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There's no hiding U.S. failure in Afghanistan

American troops who remain on the ground no longer try to sugarcoat the reality that the war has accomplished little of permanence.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Negative campaigns: Winds of change sweeping from the plain?

While voters consistently self-report that negative advertising is a turn-off, the results say something else. Negative advertising works. It works consistently and well. Candidates who run happy campaigns mostly end up dripping tears on election night. But that didn’t happen in Oklahoma. It didn’t happen in Virginia. And the same dynamic may well be in play here in Arizona.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Election integrity: Who decides?

Checks and balances. A term most every elementary school student understands. But it seems to be a principle that escapes too many in government. Chuck Huckleberry will soon propose the purchase of new election equipment for the county. The problem is the proposal will do away with a precinct scanner at each polling location. This removes a needed check in the system.... Read more»1

Candidate commentary

Goddard: Independent voter suppression — the rest of the story

Independent voters in Arizona are our state’s largest voting block at 35 percent of registered voters; 1.1 million good people. In theory, they hold an enormous amount of power to determine how Arizona elections turn out. But they don’t vote – at least not in the numbers or in the elections that could change who is getting elected.... Read more»5

Commentary

Michelle Obama has a duty to visit detained migrant kids

Commentary: There are few universal truths we can settle on in this world. But one of the few truths we can probably all agree on is that children are not political animals — they are not motivated by politics and while they are often caught in political spheres, they are never the actors. ... Read more»

Faith in values

Hobby Lobby's win is a loss for religious liberty

When for-profit corporations get the same privileges that have historically been given to religious groups that feed the hungry and care for the sick, religion itself is cheapened and devalued.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Brewer: Remember the true meaning of Independence Day

The Fourth of July is an occasion for celebration, reflection and appreciation, as Americans from all corners of the United States gather with friends and family to commemorate our nation's independence. I encourage all Arizonans to take a moment to remember the true meaning of this important anniversary, and to recognize how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on Earth.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The Arizona We Want: 3 ways citizens can make a difference

Lattie Coor: Based upon the Gallup Arizona Poll, The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action identifies eight citizen goals and provides a roadmap for achieving them. I urge all of us to take advantage of this very clear picture of what Arizonans want for the future by focusing the upcoming election on these goals.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Re-establishing religious liberty post-Hobby Lobby

Federal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Dear independent voter: Please read your mail

Dear Independent Voter: I just wanted to make sure that, in sifting through the piles of junk mail, you didn’t miss an important postcard — it's nondescript black and white, has that trademark-boring “official” look and deals with the Aug. 26 primary election.... Read more»

Brewer: Unite in reverence on Memorial Day

On Monday, Arizonans and Americans will unite in remembrance and reverence of the noble men and women who have served our country, generation after generation, to secure our independence, preserve our values and defend our security.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: Budget rift with police is unproductive

In an "Open Letter to Constituents," Councilman Steve Kozachik attempted to dial down the rhetoric between him and Tucson's police union over proposed budget-balancing measures. "The rank and file men and women who work for police and fire deserve our respect and our support. They have mine – and I have an obligation to balance that support with budget decisions that will allow us to operate the city."... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Evans: I chose unemployment rather than work for 10/13 Communications

Editor Mark B. Evans on why he chose not to continue at Inside Tucson Business: "I choose not to elevate 10/13’s reputation in town by lending it mine, nor do I want to risk seeing my reputation tarnished by attaching it to 10/13’s. I would rather be unemployed and risk financial ruin than work for Randy Miller." ... Read more»7

Guest opinion

KOLD jumps the shark with 'psychic' report

The last few weeks have been tough on anyone who still believes that the media should have a serious role in the public dialogue in Tucson. As if to remove any doubt that things are in a downward spiral, KOLD decided to observe the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Isabel Celis with a “special report” with a Phoenix-area psychic giving “insights” into the as-yet unsolved case.... Read more»2

Commentary

In 2014, privacy is dead in an increasingly Orwellian world

There is one surveillance camera for every 14 people in Britain. In the US, 68 percent of Americans believe current laws don't protect their online privacy. This is 2014, not 1984, right?... Read more»

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