Paul Howard


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Schmo

I’m genuinely curious how others out their feel about Proposition 121. I’ve heard both sides of the argument and I am leaning towards being in favor of it. For those who don’t know, Proposition 121 would change our primary system in Arizona to a top two system. There would be a single primary before the general election which all candidates regardless of party would run on a single ballot and all voters regardless of party affiliation could participate. The top two candidates, regardless of party, would then run against one another in the general election. This would not apply to non-partisan or presidential races.

Here in Mohave County that would almost certainly pit two Republicans against one another in most County and State level races. As a left leaning independent, that is somewhat troubling to me. On the other hand the Democratic Party is almost non-existent in this deep red county and they never seem to run strong candidates. Consequently Republicans are virtually assured locally of a win in the general election. The Republican primary is often crowded with multiple candidates. Some are more ideological than others. I could see a scenario where you had an ideologically pure tea party-type Republican and a more moderate business-type Republican being the top vote receivers in the primary.

Today that ideologically pure Republican is more likely to win a Republican primary because he or she will bring out the true believers. That candidate then always wins in the general. But if that ideological candidate was forced to run against a more moderate candidate in the general election that did not have the scarlet letter “D” after their name, there’s a chance the moderate candidate could win, and that could mean better governance and less ideological fights. I could be completely wrong, though.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Standing For Truth

@ David Rogers

What you say is true and it's all the more shame and dishonor when it is the only daily paper serving this part of Arizona. I doubt these people (Mauser & Thurlow) know the meaning of unbiased and leavened journalism. But what can we expect from an editor that barely has a high school education.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking


"...biased ,articles nd rants by its editor...."

Please,oh please give us the name of the newspaper in this country that does not have its own editorial position, left or right. Bet you would not be complaining if the editorials were in line with your beliefs.

"Problematic"? I don't see how. You live in the U.S. nd are free to start a paper to compete with this one.


Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Good grief! None of you mentions what the left side believes nor the right side.

Meld those two together? There's right and there's wrong. The left is wrong on just about everything these days. The right is not. I used to be a Democrat before they left morality and God to do that which is unseemly.

Sorry if you posters cannot see the difference. Used to be the parties were not that far apart so there was a possibility for middle ground. Not anymore.

Frankly, liberalism is completely destroying us now and for far too many subjects, there just is no middle ground.

We used to have the same God over the entire country. We now have a big portion of the country who are atheists which does not at all work with the Founding documents. And now we have muslims moving in with a completely alien god to our founding. Fine, but they cannot try to substitute their religion for that which we were founded on.

Our real problem is not one of a two party system. Our real problem is a spiritual one. We were founded as a Christian nation and the founders said the documents worked only for a Christian nation and at least an acknowledgement of that.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

david rogers.

how are they problematic?? if you dont like that rants and opinions in the editorials, then dont read them. How do they cause you problems?? alot of us on here might completely disagree on every single thing we comment about, but we like the debate and i wont speak for anyone else but i have fun with it. so, like i said, if you dont like what is said, then dont read it, but its not "problematic"

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen Too

I've seen these "old guys" at the cafeteria. I've never seen or heard a cross word or loud conversation, civility at it's best. They do complain about the new, improved, coffee now and then though. If it wasn't free they would really be loud.

Seriously though, without the ability to stay hidden via the inernet the conversations that take place by those on the far left and far right would be a lot more civil.

Maybe we should try the old test we all should have learned years ago......would you talk to your mother this way.........

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: David Rogers

Thanks Paul.
One more suggestion. The Kingman Daily Miner is a very large part of the problem. With it biased articles and rants by its editor Rich Thrulow it has become very problematic.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Thanks for your thoughtful letter about the state of our politcal system as of late. I couldn't agree more. The system is broken and both parties are surly to blame. But like a football game if one side decides to just not show up for the game it can make for a very boring show. One party right after the last election did just that, they declared that their focus would be to do everything in their power to make the President a one term President. That doesn't sound much like they were willing to work with the other side to get something done. Facts are still facts even if you don't agree with them.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: James Savage

Thats hitting the Nail, Directly on the Head....We will never be the Country We should Be, With the "two" Party System

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