Homeownership was always a dream, but never a possibility for the Sinclair family. It was when they moved to Arizona to help a sick family member that their search for affordable housing brought them to Habitat for Humanity. Two years later they moved into their new, two-story home in Peoria.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Have you ever considered that good changes can come from crisis or even dry times in your life? Perhaps God is saying, “Hey, I love you but now it’s time to change directions and locations because I’m repositioning you. Let’s get you to the place where you can say, ‘Wow. I was born for this!’”

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Sometimes the news and life intersect in strange ways. Last weekend, I bore witness to an epic screaming match on the golf course, a skirmish between two fat old guys over pace of play that would have surely turned into an aggravated assault with nine irons had their playing partners not sep…

Last month, 144,278 migrants were apprehended or deemed inadmissible trying to illegally cross our southern border. That’s enough people to fill State Farm Stadium almost two and a half times over. Perhaps a more staggering figure, the United States is on track to apprehend more than 1 milli…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A few years ago, I was asked some questions on leadership by a graduating university student for a paper he was writing. I thought sharing what I shared with him might be helpful to you. No matter what you do or how old you are, increasing your leadership competency is always good. Everyone …

Friday, June 21, 2019

When we were in elementary school our teachers taught us how to construct a sentence. The very first punctuation we learned was that of a period. I have to admit in those early, early years I did not think it was that big of a deal. I mean really, how could something so tiny make a big diffe…

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recently, some business and personal trips prompted me to fly back and forth across the continent several times. Nothing makes a better case for staying home — forever — than traveling in the 21st century.

Recently, a Māori pastor and close friend of mine, Matai Bennett, made a post on his Facebook page that caught my attention. It was a picture of Matai and his teenage daughter sitting at a restaurant table. She had a smile on her face the size of the Southern Alps in Aotearoa, the Māori name…

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Saturday, June 01, 2019

The fastest-growing part of the nation’s fastest-growing county is getting some love from Maricopa County. The county’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget includes a number of wins for the West Valley, including big investments in our regional parks.  Here are the highlights:

Thursday, May 23, 2019

I sat down at my favorite watering hole “Bitzee Mamas,” and across from me was William (Bill) Kelleher, known to his children as “Wild Willie.” Bill told me he met his wife Judy when a friend had arranged a blind date for him. On the way to pick her up he had auto accident and ended up in th…

We talked about it, my mother and I, back when I was a teenager. How she felt in the fall of 1964, a New York City girl just graduated from high school at the age of 17 who found herself pregnant.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Two frogs were hopping in a rut in the middle of a road. One frog got tired of being in a rut and jumped out. The liberated frog encouraged his friend to do the same. However, the other frog had learned to tolerate rut life. He felt the walls were too high for him to jump out. Suddenly, a bi…

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The first time I ever heard the phrase “go to the mattresses” was in the Mafia masterpiece “The Godfather.” Vito Corleone is near death in a hospital bed, shot down by a rival Mob family. The Don’s hotheaded oldest boy, Sonny, demands revenge. Tom Hagen, the consigliere, urges caution, but S…

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

High school graduation is right around the corner for Arizona seniors, and teens are faced with a wild mix of emotions – sadness to be parting with friends and the familiarity that high school brings, stress as they push through their final assignments and nervousness and elation as they pre…

There are plenty of small sports sedans on the market, but those seeking one with Japanese engineering and build quality should give this Lexus IS350 a test drive.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Having recently endured another in a long line of lunches with my friend Bad Tipper Guy, I feel compelled to wonder aloud if it isn’t about time that we as a nation phased out the archaic custom of tipping service workers like restaurant servers and valet parkers?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Consider this statement if you want to live long and prosper. “Your smile is your logo. Your personality is your business card. How you leave others feeling after transacting with you is your trademark.”

The Volkswagen Passat is worth a look for those searching for a nice four-door sedan with German engineering at reasonable cost. The base price is only $23,000; the pictured car is an upgraded Redline version at $25,000. This includes a long list of standard equipment such as dual climate co…

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

His family and fellow cops buried Officer Paul Rutherford on the final Thursday in March. Rutherford, 51 years old and a father of two, served this community for 22 years before a vehicle struck him dead at a crime scene in west Phoenix.

Monday, March 11, 2019

This month my wife Kathy and I celebrated our anniversary. During our anniversary dinner, we talked about our wedding and our honeymoon from years ago. We had a simple wedding in our backyard and were lucky enough to have our honeymoon in Hawaii. My personality is such that I have to plan ev…

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Here’s an old story about how to catch a monkey in Africa from which we can glean. All an African had to do was build a Plexiglas box and drill a hole in it just big enough for the monkey’s arm to get through. Then they would place a banana inside the Plexiglas box underneath a tree. The mon…

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Friday, August 24, 2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018

We sometimes refer to someone as “judgment proof.” They have many creditors chasing them with dozens of lawsuits. They keep nothing in their name, no bank accounts; they do all their business in cash. They hide their income; they do not worry about their credit rating. Why pay their creditors? They are “judgment proof.”

Friday, August 17, 2018

Craig Wismer currently serves as the Justice of the Peace for the Arrowhead Justice Precinct covering Sun City, Peoria and Glendale. I have had the fortune or misfortune, as it may be, to have experienced his justice and was able to see him in action on four different occasions and was so im…

Do you think God is watching our elected officials? Our country seems to forget that our foundation is — “In God We Trust” — in our government. I am a man of faith, I am sharing a few thoughts on candidates who still trust in God. Supporting those candidates that keep God in our country dial…

Call me crazy, but the one candidate’s signs still standing in Peoria near my home in Westgreen Estates are Woolbright for justice of the peace after the most recent monsoon storm Friday night. He has hammered his signs well with lasting strength and uprightness. Others have not and were blo…

The undersigned are officers and directors of the West Maricopa County Bar Association.  It is our position that Phillip Woolbright is not qualified to hold the office of a justice of the peace.

We, the present constables in the Northwest Valley, pen this letter of endorsement for Judge Craig Wismer as justice of the peace of the Arrowhead Court. Wismer replaced his current opponent, Phillip Woolbright, as the Arrowhead Justice of the Peace upon Woolbright’s removal from office.

One of my favorite movie quotes is from the movie “Lord of the Rings”: “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I found. It is small everyday deeds of ordinary folk to keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” ~ Gandalf

Friday, August 10, 2018

With each passing month, Peoria’s historical center comes a bit closer to its glory days. Old Town Peoria has a storied history dating back more than six decades to the marriage between agriculture and the railroad. Things have changed in the intervening years, and today we celebrate new beg…

There’s a crisis of integrity at the Arizona Corporation Commission and it’s time to elect commissioners who are willing to put ratepayers first. While the average Arizonan is working hard to keep food on the table and take care of his family, the only time he ever hears about the Arizona Corporation Commission is because of bad things: conflicts of interest, drugs and resignations that have plagued the Commission for nearly two decades. And utility rate increases.

What should we look for in local candidates running for elected office? These individuals represent us and make a statement about our community. Are the “big” elections important? Of course, and much attention and money is spent. The local elections are where our choice can really impact us …

The good people of the Arrowhead precinct can be proud of their Justice of the Peace Craig Wismer. I speak with the authority of a retired judge (20 years on the bench) who had the honor of working with Judge Wismer during the last years of my career. He is a good and decent man who has work…

The Arrowhead Justice Court is the place where justice begins. I believe the mission of the Arrowhead Justice Court should be to serve the people under its jurisdiction, by efficient and accessible administration of justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness and respe…

It must be difficult to be a Republican representative in the current administration, which is fraught with scandal and incompetence; however, I must rely on my elected officials to be a voice that continues to speak out for justice.

Sixty years ago, my dad, Virgil Tolby, told me the world was going to hell in a hand basket. He said alcohol and loose women were the cause.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Mayor Cathy Carlat and Palo Verde District Councilmember Michael Finn get a pass this year. Both are running unopposed for re-election.

Years ago, while in the Air Force, I received an emergency notice that my father had passed away. For those of you who served our nation, you can appreciate the complications that were now presented.

The transition from high school graduate to new college student is an exciting milestone. Purchasing new electronics and moving away from home are typically part of the preparations for back to school. AAA Arizona also recommends an important step for college-bound students and their families to take before heading to campus: Review your insurance policies.

Did you ever get yourself into a difficult position by boasting? Hubris has been the ruin of many a poor man, hasn’t it? Today, I would like to share with you a supposedly true happening. I did a search on the truthfulness of this happening, but I could not verify it. But, as they say in West Texas, if it didn’t happen, it could have happened. If it could have happened, it should have happened. Therefore, because it should have happened, it did happen.  

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