Commentary

‘Driving While Brown’ and Arizona’s ‘Latino resistance’

BY: - October 19, 2021

Every great drama has a villain and a hero. The trouble with recounting the drama surrounding Arizona’s decades-long cultural and political clashes over immigration is that there have been so many villains and heroes it’s hard to know where to start. In that case, you do what Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block did: you […]

Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.

BY: - October 14, 2021

More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a disease as the immediate impacts such as a […]

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AIRC must draw fair districts that properly balance criteria, including competitiveness

BY: and - October 12, 2021

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to immerse itself in the heart of its task: creating new boundaries for the state’s nine congressional and 30 legislative districts.  This Friday the commissioners will meet to propose changes to the maps and are scheduled to generate an official “draft map” a week later. After that, they […]

Why Indigenous Peoples’ Day is replacing Columbus Day in many places

BY: - October 11, 2021

Columbus Day celebrations in the United States – meant to honor the legacy of the man credited with “discovering” the New World – are almost as old as the nation itself. The earliest known Columbus Day celebration took place on Oct. 12, 1792, on the 300th anniversary of his landing. But since the 1990s, a […]

The high cost of prescription drugs almost bankrupted my family. Will Sinema help us?

BY: - October 7, 2021

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in 2007. At just 42, the rapid onset of my symptoms left me bedridden. Everyday felt like a physical battle and the pain and exhaustion I felt was immeasurable.  It took six months of trial and error to find the medication that works for my type of RA. […]

Tune in to the made-for-reality-television 2022 campaigns

BY: - October 6, 2021

Move over Tiger King. There’s a new reality show in town that’s even more outrageous than an exotic cat owner’s murder-for-hire scheme. I call this “show” the Real Politicians of Arizona because, just like the “Housewives” series, there’s plenty of back-biting, sensationalized drama and questionable fashion choices. Taking center-stage in this made-for-TV reality are Republican […]

Bold climate action can’t wait, and it can’t happen if Sinema and Kelly don’t back it

BY: - October 5, 2021

Recently, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema told the Arizona Republic, “We know that a changing climate costs Arizonans. And right now, we have the opportunity to pass smart policies to address it — looking forward to that.” The Senator acknowledged the steep costs of climate change in our state related to larger wildfires, extreme drought, and extreme […]

Climate change will make Arizona’s monsoon more extreme and erratic

BY: and - October 4, 2021

If you’ve never lived in or visited the U.S. Southwest, you might picture it as a desert that is always hot and dry. But this region experiences a monsoon in the late summer that produces thunderstorms and severe weather, much like India’s famous summer deluges. And this year, it generated a lot of rain. July […]

Communities are struggling after Navajo Generating Station closed down. The Corporation Commission must act now.

BY: and - October 1, 2021

For the better part of the past half century, coal was an undeniable part of life in northern Arizona. Whether you’re from the Navajo Nation, one of the Hopi villages or Page, chances are you know someone connected to either Navajo Generating Station or the massive coal mine on Black Mesa that supplied its fuel. […]

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Kyrsten Sinema is no John McCain, try as she might

BY: - October 1, 2021

I’ve held off on criticizing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema since she entered office in 2018 largely because I’ve always agreed with her on one key point: a bipartisan approach to solving our country’s biggest problems is generally a good thing. The way I see it, our elected officials should wake up every morning and ask not […]

All Arizonans deserve paid leave, not the impossible choices we have now

BY: and - September 30, 2021

As Christians, we are called to live out our values which include care for one another, especially our family. The Gospel story centers on a family, the birth of a young child who needed to be cared for by his parents, demonstrating the sacredness of the place of the family, whether through adoption or birth. […]

Republicans are the clowns in the debt ceiling circus. The act isn’t funny.

BY: - September 29, 2021

It’s way past political cliché, but that old “Popeye” comic strip where J. Wellington Wimpy promises to pay a short-order cook tomorrow for a hamburger he plans to eat today, is still the best way to describe Republican intransigence this week over a vote to extend the nation’s debt ceiling that’s soared past cartoonish farce. […]