Editorials

Tue
22
Apr
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Thoughts on Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, an event started by the hippies in 1970. All of those wide-eyed idealist kids really thought it was important to try to save the planet then.

It is even more important now. Some might even say critical to our survival. What became of all those 1970’s hippies? Where are they now and what happened to that idealism and thoughts of saving our planet?

Tue
15
Apr
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Ineffective fines don’t slow down automobile giant

Government fines are created to help “convince” entities to adhere to laws and regulations. Often, they are extraordinarily onerous, but sometimes, they are so small as to be chump change and not even be minor irritants.

To be effective, a fine has to be part of a fair punishment for the offense and has to be large enough to make the offending person or business refrain from the activities that resulted in the fine.

Fri
11
Apr
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Welcome to Goodyear: the snobbiest place in the West Valley

If Goodyear were a book, it would want to be judged by its cover.

All American City.

Palm trees, PebbleCreek and pickleball.

Educated, highly paid residents.

Tue
08
Apr
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Remembering cheating Keating

Charles H Keating Jr. died last week at 90. He was best known nationwide for being involved in the savings and loan disaster, which created the last major economic downturn prior to the Great Recession.

Keating’s Lincoln Savings brought down the industry through investments that were questionable at best and quite possibly illegal.

The crash of the savings and loan industry left many people penniless after their deposits in those institutions vanished in the bankruptcies.

Fri
04
Apr
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State crashes, burns when it comes to distracted driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and if any state needs to be more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, it’s Arizona.

When it comes to laws regarding cell phone use while driving, Arizona lags sorely behind most other states.

While 12 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving, Arizona still allows it for everyone except school bus drivers.

Tue
01
Apr
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Drivers training should be taught in public school

Cary HinesMy mostly straight A, gifted son failed his written test for his learner’s permit.

He studied the Arizona Driver License Manual put out by the Arizona Department of Transportation and he took a sample test online, yet he still failed.

Fri
28
Mar
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Organ donation: a gift that keeps on giving

Our story last week on Verrado High School students registering people to be organ donors shows off the best of our young people.

Becoming an organ donor seems to be pretty much last on our list of potential good deeds but it is a completely painless way to help others.

And the Verrado students helped increase public awareness of not only the problem but also how easy it is to become a donor. (Agua Fria High’s HOSA students also participated in the HOSA organ donation program.)

Tue
25
Mar
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Cell phone bill a waste of time

Our Legislature is at it again. They’re either writing stupid laws while ignoring important issues or defining problems and then coming up with a partial solution.

That’s what we’re disappointed with today.

Senate Bill 1168 is a strike everything bill. That already makes us leery of what is going on. The bill was originally proposed to deal with disability placards for automobiles.

But then the entire text was deleted or struck and replaced with an entirely new bill. This is because either the first bill was going nowhere or the legislator who was proposing the new bill missed the deadline for introducing it either by accident or on purpose.

So the current version is a very important bill that came to the attention of the Legislature after deadline.

Fri
21
Mar
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Drones and sunshine

It’s still Sunshine Week and we know, we’re beating you all over the head with it, but open government and freedom of information is that important to us.

We belong to the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors and for the past few weeks, we’ve all had a rather lengthy discussion on the topic of Sunshine Week.

Tue
18
Mar
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Your government works for you

This week is Sunshine Week.

Like we said in last Friday’s editorial, Sunshine Week began as a reaction to the Florida Legislature’s creating a slew of new laws that exempted more and more public records from view by the public. So Sunshine Week was started as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

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