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Fed alarmists find no foreign extremists

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When the president ordered a travel ban from certain Muslim countries on Jan. 27, he assured the country that it was imperative the ban went into effect immediately since so many potential terrorists were coming into the country each day. And it was especially critical to keep out those terrorists by giving them no warning such a ban was coming because the terrorists would speed up their plans to get in ahead of the ban.

So what happened? The U.S. turned back people who were already on their way to this country. Among those turned back were people with green cards, refugees and other people seeking asylum, and former foreign employees of the U.S. government who provided critical translation and other services to the U.S. in their home countries. They were people whose commitment to the U.S. created additional danger to themselves and their families.

So what hasn’t happened in the two months since the original ban was overturned by a judge? Reports of terrorists entering the country, that’s what hasn’t happened. And boy if there had been, one could be sure this administration would have made multiple announcements on multiple platforms proclaiming how the judge’s ruling had caused Americans death or at least threats to their safety.

But there wasn’t even one report the administration could point to that said Islamic extremists had entered the country.

The New York Times reported Islamic extremists have accounted for 16 out of 240,000 murders in the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Maybe the administration should focus on the causes of a higher percentage of those murders.


No need to build 2nd hockey arena

The Arizona Coyotes are nearly always at the bottom of the NHL standings. They have trouble winning games, making the playoffs, filling their arena, honoring their commitments and finding a permanent home.

The Coyotes used business practices that their host city and landlord, the city of Glendale, thought were inappropriate at best and illegal at worst. That caused the city to refuse to honor agreements reached after the Coyotes hired away two former city employees who had been privy to the city’s side of negotiations. That resulted in the Coyotes losing their overpriced arena management agreement and long-term lease. The arena was specifically built just for them. Since losing the sweetheart deal, the Coyotes have attempted to find a new way to get someone else to build them an arena. Arizona State University pondered and then rejected it. The state Senate pondered a bill to allow them to use the taxes collected from the arena property to pay for the construction but that bill appears dead.

Now the NHL has come to its team’s defense saying it wants a team in Arizona but not in Glendale. The NHL agrees with the team that it cannot survive in Glendale. It is too far away from its fan base. Maybe the reason it is too far from its fan base is that the team continues to try to market without spending money in the West Valley. Or that the product isn’t that good, or that most of the players and management don’t live in the West Valley. Maybe hockey doesn’t belong in Arizona.

But in 1967, the minor league Phoenix Roadrunners were popular in a much smaller metro area than the one the Coyotes can’t survive in today. Yes, it was much different in that salaries and ticket prices were much lower, but the Coyotes aren’t breaking the bank to put the best product possible on the ice and haven’t been throughout their recent history including the time the club was run by the league itself after filing bankruptcy.

It is interesting that the team can’t survive in the West Valley when the most popular professional sports team in the state, the Arizona Cardinals, plays a stone’s throw away in a stadium that seats about three times as many fans and has sold out nearly every game since it moved to Glendale. That team and its fans didn’t want to move to the West Valley either, complaining it was too far for fans to travel to watch pro football. But so far, it hasn’t hurt attendance. Having made multiple playoff runs and even an appearance in the Super Bowl hasn’t hurt attendance, either. It should be noted, however, that pro football has substantially fewer games than pro hockey.

What is to become of the arena in Glendale that residents will continue paying for long after the Coyotes have left? Doesn’t the NHL or the Coyotes have any sense of obligation to the city? After seeing how the Coyotes bailed on Glendale, what would make another public entity think it would be safe signing a contract with the team to build a new arena?

That the Coyotes don’t have a successful business plan is not the fault of Glendale or ASU or the state. And it is not up to other entities to solve the Coyote’s problems. And it is definitely not the public’s job to support and build an arena for the team, especially when such a large majority not only won’t ever attend a hockey game where ever it is played but don’t even care if the sport is played in the state. There are far too many other needs for limited public funds than to fund another arena for a pro team when public funds were already used to fund a perfectly good arena in Glendale.



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