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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020

The story of Sammy’s Mexican Grill and the Donald Trump haters should serve to remind us once again - in America, politics replaced the National Football League as our favorite concussive contact sport. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Saturday, February 01, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Thursday, January 09, 2020

As the calendar prepared to from 2019 to 2020, protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.  As I write this, the action -- a response to U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria which killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50 -- hasn’t yet become a reprise of the Iran hostage crisis of 40 yea…

Friday, January 03, 2020
Friday, December 27, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019

The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year, probably because of the traditions. Traditions such as Christmas music and colorful decorations make everything a little brighter I think it also makes people a little happier.

Discussion about education in Arizona often results in strongly stated opinions from widely varying perspectives. Although consensus seems lacking with regard to the path toward improvement, all parties seem to agree that public education needs improvement. Herein, Peoria’s oldest elementary…

Thursday, December 05, 2019
Sunday, December 01, 2019

As the weather cools and the season of giving upon us, many find ourselves reflecting on our blessings. We take a little bit more time to give thanks to the family and friends at our side, the jobs continuing to provide and the home granting warmth and space to rest alongside those we love most. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Well, we are now entering the Holiday season. In America, the first holiday is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is when the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for their first harvest. It is also the time when extended families get together from all over the United States and beyond to gather for a Thanks…

While we’re all still in a tryptophan-infused haze, full of leftovers and good cheer, it feels only right to continue being thankful. Herewith, one of Arizonan’s list of people and things that inspire gratitude on a daily basis.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Voting is a privilege. It also takes time. Even when voting by mail, there is the act of drawing a line in ink and driving or walking to a post box. When the Peoria Unified School District budget override ballot came to my house, I did not hesitate. I mailed mine, and my Yes vote came with m…

Friday, November 15, 2019
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Friday, November 01, 2019

Like other fast-growing communities, public transportation is a critical service and something each city manages uniquely. There is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to transit. Instead, each city must closely evaluate how to bring about the right kind of transit to meet the diverse a…

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019

It’s an exciting time in the Deer Valley Unified School District—growth. With 38 schools covering northern Maricopa County from New River to Bell Road, our 367-mile school district boundaries encompass parts of Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Anthem, New River, Cave Creek and unincorporated secti…

Friday, October 11, 2019
Thursday, October 03, 2019

Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of basic needs to the 14,000 children in our state’s foster care system. It is truly important to give boys and girls who have been abused and neglected a sense of safety and dignity.  

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019

By now, school children in Arizona have brought markers, scissors, folders and other supplies to class. Although children are bringing items they need to learn and succeed, Arizona is failing to supply safe drinking water in schools across our state. According to the Arizona Department of En…

Friday, September 06, 2019
Thursday, September 05, 2019

The Rolling Stones played in Glendale last week, and though a friend offered me a ticket, I passed. Don’t get me wrong: The Stones are terrific and by all accounts put on a helluva show. However, septuagenarian rockers aren’t my thing. The thought of 76-year-old Mick Jagger preening about wh…

Friday, August 30, 2019

We hear a lot of talk these days on health care reform, but it’s important to consider the hundreds of millions of Americans who currently receive quality care thanks to their health plans. I am one of these Americans, and I think my story represents the peace of mind — in otherwise traumati…

When I was first elected to represent Peoria citizens nearly 15 years ago, the city of Peoria’s population was nearing 130,000 residents and our city was growing by the day. We were in the midst of the housing boom and our economy was thriving. People wanted to live in our city, and Peoria w…

Thursday, August 29, 2019

As the back-to-school season is finally upon us, it is encouraging to think about all that our children will learn in this new academic school year. I was among the many parents in Arizona packing lunch boxes and taking the traditional “first day of school” photos of my children. As they hea…

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