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One of the things I miss most about America was how people used to believe certain topics shouldn’t be discussed in public. 

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Thursday, June 03, 2021

“Love means you never have to say you’re sorry,” or so Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal told us in the 1970 motion picture “Love Story.” But over a half-century later, the love of money has Hollywood falling all over itself to apologize to communist China.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The edict from the Centers for Disease Control came down May 13, catching most of us by surprise. The new guidance: Anyone fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should feel free to do whatever they want indoors or outdoors without wearing a mask or practicing social distancing.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

You’ve heard the old joke about the minister who uses the invocation he delivers at a political banquet as both a warning and a teaching moment: “Oh Lord, make our words sweet, for one day we may have to eat them!”

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Early in my newspaper career, I worked at a New Jersey tabloid where the publisher was a man of few words, most of them insulting and frequently shouted at top volume. He was easy to make angry, and I did so one afternoon upon returning from the scene of a row house fire in Trenton.

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Every so often on Facebook or Instagram, I see that one of my friends has gone hunting, successfully killing this or that forest creature. There are smiles all around as the hunter strikes a pose beside a mule deer, turkey or javelina. All involved — except the animal — seem inordinately pro…

Last year we had no toilet paper or hand sanitizer. This year we have no houses. Oh, and let’s not forget we are running out of chicken wings, lumber, microchips, and chlorine for pools.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Thursday, May 06, 2021

It’s that time of year again. The tax man cometh. And the IRS extended the deadline so we could procrastinate a bit longer. And for many Americans, the pain and suffering begin. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Alexa never seems to stop listening. Evidently, our “helpful” devices never turn off, meaning that your private conversations are not so private. Is this the price of convenience? How can you have a “smart house” without a little bit of intrusion from a robot? This is the world we have created.

The Biden Administration is not only working to erase our Southern Border; it is also intent on erasing any term that accurately depicts the dire situation we now face.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Music. It is a huge part of our lives. Every day we listen to something. Our life is often enhanced by the music we listen to, the melodies we love and the symphonies we cherish. And once again, we can go to concerts!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Little more than a month after he called Dec. 7, 1941, a “Day of Infamy” and led America into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt paused from his duties as commander-in-chief to assume the mantle of “First Fan.”

Quick to hold a grudge yet molasses slow to forgive an enemy. That will be my epitaph. It also explains why I’m having a difficult time with the Phoenix Suns these days.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

This time last year, most of us had heard rumblings about COVID-19 — but at the time, it seemed so far away. Little did we know it would become a global pandemic that would bring about broad-sweeping change in so many facets of life — technology included.

Love is in the air! And so are the doves, finches and hummingbirds. Spring brings the promise of hope, new life, fresh beginnings, green leaves and babies. Lots of them. Baby finches — in all their bright yellow glory — hang on the finch seed socks that I have hanging and chirp constantly, t…

Thursday, April 08, 2021

It is an honor to serve as the district’s chief financial officer. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role is interacting with our many community members, parents and business leaders. These education stakeholders often reach out with questions related to school finance, and I appreciat…

Saturday, April 03, 2021

When my husband asked me what was for dinner last night, I wondered how many times in one day those three precious (evil) words are spoken. Worldwide, might these words be recited over a billion times? And in my own life, how many times have I heard children, grandkids and husband innocently…

The death penalty brings out the worst parts of people and our society. If I were to ask any person I meet on the street if killing is wrong, I’d expect nearly everyone to say “yes.” But if I ask someone whether they support the death penalty, about half the time the answer is “yes.” 

Friday, March 26, 2021

I wrote an article in 2012 in this column about a pastor friend of mine who has impacted the prison at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence. He has worked at the Florence prison since 2012. Recently, I phoned him for an update. I will start with my article in 2012. I will finish with…

Did you watch the Royal Rumble? It was quite the show. I didn’t want to see the spectacle myself, but the drama has made headlines everywhere until it is impossible to avoid this sad, steaming mess. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

If you believe in the criminal justice system, file this under good news: The Arizona Department of Corrections recently issued a press release reporting it’s once again ready to execute some of the 115 murderers housed on death row.

Have you taken a good photo lately? It seems like humans love to snap photos of their pets. This must be true by all the adorable dog and cat pictures posted on social media. As my husband points out, we have had very few photos taken of the two of us together in the past few years. But our …

Saturday, March 13, 2021

While thousands of Arizona seniors wait for vaccines, the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are refusing to prioritize Americans over illegal immigrants for vaccinations. As requests from Gov. Doug Ducey and other Arizona leaders asking for more vaccines for Arizona fall on deaf…

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Peoria is one of the safest cities in the nation, and our parks and recreational facilities are top notch. We are proud to be known for having a highly skilled workforce, excellent housing choices and top-rated schools. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Saturday, February 06, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

It was Tuesday afternoon and work got too heavy. A break was called for, mindless diversion. My thoughts turned to an old favorite: a matinee movie. Ninety minutes of popcorn, soda and cinema. This sounded like exactly the ticket.

Saturday, January 23, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Thursday, January 07, 2021
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Monday, December 28, 2020

This year, our nation was faced with unprecedented challenges—the threat of conflict with a foreign adversary, a historic presidential impeachment trial, protests in cities across the country and a worldwide pandemic. Though the road was tough, we have made it through and look forward to the…

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020

As the Arizona state treasurer and chairwoman of the state’s first-ever Financial Literacy Task Force, increasing financial awareness is one of my top priorities. By making wise personal finance decisions, Arizonans not only strengthen themselves but also their families, communities and the …

Thursday, December 10, 2020

As we head into possibly the most isolating holiday season yet, there are more children who are in desperate need of mentorship. We are currently experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Schools have been out for months. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The seething hatred that marks our politics continues to bubble like muck. Never more partisan, never angrier at one another, we continue to prosecute Election 2020 even as the states run out of ballots to count. Angry tweets, lawsuits, and fraud allegations devoid of evidence fill every new…

Saturday, November 14, 2020

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