Drop The Vindictiveness

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Feelings continue to run high in our community about the Haught-Cooper case. Unfortunately, they are sometimes misguided.

A member of the Roundup staff, who is related to Roy Haught by marriage, received a harassing phone call on a recent evening. She's not the only individual on the "Haught" side of the issue to be pestered unjustifiably. Meanwhile, businesses that disagree with the judge's ruling on the sentence given to Mr. Haught are being punished for that stance by his supporters.

It's time for people to give up misguided personal attacks and to direct their frustration and concerns to the proper places -- our court system. While Mr. Haught has been convicted and sentenced, the courts are not yet finished with his case. He has filed an appeal on his conviction, and prosecutors have filed one regarding his sentence.

It is Mr. Haught who has been convicted in the death of James Cooper -- not his wife, his cousins, his in-laws. And it was an independent jury that convicted him, not the media or those who question Judge Edd Dawson's alteration of the jury's verdict.

Residents of northern Gila County have proven over and over again that this is a caring and concerned community. Surely we can all find a way to disagree on an issue that has had tragic effects on two families without being vindictive and mean.

Yes to school funding
Leaders of the State Legislature finally got the message: education is important to Arizonans.

They did the right thing this week by compromising with their more moderate and reasonable colleagues to add another $60 million to the state budget for Arizona's schools.

It's distressing that legislative leaders had to be more-or-less strong-armed by their colleagues to provide this support for the future of Arizona's children. But the political process worked, and we are all likely to be the better for it.

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