Arizona has spoken. The Republicans will decide our future for the next 2-4 years. As an active Democrat, I am afraid.
The Republicans have made it clear that education and health care are not inalienable rights for all citizens. Thus, those programs will be cut until no one can be guaranteed to receive a quality education, access to health care or a job.
We are already 49th in the nation for funding education. Our new Superintendent of Public Instruction (a non-educator) and our legislators prefer to eliminate public education rather than improve it. Where will the jobs come from if we cannot guarantee there will be high school or college graduates trained to perform those jobs?
As for SB 1070, it was a quick fix attempt to solve the complicated issue of illegal immigration. Some say it worked and some say they are being illegally harassed because of it. We need a better solution than what I expect from this state’s leaders. If you can prove me wrong, I will rejoice.
Instead, I believe Democrats will be called on to fix the mess the Republicans will make with more of the same from SB 1070.
In the meantime, I will work to ensure public education is funded, better ideas on immigration are pursued, and will pray that no one loses everything just because they got sick.
Sandra Fischer, Mesa
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