On the positive side, he noted that Johnson said "no" to taxes, voted to preserve the Economic Development Authority and stood up against violations of the open meetings law.
Basinger also strongly criticized County Manager Ron Walker and said, if elected, he would vote to replace him.
Basinger said he would vote to take away some of the county manager's authority and give it to the board of supervisors, no matter who the county manager is.
"I think he has done a bad job," Basinger said of Walker.
Byers came to Walker's defense.
"The county manager is doing a good job.
He's got all of his oars in the water, and they're going in the right direction," Byers said.
Micromanagement of county staff is "where we're headed" if he loses the Sept.
7 primary, Byers said.
If re-elected, Byers added, the next four years would be his last in office.
"I've made clear, honest decisions.
I inherited a county that was adrift.
We went through three county managers in five years."
Byers said turnover in some county departments was as high as 44 percent prior to his tenure.
"Every dime was directed to the I-40 corridor.
Economic development was the only thing that mattered," Byers said.
"We now have $18 million in a contingency fund and a new sheriff's office."
Kingman losing the county seat is the biggest issue the county faces in this election, Byers said.
"I'm the only one who's ever done anything there (in Colorado City)," Byers said, in reference to the county putting a government building in the northern Mohave County polygamous community.
Independent candidate John Ford read a statement from his former boss, District 2 Supervisor Tom Sockwell, which said Ford ran Sockwell's Dolan Springs office "in a very efficient manner," complimenting Ford for his "aggressive approach to getting the job done."
"We get no respect from the county to this day," Ford said of Dolan Springs, explaining one of the reasons he decided to run.
"My rural area has not been blessed with good leadership.
Kingman has been blessed with good leadership.
If we do not start developing our rural areas, we're going to be up the creek."
Ford said there is not one paved road in Dolan Springs and that sales tax dollars are going out of state because of people shopping in Las Vegas.
Democratic candidate Ken Dunn has lived in Mohave County for 11 years.
He said he wants to clean up blighted areas, start an after-school program, bring Colorado City into compliance with state law, establish neighborhood watch programs and try to get better paying jobs for county residents.
Former Kingman Mayor Les Byram asked the candidates whether they would vote to move county facilities to Golden Valley.
Byers said there's no infrastructure, fire department or municipal water system in Golden Valley.
"It's only something to increase the value of some property for a small group of people.
If they stop the county administration building, you can bet it's going to move."
Ford and Dunn said they would take a wait-and-see approach about moving county facilities outside of Kingman.
Basinger said he doesn't favor moving county facilities from Kingman but criticized the county for buying "prime real estate at the crossroads of America," referring to Beale Street and Interstate 40, the west Kingman interchange.
The area includes the new sheriff's headquarters and the new county administration building, which will be erected nearby.
"(Having) those buildings (in Kingman) will not save the county seat," he said.
"The county seat has never been threatened.
What will save (the county seat) is Kingman being a team player."
In response to a question from the audience about recent increases in fees for such things as septic system installations, Basinger said the process was flawed.
Byers said the board of supervisors' vote was unanimous to increase the fees but that the fees will be looked at.
"We probably made a mistake there.
It slipped through," he said.
Ford said county officials should "go to the town halls and tell what they're for.
Fees have to be brought to the people so you know what you're paying for."
Dunn said he didn't see any notices about the fee increases until he read about them afterward in the newspaper.
Ford and Dunn will face the winner of the Sept.
7 Republican primary in the Nov.
2 general election.
Sit back and enjoy our City Council
To the Editor:
Most of us who have a stake in the city of Kingman are most likely following the antics of the City Council.
I have to chuckle, at least to myself, over the most recent firing of the city manager and all the "in the sand" line-drawing that is happening.
But consider the alternative.
We could have continued with the same good ol' boy network, stuck in the 1800's business-as-usual mentality and nothing would ever turn over the cart of rotten apples on the City Council.
As of our recent mayoral and council elections show, the transition from the 19th century to the 21st century has begun.
One of the concerns of the powers-that-try-to-be is our current mayor's ability to move this city in a progressive direction, not that they want that to happen.
Particularly after this past week's events, I am confident that Mrs.
Gates will single-handedly, either wittingly or not, force this city to finally step up into the 21st century.
Unfortunately, her tenure could very well be seen as a demolition ball more than as a reconstruction.
That will be a shame and a loss to this city.
However, oftentimes the cure seems relatively more painful than the original sickness was; only in the view that what has taken several decades to put Kingman in its current condition, we want it corrected overnight by waving some magic wand.
There will be a price for such idealism.
That price is beginning to be paid, first with the pasturing of the old-time families, then with the "elected" government, as we watch the dying throes of some old guard "yes-men" finally move on to the City Council in the sky.
I am amused at the current alignment within the council; politics do make for some very strange bedfellows.
I am sure we will see many more acts as this dark comedy is played out over the next two years.
Catholic priests see no reason to reform
To the Editor:
In the Sunday, July 18, paper, there was an interesting article about Sunday at one time being a special day and what humankind has done to Sunday.
The article is of interest to me because it reminds me of the changes that have taken place in my generation.
It reminds me of how the world has changed over the centuries.
It reminds me of how things were prior to and after the Reformation Era, 1450 to 1650.
Prior to the reformation, religion played a major role over the politics and lives of the people.
But after the reformation, religion lost its luster and secularism became a driving force behind all the changes that took place.
Secularism is a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations.
The purpose of the reformation was to reform the Roman Catholic Church, but instead it split the church into different religious groups; humanists, Lutherans, radicals, reformists, English, and out of these groups, the many denominations plus Quakers and others.
It should be noted that there were reformers before and after Martin Luther.
During the Middle Ages, an ever-growing criticism of the Roman Catholic Church and Papacy began demanding reform.
A series of revolts and lay movements took place separating them from the Roman Catholic Church.
During and after the reformation, the reformers involved could not agree on the doctrine, hence there were splits rather than reform.
It should also be noted that reform did not take place within the Roman Catholic Church.
The church remains as is, and the Papacy is not about to change its ways.
The priests today see no need for reform.
Christianity home of many false teachers
To the Editor:
Reflecting off of Richard Ostling's article on the July 30 Religion page, there is a list of ideals at the end about the Unitarian faith that says, "in urging the fullest, most vigorous use of self-examination," one thing religious leaders and their followers do not want is their beliefs "examined."
The false teachers who formed the Catholic religion around Jesus' life wrote lie after lie into Bible history, and they teach their lies, especially about Jesus' life and true purpose.
The Christian religions support the falsification of Jesus' life, which makes them branches of the Catholic religion.
So much of Paul's work has been falsified, especially the many verses which say or infer that Jesus is Christ.
Jesus said he is not the Christ and that no one should say he is, Matthew 16:20.
Most people don't know what the Christ was in those days.
People in Jesus' time, including the apostles Peter and Paul, knew about the "belief" the Jews passed down through the ages that a deliverer would come and set the Jews free from their oppressors.
The Greek word for deliverer is Christos.
In Hebrew, it is Messiah.
Jesus said he is not Christ.
Matthew 16:13-18 are lies.
Jesus said his purpose was to give testimony to truth, as it clearly says in John 18:37.
It does not say he came to set the Jews free.
Neither does it say he came to suffer and die in atonement for morally weak people.
Jesus taught that we all have direct communication with his fatherly guide in the heavens, Matthew 6:5-8, and that only those being guided from the heavens would be rescued from the Earth before the natural disaster destroys the Earth's surface, Matthew 7:21.
Today, we call heaven space!
Jesus warned that many would come in his name saying he, Jesus, is Christ and that they will deceive many, Matthew 24:5.
Who are they who claim Jesus is Christ? They are Catholics and Christians.
These deceivers have deceived millions here on Earth, but they haven't fooled our guides in the heavens.