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Analysis

Why counting mass shootings is a bad way to understand gun violence in America

According to articles this week across the Internet, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the U.S.: 355 so far this year. It’s a jarring statistic, and one that has gone viral. But there are two problems with the number: It doesn’t actually provide a clear estimate of the frequency of shooting rampages. And it obscures the broader reality of gun violence in America. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Capitol complex: Bitter Smith case a tangy reminder Az's troubles run deep

Somewhere up there, Boss Tweed is looking down at Susan Bitter Smith and muttering, "Ballsy." The Arizona Attorney General told her, "No, you can't serve on the board regulating utilities and then take money from those utilities." But, it's on the media to ensure public offices are treated as public trusts.... Read more»

Support local independent news on #GivingTuesday

On Giving Tuesday, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

From the editor

What they're saying about TucsonSentinel.com

Since our launch nearly six years ago, we've received thousands of emails, comments and actual letters from readers telling us how much they appreciate the quality reporting of TucsonSentinel.com. We thought we'd share a few.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson leaders need professional help after bond losses

In hatching and selling the 2015 bond program, county leaders played the game of thrones as they have in the past and wound up on the receiving end of a Red Wedding massacre. The broad community coalition responsible for the horror show should ask themselves, "Just how personal was the voter rebuke and how deep runs the antipathy to the players?"... Read more»4

Commentary

To thwart terror, start with America’s own craven crazies

We can counter what is still a limited global threat by understanding it and reacting sensibly. Our first priority is boxing off our own cowards and crazies who are ready to abandon fundamental values for the illusion of security. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Beard: Republican candidates' suit a chance to fix Tucson elections

On Tuesday the Council certified Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott the "winners." How do you do that when the rules determining that are unconstitutional? When the Supreme Court makes a 5-4 decision about a matter of law it is sometimes dismissed as a split decision but it is still the law of the land. In this case we have an appeals court decision that says the rules of this election are unconstitutional.... Read more»1

Rogue Columnist

Ducey and the refugees: History will teach us...

"Solving" the problem of jihadi terror is beyond the conventional military means of America, France, even Russia. Not every place is ready for Jeffersonian democracy — look how it's turned out in Arizona. Ducey doesn't know how to "solve" these things, either. But he's too blinkered by ideology to ask or wonder. It's all about blaming Barack Hussein Obama.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Turning away refugees proves Gov. Ducey more scared than American

Gov. Doug Ducey has a message for a neighbor of mine. "It was a mistake to let you into this country." My neighbor and I talk in the parking lot of an apartment complex that is, for all intents and purposes, a refugee relocation center. Turks, Russians, Burundians, Iraqis and Sudanese outnumber Latinos and African Americans.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Guest opinion

Don’t thank me anymore... Just care for vets who return, and work to end war

Many years ago I became fed up with the hollow thank yous and stopped celebrating Veterans Day. Today I join with Veterans For Peace in a call to Reclaim November 11th as Armistice Day—a day to think about peace and thank those who served by working to end war.... Read more»

Analysis

Your graphic guide to every debate ever

Fit for any political debate, with candidates for any office at any level, here's a handy guide to what you'll actually hear when politicians try to bolster the base and expand their audience: Buzzwords, meaningless platitudes, arithmetic and grammar errors, biographical exaggerations, dog whistles and all.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Should GOP crow about 9th Circuit tossing Tucson elections?

Tuesday's ruling tossing out Tucson's elections is neither that shocking, nor a game changer. In fact, I'm trying to figure out what Republicans are crowing about because they haven't proven adept at the sort of all-out campaign required to win over skeptical voters. They were great at it, once.... Read more»2

A moment of silence on Veterans Day

TucsonSentinel.com will observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in recognition of the sacrifices of those who have served the United States and our allies, their families, and those who paid the ultimate price in war.... Read more»

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