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Faith in values: Repairing Christianity’s damaged brand

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right’s grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity. Change happens when there is a shift in the wind—when collective urges and values find public expression and action. Pope Francis is one of the expressions of this change. In office less than a year, he has urged the church to be more compassionate and welcoming.... Read more»

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Brewer: Dec. 7 a poignant anniversary for Arizonans

Saturday, Americans will unite to remember and reflect on the tragic events at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago. For Arizonans, December 7 is an especially poignant anniversary, as nearly half of those killed were aboard the battleship named for our state: the USS Arizona. While the ship was sunk on that day that will ‘live in infamy,’ its anchor and gun barrel – on display outside the State Capitol in Phoenix – will forever commemorate that fateful morning and honor the 1,777 aboard the USS Arizona who lost their lives.... Read more»

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Carr on CPS: Lack of gov't transparency a path to tyranny

CPS is an incredibly powerful but notoriously secretive, unresponsive, and opaque bureaucracy. Of course it’s broken. For governmental agencies, functionality rises in direct proportion to transparency. And secrecy multiplied by public and journalistic complacency equals tyranny. The equation really is that simple.... Read more»

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Crouch: Zero-based budgeting will strategize Sunnyside budget cuts

Sunnyside Unified School District had a maintenance and operations budget override rejected by the public for the third time in a row this year. At this time, it does not matter why the voters rejected the override or by what margin, the reality is the district’s budget needs to be cut.... Read more»

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Help create the place you want to live by shopping local

Many people know instinctively that supporting local, independent businesses is better for everyone. In recent years studies have proven that independent businesses contribute more to local economies. More than three times the revenue spent in local businesses remains and recirculates in the community.... Read more»

Carr: Reflecting on JFK

I remember watching on TV a caisson rolling through the streets, carrying a coffin draped with an American flag. But it wasn’t until I saw the riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups that it began to dawn on me that something really out of the ordinary had taken place. I knew about horses — Western heroes rode tall in the saddle, leaned forward into the danger, and never died. So why was this horse without a rider? This wasn’t right. Didn’t the good guys always win?... Read more»

One year later, reporter James Foley still missing in Syria

Last Nov. 22 was Thanksgiving Day here in America. And on that day, nearly 6,000 miles away in northern Syria, four armed abducted Jim Foley. We haven’t heard from him since.... Read more»

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Villa Prezelski: Remembering the day Kennedy died

On Nov. 22, 1963 I was just couple of months in my freshman year at the University of Arizona. I hung out with about 10 or 12 kids at “our” table in the Student Union. I was sipping on a Coke when Janie came in. Janie was upset. She said that Kennedy had been shot. We didn’t believe her. She repeated the story, begged us to believe her and began to cry. Then we realized what she was saying was true.... Read more»

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For a brief moment on Nov. 22, White House became a backwater

Commentary: A young reporter found the president’s staff arguing over whether to order the American flag lowered after reports that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.... Read more»

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Dems: Yes, we own Obamacare, and that's a good thing

My God, people. What is with all this infernal caterwauling – “the website!” and “but, but Obama said you could keep your plan!” coming from our side? I mean, I get that Republican poo flingers gotta fling poo at the President’s signature legislative accomplishment but why are Democrats cowering in fear?... Read more»

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Lambert: From Plan Tucson to action

From the chancellor of Pima Community College: “In decisively approving Plan Tucson last week, voters recognized the importance of education in the life of our city over the next decade, and beyond.”... Read more»

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Hart: 'Bama follows Az footsteps on immigration

Arizonans who still take pride in our state for leading the national charge against undocumented immigration might want to take a quick glance over their shoulders. Where’d our followers go?... Read more»

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Grijalva: Public hungry for budget changes

We need to take a hard look at how we spend our money. For years, education funding has stagnated while military spending sits on its comfortable Cold War pedestal. We need a budget and a national jobs program that put American families back to work, not 30-year-old spending priorities.... Read more»

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Brewer: Express gratitude to veterans

On Monday, we honor all the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed in defense of our country, their fellow citizens and the American values that make our nation truly exceptional.... Read more»

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Barber: Pause to honor those in uniform

On this Veterans Day, let us all pause to honor the men and women in uniform who have served the United States – in war and in peace.... Read more»

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