Letter to the Editor: Relying on minimum wage workers in a crisis

Does anyone else see the great irony that we’ve spent the last couple years greatly debating the worth and value of lower wage workers as the Flagstaff minimum wage has increased, yet now that we are in the middle of the biggest universal crisis we hopefully ever experience, the people we are relying upon almost […]

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Letter to the Editor: Proud of Mayor Evans for gutsy decision early on

The coronavirus is real and it is now everywhere. Research on how this terrible virus spreads is now clear and national and state news outlets have explained them to us over the past month plus well. If everyone takes this pandemic seriously and does what is necessary to keep not only themselves, but all of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Silver lining is in our behavior

In the current pandemic, state elected leaders should do everything possible to help citizens survive, economically manage and reduce stress. However, State “House Speaker Rusty Bowers refused to take up Thursday’s Senate package [on tens of millions of dollars to prevent foreclosures, evictions and help small businesses] and instead adjourned the House …”. “The action […]

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Letter to the Editor: Asking Sheriff Driscoll if ICE policy is revised

Last week ICE announced that they will limit arrests of undocumented individuals to only the most dangerous criminals until the coronavirus crisis passes. Over a week ago, we asked Sheriff Driscoll if he had revised his policy of holding undocumented individuals for up to 48 additional hours in the Coconino County jail, for the purpose […]

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Letter to the Editor: Administration prioritizes loyalty over competence

One of the sad ironies of this administration is that it considers personal loyalty to Trump far ahead of any loyalty to the country. This means that critical jobs, like the Director of National Intelligence or the Attorney General, are picked solely on the basis not of competence, but of personal loyalty. The results of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Help keep our tax dollars in Arizona

Arizona unfortunately has a bad record of respecting the rights of marginalized populations, whether that’s minorities, LGBTQ+ people, and those with special needs. Which is why it’s especially concerning that our state has become ground zero, basically a national laboratory, for new voucher programs meant to circumvent legal restrictions. School vouchers in America became incredibly […]

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t listen to the President’s COVID-19 cure claims

COVID-19 is a NOT a Chinese Virus. It is a coronavirus that has mutated to become one of the most lethal respiratory infections of this generation. There has been discrimination throughout our country against Chinese and Asian-Americans as a result of President Trump’s racist rhetoric. Though there is some information about using chloroquine phosphate, an […]

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Letter to the Editor: Transgender athletics bill’s point is cruelty

I am appalled to read that the Arizona House has passed a bill banning transgender girls (not boys) from playing athletics unless they pass a genetic test. The NCAA (which governs college athletics) has allowed transgender women to play for over a decade under less restrictive tests. Contrary to the false fears expressed in the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for democratic candidates in LD6

Democracy runs on local control and the voice of the people. Flagstaff’s voters approved the minimum wage increase in 2016. Businesses couldn’t believe that the people supported this and state government feared this action to improve living standards for the people would infect other cities. So with massive amounts of dark money, a repeal of […]

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Letter to the Editor: More than ever, every vote counts

This week, two significant things happened to me — my early voting ballot arrived in the mail, and I went to see Stacy Abrams (founder of “Fair Fight,” an organization that supports voter rights) speak in Phoenix. Ms. Abrams spoke forcefully about how voter suppression efforts (purging voter registration rolls, problems with poll locations and […]

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