Through the mists of memory comes this observation from the now-retired Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson: “When one side deliberately distorts and misstates the arguments of the other, the intent is not to debate, but to destroy.”
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Friday, May 20, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022
The man who raped and murdered Deana Bowdoin was put to death by the state of Arizona on May 11 at 10:30 a.m. This was 44 years, four months and four days after the homicide in question — or about 44 years too long by my reckoning.
Monday, May 16, 2022
T.S. Eliot made the celebrated observation that “April is the Cruelest Month” in his critically acclaimed poem “The Wasteland,” published in 1922. A century later, a small group of U.S. senators gathered late in that cruel month to formulate a cruel fate for our nation.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022
Mother. One small word. One universal meaning. We are all bound by the shared realty that we had or have a mother. This is a central person in our lives. The foundation of our history. A huge part of our personal journey and earliest memories. She is the reason that we are here and the perso…
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Life sometimes presents signs that you have completely given up on your youth. An example: You proudly present your AARP card to request a senior discount at the restaurant where you’re having dinner… at 4:45 on a Saturday afternoon.
Monday, May 09, 2022
Friday, May 06, 2022
Wednesday, May 04, 2022
Tuesday, May 03, 2022
Let the record show that in mid-April 2022, I became incredibly hip according to the style gods at the New York Times. My secret? The shaved head I have been sporting since I lost a bet in 1999.
Monday, May 02, 2022
Mickey Mouse has turned Leftist Louse…due to circumstances beyond his control, and the long love affair that Disney has enjoyed with almost every American family appears headed for the rocks. The company has chosen to go “woke,” and that decision could conceivably leave the entertainment gia…
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Friday, April 22, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Monday, April 18, 2022
Forbes went to great trouble to assemble its annual list of billionaires, and the rankings received a ton of media coverage, including here in the Valley, where 10 Arizonans made the list.
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Are you ready? Because the deadline for filing your taxes is looming, causing quite a few Americans to become upset (if they owe) or happy (if a refund is coming). Since people tend to procrastinate, the ones who owe money usually file at the last minute, request an extension, or rush to the…
Thursday, April 07, 2022
Did you watch the fight last week? Oops, I meant the punch (more like a slap) that Will Smith planted on Chris Rock during the Oscars. While I don’t really care too much about award shows, it was a doozy of an altercation between two very big stars. Yikes, then there was the profanity and sc…
My initial response to witnessing Will Smith’s “Slap Heard Around the World” at the Academy Awards was embarrassment for Smith. Not for his absurd display of machismo and profane tirade against comedian Chris Rock but for how woefully ineffective the slap was.
Wednesday, April 06, 2022
I saw a spider. I went to the bathroom at 2 in the morning and there, sitting on a wall, was a big brown spider. She had eyes like the devil, glaring at me. It so unnerved me that I ran into the bedroom and told my husband, Doug, to please get up. “A spider is in the bathroom,” I yelled. He …
Saturday, April 02, 2022
As we head toward April and the Arizona legislative session winds down, the fierce competition for the dumbest idea yet appears to be over. This year’s honors go to Apache Junction Rep. John Fillmore for his tireless efforts to destroy the state’s voting system with his masterpiece, now know…
Friday, April 01, 2022
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Brother, can you spare a dime? Actually, $30 trillion might help. The national debt boggles the mind and is causing panic in the hearts of citizens throughout the land. It seems our government has been printing and spending lots of money. And yes, both political parties seem to enjoy this fo…
Monday, March 28, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Somewhere in this sprawling state of ours, there are precisely 849 people that I would like to meet. I’ll buy a cup of coffee, a beer, lunch, steak dinner for two. Whatever it takes to have one of these 849 individuals sit down with me for a few minutes, the length of a simple conversation.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Having grown up in New York, I can testify to the immense overconfidence of many New Yorkers. Convinced they live in the only city that matters, New Yorkers often display a level of cockiness best described as the personality equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
The white house sits across the street from the window fronting my desk. Not much distinguishes the place from the rest of the block where I moved two weeks ago. Four orange trees, their trunks painted white, line the east edge of the driveway.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Have you been taking many road trips lately? Hmm. Maybe not. Now that gasoline is around $4 a gallon, it appears we’re all trying to find ways to drive less.
Friday, March 11, 2022
When Dwight David Eisenhower said farewell to public life in January 1961, he noted the rise of the “conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry.”
Tuesday, March 08, 2022
How is your year shaping up? With so much tension swirling around in the world, mental health experts claim that people often get into a “February funk.”
Sunday, March 06, 2022
Friday, March 04, 2022
A small oversight on my part that we should clear up. Writing last week about Arizona’s new laws governing sex education — and one school district’s kerfuffle over chicken breasts — I may have inadvertently given the impression that our state Legislature had descended to new levels of absurd…
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
In 2008, Arizona resident David Bock slipped and broke his leg and ankle in multiple places. While waiting to have surgery on the leg, Bock started to feel ill, then he developed unexplained shortness of breath.
Monday, February 28, 2022
Sports. We have been able to sit back and watch the greatest shows on Earth. The WP Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022
When I was a kid, the fastest way to get me to read a book was to tell me it was too mature for my young eyes. I passed many nights sneaking peeks at my mom’s Harold Robbins novels to find the sexy parts. And there wasn’t a kid in my middle school who couldn’t recite by heart from Page 85 of…
Thursday, February 24, 2022
One of Peoria’s greatest attributes is that we are a safe community with low crime and a strongly supported police department. When compared to 24 similar cities across the nation, Peoria continues to have some of the lowest crime rates, making our city one of the safest in the nation.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
One century, one decade and one year separate us from the birth of Ronald Reagan. With each passing day, especially in these troubling times, we are reminded of Reagan’s basic goodness and yes, greatness.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Having made it this far in life without landing on death row, I feel confident a lethal injection won’t be my fate. With that said, I have my last meal all picked out: a large pepperoni pizza from any restaurant not named Domino’s or Papa John’s.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
How was your Valentine’s Day? Hope you had time to buy (or receive) flowers (red, of course), a box of chocolates and a wonderful bottle of champagne. We celebrate the “most romantic day of the year” that actually started in the fifth century as a pagan holiday.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022
What are you doing this Sunday? Let me guess, you might be joining about 100 million other Americans to watch the Super Bowl, where the Bengals and Rams lock horns (no pun intended).
Tuesday, February 08, 2022
Have you ever been lost? Yes, I guess at some time or another most of us have taken a wrong turn, had trouble following directions, or just gotten mixed up about where we are headed. Being a Realtor and often in rural areas, sometimes I find that street signs do not exist, easements are not …
Monday, February 07, 2022
From the countless years of Little League and school sports for my kids to my service to the Cactus League and the Peoria Diamond Club before that, baseball has been a big part of my life for many years.
Sunday, February 06, 2022
United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his upcoming retirement on a Wednesday morning. Within the hour, reporters, pundits and politicos had settled on a must for the 83-year-old’s successor: The next justice, the 116th in the history of our nation, must be a Black woman.
Saturday, February 05, 2022
As your representative in Congress, my top priority is to ensure that the people of Arizona’s eighth congressional district receive quality constituent services.
Friday, February 04, 2022
There’s no mistaking Mark Kelly for the late comedian Don Knotts — especially since our junior senator bears an uncanny resemblance to Uncle Fester of “The Addams Family” — but similar themes have emerged in the body of work from both the contemporary legislator and the comedian of a bygone era.
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Arizona’s current drought is coming up on 15 years and has surpassed the worst drought in more than 110 years of official recordkeeping. Arizona’s water reservoirs are severely depleted, and according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 99% of Arizona is in some sort of drought.