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On the first Sunday in October, the Dallas Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won in a rout, 34-24, but that wasn’t the story.

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He was 22 years old when he left this mortal life, on a dusty road in the township of Yusafiyah, a region of Baghdad known as the Triangle of Death.

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Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of basic needs to the 14,000 children in our state’s foster care system. It is truly important to give boys and girls who have been abused and neglected a sense of safety and dignity.  

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Did you know that in the United States 129 individuals experience death by suicide each day? Twenty of those occur within our veteran population.

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Not long after the first day of school back east, my buddy called with a complaint: His daughter, a brand new fourth-grader, had just participated in her first “active shooter drill,” an exercise meant to prepare kids for the possibility that a psychopath with an AR-15 might one day soon sto…

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By now, school children in Arizona have brought markers, scissors, folders and other supplies to class. Although children are bringing items they need to learn and succeed, Arizona is failing to supply safe drinking water in schools across our state. According to the Arizona Department of En…

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The Rolling Stones played Glendale last week, and though a friend offered me a ticket, I passed. Don’t get me wrong: The Stones are terrific and by all accounts put on a helluva show. However, septuagenarian rockers aren’t my thing. The thought of 76-year-old Mick Jagger preening about while…

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I am pleased to share that again this year the Maricopa County Justice Courts will participate in Glendale Stand Up. This is an annual event that helps veterans with a variety of issues that include, but are not limited to, legal advice by experts, assistance from the city courts and justice…

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We all get them. Those annoying calls with a recorded message once you pick up. Or a call from a phone number that looks oddly similar to your own telephone number. These are robocalls. Not only are robocalls inconvenient, but they can also be dangerous, with abusive scammers on the other en…

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Here’s a sad, shameful confession: No longer do I pay attention to news coverage of American mass shootings. 

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When I was a little boy growing up in Queens, New York, in the 1970s, my career aspirations inevitably focused on who got to drive the biggest truck.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on political campaigns, and the 2020 elections will be no different. Many of these dollars are from organized donors assembled as countless political action committees or PACS — private corporations and unions. It can be overwhelming to think about r…

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In the ongoing uncivil war between President Donald Trump and Democrat congresswomen like Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, I choose to side with …

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You will be pleased to learn that the law limits your liability if you break a window on a car to rescue a child or a pet. However, you must follow the rules very closely for this protection.

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Sometimes the news and life intersect in strange ways. Last weekend, I bore witness to an epic screaming match on the golf course, a skirmish between two fat old guys over pace of play that would have surely turned into an aggravated assault with nine irons had their playing partners not sep…

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Last month, 144,278 migrants were apprehended or deemed inadmissible trying to illegally cross our southern border. That’s enough people to fill State Farm Stadium almost two and a half times over. Perhaps a more staggering figure, the United States is on track to apprehend more than 1 milli…

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Running an errand this week, I watched two Phoenix police officers offer a bottle of water to a homeless man grabbing some shade outside a local grocery store. 

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In Rep. Debbie Lesko’s May 30 article, she stated “Medicare for All strips away health care freedom.” However, just the opposite is true. Everyone benefits: seniors on Medicare, those with employer-based insurance, those with pre-existing conditions, young, old and those in-between. Everyone!

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Recently, some business and personal trips prompted me to fly back and forth across the continent several times. Nothing makes a better case for staying home — forever — than traveling in the 21st century.

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Here’s a simple one-question test to determine whether you’re a realist or a dreamer: What do you believe when it comes to arcade games that offer gaudy prizes in return for a quarter or a buck?

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Does Medicare for All provide free health care to illegal immigrants? That is the question I asked in the House Rules Committee hearing late last month. The disturbing answer was, yes, Medicare for All, the Democrats’ push for a government-controlled, one-size-fits-all health plan, will inde…

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The fastest-growing part of the nation’s fastest-growing county is getting some love from Maricopa County. The county’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget includes a number of wins for the West Valley, including big investments in our regional parks.  Here are the highlights:

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Whenever people find out I am the executive director of Leadership West and a member of the Buckeye City Council, they tend to question my sanity. That is, with our country divided and a perception of a lack of civic engagement and leadership locally, they believe one person cannot make a di…

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Many of you grew up listening to “Sesame Street.” One of their regular features was a brilliant learning tool helping children understand the concepts of similar and contrast. Three different things that don’t quite fit would be put together. The contrasting object wasn’t bad or negative; it…

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May 29 is known as College Savings Day, a play on the date 5/29, as it relates to the College Savings Account’s formal name, the 529 savings plan.

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We talked about it, my mother and I, back when I was a teenager. How she felt in the fall of 1964, a New York City girl just graduated from high school at the age of 17 who found herself pregnant.

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It’s been 24 years since I moved to Arizona and nothing much has changed about immigration politics in all that time. The sad, strange case of 18-year-old Thomas Torres-Maytorena proves as much.

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As a mom who’s deeply grateful to the many dedicated Arizona teachers who helped my own sons succeed from kindergarten to college, I’m dismayed to see the blatant disregard that too many of our legislators seem to hold for our educators and public schools today.

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When Leonardo da Vinci was working on his wonderful painting of “The Last Supper,” he painted the face of a man he hated as Judas. But when he came to paint the face of Jesus he tried again and again and failed. It was only when he painted out the face of the man he hated and put another in …

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The first time I ever heard the phrase “go to the mattresses” was in the Mafia masterpiece “The Godfather.” Vito Corleone is near death in a hospital bed, shot down by a rival Mob family. The Don’s hotheaded oldest boy, Sonny, demands revenge. Tom Hagen, the consigliere, urges caution, but S…

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Recently, I was driving home at about 9 p.m. On the way home I saw about 15 kids on bikes. None of them were wearing helmets. None had front or back lights on the bike. None were following the traffic signs. Two of them rode out in front of me instead of staying in the bike lane, causing me …

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She was 18 months old, the news stories tell us, the daughter of married parents in their mid-thirties. She perished on a warm April Monday afternoon in a Glendale apartment complex, shut inside the family’s four-door sedan.

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A few weeks ago, at the 2019 Masters golf tournament, Tiger Woods and the sport of golf lobbed a shot heard around the world. Tiger is back. Tiger won the Masters. The metamorphosis from the immature Tiger to the mature Tiger, the ego-driven Tiger to the wise Tiger, the intimidator Tiger to …

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