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Column: A Saturday morning education
Last Saturday when I was walking around the Courthouse Square I saw three youngsters sitting on the grass, each intently focused on their iPads or iPhones or whatever those things are called this week. I immediately recalled a memory from my childhood of another Saturday morning.
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Column: Pay hike ensures quality reps
Arizona voters are being asked at the Nov. 4 general election to raise our legislators' salaries from $24,000 to $35,000 per year (Proposition 304).
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Column: Schwarzenegger, Randle are in the news
Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in a zombie movie titled Maggie about a guy whose daughter gets infected with a virus which turns her into a flesh-eating zombie. No one will want to see this. The whole idea of going to the movies is to escape the drudgery of everyday life in America.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Column: Resolution Copper to create 4K jobs
Driving through Superior last week, I saw the boarded-up shops that line its Main Street. I spoke with residents of this small community, many of whom are struggling to find opportunities to better their lives and those of their families.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Column: West Africa comes through for Knightley
The London Film Festival concluded last week with Keira Knightley delivering a televised plea for help to the people of West Africa. The plea was a tremendous success.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Column: Meet the Comedy Central Press?
In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the largest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Column: Americans fear Ebola for wrong reasons
CDC Director Tom Frieden told America not to panic over Ebola on Tuesday.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Column: 'Right to Forget' is something we'd all like
I can't begin to remember how long I've been fantasizing about a law like the one in Europe that now protects a person's Right to Forget.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Column: Jail is necessary, but is jail tax?
I went to the Yavapai County jail a few weeks ago on a fact-finding mission to determine whether it's really necessary to build a new jail in Prescott. I'll cut to the chase: unequivocally, yes.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Column: Put 'civil' back in civilization
Last week's column on certainties concluded with these words: "And when we disagree, let us do so with grace and tolerance. There is enough venality and low-mindedness in the world without our adding to it." So this column is about civility, hopefully an extension of the "certainties" column.
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Column: Gun rights need to be reasonable
Not many people are talking about gun control these days.
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Column: Terror alerts - Don't scare us, prepare us
The head of the FBI says a terrorist attack may be coming. He doesn't know where or when, of course.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Column: Crying wolf hinders anti-bully efforts
When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Column: Blood Moon just too apocalyptic for some
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was packed with astronomy fans at four in the morning Wednesday to look through telescopes to see the moon turn red in the lunar eclipse called the Blood Moon. It creeped out everyone who saw it. Apparently even the moon has Ebola.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Column: Get with times, let women into combat
There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. "Gays in the military," the joke went. "Next thing you know they'll want to be interior decorators!"
Friday, October 10, 2014

Column: TSA agents will get Ebola under control
Homeland Security said airport screenings for Ebola will begin at five major U.S. airports up and down the East Coast. That's a great comfort to all of us. The TSA just announced that flyers can't carry more than three to four ounces of Ebola and it must be in a clear, zip-top bag.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Column: Middle East has nothing on Midwest
The FBI arrested a 19-year-old Muslim American kid at O'Hare Airport in Chicago for trying to fly to Turkey and fight for ISIS. To fight for Islam he was willing to risk strafing, car bombs and machine gun fire, and that was just on the way to O'Hare Airport.
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Column: 'The People's House' not airtight fortress
The White House sprayed by bullets. A hospital guard with a criminal record and a gun the Secret Service didn't know about riding on an elevator with the president in Atlanta. The fence-jumper who made it all the way into the East Room of the White House.
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Column: Human intelligence - nature versus nurture
John Landis's "Trading Places" is one of the 1980s' most fondly remembered comedies. There is far more to its story than frozen orange juice, however.
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Column: Was hospitality kind ... or the opposite?
Texas Judge Clay Jenkins moved the four exposed family members of the Ebola patient to a gated Dallas home provided by an anonymous donor. The first reaction was to praise the act of kindness. The second reaction was, someone must be going through a really bad divorce.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Column: Shady business as usual post-recession
The crash is coming back.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Column: Count the Kicks helps moms-to-be get assistance in time
Stillbirth is among the most wrenching and grievous experiences in the human condition.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Column: US needs truth and reconciliation
Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but at least we're in the same solar system.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Column: Beheadings versus drone attacks - one is bad and the other is OK?
Now fully engaged in another U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Syria, has anyone noticed that the more we bomb, the more enemies we have? Columnist Joe Gandelman hasn't noticed ("It is about brutality, not piety," Daily Courier, Sept. 12).

Monday, October 06, 2014

Column: Know-it-alls the worst of the worst
Almost 20 years ago, national syndicated columnist George Will wrote, "The greatest threat to civility - and ultimately to civilization - is an excess of certitude." The statement bears repeating.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Column: Secret Service modern-day Keystone Cops
Law enforcement has long been a popular subject in film comedy. It looks like some producer now has a lot of potential material.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Column: Wheat bloat scarier than ebola to some
Cedars Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills and UCLA Hospital in Westwood launched a public information campaign to warn people in L.A. about ebola on Thursday. It's a lost cause. People in Los Angeles won't understand the threat from ebola unless you tell them there's gluten in it.
Saturday, October 04, 2014

Column: Republicans need to think bigger, smarter
Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard is really on to something with his call for Republicans to "Go Big or Go Home."

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Column: Ignorant jokes not an immigration solution
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Column: Obamacare officials glad about exclusions
The Treasury Department predicted record-high tax revenues for the U.S. government in the coming year. They're expecting revenue to outpace expenditures. That's because the Health and Human Services Department has just ruled that Obamacare doesn't cover shrapnel or Ebola.
Friday, October 03, 2014

Column: Obama elevator taping certainly Goodell's fault
The Washington Post reported a security contractor carrying a gun got into an elevator with President Obama last week and tried to take video of him. The contractor was fired and the elevator tape is under review. Somehow you knew it's all going to be Roger Goodell's fault.
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Column: Four ways amnesty would harm Americans
White House insiders confidently predict that President Obama will soon issue an executive order that will grant deferred action to up to 5 million illegal aliens. Here are four major, indisputable reasons why Obama's callous, politically motivated move would irreparably harm Americans.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Column: Everything about voting you were afraid to ask
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Column: Sometimes setbacks can ultimately move you forward
Computers. I've been computer-literate for many years, ever since I had to put together an IBM XT back in 1985 when I was a copy editor for the medical journal Pediatrics. That's right... put together, as in, UPS delivered the computer and it was up to you to figure out how it worked.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Column: Child-like joy is key to happiness
Here is another installment of Granddaddyisms I wrote to my grandson when he was a teenager.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Column: Jail sales tax necessary - and is most affordable option
"To be or not to be" - that is NOT the question, for it IS to be.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Column: Americans' wages stagnant at 1988 levels
For nearly two years, multibillionaire Mark Zuckerberg has been one of the most vocal comprehensive immigration reform leaders.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Column: ISIS nickname may infringe on copyright
President Obama lectured the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday on Islam, social justice, climate change, aid to poor nations, war and terrorism. During the speech, the president referred to ISIS as the Network of Death. Apparently he's never heard of Blue Cross of California.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Column: Hard to read the Jenners' faces over divorce news
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" mom Kris Jenner filed for divorce against her husband Bruce Jenner in Beverly Hills court after 15 years of marriage. Everybody is so saddened by the news. The whole country was looking forward to watching them grow younger together.
Friday, September 26, 2014

Column: Homeland the beautiful, of thee I sing?
"God bless you, and God bless the Homeland." It won't surprise me if that's how a future President closes one of his "State of the Union " addresses. The un-American term "the homeland" is taking over America.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Column: A rational, conservative view of abortion
If you think that abortion should be legal, but lean right on other issues, do you deserve a voice in the conservative movement?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Column: Prescott should welcome 'the other'
Those who want to condemn all Muslims are making us weak.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Column: Obama always safe on the golf course
The White House was entered by an Iraq War vet who leaped over the fence and made it inside the mansion waving a knife Friday. The Secret Service is embarrassed. The security breach occurred four miles from the nearest golf club so the president was never in any danger.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Column: My reasons in support of the jail tax
How can it be that people like Justin James Rector, the 26-year old alleged murderer of 8-year old Isabella Grogan-Canella in Bullhead City, are walking among us?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Column: Kids' behavior reflects treatment
I spoke with some young parents recently. During the conversation, it became clear they were struggling with number of parenting issues.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Column: Siri, dial down the new phone hype
Shake off the blues, put on your shoes, and tell grandma the news: the next generation iPhones are here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Column: Averting shutdown was self-preservation
Congress passed a supplemental spending bill Thursday to keep the U.S. government from going broke. They avoided another shutdown.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Column: Can 'civilized' nations defeat ISIS?
Does the "civilized" world have what it takes to defeat the self-declared Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Column: Scotland vote will be precedent-setting
Scots went to the polls Thursday to vote whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom after three hundred years. This won't be the last time. Three hundred years from now the Iraqis will go to the polls to decide whether Iraq should separate from the United States.
Friday, September 19, 2014

Column: Hard to trust Obama on ISIS/ISIL
Miraculously, President Obama has conjured a strategy to wipe the Islamic State from the face of the Earth!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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