Life under a president with no policies

I’m so confused. Last week tariffs on Chinese goods were good for American. Now, we have to wait until December or Americans wouldn’t have Christmas? This is life under a President with no economic or foreign policy. He has only propaganda moves to support his 2020 re-election campaign. It would be humorous if these and […]

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Second Amendment is not an unlimited right

Most people can agree that mass shootings in this country are happening too often. It’s almost like they are a normal part of the news cycle. Congress can and must do something about this problem. We should all care about our constitutional rights. Those rights, however, are not without limits. The Second Amendment doesn’t explicitly […]

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What is the real purpose of semi-automatic rifles?

Other than the possible mass shootings, what can the civilians use the semi-automatic assault rifles and the high-capacity magazines for? For what purposes can we — the civilians — use those weapons in our daily life? There is no valid and reasonable legitimization for those specific weapons. Common rifles (without the magazines) and common handguns […]

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Thankful for Sinema’s measured approach to policy

I wanted to write a brief note to say that I believe Senator Sinema’s tenure in the Senate has been measured and focused. It’s something that is rare these days of partisan rhetoric and finger-pointing. Her demeanor has shown that she is the perfect person to fill Senator McCain’s centrist shoes. She stays below the […]

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You can’t ignore the impact guns have

I think the president is right. Those shooters are mentally ill, and they had easy access to guns. You can’t take guns out of the equation. You can’t just say the problem is mental illness. Without guns, the mentally ill would have to find some other means of killing; but there is nothing to compare […]

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Words have the power to incite violence

This weekend I watched with horror along with a vast majority of my countrymen and the world as the El Paso shooting unfolded. I was further horrified when the shooter’s alleged manifesto was released because the words sounded very familiar. The manifesto speaks of an “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and warns that white people are […]

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Allen needs to be replaced in LD6

Sylvia Allen is my LD6 Senator in the Arizona legislature. She is the Chairman of the Education Committee. She made a statement on July 15 at an Arizona Republican Party event that our country would soon look like “South American countries” and implied that immigrants would eliminate freedom of religion and claimed that feminism and […]

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Thorpe’s weak response to short-term rentals

On Wednesday (July 24), I attended a Sedona city hall meeting where Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) answered questions from residents who feel devastated by the impacts of short-term house rentals. These rentals include everything from owner-occupants renting rooms to corporations that are buying up houses and building 6,000-foot “mini-hotels.” Most of those in the room […]

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A reminder about how schools used to be run

The recent news of the death of Sam Borozan, “Mr. NAU,” reminds this retired faculty member of a time when NAU was regarded (along with other state universities) as a place that was worthy of substantial public support. Both our state government and fellow citizens once valued as a public good that our public schools, […]

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Urging O’Halleran to fight for BEARS Act

The Bears Ears region is a precious natural and cultural resource, not only to those who use it recreationally, but to the native peoples who inhabited the land ancestrally. Numerous endemic and threatened plant and animal species inhabit the region as well. And as a matter of personal importance to me and other rock climbers […]

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