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Well, it seems that President Obama and his attorney general are not the only liberals eager to throw white law enforcement officers “under the bus.” Yup, one of our very own recently came out publicly citing Arizona white law enforcement officers’ high black-American arrest statistics. Who should local law enforcement be arresting in our local inner-cities; Eskimos, Berber tribesmen, or Polynesians?
Filling the walls of Jerry and Dorothy Sidwell’s retirement apartment are dozens of celebrity photos — a shrine to Hollywood past. Dorothy flips an album to a picture of herself and middle-aged Elizabeth Taylor. Jerry flips the TV to a mock interview between himself and a fully-haired Bruce Willis.
A school bus full of students collided with another bus in Gilbert Wednesday afternoon.
I am Jim Archambault, and I have been a physics teacher at Highland High School in Gilbert Public Schools for eight years. Some of the recent commentary in this paper has been about people rather than issues. Here is a list of several of the issues in the school board election as I see them.
The debate Tuesday night for who should be the state's chief election officer turned into a televised spat over religious discrimination.
PHOENIX -- The debate Tuesday night for who should be the state's chief election officer turned into a televised spat over religious discrimination.
Republican Michele Reagan found herself on the defensive for voting earlier this year for SB 1062. The measure would have allowed owners of businesses to cite their sincerely held religious beliefs as justification for refusing to provide service to some. It was eventually vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer as unnecessary -- and after some lawmakers of both parties who had voted for it had second thoughts. That includes Reagan.
"Bad vote,'' she conceded during a debate Tuesday night at KAET-TV. Reagan said in her 12 years in the Legislature, she probably cast 10,000 votes.
"So I would say it's probably a little inappropriate, and I would say a little unfair to go through and to cherry pick,'' she said.
That vote is irrelevant to the job she now wants, she contended. She said SB 1062 would have impaired the right of people to vote, a key duty of the office she wants.
But Democrat Terry Goddard said her vote should matter to those who want the secretary of state to run elections in the most open manner.
"I think we know from experience in the Deep South in the civil-rights era that access to a lunch counter and access to an equal seat on the bus and voting rights are all tied up in the same package,'' he said. "So, you can't say somebody doesn't get a full set of equal rights in one area and then say it's OK for voting.''
Goddard rejected questions from host Ted Simons that legislation about religious freedom is unrelated to voting rights.
"If the secretary of state is not making it clear to all the citizens of Arizona that they're going to be absolutely fair in the execution of the voting laws, that every vote is counted and every individual is equal, the message that goes out is going to have what we have today, which is a rapidly decelerating number of people participating,'' Goddard said.
Reagan shot back that the only message voters are getting from debating now her vote on SB 1062 is that Goddard wants to make the election "hyper partisan.''
"The message is, let's take one vote, two votes, three votes -- you can go through the 10,000 votes and find a couple -- and lets blow them up and try to make people angry,'' saying those moves were designed solely to "upset people.''
"That's the kind of stuff that turns people off from politics, from public policy, from government, the exact opposite of what a secretary of state or secretary of state candidate should be doing,'' Reagan said.
Goddard's retort to the charge of being hyper-partisan was that, in the end, the opposition to SB 1062 was bipartisan.
On the subject of boosting voter turnout, Reagan said she plans outreach ranging from an advocate to educating voters around the state, to setting up kiosks in high schools to make it easier for students turning 18 to register to vote.
Goddard focused on removing what he said are impediments thrown in the path of those not registered with any recognized party.
He said independent candidates have to get 33,000 signatures to run for statewide office; a Republican or Democrat needs around 7,000. And independent voters, who now outnumber Republicans and Democrats, must make a request before every primary election for an early ballot; party registrants who have signed up for these need do nothing more.
Each also claimed to be qualified to be governor if it comes to that, as the secretary of state is first in line if the chief executive quits, dies or is impeached and convicted.
Reagan cited her experience as a legislator and working at a family business. Goddard countered with his election as Phoenix mayor in the 1980s and as state attorney general from 2002 to 2010.
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His face is on billboards and bus stops around town, but Tito Muñoz — the new Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony and a rising young star on the conductor circuit, is an unassuming man who speaks humbly, equating his role to that of “a glorified traffic cop.”
Students at Williams Field High School kicked off their “Stuff the Bus” efforts to raise food for the United Food Bank.
Williams Field High School senior Kyle Headley rides a small train around a fall festival in Queen Creek to promote the school’s “Stuff the Bus” program and efforts to collect nonperishable goods for the United Food Bank.
Some schools are delayed or closed Monday due to extensive flooding and bad weather conditions.
My youngest son started middle school this year. On the first day of classes, climbing on the bus with all his No. 2 pencils and three-ring binders, he also carried with them enough anxiety to fill a mama’s boy’s backpack. It wasn’t just the reality of a new school that put them on edge; it was middle school, and that is scary enough all on its own.
The individual elements of this article are sad onions. It’s about a kiddo, still just 6 years old, who has spent most of his life undergoing cancer treatments and receiving his wish from Make-A-Wish Arizona. His vision is irreparably damaged, as he lost one eye due to the treatment.
Summer days grow shorter and communities across America prepare for an annual ritual: the first day of school. It’s a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief, students anticipate new challenges, and when all of us need to put safety first.
With the 2014-15 school year starting next week, teachers across the Kyrene School District are preparing to begin the year on the right foot.
July 30, 2014
A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from his backside makes no difference. It is the unmistakable truth.
Who is Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin, the officer who has been accused of abusing ASU Professor Ersula Ore?
Operation Back to School Chandler, family-centered youth service ICAN and the Fulton Homes’ ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign will collect donations, backpacks and school supplies for disadvantaged children.
Hello class of 2014 and congratulations! Now, for some of you, this may be the first graduation commencement speech you have attended; but, I’m sure many of you have heard others, filled with the clichés that are common for this occasion. Well I am honored to speak tonight and my address will also be filled with clichés. In order to make this a little less painful, I’d like you all to participate in a little game of BINGO. If all students could mentally mark off the clichés on your BINGO card — Version A, B, or C — while those in the audience play along on their smart phones at phs.2014.com, hopefully we can find a winning group.
First, I’d like to thank the teachers, faculty, family and friends here today to celebrate the end of a chapter in our lives … and the beginning of a new one.
The United Food Bank presented specialized, canned food trophies to Cortina Elementary School, Higley Traditional Academy, Sossaman Middle School and Williams Field High School. The four schools collected the most pounds of food per student in the district.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult accompanying them prodded, "What's the rule?"