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Recently I read that a number of Yarnell residents were now going to sue the town, city, state, USA, etc. for their negligence in safe guarding their properties. I also read that a tremendous amount of money was donated to assist them and that some (if not all) of their houses were being rebuilt — at no cost to them at all. Obviously, personal effects cannot be replaced, but I wonder if when they point the “finger of blame” they realize that three fingers point back to them. For instance, how many of them had insurance on their “homes in the woods?” How many adequately cleared a ‘fire break’ around their house? How many had prepared plans in case of such a fire? The loss of life through negligence is never acceptable; however, the loss of personal possessions through your negligence is your own fault! Trying to recoup your losses at others expense is wrong and jeopardizes possible future donations to others in need.
Beat Brophy? Many have a chance.
Sheesh, what did they expect?
Dear American citizens:
Attention fellow Mesonians — a mental health care facility may soon be coming to your neighborhood. Now that the town — no — ‘citizens’ of Gilbert have successfully beaten back the attempts of Springstone health provider to locate there; where do you think they might be looking to go next? Hmmm! While the need for such a facility is warrented; its location must be based on more than real estate costs. Priority consideration must be given to the views of and effects on existing citizens. A suggestion: how about space at Eastmark.
I remember when a billion used to be a number so big nobody could comprehend it, though it is still a massive number.
Q: Is the government too big and powerful? Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Like millions of Americans, I’ve become a “Duck Dynasty” fan. “Duck Dynasty,” as you surely are aware, is an A&E reality show that presents the Robertson clan, the long-bearded owners and operators of Duck Commander in West Monroe, La. Duck Commander hand-makes duck calls.
I’ve been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.
Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69.
Life for kids is harder today than ever before, and I offer up proof: According to a variety of news reports, many elementary schools are eliminating recess.
In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to reaffirm some of the thoughts and principles we have lost sight of.
Imagine you are a 19-year-old Marine. You are riding in a Humvee with four other Marines — your friends — when an improvised explosive device (IED) explodes.
Let’s say it’s a Tuesday and you need to be in Idaho next Thursday. Allegiant Air’s website states that only three tickets remain and the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport terminal sells tickets ONLY on Sunday and Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The devil is in the details.
Boy, do I feel sorry for smokers these days. Smoking used to be so fashionable and hip in the James Dean and Steve McQueen days.
Boy, do I feel sorry for smokers these days.
Mr. Purcell’s explanation of high Medicare costs are wide off the mark. America’s health care costs lead the world for a very simple reason, we’re the only developed nation that doesn’t carefully limit at least health care prices; some limit total spending as well. We spend about 18 percent of GDP on health care, compared to 8 percent for competitors Japan and Korea, and 4 percent for Singapore. Taking aggressive action aka our competitors would free up at least $1.5 trillion per year, though admittedly, also shatter a few free market shibboleths.
Washington’s self-created “fiscal cliff” crisis has been somewhat resolved, which means we can continue ignoring the real fiscal crises that are dead ahead.
It was one of my favorite rituals every year.
Author Janet Purcell and Artist John Campbell pose with work from their book "Threads of Two Voices" at Purcell's Ahwatukee home on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
There are three legs to voter suppression in Arizona — so far.
The Maricopa County Elections Department plans to spend about $30,000 for television and print ads to correct possible misperceptions among some Spanish-language voters about the date for the Nov. 6 general election.
Maricopa County election officials say the wrong date was printed on several Spanish-language mailings containing new voter registration cards.