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Obama: First Memorial Day in 14 years that U.S. not fighting a major war

Obama remembered Wyatt Martin, a Mesa solider who was one of the last two Americans to die in combat in Afghanistan, in his remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. "This may be the first Memorial Day since the end of our war in Afghanistan. But we are acutely aware, as we speak, our men and women in uniform still stand watch and still serve, and still sacrifice around the world."... Read more»

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Remembering the fallen giants I served with in Iraq

Ten years ago I was a few months into my first tour in Iraq, a 25-year-old know-nothing specialist in the Army, carrying two cameras and a rifle into east Baghdad every day. Now I’m a photojournalist, covering the war in Afghanistan since 2010. The soldiers I meet now in Afghanistan — many of them joined the Army when I did — reenlisted a couple of times, and now they’ve done five or six tours.... Read more»

Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace

Obama: Build a nation worthy of heroes honored on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the United States pauses to honor the fallen heroes who died in service to our nation. With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men — parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise.... Read more»

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Ducey: Flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

"For as long as we've had independence, we've had heroes who risk everything to protect it. There is no cause more noble, no calling more selfless."... Read more»

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Arizona says goodbye to Gov. Raul Castro

Arizona said its final goodbyes to Gov. Raúl Castro last week with memorial services in Tucson and Phoenix, including a special event at the state Capitol hosted by Gov. Doug Ducey.... Read more»

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Kozachik: City budget reaping fallout from 'one-time' fixes

This budget cycle is slipping by with little in-depth discussion. Avoiding a tough headline doesn't mean we're avoiding the reality of our tough budget challenges. It feels like the comfort of the eye of a storm and yet, there are some fundamental issues we have to confront before finalizing the FY 2016 budget.... Read more»1

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Tearing down the house: 820 E. Grant Road

I wonder if our old house on Grant Road will come down carefully, brick by brick, as it was built up in 1948 by a young World War II veteran and his pregnant wife — my parents. Or whether it will be quickly beaten down by some residential wrecking ball and rolled over by a gigantic bulldozer as the street is widened.... Read more»5

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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»

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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

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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