Commentary

We need more from the next Maricopa County attorney

Much is being made of the importance of this year’s presidential election. But in all the noise, the most important election for Maricopa County is flying under the radar: the race for Maricopa County attorney. This position wields unparalleled power, possessing wide discretion in determining who to charge and how to sentence people, as well as substantial influence over state criminal legal policy.

COVID-19 is my pre-existing condition. What will I do if the Affordable Care Act is demolished?

I've never had a pre-existing condition. I was born and raised in Phoenix, where I ran my first marathon at 16 years old. I won my first 50-miler and signed up for my first 100-miler soon after. I've run 23 marathons in my life. I’m 32 years old, I’m healthy. In early April, I nearly lost my life to COVID-19. 

Just when you thought U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar couldn’t sink any lower…

I shouldn’t be surprised by anything that comes out of Rep. Paul Gosar’s mouth or from his twitter feed. But I really was shocked to see this.

If Roe v. Wade is repealed, we need prosecutors who won’t interfere in women’s health

Abortion is not a crime. But if Roe v. Wade is overturned, outdated laws that are still on the books in Arizona could go back into effect to make abortion illegal. 

There’s a reason it’s called “Invest in Ed”

It’s as if the people trying to defeat Proposition 208 think Arizona’s voters are suffering from a nasty bout of mass amnesia.  Not a chance. It’s been a long time, but plenty of us remember...

Being outdoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from COVID-19 – a White House event showed what not to do

If you think you’re safe from the coronavirus just because you’re outdoors, think again. While the wind and the large volume of air make the outdoors less risky than being indoors, circumstances matter. Someone who is...

Maricopa County’s air quality is awful. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Maricopa County has some of the worst air quality in the nation and earned another “F” rating this year from the American Lung Association.

Voters must choose whether we fight or ignore climate change

Most Arizonans don’t need to be convinced that our climate is changing, especially after this summer. It was hot, dry and deadly. And we have the records to prove it.

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

My research shows that when politicians use hate speech, domestic terrorism increases – in the U.S. and in other countries.

The county attorney misunderstands why our community doesn’t trust law enforcement

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel recently declined to bring charges against George Cervantes, the Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper who shot and killed Dion Johnson, an African American man sleeping in his car on Memorial Day. 
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