Plenty of things could still use state money

Our state legislature has been discussing next fiscal year’s budget. There is a surplus this time, and legislators and the governor are debating how to spend it. Governor Ducey, it seems, would like to spend the surplus on increasing the state’s “rainy-day fund,” to be used in an emergency, such as another financial crisis. Some […]

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President has no plan for health care

Republicans and Trump are trying to strip millions of Americans of their health care insurance. Despite losing the House of Representatives over a lack of direction on health care, Republicans are still trying to derail the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, by appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn it. We […]

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Better cleaning of water preserves human health

The April 2 “Wolf’s Den” (AZ Daily Sun) brings an emerging issue to point. Dave Wolf’s call for protecting wetlands and other waters is an essential responsibility we all need to be aware of and take meaningful action to preserve. As Hopi say, “Water is life”. Maintaining water quality enables both human and environmental health […]

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President’s plans just another threat to hurt US

As you know, President Trump has threatened to close the Mexican border. Trump believes that closing the border will solve all our problems with illegal immigration, drugs and human trafficking. Once again Trump, the stable genius, has saved the day. So therefore, why don’t we just go with that? And simply close the Mexican border? […]

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Examining where job growth came from in March

A few notes on the March job numbers, which the GOP has been touting. The biggest growth sector was the health care industry, with strong hiring in ambulatory care, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities. What happens if Trump and the GOP AGs win their lawsuit to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, throwing […]

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Who does Sinema represent?

The Senate voted this week on the Green New Deal (GND), a resolution to support green jobs and address climate change. The resolution contains goals, not policies, and represents a starting point for legislation. The premature vote has been called a political stunt to divide Democrats and paint supporters as radicals. In a refusal to […]

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Encourage politicians to support bipartisan carbon bill

Contrary to its headline, “US lagging behind others in reforestation” was full of good news. Global reforestation is making a dent in the global carbon emissions that fuel climate change. Surprisingly, China leads the pack with 66 billion trees planted since 1970. Tiny Pakistan is planting a billion trees, Australia’s goal is 20 million and […]

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Border visit shows nothing of what Trump speaks of

There is no national emergency at the United States-Mexican border. Having visited El Paso, TX (3/15/19 – 3/17/19), the same place our president visited recently before he declared a national border emergency, I saw no problems at the border fence or the port of entry. There was no massive invasion. There was no violence. There […]

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Climate change denial backed dirty industry

Another recent letter to the editor cast doubts on human-caused global climate change and what its future effects will likely be. Incredibly, there is still debate about something that has been scientifically accepted by U.S. federal agencies and most climate scientists on earth. It’s not about today’s local weather. It’s about historical evidence of global […]

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Conservative now just stands for indifference and greed

This week our Republican state legislature votes on a bill that strips from us our right to create and offer a referendum. Not long ago they stripped from cities our right to decide about plastic bags. Even before that, they stripped from us the right to direct public funds used for public education, but reserved […]

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