Commentary

Police officers with untreated mental illness are the real danger

Johnny Law is deathly afraid of mental illness. And that fear creates a threat to the public: Police officers with untreated mental health issues remaining on duty.

The pandemic has hurt Arizona’s families. Will Republicans finally make them a priority?

One would assume our legislators would be laser focused on pandemic-related issues. But sadly, they’re not. Instead, lawmakers seem intent on finding solutions to problems that do not exist.

I know firsthand the deadly effects of environmental racism

I charge the city of Phoenix with negligent homicide for willfully ignoring the impact of environmental racism on Black and Brown people and for perpetrating miscarriages in South Phoenix. 

Three reforms to improve Arizona’s health are being ignored by the GOP majority

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona has suffered greatly, but the chance for vaccination gives us some hope. The sheer scale of the sickness – over 800,000 cases in our state, resulting in over 56,000 people hospitalized, and more than 15,000 dead – has revealed some shortcomings in our public health system, in and many cases it has made those shortcomings worse.

School’s out: What’s the post-pandemic catch-up plan, especially for children of color?

Tangled up in the controversy over how quickly children should return to the classroom given the COVID-19 health crisis is the still largely unappreciated catastrophe involving the damage being done to our education system, especially when it comes to the poor and communities of color.

Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’ – partisanship overriding principles

The Senate’s decision to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial may have been a victory for Trump, but it is a clear sign that democracy in the U.S. is in poor health.

Biden’s executive orders on climate change bring welcome optimism

Last month, President Joe Biden took bold action via executive order to fix our broken oil and gas leasing system, as well as to protect wildlife habitat, clean water, and conserve 30% of our land and waters by 2030.

Editor’s Thought Bubble: It’s definitely not what it looks like

In what is totally not a concession that their subpoena authority doesn't allow them to demand that counties turn over ballots and election equipment, Republican senators are now pushing a bill to change state law to...

Bipartisanship is a worthy goal, but not if it means nothing gets done

Bipartisanship is a worthy goal. But not at the expense of legislative wins that further the very principles Kyrsten Sinema claims to endorse. Principles such as fairness and opportunity.

Editor’s Thought Bubble: The cruelty is a feature, not a bug

The heartfelt pleas of parents who are downright scared for their children's lives meant nothing to Republican legislators yesterday in the House Government and Elections Committee, as they brushed aside their concerns to make...
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