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There was one great “viral” video on the news and the blogsphere this past week.
Our Supreme Court has just sent us down a clear path to plutocracy. With their decision on McCutcheon vs. FEC, they have ruled that not only are corporations people, but money is free speech and as such should be unlimited. While it may seem that there is no point in casting an individual vote in elections, it is more important than ever. The next president may be appointing two Supreme Court justices. If we ever hope to restore democracy as “of, by and for the people” these tragic rulings need to be reversed.
What is going on at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Hospital?
Sam Walton and his heirs are, by all accounts, some of the richest people in America and for that matter in the world. So saying, “Sam you’re the man” is not an understatement. As we all know, (unless you’ve been living under a rock), he is the founder of Walmart and the worth of the Walton family is in the billions.
Easter Sunday this year comes on April 20. But, Easter Sunday next year will be Sunday, April 5, 2015. The date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars.
To my senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, Arizona citizens and the editor:
I am typing this letter as both a parent & chaperone for Special Olympic Athletes. We stayed at the Radisson Hotel at 7475 Chandler Blvd in Chandler on March 27-28 during the SO Basketball & Cheer tourney. I was saddened and appalled by the segregation we received. There were 5 groups of SO athletes staying at the hotel consisting of 15-20 kids, chaperones and coaches per group. I’m not positive, but I think the number of our Special Olympic athletes far outweighed the number of other guests at the hotel for the weekend.
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster movie “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
Minimum wage should be a livable wage. That is to say that a person working full time should be able to cover his or her basic needs (food, clothing, housing, health and transportation) without assistance from government. As the cost of living varies from state to state, then the minimum wage will also vary from state to state. The livable wage should be set by each state and companies should then use this to set their minimum wage.
Was Mike McClellan’s commentary piece, “The Lost Art of Civil Discourse,” a joke? I am asking seriously. Because how could it have possibly been for real? “The Lost Art of Civil Discourse” immediately followed his piece titled “The Latest Cause for the Crazies is Common Core.” Yes, that really happened. In one commentary McClellan calls names. In his very next commentary, he lectures us that we shouldn’t call names.
I am sorry for all the people who were offended by Mike McClellan calling some who oppose Common Core crazies, but I understand his frustration. The Common Core standards were not developed by the federal government, but under the direction of the states (NGA & CCSSO). They do not contain liberal ideology or required “borderline pornographic” reading material. The standards themselves are rigorous and challenging compared to the old AZ standards. Sure, we can jettison them, and, for millions of dollars, replace them with other standards that will look a lot like the Common Core, but what would be the point?
Oh no, not Nancy Grace again. She makes “Elvira”, the wicked witch of the West look like Mary Poppins. Isn’t it bad enough that CNN has Wolf Blitzer’s and Anderson Cooper’s faces in constant close up showing their feigned concern and angst while reporting on the Malaysian Airlines crash?
The ChicagoFest in Mesa was a complete disappointment. Charging $10 to walk around two rocky, sandy areas, in front a shopping mall, minimal food booths, etc. The “museum” of Chicago History was nothing more than typed up reports pinned to a board.
We should have seen this coming from the Soviets
The Chicago Cubs spring training stadium is a nice addition to Mesa.
The Parks and Recreation Commission of Gilbert is changing Water Ranch Lake to catch-and-release artificial flies and lures only. Twice before (2004 and 2008) similar proposals were defeated, with the Town Council voting against them. Hundreds of anglers — parents and grandparents with children, the elderly and the handicapped — use this lake weekly. Thousands who now fish this lake annually will be denied access unless they pay an additional fee above and beyond their urban license, and only if they are physically capable of fishing with lures only and then release any fish caught.
It was with some sadness that I read Mike McClellan’s opinion piece in Sunday’s Mesa Tribune: “The latest Cause for the Crazies is Common Core” (March 16). Why is it, I thought, that the left has such a hard time discussing issues without name calling like this?
I was illegally charged a “Pet Deposit Fee” in a senior living facility but no one enforces the Service Dog Laws. I was denied my federal and state disabled civil rights. It is against the law to deny access or to charge for a service dog by a landlord.
Let’s go to a picnic at the new Mesa Riverview Park.
To whom ever it may concern: I had seen that Mesa was putting on a ChicagoFest (on a recent) weekend, and, boy, was I excited by the things I heard about it on the radio. I bought 6 tickets at 10.00 each and myself, son and Wife went out there on Saturday. My other 3 boys couldn’t make it they were planning on Sunday. When I got there, I was very disappointed. I am from the Chicago area as were many people there. They did not even have Old Style beer. They had three bands going, food and Mike Ditka for an hour. That’s it. The small tents set up were the museums and memories of such a great city. I basically paid 10 dollars to pay to eat. The people running the event were very nice and knew much of the history of the city, as did the visitors. The venders, many who were also from the great city were also saying it was a bust. I just threw out the other 3 tickets. Please do not have this so close to Cubs Park next year. It embarrassed me as a Chicago native.
A criminal with hate, is thinking only of self
I would like to compliment the Islamic believer (Vent, March 2) who expressed so well his concerns about his rights to express his religion.
We are again facing another radical bill coming from our State Legislators. HB 2291 The Voucher Expansion Bill has all the disastrous marks of taking away needed funds for public schools in favor of vouchers for charter and private Schools. This bill, in very simple words, would pretty much destroy needed public funding for public schools. Then you add the fact that there is no accountability to how these private and charter schools are performing, nor do we know how these schools are our spending our TAX PAYER dollars!
The journalist responsible for casting a national spotlight on polygamist Warren Jeffs says the practice is alive and well in Arizona and the man with 78 wives is still calling the shots from prison.
Standing your ground has become synonymous with immunity to prosecution in people’s eyes. I’m not sure where this misconception started but it should be addressed.