Sponsored by
guest opinion

guest opinionRSS

 <  1 2 3 4 5 >  Last »

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Arizona forests need thinning

Arizona’s forests and public lands are more than just beautiful scenery. For many of us, the trees, lakes, rivers and other outdoor treasures embody our way of life. And they are part of our local economies. That’s why so many hopes are pinned on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the nation’s largest forest-thinning project.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Not lovin' McDonalds rezoning doesn't mean NIMBYs run amok

There has been a lot of criticism of the Tucson City Council not approving the McDonald's on 22nd and Alvernon last week. I'd like to explain a little bit about why this happened.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Grijalva & Foster: TUSD audit cmte should live in district

Individuals who volunteer to serve on committees and contribute to the decisions affecting the students and families of TUSD should live within the district boundaries. As volunteer members of the Governing Board ourselves, we are required to live in the district we represent. This gives us a direct connection to the children and families that are affected by our decisions. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Spirit of volunteerism is alive and well

As we mark National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well across the country.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Face drought with water policies that reinforce conservation ethic

We've all seen the news coming out of California. The governor there has imposed restrictions on all 400 water agencies that serve that state and mandated a 25 percent cut in urban water usage. Here in Tucson, we have a strong conservation ethic, and one of my goals as a councilman is to make sure our water policies reflect and reinforce that. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain on running again: 'Quitting is not in my nature'

"I'm as determined as ever to deserve your trust – and as grateful as ever for the privilege. It is the honor of my life to serve you and our best hopes for our country – and I intend to remain worthy of that honor. No success in my life has ever come without a good fight, and there is so much worth fighting for today. I'm eager to get started and ready for whatever comes."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hart: The sinking middle class

Chances are if someone asked you where you’d place yourself on the socio-economic ladder, you’d say “middle class.” And why not? Being middle class is almost synonymous with being American. But today, the chances are increasing that you may no longer make the middle class cut.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hot topic: 'America's Hispanics'

The linked issues of immigration and America’s growing Hispanic population have generated what has become a permanent public argument. Everybody in the country, it seems – especially in Arizona -- has an opinion, and often a fierce one. So it might be worth hearing what the issue looks like from outside the U.S., especially from a viewpoint that prides itself on a rational, balanced approach to even the hottest of topics. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Grand Canyon Watershed Nat'l Monument can work for everyone

Arizonans are a spirited, strong-willed bunch. But there is something we all agree on: From hikers to hunters, from tribal nations to tourism authorities – we love the Grand Canyon. This is why I am working on an effort to designate the Grand Canyon Watershed as a national monument.... Read more»

Guest opinion

We have a love/hate relationship with violence

“It’s the most perfect feeling in the world to know you’ve hit a guy just right, that you’ve maximized the physical pain he can feel . . . . You feel the life just go out of him.” No, these aren’t the words of a hit man or a serial killer. This celebration of savagery was offered by former NFL star Michael Strahan, now a TV commentator known for his smiling, affable ways. ... Read more»1

Sunshine Week commentary

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. Journalists, good government watchdogs, private citizens and even members of Congress often butt up against a byzantine bureaucracy that makes it tough to track down answers.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

School's out completely

Whatever the final numbers, the outlook for education in Arizona is grim. Blame the Kookocracy. Blame the governor, wealthy Republican Douglas A. Roscoe Jr. aka "Doug Ducey." Or credit them. A majority of Arizonans voted them in.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why you should care about Tucson's City Charter

The cool part about the Charter is that Tucson residents control their constitution, not the governor, not the Legislature, not Pima County, and not special interest groups.... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: 'Turning opportunity into results'

In his annual run-down of the State of the City, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild touted Tucson's progress on trade, stemming homelessness among veterans, and paving roadway — and painted a silver lining in Tesla's not opening a factory here. "You don’t always win when you pursue opportunity, but, almost always, you accomplish something worthwhile."... Read more»

Guest opinion

JTED head: Ducey's budget cuts would gut career training

Arizona’s governor and legislators are working to pass a budget that will eviscerate the Pima County JTED’s Career and Technical Education programs, which is a contradiction of their stated goals of supporting education and attracting businesses to the state. The proposal will reduce the amount of per-pupil funding for students enrolled in JTED/CTE programs to a point where local school districts would lose money on 50 programs.... Read more»1

 <  1 2 3 4 5 >  Last »