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Column: Glimpse into someone else's reality
A close friend and I had a disagreement recently. No big deal, but it got me thinking about why we differed and why there is so much disagreement among folks of good will, not to mention those in public life who denounce and disparage those who differ with their political views at the drop of a sentence.
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Column: White House doesn't care about US workers
Another meaningless Labor Day has passed. For most Americans, the holiday represents a day off from work and the unofficial end of summer.
(13 comments)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Column: Bad news a matter perspective for NFL
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was sued by a stripper for sexual assault.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Column: ISIS is about brutality, not piety
Whither the Islamic State? That's a real double-edged question: Where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine.
(21 comments)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Column: Charlie Sheen a saint next to football players
Charlie Sheen gave a thousand bucks to the Philly waiter who was stiffed by Eagles receiver LeSean McCoy. It's just what the NFL needed on top of wife-beating videos and sexual assault suits. You know your league's in trouble when Charlie Sheen is helping you clean up your image.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Column: Summer rains are boon for wild birds
Our abundant summer rains have created an explosion of both native and non-native grasses, weeds and flowers, which are providing a buffet for wild birds in terms of nectar and seeds.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Column: FBI should hunt ISIS, not nude photo hacker
Breitbart News is reporting federal border agents have been warned by their superiors of a serious threat by ISIS to cross into the United States.
(3 comments)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Column: Local Muslims prefer peace, privacy
I wanted to find out whether local Muslims condemned murderous groups like ISIS and, if so, whether they wanted the local community to know that. The answers are yes, and no.
(40 comments)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Column: Prince Harry just can't win for trying
Prince Harry fell to fifth in line to the throne Monday when William and Kate said they're expecting. He's the comedian's favorite. Harry wears a Nazi uniform to a costume party and everyone gets mad, then he wears nothing to a Vegas party, and he gets in just as much trouble.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Column: Living will: Live life well
Recently a friend of ours had a "Going Away" party. He had inoperable cancer. He and his wife decided to throw a party for his family and 250 or so of their friends.
(5 comments)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Column: Conservation - We can and must do more
Our news is saturated with reports of regional drought causing surface water shortages in California and shrinking Colorado River reservoirs.
(23 comments)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Column: Comedians vie for top billing in heaven
Joan Rivers died on Thursday, joining Robin Williams and Richard Pryor at the Comedy Store Upstairs. What a show.
(5 comments)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Column: Invention could avert family feuds
President Obama said Tuesday the U.S. will destroy ISIS and then said ISIS could be a manageable problem. His opponents just went ballistic. Coors Lite needs a can that shows the mountains changing colors to warn you when your uncle is going to start talking about Obama.
(1 comments)

Friday, September 05, 2014

Column: Date Creek Ranch Apple Festival is this weekend
On major holidays, when the store is closed, our family has a tradition of going on short day trips where we can hike and explore little-known locations. This year the idea of visiting Date Creek Ranch came to my mind, so that is exactly where we went.
(1 comments)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Column: Monarchy sounding better and better
President Obama fell to the lowest approval ratings of his presidency Tuesday, the same day that Congress fell to its lowest approval rating in history. It's appalling. Americans are just starting to figure out that we had it much better when we were ruled by a mad English king.
(14 comments)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Column: Learn to recognize animal abuse - and report it
Animal neglect is a passive form of cruelty. There are many forms of animal neglect including failure to provide food, water, shelter or veterinary care sufficient for an animal's survival.
(5 comments)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Column: Pets are loved, mourned like family
On Aug. 20, our fourth grandchild was born in Torrance, Calif. Donovan Richard Williams came into this world at 2:40 a.m. Those who are parents and grandparents know why this is called a "Blessed Event."
(7 comments)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Column: Good news, bad news for Arizona women
The good news is that Arizona has the smallest gender pay gap of all states according to WalletHub.com. The bad news is that pay in the state doesn't reach the median level of a lot of states, but at least we know women and men are getting the same mediocre pay.
(5 comments)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Column: Manning's strategy is the same as Obama's
The Seattle Seahawks opens defense of their NFL title Thursday, seven months after they beat Denver in the Super Bowl. They have a great defense. Peyton Manning has not yet developed a strategy to beat the Seahawks, fueling speculation that he's presidential material.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Column: Labor Day is Liberation Day for moms
Labor Day means summer is over.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Column: Lessons learned along the way
I was driving behind one of our Prescott school buses recently and a flood of memories came crashing into my awareness.
(3 comments)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Column: Are we really teed off that Obama golfs?
Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started - just like clockwork.
(45 comments)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Column: Team name goes from bad to worse
The New York Times announced it will refuse to print the name Washington Redskins in its sports section. The editor says the name is associated with imperial conquest, cultural genocide and racism. From now on, the newspaper will simply refer to the team as the Redskins.
(2 comments)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Column: Rev. Al shocks by urging responsibility
Sharpton is being criticized by other blacks - liberal blacks - who didn't like the tough sermon he preached at Michael Brown's funeral Monday.
(12 comments)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Column: Loss of jail tax would cost us more
Having been privileged to serve Yavapai County as the elected sheriff from 1989 to 2005, I saw many changes. Of utmost importance was the creation of a Jail District in 1999 to establish a consumption-based tax at the conservative maximum rate of one-fourth of a cent per dollar for a maximum period of 20 years. This issue will again be decided by the voters this year to address current and emerging critical needs.
(25 comments)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Column: Birds and beyond - Encounters with local wildlife
Last week, after a big rainstorm, my wife and I decided to hike the Flume Trail in Granite Dells.
(8 comments)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Column: Common law, sharia not compatible
Religious freedom was so important to the Founding Fathers, that they protected it in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
(22 comments)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Column: Lots of practical uses for iPhone kill switch
Apple announced it will include a kill switch on their next generation of iPhones in order to stay ahead of the curve. On Monday California passed a law requiring every smartphone made after this year to have a kill switch. With any luck, it's for whenever anyone takes a Selfie.
(1 comments)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Column: You can affect elections across nation
Some big election races are coming up now that primary season is past, and you can be involved.
(15 comments)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Column: Obama, Biden top natural disasters
President Obama issued a statement Sunday after seeing the damage from the six-point earthquake in Napa Valley. He said he was deeply moved. It's the funniest thing out of this White House since Joe Biden saw the Joplin tornado damage and said he was blown away.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Column: Play up strengths, forget fears
Here is the 12th installment of the Granddaddyisms I shared with my grandson a few years ago when he was a teenager.
(4 comments)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Column: Evil strikes back in the 21st century
Just as World War I didn't prove to be "the war to end all wars," the 20th century didn't turn out to be when the nearly unimaginable brutality and indescribable evil represented by German dictator Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime was definitively laid to rest. The evil is back. Big-time.
(19 comments)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Column: Placebos working for Toronto mayor
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's re-election chances improved dramatically Thursday when his main rival dropped out of the mayor's race. His life is improving a lot since he got sober. Last night Rob Ford drank a dozen non-alcoholic beers and on the way home he got into a fake fight.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Column: What is Ferguson really about?
The initial outburst of rage, simmering for years in a brick and pavement community draped in poverty was genuine, and for many today is still genuine. It didn't and will never matter to many in Ferguson what Michael Brown did or did not do.
(40 comments)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Column: Don't confuse sphinx moths with baby hummingbirds
This large species of moth has fooled a lot of individuals who have mistakenly thought the moth was a baby hummingbird. White-lined sphinx months move in a similar fashion to hummingbirds, going from flower to flower and hovering for extended periods of time as they gather nectar.
(2 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Column: Media coverage fuels Ferguson flames
Why have the protests and riots lasted so long in Ferguson? Why have out-of-town agitators and opportunists like the Communist Revolutionary Party and the New Black Panthers flocked to a St. Louis suburb? Why, 12 days after Michael Brown was shot to death by a policeman, do the good people of Ferguson who want to see a fair and just investigation into the facts surrounding Brown's death still have no peace?
(19 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Column: Pets can help reduce kids' anxiety
Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) wants to help your family start the school year off on the right "paw" with a furry new friend for your household.
(1 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Column: Ice bucket has never triumphed until now
The Chicago Tribune reported seven shootings in one night as street gangs shot it out over drug territory. The city is seething. To make matters worse, the next night the Chicago Cubs accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the Ice Bucket won by eight runs.
(2 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Column: Books can have transformative power
As the dog days of summer continue with the occasional monsoon rainy day perfect for reading, I've been enjoying everything from Hillary Clinton's memoir "Hard Choices" to bestselling novels and classics like "Cosmos."
(2 comments)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Column: Obamacare, Medicaid very different
This year, one of the biggest campaign issues is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Yes, it's bad. I don't care for it and I know all of the Republicans in the Arizona State Senate caucus don't like it and don't support it.
(13 comments)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Column: Lots to do in Arizona, but not grass-planting
Moving to a new region presents issues for many, especially if the climate is quite different from their old home.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Column: Secrets to a longer and better life
An important book came out in 2008 that I just got around to reading. It's titled "Blue Zones." The subtitle is "Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest."
(5 comments)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Column: Should state help fix local water issues?
Arizona faces challenging water issues as we continue to increase in population, with concurrent increase in water demand. In the Prescott and Verde Valley regions, the Central Yavapai Highlands Water Resources Management Study has calculated the need for a large quantity of water to meet growth demand out to the year 2050, with even more needed to achieve safe yield for our aquifer and to protect the Verde River.
(16 comments)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Column: Good behavior doesn't make for exciting stories
The Comedy Store hosts a show saluting Robin Williams tonight where friends will recall wild times together in late-'70s L.A . It's a lesson to young people. If anything, we proved that you will never look back on your life and remember the nights when you got plenty of sleep.
(4 comments)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Column: New diagnostic tool not an improvement
Fox News reported a medical study which discovered that highly trained dogs could sniff out prostate cancer with a 99 percent accuracy rate. This is terrifying news for men. If you think it was uncomfortable having a gloved hand up there, just wait until it's a Schnauzer.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Column: Just who is Hillary Clinton talking to?
Obama has failed to help defeat islamists in Syria, leading to the growth of The Islamic State (The Radical Islamist Murderers Formerly Known as ISIS) and fails to define a foreign policy for the U.S. This according to Hillary Clinton, who spoke to well-known foreign affairs reporter Jeffrey Goldberg in the liberal publication The Atlantic.
(12 comments)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Column: Know the candidates and issues if you plan to vote
The main responsibility when voting is to educate oneself prior to casting a ballot.
(13 comments)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Column: Try counting hummingbirds, and good luck!
Here at the Bird Barn we are getting feedback daily from our customers that they are being overrun with hummingbirds. It is not a bad idea to put up several more feeders during the month of August, as this is peak time for hummingbird migration.
(2 comments)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Column: Courthouse plaza rules should balance comfort, obligation
The county is considering revising regulations on what is allowed on the plaza and what constitutes a disturbance. That is a perfectly sensible thing to do as long as it doesn't limit the free speech that should remain possible on the plaza.
(12 comments)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Column: For hire - Professional dog and cat wrangler
Maybe I should get a job as an animal wrangler. You know, the people who got the puppies in the Gravy Train commercial to run in the same direction, or had all those pigeons attack Ashton Kutcher in that movie.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014


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