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Cunningham: City facing choice of raising rates or cutting Sun Tran service

The most vexing issue at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was whether to get rid of the economy fare for Sun Van. It was something I expressed some misgivings about for the last few weeks. We all know the cliché about good intentions. This proposal came about for a good reason: we did not want to raise the rates of Sun Tran riders, but we still asked Sun Tran to find a way to get more revenue.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Foreign policy in focus

City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Arizona Clean Elections ED Thomas Collins, Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma, TUSD Governing Boardmember Mark Stegeman,... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Mesa mayor considers run for Az governor

Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa and president of the U-S Conference of Mayors, is considering a run for Arizona governor. Then, the Reporters’ Roundtable featured Linda Valdez, Tucson-based columnist and editorial writer for The Arizona Republic, and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer and columnist for The Arizona Daily Star. Plus, Matt Russell with Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Report: Arizona among worst in nation for childhood obesity

Arizona had the seventh-highest rate of obesity in 2011 for children ages 10 to 17, says a new report unveiled Thursday. Arizona was the only Western state to rank in the 10 worst — the rest were in the South or the Midwest. Nearly 20 percent of Arizona youth were obese, compared to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi and a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon.... Read more»

New-home construction lags recovery in economy, real estate

Home prices are on the rise in the Phoenix area, but new single-family homes aren’t very plentiful because of the time it takes homebuilders to get land ready for construction.... Read more»

Faith in values: What we’ve learned since 9/11

When people are forced to choose between protecting their safety and guarding their civil rights, almost everyone picks safety. After all, what good are rights if you’re injured or dead?... Read more»

End of an era: Globe’s drive-in theater set to close

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night during the summertime, Bobby Hollis’ Apache Drive-in is one of the main attractions in town. But the Apache, said by Hollis and others to be Arizona’s last single-screen drive-in, is preparing to show its final movie and fade into memory like so many other drive-ins across rural America.... Read more»

Analysis

Fukushima fallout not affecting U.S.-caught fish

The new revelations about the amount of water leaking from the Fukushima plant have caused a stir in the international community and led to additional scrutiny of Pacific Ocean seafood.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Protecting your digital assets

An interview with Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. Then, Doug Baker of International Consulting and Engineering talked about protecting your digital assets. Next, we talked with Barbara Brown of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Plus, Tom Collier, Buckmaster consumer contributor.... Read more»

Commentary

Let’s not have a conversation about race

In the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton version of the Democratic Party, the goals is to have “conversations about race.” Once upon a time, those in favor of civil rights (as Obama and Clinton surely are) were more direct: they demanded action, not talk. Action is what we need now.... Read more»

Opponents of new election law say they have sigs to force statewide vote

Voter-advocacy groups seeking a referendum to overturn a sweeping new state election law delivered more than 146,000 petition signatures Wednesday to the Secretary of State’s Office. Needing 86,405 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, leaders said they had more than enough to put the issue to voters in November 2014.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Remembering 9/11

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, 9/11 survivor Jim Campbell, Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: 12 years after 9/11 - are we better prepared?

On the twelfth aniversary of 9/11, we sit down with Rio Rico Fire District Chief Les Caid, who is one of the nation’s leading voices on emergency preparedness. Also, we talk with Casey Townsend, founder of the Tucson AquaPonics Project. Plus, Blogger Beat contributor David Safier of www.BlogForArizona.com.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Antentori concedes that Medicaid initative drive may fall short

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Middle East expert Stephen Zunes, YWCA’s Kelly Fryer, former state Sen. Frank Antenori and activist Christine Bauserman on the possibility they’ll fall short of signatures needed to force a referendum on Medicaid expansion.... Read more»

New state law requires drug testing for taxi, limousine drivers

Since he began driving a taxi here 17 years ago, Shah Muhsin said firms employing him as a contractor have required him to get drug tests. That’s why he supports a state law taking effect Friday requiring all taxi and limousine drivers to be drug tested when hired or engaged as contractors and to be tested every year after that.... Read more»

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