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Wednesday 01/21/2015
In favor of civics lessons
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 4:00 am

While most of the talk last week centered around the new governor’s State of the State address and then the $9.1 billion budget proposed on Friday, one thing that Gov. Doug Ducey caught my attention was the passage of the Arizona Civics Act.

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A new approach to community input on budget process
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 4:00 am

Although the 2015-16 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, 2015, Town of Oro Valley staff has already begun the budget process. Many months of preparation go into this document, which serves not only as a guideline for spending, but also as: a policy document, the budget indicates what services the Town will provide during the next year and spells out the level of services and reasons for their provision.  

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Not-so-uplifting lesson from new governor
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 9:50 am

Here’s your first lesson in government for the year. No, we’re not going over the hundred questions on the new high school civics test. We’re taking a look at what we’ve learned about government and politics from our new Governor Doug Ducey. Spoiler alert: the lesson will not be uplifting. Our new Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas might even say it’s too cynical to be taught to elementary school children. But we can take it. We’re all adults here.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Musings from mom
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 4:00 am

Instead of talking politics, and drama – this week we’ll change things up and focus on another circus world. That world would be the lives busy moms lead.

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Marana Town Talk: 2015 is slated to be another exciting year
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 4:00 am

Every year is exciting in the Town of Marana. Our community is one of great dreams and unlimited potential for the more than 40,000 who call it home.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
A look ahead
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 4:00 am

While last week I primarily looked back at the year, with plenty of changes in our state this week; it’s time to look ahead.

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Such the Spot - When are electronics going too far?
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 4:00 am

Q. I see more and more children with electronic devices everywhere - They use them to be entertained at restaurants, they use them in vehicles. When is it too much? Should we as parents do a better job at having our children behave without some form of electronic entertainment?

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
It’s been a tricky year
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 12:24 pm

The general consensus about this year is that it seemed unusually long because of the onslaught on political advertisements and general unrest around the country and the world. Compounding the challenges of annual survival is the ritual we practice that laboriously rehashes the previous twelve months called the New Year’s Eve celebration. There’s really no reason to do this because the year is over, so we should move on quietly without the expansive, and often expensive fanfare, but not a chance.  

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Goodbye 2014
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 4:00 am

We are saying goodbye to 2014, a year that went by too quickly. We are saying hello to a new year, 2015, and for the most part, I can’t say I’m too optimistic about it.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Remember both sides
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

Over the weekend, like many, my heart sank when I heard the news of two New York officers sitting in their patrol car when a man came up and basically assassinated them. Apparently, the suspect, who is now also dead, did this in the name of officers killing “unarmed” African American men Michael Brown, from Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner, who died in New York after a police officer restrained him in a choke hold.

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