Thank you to all involved with Flagstaff’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day

During Flagstaff’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day event, Klee Benally’s protest on behalf of many tribes was and is important. And the many speakers were eloquent, none more so than Samantha Honanie’s painful story of healing and hope. For me, the highlight was the dancing, not just “dancing” as James Junes pointed out, rather “teaching”, teaching truth […]

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Automatic weapons ban not extreme compared to violence

In response to Sunday’s letter from Gerald Bacon, I must agree with the stance he takes on no automatic weapons for public sale and limited rounds for non-automatic firearms. Extreme? Not when compared to the free-for-all of gun violence-mass shootings, 100 people killed daily and the subsequent pain of survivors and relatives of victims. That’s […]

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Voting on Election Day should be easier

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a mandate in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that forced certain states with a history of voter discrimination to receive federal approval before making any change to their electoral processes. Arizona was one of these states, and since 2013 more than half of the polling places in […]

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Trump shows he’s a liar, loser and a coward

Oct 13, 2019 Updated Oct 18, 2019 So Trump, in his “unmatched wisdom” will obliterate Turkey’s economy if Turkey does anything he considers off limits. Unmatched wisdom? Is Trump trying to be sarcastic? Or is he just full of it? No wait, Trump is bragging about himself — again! Who brags about themselves? I don’t, do you? […]

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Time for socialism to be the talking point again

It’s getting close to our next presidential election, and once again the GOP is clearing its throat to go full blast accusing Democrats of being socialists. That hoary accusation is their original sin of government — doing things that the voters want. Things like establishing a self-paid retirement system for working people called social security. […]

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Time to abolish automatic firearms in public sector

With the disasters of the two major mass killings in El Paso and Dayton, it is time to pressure Congress to reconsider their role in providing for the general welfare of the American people. In support of the letter supporting “Save Our Children from Gun Violence,” the following is a recommendation to support the author […]

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If you care, then do something

Do you care about climate change? The ecological crisis? Mass extinction? Tiny plastic particles falling from the sky? Do you think our leaders are doing anything about it? Do they care? I have written elected leaders in the state of Arizona and Congress on this issue. Most haven’t responded. Senators Sinema and McSally, respond with […]

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Applauding students and teachers

As a retired teacher from Washington state, where they pay a living wage and fill all 100% of teaching positions with certified teachers, I heartily applaud and salute every student and teacher who let their voices and opinions be heard yesterday in Flagstaff. Continue. Do not stop now. You must contact your local, state and […]

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Elect Democrats to LD-6 to support women’s rights

From 2011 through 2017, abortion rates in nearly all states of the U.S. declined. The big news is that states where Republicans have successfully restricted abortion access showed no bigger declines than elsewhere. A key factor in the decline is that there were fewer pregnancies nationwide. This according to a study released this September by […]

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Arizona Democrats should open their primary

Arizona Democrats should allow Independents to vote in the Primary Preference Election. The Arizona Republican Party has decided not to have a Primary Preference Election in 2020. One-third of the voters of Arizona are Independents. There have already been too many voter suppression attempts by the Republican party members of the Arizona legislature. I think […]

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