Letter: All six debates must be held

As a firm believer in hearing and seeing both sides of the issue when it comes down to politics, I am writing this letter to ask you to please offer a public forum where we can attend and watch the debates in person about the issues close and dear to our hearts in Kingman. Thanks to your newspaper, I know for a fact that Democratic candidate for governor Terry Goddard has challenged Gov. Jan Brewer to six debates before the November General Election, including one in Kingman. "I propose Jan Brewer step up with me and debate the issues that matter most to Arizonans. In these incredibly difficult times, the people of our state deserve answers, not just sound bites," Goddard stated in a news release.

Thanks to the Miner for telling us that Goddard is proposing six debates on the state budget, public safety, immigration, jobs, education and business throughout the state. The debates would be held in Tucson, Kingman, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Phoenix and Flagstaff.

Unfortunately for those of us wanting to see them in person go at it face to face, Brewer replied with a wishy-washy "maybe," and her campaign office issued a news release saying that she planned to revisit Goddard's offer after participating in a Sept. 1 televised Clean Elections Commission debate.

I hope that the rest of my fellow citizens join me in asking these public servants to not only do the talk but do the walk when it comes to serving responsibly for the good of our country and our state of Arizona in these difficult times.

Humberto L. Garcia

Kingman