Commentary

The world’s latest wartime monument to human cruelty: Mariupol

BY: - March 24, 2022

Don’t look away. I know it’s hard to watch reports of the genocide unfolding in Ukraine. But the only thing worse would be to shrug and look away, to treat it all as just another tragic story about a distant and abstract horror that has little if anything to do with our everyday lives. Nothing […]

HB2802 is a sign of progress for LGBTQ+, but religious exemptions could have “terrifying” implications

BY: - March 17, 2022

The United States has made immense societal and cultural progress towards combating discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.  And, as parents of LGBTQ+ kids, we do feel that our kids live in a fundamentally safer, more accepting country for them than in the country we grew up in. As we continue our work to move our […]

Ducey stacked the Supreme Court. In return, it diminished the power of the people while expanding the power of his allies.

BY: - March 15, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey and his wealthy special interest pals were absolutely gleeful last week when the voter-approved education initiative known as the Invest in Education Act was overturned. Ducey & Co. worked overtime to ensure that nearly $900 million in additional education dollars will never reach our classrooms and that our tragic underfunding of special […]

Battles over book bans reflect conflicts from the 1980s

BY: - March 8, 2022

A conservative leader found fault with how “respect for our nation’s heritage” had been mostly stripped from the textbooks of public schools. “From kindergarten right through the total school system, it almost seems as if classroom textbooks are designed to negate what philosophies previously had been taught,” the conservative leader lamented. “[M]any textbooks are actually […]

Only NATO can staunch the bloodbath in Ukraine — and it must

BY: - March 7, 2022

It’s time for NATO to do more than remain on the sidelines as Russian President Vladimir Putin slaughters the Ukrainian people.  Putin has made clear he’s not going to end Russia’s unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine until the fledgling democracy is brought to its knees, even if that means wiping out Ukraine’s decisively outgunned defense […]

Here’s the real state of the union

BY: - March 2, 2022

Listening to President Biden Tuesday night, I wasn’t so much waiting to see if he’d make news as much as I was hoping he’d say something — anything — that wasn’t aimed at helping the Democrats win the November’s midterm elections. Without that win, the president’s agenda could be stopped in its tracks. It’s not […]

If Republicans want to send a message that racism isn’t tolerated, censuring Wendy Rogers won’t cut it

BY: - March 1, 2022

***UPDATE: Several hours after this piece was published the Arizona Senate censured Wendy Rogers on a 24-3 vote. The censure was originally drafted to include reprimands for her antisemitic comments and for “inciting general racial and religious discrimination,” but the language was removed, apparently to win support from Republican senators. Republicans chose to punish Rogers […]

Making the simple impossible: We don’t want to admit the real worker shortage problem

BY: - February 24, 2022

A week ago, I was talking to an educator whose job it is to run training programs for students and adults in higher education. She told me that around a dozen different companies and groups were sponsoring training courses for things like nursing assistants, medical workers, electricians and truck driving. All of the courses were […]

What do we care if Putin invades Ukraine? What if we don’t?

BY: - February 18, 2022

“War, children It’s just a shot away. It’s just a shot away.” — Rolling Stones The invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and the ensuing and needless slaughter of thousands of soldiers and civilians, seems all but inevitable now. “So, what do I care?” some of us may be asking ourselves. “It’s not our fight.” I […]

What drives sea level rise? A new report warns of 1-foot rise within three decades and more frequent flooding

BY: - February 16, 2022

Sea levels are rising, and that will bring profound flood risks to large parts of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts over the next three decades. A new report led by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that the U.S. should prepare for 10-12 inches of relative sea level rise on average in […]

Brnovich’s radical and lawless border war opinion normalizes extremism and sets the stage for violence

BY: - February 14, 2022

It’s impossible to overstate just how lawless and dangerous Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich showed himself to be this month when he issued a flagrantly political legal opinion that all but dares Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a literal war and send troops to the border to engage in firefights with drug cartels, human smugglers […]

Jan 6 insurrection coup

What I learned from watching more than 500 videos of the Jan. 6 insurrection

BY: - February 10, 2022

I recently watched hundreds of videos from the Jan. 6 insurrection. Many of the stark moments from the attack on the U.S. Capitol are well-known — the battle at the west terrace tunnel, the shooting of rioter Ashli Babbitt, the desecration of the Senate chamber. But nothing provides the kind of granular and exhaustive understanding […]