|Grand Canyon state Republicans shows Sheriff Joe Arpaio leading the field to replace the retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).|
I once worked in Arizona for Goldwaters Department Store. I was a young buyer from San Francisco who met up with my first crowd of ¨Conservative Republicans¨ both at work and play. I was amazed what a wonderful and decent/fair group these folks were (and worked hard to become)--afterall, it was a time when when many of us believed in ¨making love and not war.¨ Most Arizonans agreed with the ¨love part.¨ As it turns out I loved being amongst the very honorable ¨Republicans¨ in Arizona for my four years during the late sixties learning/working experience--they believed strongly in the value and privacy and ¨individual rights¨ of every human being/citizen, coworker and everyday friend--every ONE of WE everyday people were respected and that would include a Gay man like me or the female Latino Coworker who was being treated equally, being paid well (females at the time were slightly behind in the general public pay scale but not at Goldwaters where there would soon be a female, ¨Ms. Phoenix Sportswear¨ Buyer, who became President of the Stores-- the first at Associated Dry Goods) and always accepted and made to feel welcome at work/beyond work. The police were strict but I think rather healthy-minded and one of my roomates was a Probation Officer and the other worked at the Playboy Club near Park Central...a nice ¨balance/mix¨ I thought at the time as we enjoyed life/equality at our lively rented house environment, in Scottsdale, behind Camelback Mountain...very civilized, friendly and hospitable.
Things have changed in Arizona?
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