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Cathi Herrod's big nanny-state problem

Jan 6, 2015

Arizona Republic

Cathi Herrod's big nanny-state problem

Bryan Howard 4:16 p.m. MST January 5, 2015

Regarding The Republic's selection of the Arizona Center for Policy's Cathi Herrod as "one to watch" in 2015, Herrod and her enablers have certainly succeeded on two fronts: their conservative social engineering agenda has turned Arizona into a national laughingstock and cost taxpayers millions of dollars defending her unjust and unconstitutional legislation. However, at the same time, she has failed to change how we live our lives and failed to halt social progress.

The problem for Herrod is that Arizonans don't hanker to live in a nanny state that tells us what to do in our private lives. We believe we are capable of making our own decisions about who to love and when to begin a family.

We can certainly count on more of the same from Ms. Herrod. Perhaps the ones to watch are our new governor, legislative and business leaders. Will they sit by and facilitate more of her expensive shenanigans or get down to the business of balancing the budget and building the economy? If they oppose these unnecessary and divisive social fights now, they can prevent further poisoning of Arizona's reputation as a place to live, work and raise a family.

— Bryan S. Howard, Phoenix

The writer is president of Planned Parenthood Arizona.