Commentary

Stronger clean energy standards will mean a stronger Arizona economy

Updating and improving the state’s energy policy for the utilities the ACC regulates could address two looming issues: COVID-19 job losses and the pollution that leads to climate change in Arizona.

What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

Editor’s note: In February 2017, while marking African American History Month, President Donald Trump praised Frederick Douglass as “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.”...

Commitments to racial equity ring hollow when you endorse bigots

I believe many businesses and organizations will follow through on their promises, I also believe some are co-opting the moment in an attempt to garner positive PR while making little to no effort to change past discriminatory behaviors or policies.  

A doctor’s COVID-19 message to our leaders: Shame on you

Leadership should not be about political advance and popular opinion. A true leader makes difficult decisions based upon evidence, despite the disapproval of some.

Why is the governor scapegoating Latinos for the COVID-19 crisis?

As an Arizona senator, I didn’t think anything else could shock me, but Gov. Doug Ducey proved me wrong in a most incredible way.

In the age of COVID-19, an open letter to Gov. Ducey

Arizonans are dying of COVID-19. I know that can’t be news to you. But it needs repeating, especially given the chaotic mess of a response you’ve led to this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.

Student leaders: Tempe Union HS District should invest in counselors, not cops

While Tempe Union High School District has made strides in supporting student social and emotional wellness, we are still losing far too many of our friends to mental health crises.

The Supreme Court says ‘Dreamers’ can stay, for now. It’s time we let them stay for good.

I know Dreamers. I count many of them as friends. I’ve worked with them. I’ve marched with them. I’ve celebrated their triumphs and shared in their heartaches.

We cannot fix racial inequities without radically reshaping our budgets

One of the surprising byproducts of the protests over George Floyd’s murder is a movement to analyze government budgets.

In punting a mask mandate to mayors, Ducey avoids Trump’s ire

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the terrifying realization of what the last few weeks mean for Arizonans, Gov. Doug Ducey continues to do what has become a hallmark of his time in office: lead from behind.
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