Guest Commentaries

Sat
09
Sep

Sure it’s hot in Arizona, but in Florida, it’s nasty wet hot


Florida is still Hell – except that Hell probably has better drivers.

By David Leibowitz

KEY WEST, FLORIDA – Economists like to chatter in eggheaded ways about something they call “the misery index,” which combines the unemployment rate and inflation to rank how Joe Bagodonuts is doing wallet-wise. Me, I prefer to measure misery in terms of weather – as in, exactly what constitutes the most miserable weather conditions known to man?

Thu
24
Aug

Confederate memorials should remain – but only in museums


The Confederate memorial in Wesley Bolin Plaza

By David Leibowitz

The first time someone ever mailed me a swastika was back in my New Jersey days, when I made a full-time living peddling opinions in newsprint. Some members of the Aryan Nation announced an upcoming rally to protest gay rights and, to honor the event, I explained that Neo-Nazism seemed to me like a disease begging to be cured at the business end of a Louisville Slugger.

Sun
20
Aug

Viral video of dog’s rescue proves we love them more than people

By David Leibowitz

It was a massive rowhouse fire on a tight street in Trenton, New Jersey, a block of older houses connected by a common attic and burning like kindling, that taught me a cardinal rule of journalism. This was 23 years ago, so some nuances have faded, but I remember word-for-word the question from our newspaper’s tough publisher.

Fri
18
Aug

We’re here for you


The city of Buckeye installed new state-of-the-art electronic radio transmitters on every water meter in the city. (Photo courtesy City of Buckeye)

By Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck

Recently, Buckeye’s Water Resources Department completed a major milestone with the data conversion and migration of all former Global Water customers into the city’s current billing system. This was a very complex project and we worked diligently to reduce the likelihood of errors.

Thu
10
Aug

McCain is a warrior up to the task

By David Leibowitz

The neurosurgeon speaking about the glioblastoma assailing Sen. John McCain described this form of brain tumor using terms like “aggressive” and “relentless,” a warrior force that can be slowed down, stymied for the time being, but never defeated.

Thu
03
Aug

A fuzzy-faced look at a failed masculinity experiment

Bearded man
By David Leibowitz
 
Let history show that my attempt to grow one of humankind’s epic beards ended on Day 17, when I couldn’t take the itching or the fact that I looked like a cross between hobo Adam Sandler and dishonest Abe Lincoln.
 
Hipsters everywhere, this beardless wonder salutes you. I will forever be the few-days-stubble “Miami Vice” extra to your “Duck Dynasty” impersonation. Minus the $12 craft beers, skinny jeans and the “man bun.” 
 
Wed
15
Mar

It’s your right, it’s your business

by Jim Zachary
Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. regional editor and The Valdosta Daily Times editor

Wed
22
Feb

We want to earn back your trust

by Jackie Meck

Buckeye mayor

There is a saying that “trust takes years to build, seconds to lose, and forever to repair.” As the mayor of Buckeye, I understand that we have lost the trust from some in our community because of issues related to water billing and usage.

Wed
08
Feb

Buckeye water customers still drowning in debt

by Jeff Hancock

Buckeye Residents Against High Water Bills organizer

Wed
25
Jan

Care enough to get in the way

by Lily Matos DeBlieux

Pendergast Elementary School District superintendent

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