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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.
In a vote on Dec. 11, the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support the town council’s plan to increase sales taxes and purchase the Hilton El Conquistador country club building, golf course, tennis courts and facilities for $1 million.
It’s going to only take one of the current majority to do the right thing and vote to table, or against, the proposed golf course purchase and sales tax increase tonight (Dec. 17). It’s going to take one of the majority, consisting of Mayor Satish Hiremath, Councilman Joe Hornat, Councilwoman Mary Snider or Vice Mayor Lou Waters, to say no to this ill-advised, badly-planned prospect.
After more than a month of speculation, the Oro Valley Town Council finally thought it was time to include those taxpaying citizens in on the secret that they were going to be buying a golf course for $1 million. They stress that it comes with a community center though.
For the first time, I really understood this Thanksgiving why so many employees of major retailers and their families complain about the stores new bright idea of getting the holiday-shopping madness started early. Instead of Black Friday, we now have a Black Thanksgiving.
Right after the results of the midterm elections poured in and many Democrats across the country were making concession speeches, President Obama told the American people he hears their message. After last week’s actions, I’m not sure if he did.
Over the last two years, there has been a lot of talk about Common Core standards being adopted for Arizona students. Since last year, Common Core has been a major debate amongst our politicians. It’s controversial, and it’s a talking point.
On Tuesday, we honored our veterans on Veterans Day. We, as a country, take this day to pay respect to those men and women who have served honorable in the U.S. military. It is important that we take time to pay tribute to those who sacrificed for us.
While the local retail stores have been working to get us all in the holiday spirit – to the point where all at one time the stores had Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations up, it is the time of year to start thinking about giving.
It’s been interesting to check the mail over the last month. Instead of the regular junk mail and bills, we’ve seen a major influx of advertisements from candidates. It takes a couple of extra minutes each night to sift through the nonsense, and yes, it’s nonsense, before opening the bills and letters we actually check the mail for.
For years, I have always been amazed at how parents behave watching their children participate in various youth athletic programs. I used to cover youth sports as a journalist, and now, as a parent, I am sitting on the bleachers every Saturday cheering on my 9-year-old.
As threats to national and global security continue to increase, Raytheon Missile Systems president, Taylor Lawrence, said it’s important Southern Arizona’s largest employer continues to have the opportunity to grow.
It’s fascinating to me how employers today continue to complain about today’s workforce, myself included. We sometimes get lost in the complaining about the lack of work ethic, the comparisons to the Baby Boomer generation that would do anything for the boss because they were just happy to have a job.
Raytheon Missile Systems president Taylor Lawrence speaks at the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO) luncheon at the Hilton El Conquistador on Oct. 9.
It’s been interesting over the last week to see the discussion and debate over spanking our children. The debate started after the NFL’s star tailback Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.
In what will likely be the only debate in Tucson, the three candidates running for Arizona governor gathered at the Jewish Community Center on Sept. 18 to take part in the event hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The candidates seeking the state's top office gathered in Tucson Thursday night, debating issues from the economy to education.
In his fifth State of the Town address on Sept. 12, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath said he is proud of what continues to be accomplished in the community located six miles north of Tucson.
While not in Arizona, health officials say a respiratory illness known as enterovirus 68 has been confirmed in 10 states and is expected to become a nationwide problem.
In recent weeks, I had the opportunity to interview the granddaughter of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Nina Roosevelt Gibson.
In honor of sticking to not endorsing candidates during the election, I held off writing this column, although I was tempted throughout the primary election. However, the primary is over, several races have been decided , so here it goes.
For many, the people who have played a part in shaping U.S. history are icons, or chapters in a history book. Eleanor Roosevelt is one of those icons, but to Tucson’s Nina Roosevelt Gibson she is also known as just grandma.
It is disheartening when something strong, something important makes many stand up to rally and protest, but the selfishness of few lessens the value of the message many work to make public.
As election-night results continue to come in, it appears GOP candidate Doug Ducey move on to face Democrat Fred Duvall in the General Election.
Like many, I was shocked when I heard the news last week that Robin Williams was found dead at age 63. Like many, I was even more shocked when I found out that the man who had made me laugh so many times throughout my life had committed suicide.
I had an interesting conversation recently with a citizen who was complaining about the current Tucson City Council, her representative in Congressional District 2 and the state’s current race for governor. She wasn’t happy with anyone, and didn’t appear optimistic with current choices for candidates.
It’s no secret that the roadways in Pima County are in bad shape. However, the problem has been finding a funding source that all, or even the majority, of the Pima County Board of Supervisors could agree on.
The National Football League (NFL) has come under fire in recent weeks after Baltimore Ravens’ tailback Ray Rice received only a two-game suspension for domestic violence after an incident with his fiancée. On the surface, one might say it’s good the NFL took action, and he didn’t get away with it.
Congress as a whole is broken, America’s executive branch is dysfunctional and we Americans are forced to do nothing more than watch, and react as if we are watching some kind of reality show.
The controversy surrounding where to place tens of thousands of children crossing the U.S. border, mostly in Texas, continued in Oracle last week as organized protests were held to protest and support up to 50 children being placed at a boys’ school.
I have always been frustrated with the fact that female politicians are not always judged by their priorities, voting record and loyalty to constituents. Instead, one of the first things they are often judged on is what they are wearing. Our culture has created this habit where we first look at hair, clothing and make up.
As local districts prepare for the new school year, many are also making plans to have school resource officers on site thanks to $12 million in state funding approved by the School Safety Program Oversight Committee.
For several years now the state’s Republican-led legislature has bragged about how they made tough choices during the recession to get Arizona’s fiscal affairs in order. They took a lot of money from a lot of important programs, and one of those was education.
While Congress is in Washington debating President Barack Obama’s proposal to spend more than $3 billion to address the immigration crisis the nation is currently facing, and Republicans argue that border security measures need to be taken immediately, the Department of Health and Human Services is still struggling to find housing for the more than 65,000 immigrant children that have entered the U.S. from Central America over the last year.
Like many, I was saddened last week to hear about the 2-year-old boy who died in Atlanta after his dad left him in a hot car all day.
There are clear reasons why the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart calls Arizona the meth lab for making laws. We continue to make the national news not for the great things we are doing, but because of the crazy things our elected officials continue to do.
In a time of controversy at home and war on foreign soils, Marana resident Tom Hayden didn’t have to receive a draft notice to go into the military. Right out of high school, Hayden joined the U.S. Army and began a 28-year career that involved two tours in Vietnam, military intelligence, managing security for a four-star general and serving as a teacher to many soldiers.
Like many, I am educated, but I am also in debt because I wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree. While some are fortunate and have college paid for by parents, full scholarships or other means – many of us paid for college out of loans that we are still repaying.
When Texana Sonnefeld applied for a job at the company she now owns in 1989, her resume was originally thrown in the trash. However, proving the value of a well-written resume, it was removed from the trash and Sonnefeld was called by then owner Patrick Brodecky for an interview.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Councilman Mike Zinkin filing a lawsuit against Don Cox and those Oro Valley residents trying to recall him, I thought it was a rumor. After all, it seemed a little ridiculous.
A hero can be found in all walks of life. A teenage lifeguard who notices a competitor struggling and makes the split-second decision to jump in, the young child who helps an Alzheimer’s patient get help and find his way home, a soldier who once served honorably or who is still serving, or a teacher who makes a difference in the lives of many today and in the future.
Like many, I have been troubled by the reports coming out of Phoenix about our veterans dying before being seen by the VA Hospital. Even more disturbing for me, was the late response from the Obama Administration and many of our elected officials.
When I think of the attorney general’s office at any level of our government, I feel it should be managed by someone who has one major characteristic. That characteristic is integrity.
Since 1963, America has recognized the week of May 12 through May 16 as National Small Business Week. Each year, the President issues a proclamation announcing Small Business Week, which is aimed at honoring the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
On Sunday, we honored our mothers. We thanked these women for making us who we are today, for sacrificing so much to help us succeed. It’s an important day that means so much more to me now in these last few years since becoming a mother.
The tape is slowly being stripped away as each new advertisement appears on television, and yes, we all know that in the months to come, the gloves will come off in the political arena.
My second-grade daughter is doing a report on the invention of the telephone. Of course, she was shocked to find out that the original telephone had nothing to do with texting, emails or games. She was shocked that at one time, we couldn’t manage our entire lives from this one small device.
Expanding its presence in the Tucson community, 10/13 Communications has recently acquired several community newspapers that will complement the already-strong Explorer Newspaper on the northwest side.
Science and math programs are expected to improve at the Pima Community College Northwest Campus with the completion of an $11 million expansion that will be celebrated this week.
Marana continues to grow and stay strong, Mayor Ed Honea stressed during the annual State of the Town event on Friday.